Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Director
Department: Metropolitan Planning Updated: 01/2018
Division: Metropolitan Planning FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

The Director performs complex professional and administrative work while having the full management responsibility of the Planning Department.


·         Manage the day-to-day business of the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

·         Be accessible to and supportive of staff, focusing their attention and efforts on the implementation and administration of the County Master Plan and policies.

·         Motivate, supervise, and direct the work of others, delegate responsibilities to staff and hold staff accountable for their performance.

·         See the “big picture” as well as to conceive and develop detailed, innovative, and imaginative planning solutions to difficult and complex problems, including new development, redevelopment, environmental issues, and transportation concerns.

·         Participate as an active member of the County upper level management team, as well as effectively represent St. Clair County in meetings with governmental agencies, the public, and staff.

·         Conceive, develop, advocate for, and implement programs and projects that support and realize the goals and objectives of the County Master Plan.

·         Conduct research into the economic, fiscal, physical, social and circulatory structure of the county.

·         Assist in building and maintaining coalitions in support of achieving the goals and objectives of County plans.

  • Develop project budgets, administer bidding process, and verify contract expenditures and compliance.
  • Develop transportation plans, master plans, recreation plans, Brownfield plans, and other studies on a local and regional basis.

·         Serves as staff to the County Planning Commission and directs all county planning and zoning activities including the formulation and development of a comprehensive County master plan.

·         Supervises, directs, evaluates and coordinates staff, handles employee concerns and problems, assigns work, counsels employees and conducts disciplinary and other personnel actions.

·         Prepares and administers the Planning Commission’s annual budget and special revenue funds.

·         Ensures that departmental operations occur within the budget constraints and conform to County purchasing policies and procedures.

·         Works closely with the Administrator/Controller, the Board of Commissioners, and other County department heads on a variety of internal corporate planning initiatives, including strategic planning, capital improvement planning, and economic development.

·         Carries out high priority projects as directed by the Administrator/Controller, the Board of Commissioners, and the Planning Commission.

·         Directs the County's Homeowner Assistance Program and other grant programs funded through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and/or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

·         Oversees the collection, organization and maintenance of social, economic, governmental, regulatory and census data for use in technical studies and reports; directs and participates in studies and collection of data in the field as needed.

·         Represents the Metropolitan Planning Commission and St. Clair County on various regional planning committees.

·         Serves as a Metropolitan Planning Commission representative on various boards and committees.

·         Prepares speeches, writes articles, makes reports and gives presentations to various groups dealing with county planning.

·         Advises the public and private sectors in developing new concepts, plans, projects and programs.

·         Performs public speaking duties.

·         Attends meetings, seminars and training sessions as required to remain knowledgeable of departmental operations, to discuss planning related subjects and to promote improved job performance.

·         Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed under the general direction of the Administrator/Controller, the Board of Commissioners, and the Metropolitan Planning Commission.



Supervision is exercised over all Planning Department personnel.


·         A Master’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or a closely related field.

·         A minimum of six years of broad management, supervisory, and technical experience in local government, urban planning and development activities is required.

·         Excellent project management and oral and written communication skills.

·         AICP Certification required, or is required to be obtained within one year.

·         Possess and maintain a valid Michigan Driver’s License and must maintain eligibility to drive as per the County’s vehicle policy.

·         Advanced knowledge of the theory, principles and techniques of the planning profession and development process.

·         Advanced knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to a wide variety of planning topics.

·         Considerable knowledge of principles of personnel management, including supervision, training and performance evaluation.

·         Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of capital improvements programming, budgeting and administrative procedures.

·         Ability to understand and manage high-profile, sensitive or controversial political situations.

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.      

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.             

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.                       

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.


·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.      

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. but may occasionally include overtime, evenings or weekends.

·         Generally works in a normal office environment. 

·         The noise level in the work environment is low/moderate with few interruptions.

·         An employee in this classification may be called upon to attend night meetings at locations throughout the county on a regular or irregular basis.

·         This position is an executive-level salaried position which is exempt from overtime as established by the FLSA. 



Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.





It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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Human Resources
200 Grand River Avenue, Ste. 206
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 989-6910
Fax: (810) 985-3493
Email: Human Resources