Position Description

Planner III
Job Code 4158
Requisition Information
Planning & Development Services

Opening Date:

Tentative Close Date:

County Region:
Central County (S. Fruitville - N. Clark)

County Administration Center 1660 Ringling Boulevard Sarasota, FL

# of openings:

Pay range:
$53,830.40 - $73,153.60

Who May Apply?:
Open to All

Position Type:
Full time

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Planner III: Provide advanced professional land use planning in the review and processing of rezones, special exceptions, comprehensive plan, large scale developments, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI's) Developments of Critical Concerns (DOCC's), Developer Agreements and other planning and intergovernmental projects, and to present factual findings and reports for these projects to the public, Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners.  


  • Review and process rezones, special exceptions, comprehensive plan, large scale developments, DRI and DOCC petitions, assist applicants and the public, prepares staff reports, public hearing packets, adhere to eGenda timeline criteria.

  • Prepares and makes presentations to the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners.

  • Conducts land use and special study analysis and/or Neighborhood Workshop and CIVICS participation as delegated or assigned.

  • Participates in neighborhood workshop, preliminary and Pre-Application meetings with applicants.

  • Oversees progress of assigned teams; oversees completion of projects assigned timely and on budget.  Makes recommendations on projects.

  • Acts as a technical advisor/mentor and serves as a lead worker; provides staff assistance; Provides feedback/assistance with performance management, promotions and other personnel actions. 

  • Serves as a subject matter expert.

  • Develop performance goals and measures.

  • Accurately post billable hours into LIMS program.


Minimum Qualifications:   A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Geography, or a major recognized by the American Planning Association as “related”, and six years’ experience in the field of land use and/or public facilities planning. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Urban and Regional Planning or a major recognized by the American Planning Association as “related” can substitute for one year of non-supervisory experience.  Progressively responsible professional experience can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college degree.  AICP Certification is required at time of hire or 18 months from date of hire. 

Preferred Qualifications:   AICP certification is highly preferred.  Demonstrated leadership experience in large and complex projects.  Project Management certification is preferred.  FEMA training is preferred.  GIS Mapping experience a plus.

Job Based Competencies:   Principles and practices of public planning, land use and public facilities planning, local and state laws, rules and regulations pertaining to land use planning, complex project management, effective leadership skills, facilitation skills, advanced interpersonal skills, mentoring and leading others, polished public speaking skills, advanced written and oral communications skills, ability to oversee works of others, advising and guiding customers, solution orientation, ability to interface with agency counterparts. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software, and become proficient in County used software such as LIMS, SharePoint, ArcGIS, eGenda, KRONOS, and other software which the County may utilize.












Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.

Drug Free Work Environment             EOE/AA/ADA  


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