Planning Assistant

Date Posted: 04/22/2021

Department: Planning

Compensation: $38,136

Hours: Full-time

Deadline: 05/06/2021

Position Objectives

The Planning Assistant performs professional level work in the field of county planning and development services.

Duties and Responsibilities

An employee in this class performs development review and code enforcement work for the County with emphasis on protecting the public health and general welfare of citizens. Work involves assisting the Deputy County Manager for Community Development with site plan approval, subdivision plat review and approval, and other related development review processes. Assists development professionals and the general public with development and public safety issues; conducts research on policy and best practices for development and other public safety related matters; develops various types of maps, charts, photographs, and other visual aids using general accepted software to illustrate data in written reports; and provides development consultation and enforcement assistance to other County departments. Serve as county representative on the Isothermal RPO, and other meetings or committees as required. Work involves providing technical guidance with considerable public interaction on issues requiring good judgement, firmness, and tact.


Work is performed under general supervision of the Deputy County Manager for Community Development and is evaluated through periodic conferences and observation of duties performed.

Minimum Requirements

Applicant must be proficient in computer operations and basic office equipment, have good oral and written communication skills and be able to multitask in a high paced office environment. Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other similar mapping systems is required.  The position will require periodic outdoor work, including walking areas with uneven or steep terrain. May require attendance at meetings after normal working hours.  Pre-employment drug test, criminal background check, and fitness for duty required. Four-year degree from accredited college or university in planning, public administration, or related field; or equivalent combination of experience and training.

Desirable Training and Experience


Benefits after 90 days: 

Medical Insurance employee coverage at no cost for premiums if wellness premium discount is obtained 

Dental and Life Insurance at no cost to the employee for monthly premiums 

Membership in the Local Government Retirement System- lifetime pension if an employee retires from a Local Government position

Supplemental retirement 401k/457 - 2% of the employee's salary contributed by McDowell County each pay period. 

Sick and vacation


Holiday pay begins immediately  

How to Apply



APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by the McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


McDowell County participates in E-Verify.


Applications are available: under “Employment Opportunities

   60 East Court St Marion, NC 28752

  100 Spaulding Rd, Suite #1 Marion, NC 28752

   316 Baldwin Ave Marion, NC 28752


Applications can be submitted:

60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752

100 Spaulding Rd, Suite #1

Marion, NC 28752

McDowell County Human Resources

60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752