Director  – Planning, Environmental and Development Services  Department

Director  – Planning, Environmental and Development Services  Department

  • March 3, 2023


Mayor Jerry L. Demings and Orange County Government believes in Building A Community That Works for Everyone. Anchored by the Mayor’s three leadership principles of Innovation, Collaboration, and Inclusion, the Planning, Environmental and Developmental Services Department (PEDS) includes more than 500 professionals who work daily to facilitate economic development and healthy, prosperous, and sustainable communities throughout the County. Responsible programs within the Department currently include Planning, Transportation Planning, Zoning, Building Safety, Environmental Protection, Housing, and Neighborhood Services.


Orange County Government is seeking a highly qualified individual  to  fill  the  position  of  Director  – Planning, Environmental and Development Services  Department.  This  position  directs  and manages the activities of the Planning, Environmental, and Development Services (PEDS) Department to facilitate coordinated service delivery across planning and permitting programs while providing high levels of customer service. Additionally ensures the protection or enhancement of our built and natural environmental to the benefit of current and future Orange County residents.


Work is performed with independence under the direction of the Deputy County Administrator and is reviewed on a regular basis through customer feedback, observations and results achieved.


Representative Duties


Provides input regarding policy and rulemaking to Mayor, Board of County Commissioners, County Administrator, Division Managers and regulatory agencies through meetings, reports, memorandums, presentations, and public hearings.


Develops and implements a short and long-range work plan consistent with department’s mission to ensure service delivery goals and objectives are met, CIP project delivery, and compliance with financial and regulatory requirements.

Provides policy and technical assistance to numerous advisory boards and committees, including Local Planning Agency/Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Development Review Committee, Roadway Agreement Committee, Development Advisory Board, Lake Advisory Boards, etc.


Coordinates the function and operation of the staff committees with Director of Public Works, Director of Utilities, and other internal business units.


Ensures adherence to all codes, standards, laws, regulations, etc. that pertain to the department. Keeps abreast of regulatory changes and participate in technical / professional society activities. Attends department related public and promotional activities.

Responsible for the department’s annual budget. Presents the budget, monitors divisions’ budgets and operational performance through the review of quarterly and monthly reports, and meetings with Managers, Deputy Director, and key staff members.


Responsible for various personnel matters including hiring (including offers), discipline, performance appraisals, salary adjustments, encouraging and supporting training and development, and related activities.


Investigates and resolves problems and issues on behalf of the Mayor, County Commissioners, County Administration, Division Managers, and others through discussions and evaluations.

Oversees the Department’s emergency management plan. Performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in Planning, Urban Studies, Engineering, Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, Economics, or a closely related field. Ten years progressively responsible experience in the fields of study previously indicated, to include minimum of five years of supervisory or managerial experience.




Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in Planning, Urban Studies, Engineering, Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, Economics, or a closely related field.


Experience overseeing, and/or implementing multi-million dollar operating and capital budgets.





Resumes are not accepted in place of a completed online application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the detailed and relevant work experience, which would qualify them for the position.

Please enter all periods of employment, including your current position, duties, hours worked and educational background. Failure to provide complete information will result in your application being disqualified.


The selected applicant will be required to submit to a pre-employment physical, drug test, and a background screening process prior to the start of employment.




Application Deadline

 Posting Date: 2/20/2023 Closing Date: 3/20/2023

(Posting is subject to close without prior notice)

Application Link:




$157,227 – $198,203 / Annually

Salary is based on qualification and policy






Orange County Administration 201 South Rosalind Avenue Orlando, FL 32801



Veterans Preference



If you are claiming Veterans’ Preference, you are responsible for providing the required eligibility documentation by the close date of the posting. Please submit a cover letter and copies of documents, not originals, to Orange County Human Resources Division, PO Box 1393, Orlando, FL 32801-1393 or fax to (407) 836-0098 (only Veterans’ Preference documentation will be accepted by fax). Your cover letter should include the position posting number  you are applying for, the title of the position and the last 4 digits of your social security number.

Educational Requirements

 If your education was obtained in the United States, the County recognizes degrees or diplomas which are accredited by an agency recognized by the U nited States Department of Education (USDE) or the C ouncil for Higher Education A ccreditation (CHEA). If you have obtained education from a country other than the United States, your degree or diploma must be evaluated to determine the United States equivalency by a member of the N ational Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) or the A ssociation of International Credentials Evaluations (AICE) at your expense.