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Chief Planner-$1,000 Sign On Incentive-Zoning Division

Location: Orlando, Florida
Salary: $76,876 - $122,990 Annually based on policy

JOB ID 33170

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At Orange County Government, we are proud to serve the public with integrity, honesty, fairness, and professionalism. We develop innovative policies and services that impact Central Florida and shape the future of our community.

The Zoning Division is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill the position of Chief Planner.  This position is a supervisory position and will be over the Arborist Section.  The position works closely with the Zoning Manager, Assistant Manager and other Chief Planners in forwarding the ideals and goals of the Zoning Diving and Orange County.

The Arbor Section of the Zoning Division consists of staff responsible for reviewing land development applications for compliance with Orange County regulations for landscaping, buffering, open space and tree protection and removal.  The Arborist team facilitates regulatory programs, conducts inspections, issues violations, and provides citizen engagement through the permitting process.

  • Provides supervision and training for the Senior Arborists and Arborists

  • Develops and manages the section work program.

  • Responsible for planning, delegating, scheduling, reviewing and editing all work products produced by the section's staff.

  • Develops educational and training materials associated with code updates, develops new processes to implement code changes, manages the workload, develops the required permitting and tracking tools, and creates the operational documents.

  • Coordinates and manages tree assessment and mitigation calculations and ensures that they are conducted and completed according to established standards.

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the section in responding to customer problems and needs and is responsible for improving customer satisfaction with the section's products and services.

  • Tracks and reviews proposed legislation to determine the impact on Orange County and the Zoning Division.

  • Remains informed about emerging technologies and innovative programs, projects, and activities in other communities and organizations; then applies this information to the section’s work program so as to continuously improve quality and productivity.

  • Serves as technical support for other members of the section and division and for multi-disciplinary team projects.

  • Coordinates section’s activities with other department sections to ensure compatibility.

  • Serves as one of the primary division contact persons with various members of the community and speaks before civic, community, governmental and professional groups and private organizations.

  • Acts as projects manager for more technical studies assigned to the section, include code amendments.

  • Makes recommendations and presentations to various County advisory boards, including the Board of Zoning Adjustment, Development Advisory Board and the Development Review Committee.

  • Works with other departments in preparation of their studies/plans to ensure that such documents are consistent with the Orange County Zoning Code.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Planning, Public Administration or a closely related field, and five years of experience in a planning-related area to include one year of supervisory experience; or a Bachelor's degree in Planning, Public Administration or a closely related-field, and eight years of experience in a planning related area to include one year of supervisory experience.

Perferences: Degree preference in Arboriculture, Forestry, Landscape Architecture or a closely related field.

Education Requirements: If your education was obtained in the United States, the County recognizes degrees or diplomas which are accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If you have obtained education from a country other than the United States, your degree or diploma must be evaluated to determine the United States equivalency by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluations (AICE) at your expense.

Experience Level: AICP Level

Other:  Resumes are not accepted in place of a completed online application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the detailed and relevant work experience, which would qualify them for the position. Please enter all periods of employment, including your current position, duties, hours worked and educational background. Failure to provide complete information will result in your application being disqualified. The selected applicant will be required to submit to a pre-employment physical, drug test, and a background screening process prior to the start of employment. To learn more about our Sign-On Incentive Program visit our website at:

Employer Info

201 S. Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801


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  • Commercial/Residential

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