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Planning Assistant

Date Posted: 10/27/2023
Department: Planning
Compensation: $38,698
Hours: Full-time

Deadline: Open until filled

Position Objectives


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

Duties & 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 judgment, 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

Applicants  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. 


Benefited after 30 days

Medical, dental, and life insurance
Sick, vacation, and holiday pay
Membership in the Local Government Retirement System

Supplemental retirement 401k/457

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:


  • on our website:

     under “Job Opportunities”

  • McDowell County Administration Building(s):

              60 East Court St Marion, NC 28752 ​

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752


Applications can be submitted:

              60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • or by Mail to:

               McDowell County Human Resources

               60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752

  • or by email to: 


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