Job Opportunity: Director of Planning and Economic Development LRCOG

Director of Planning and Economic Development

Manages the Planning and Economic Development (PED) Department, develops plans and budgets, oversees human resources, administers and directs PED programs, performs evaluation and control activities, conducts community relations activities, performs professional development activities, and performs related services:

  • Attends meetings and maintains contacts with city/county officials regarding developmental needs and plans; holds discussions with interested parties, identifies projects and conducts research on technical issues and funding; assists clients and other COG departments related to grant sources and application preparation; seeks supplemental sources of funding for PED programs; prepares and submits grant proposals and other requests to funding agencies; and develops and submits PED budget for approval.
  • Determines work and designs jobs; determines reporting relationships and chain of command; develops organizational chart; delegates authority and assigns responsibilities to lead, professional and clerical personnel; and makes modifications as needed to accomplish mission.
  • Develops job descriptions and performs updates; reviews applicant materials, participates in interviews resumes of job applicants, conducts interviews of candidates with personnel management committee, and makes hiring recommendation; assesses training needs and arranges for training, including technical assistance; retreats and in-service training; appraises job performance, provides feedback, makes salary recommendations, and takes necessary action to improve job performance; recommends disciplinary action; encourages professional development activities; and serves on the Personnel Management Committee in policy development.
  • Supervises PED staff in program planning, implementation, marketing, records management and reporting. Administers and directs PED programs including but not limited to Census, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Revolving Loan Fund, Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Organization, Rural Planning Organization, Purchasing Cooperative, State and Federal Grants, Mobility Management and Community Planning Initiatives. Responds to complaints and takes appropriate corrective action; develops forms and trains staff in use of forms; provides technical assistance to PED staff and contractors; conducts staff meetings; and supervises interns and volunteers. Reviews program reports and related documents to ensure quality and legal compliance; prepares departmental and special reports; monitors budget expenditures; monitors contractor compliance; conducts compliance assessments of grants and programs; and negotiates grants and contracts.
  • Serves on planning and economic development committees and organizations; responds to requests concerning PED and agency services and programs; presents informational programs to organizations; attends community meetings; represents LRCOG at meetings upon request.
  • Attends professional conferences, workshops, and seminars; and maintains knowledge of developments in field and regulatory environment.
  • Serves as member of executive leadership team of LRCOG; may work with consultants; and performs related tasks as requested.

Master’s degree with background in public administration, planning, business, or economics. Experience in grant writing/management, budgeting, financial planning, program development, and human resource management are preferred. Five years’ experience related to planning and economic development including supervisory or lead experience or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Salary range: $65,761 – $98,639.   Send cover letter, resume and references to:   Lee-Russell Council of Governments, Attention:   Lisa Sandt, 2207 Gateway Drive, Opelika, AL 36801, Phone (334) 749-5264, Fax (334) 749-6582 or email   Position will remain open until position is filled. LRCOG is an equal opportunity employer.