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Long Range Planning Manager

Nassau County is 726 square miles of natural beauty located in the northeast corner of Florida along the Atlantic Ocean and Interstate 95. With 13 miles of pristine beaches, hundreds of miles of rivers, historic downtown Fernandina Beach, and an expanding economy. The combination of rich history, rural charm, natural resources, quality-of-life, and proximity to strategic installations provides Nassau County with unparalleled potential.  Part of the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, Nassau County has a population of 91,113 and a regional population of 1.6 million, the Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) estimates that Nassau County grew by 4.92% last year ranking as the 4th fastest-growing county, by percent growth, in Florida [2nd among counties with a population of at least 80,000]. BEBR predicts Nassau County will be the sixth fastest-growing county in the State of Florida over the next 10 years with a projected population expansion of 33% resulting in over 121,600 people calling Nassau County home.


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Advanced and highly responsible position overseeing the Long-Range Planning Division, performing and supervising complex projects and long-range planning in a fast-growing County that prides itself on innovative planning practices. General responsibilities include performing the review of development applications in multiple master planned areas, directing teams in developing master and special area plans, evaluating and formulating land use and transportation strategies, conducting policy research, analyzing and appraising elements of the Comprehensive Plan, and preparing written analyses and presentations of development applications and proposals. This position serves as the team lead on planning projects of various kinds.


  • Manages, organizes, plans, controls, prepares, evaluates and implements complex planning projects.
  • Supervises, directs, coordinates, assigns, and implements division work plans and assignments. Delegates responsibility and appropriate authority to assigned staff.
  • Monitors work activities and assesses workload to ensure timely and accurate completion of assigned responsibilities.
  • Provides leadership and motivation to staff.  Ensures employees receive appropriate training; conducts performance appraisals and administers corrective action as required.
  • Provides direction and support to other departments, the development community, and the general public regarding development requirements and land use projects.
  • Represents the County at various community meetings.
  • Oversees staffing support to the Essential Housing Advisory Committee.
  • Reviews, develops, and prepares updates to the County’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to ensure updates meet County goals and follow state and federal regulations.
  • Oversees special annual projects and long-range planning activities.
  • Coordinates and promotes department’s work with other County departments, local, regional, and state planning agencies and organizations by providing technical assistance related to County projects, procedures, goals, and objectives.
  • Conducts internal and external customer service providing feedback on applications and resolving issues.
  • Prepares draft ordinances and amendments to ordinances.
  • Responds to public inquiries both orally and in writing.
  • Assists with development review as needed.
  • Reviews and analyzes reports, studies, and other documents.
  • Attends and participates in various evening meetings for agenda items relating to long-range planning initiatives. Makes presentations to the Planning and Zoning Board, Conditional Use and Variance Board, the Board of County Commissioners, and citizens’ groups as required; provides technical assistance regarding planning and design issues.
  • Prepares Evaluation and Appraisal Review (EAR)-based amendments to the Comprehensive Plan as mandated by State law.


(These essential functions are not a complete statement of all duties required of the job. Employees will be required to perform such other related job duties as may be assigned or required.)


This position Requires a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or related field, a minimum of five (5) years experience in urban/municipal planning and design, some of which has been in a supervisory capacity, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.  Local government experience in the State of Florida is preferred.  Must obtain American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification within one (1) year of hire date. Must possess a valid State Driver's License.


The range for this position is $73,836.27 - $112,350.78. The County provides a comprehensive benefits program and participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) and has a 3% employee contribution requirement. Voluntary supplemental 457 deferred compensation retirement is also available. For additional benefit information, visit:


Nassau County is a Drug Free Workplace; Nassau County values the service veterans and their family members have given to our country and that the County supports the hiring of returning service members, military spouses, and their family members as such this position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference in accordance with applicable laws.

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Job Type : Full-Time

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