Licking County Planning Commission (LCPC)(Ohio) is seeking candidates for the position of Planning Director. In addition to leadership of the Planning Department, the successful candidate will be the Executive Director of Licking County Area Transportation Study (LCATS, a federally recognized regional MPO), serve as the county (and several villages’) floodplain administrator and subdivision administrator. The Director may also serve as the Development Director through a memorandum of agreement between LCPC and the Licking County Board of Commissioners and thus have oversight of the Community Development Department.
Licking County is located in the fast growing Columbus Ohio Metro and is one of six counties bordering the State Capitol and Franklin County. It is a county of 170,000 and growing and is the third largest ‘land area’ county in Ohio. Licking County has a strong economy based on traditional manufacturing, the tech industry and agriculture which remains strong and is diversifying. The traditional industry includes Owens Corning Fiberglas with both their Research and Development Center in Granville and major manufacturing plant in Newark and other industries, large and small, in several industrial parks.
Recently, the community has gained a major Amazon Distribution Center in Etna Township and an Amazon data center in New Albany, and in recent weeks Facebook announced similar data center plans in western Licking County. Licking County benefits from having access to abundant and redundant electricity from the grid of American Electric Power and the regional electric supplier, the Energy Cooperative. The reshoring of businesses back to the United States is also found in this county.
The Licking County Seat is the centrally located City of Newark; and Newark is joined by the cities of Heath, Pataskala and parts of New Albany and Reynoldsburg. Villages include Granville (home to Denison University), Johnstown, Utica, Hartford, Buckeye Lake, Saint Louisville, Alexandria, Gratiot, Hebron, Kirkersville and Hanover. Newark is also the home of the Central Ohio Technical College and the Newark regional campus of the Ohio State University.
Among the challenges in the next decade is projected growth to 200,000 as part of the expanding Columbus Metro, which is the growth engine of Ohio. Transportation, utilities and public infrastructure remain projects to be coordinated with various other jurisdictions including at the state and federal level.
Licking County is seeking a certified and qualified leader, planner and manager who can discern, demonstrate sound judgment and extend the community’s plans to protect the past and better the future while balancing the interests and needs of a diverse population, business and residential interests.
The salary to be offered will be commensurate with certification, education, experience, planning skills and demonstrated leadership ability. We are looking for a solid citizen who is career oriented and looking to become an integral part of this growing and attractive community. Finally, we believe this Planning Directorship is a desirable career opportunity and we look forward to hearing from qualified candidates.
A career in public service with Licking County Government presents an opportunity to make a difference in the community. As Licking County’s second largest employer, we currently employ approximately 1,100 individuals, offering a variety of staff, managerial and professional positions in a wide range of career areas: information technology systems, human services, social services, criminology, law, planning, environmental sciences, recycling / litter prevention, safety, health and maintenance.
Candidates are encouraged to learn more by visiting the County website www.lcounty.com and specifically the County Planning and Development Division (https://www.lcounty.com/depts/planning/default.htm) as well as the websites for Grow Licking County (economic development) (http://www.growlickingcounty.org) and Explore Licking County (quality of life) (https://explorelc.org/) to learn more about Licking County Ohio.
Successful candidates will be subject to Licking County’s pre-employment drug screen.
Licking County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.