Location: Charleston, South Carolina

Director of Planning, Preservation, and Sustainability

Department: Planning, Preservation, & Sustainability Department

Division: Planning, Preservation, & Sustainability Department

Job Status: Full-Time

The City
Through careful conservation, creative and innovative financing, and meticulous planning, Charleston is a city that celebrates a rich history. Charleston was the first city in the country to enact a preservation ordinance. We have an active and ongoing interest in the protection and restoration of our buildings, which tell the story of our past.

The Department
The Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability oversees the urban design, preservation, zoning and land development activities of the City of Charleston. Services include the following: administration and enforcement of City ordinances for zoning, land subdivision, architecture, and historic preservation, and advocacy for excellence in the design of the civic realm in the City. The department is responsible for promoting a strong community and vital public realm; preserving and enhancing Charleston’s diverse neighborhoods; fostering quality new neighborhoods and a healthy urban environment; involving citizens in planning for the City’s future; and helping City government design its programs and operations to be consistent with the community’s vision.

The Position
This position plays a key role in researching and developing solutions to urban design, preservation, planning, neighborhood, and economic development issues facing the City, both in an urban and suburban context. Develops policy recommendations for consideration by the Mayor and City Council. Implements policy directives and ordinance changes as approved and directed by the Mayor/City Council and manages a myriad of special projects under the Mayor's direction. The successful applicant will have an extensive knowledge of the guiding principles of the New Urbanism. Requires: Master's Degree (MA/MS) or equivalent in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, or a related field; and seven to ten years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

The applicant's portfolio of work should be submitted with the online employment application.