Chief of Planning and Economic Development

Posted By: Candice Walsh Job Board,

Position to be filled by:  May 15, 2024

Company: City of Savannah, Gerogia 

Location: Savannah, GA

Category: Local Government

Position Type: Full-Time

Education Requirement: Bachelor's Degree

Experience Requirement: 10+ Years

Salary: The hiring range is $165,000 – $199,000 depending on qualifications and experience. 

How to Apply:  

Job Description & Details

Are you an experienced planning and economic development professional with a strategic mindset? Do you have the expertise and experience to support innovative planning and economic development efforts for a growing city with metropolitan needs? The City of Savannah, Georgia, seeks a proactive and creative collaborator for a new and pivotal position, Chief of Planning and Economic Development (Chief). As part of Savannah’s executive realignment, the first Chief of Planning and Economic Development is charged with expanding the city’s tax base, shaping development and tourism, creating economic opportunities, preserving protected historic landmarks, and ensuring sustainability. 

Bachelor's degree (master’s degree preferred) in Public Administration, Business Administration, Planning, Engineering, or Economic Development supplemented with ten (10) years of responsible management experience in a public agency is required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Salary and Benefits: 
The hiring range for the position is $165,000 – $199,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Savannah offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement options, and relocation expenses, which can be found here.

  • To apply, please visit and click on the Chief of Planning and Economic Development – City of Savannah, GA title. 
    All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the city’s employment application portal or any other external website.
  • Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
  • Applicants should apply by February 18, 2024, to be considered during the first round of reviews.
  • The hiring team will invite successful semi-finalists to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluations on March 28.- 29, 2024. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate.
  • Direct all inquiries to 

The City of Savannah, GA, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC manages the recruitment and selection process for this position. To learn more about our selection process, visit, select “Client Openings," and scroll down to “Important Information for Applicants.”