Planner II

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a supportive team of local government professionals in a community with an excellent quality of life? Powhatan County is the Richmond region’s best-kept secret for work/life balance, while being a short drive from the capital city’s amenities.



  • Department: Community Development
  • Compensation: $45,500-52,000/annually DOQ
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Deadline: June 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Position Objectives

Powhatan County is seeking a Planner II to support the Community Development Department in a variety of tasks related to current and long-range planning, including:
  • Helping residents, businesses, property owners, and developers understand local zoning and subdivision requirements;
  • Coordinating the review of rezonings, conditional use permits, and/or other development proposals;
  • Reviewing business license applications and other zoning-related applications;
  • Researching and developing policies that help implement recommendations made in the comprehensive plan.

Desirable Training & Experience

Preferred Experience

  • Experience coordinating the review of rezoning and conditional use permit applications.
  • Experience in the development of long-range planning documents and policies.
  • Experience working with elected officials, appointed officials, and the general public.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with limited supervision.
  • Experience working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and other local, regional, and state agencies.


Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning (or a Closely-Related Field) + Three Years Professional Experience OR Master’s Degree in Urban Planning (or a Closely-Related Field) + Two Years Professional Experience

AICP Certification Preferred

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to interpret complex subdivision and zoning ordinances.
  • Ability to understand and assess the physical impacts of proposed development on a property.
  • Ability to assist applicants and citizens with the application and review process associated with different development proposals.
  • Ability to provide professional, clear, concise, and accurate communication in both verbal and written form.
  • Ability to research planning-related policies and best practices used in Virginia and nationwide.
  • Knowledge of community engagement techniques and best practices.
  • Knowledge of GIS and other mapping tools.
  • Ability to create high-quality, professional brochures and graphics that clearly relay information and help stakeholders visualize development possibilities.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with co-workers to improve operations, streamline work processes, and provide exceptional customer service.

Click HERE to submit a completed County application through the County's website.  Hard copies of the application may also be obtained in person at 3834 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139 or through email at

Click HERE for a complete job description.

Equal Opportunity and Drug Free Workplace

Powhatan County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and encourages women, veterans and minorities to apply.  Powhatan County is a  Drug Free Workplace.