From children’s services to homelessness, The Planning Council has identified issues of regional concern and brought together the decision makers and resources to address the challenges. With expertise in community needs assessments, compliance auditing, research, and evaluation, our team partners with local governments and businesses, non-profit agencies, and the faith-based community to address the most vulnerable populations’ needs.

As a nonprofit community convener, we administer a variety of local, state, and federal programs to bring the highest quality of care to children, adults, and families in our communities and advocate for initiatives that benefit the region. Since 1941, our dedicated team reaches across geographic boundaries and organizational structures to bring together the right partners to transform ideas into reality.

We believe in serving our team and environment well and therefore we have a generous benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, medical, dental, ST and LT disability, life insurance, retirement, an employee assistance plan for all, a liberal PTO program and a paperless system for many of our work-related functions.

Join our team and become an integral player in making a difference. We’re hiring!

Current Job Openings

Accounting Specialist Overview

At The Planning Council, we fulfill contractual agreements upwards of $13,000,000 with

1) Child Care Aware of America in vetting, training, and monitoring qualified care providers for military families who have a child/ren with special needs

2) USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for the recruitment and enrollment of childcare providers encouraging compliance for their reimbursement of eligible meals serving nutritious food to the children in their care

3) US Housing & Urban Development (HUD), VA Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD), and local municipalities in the Hampton Roads area in managing the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and fulfilling significant roles, often as lead to many Continuums of Care addressing homelessness.

There are many other ongoing projects in addition to these major contracts requiring accuracy, organization, and open communication as an imperative skill set to succeed. This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer and has no reports.


The Accounting Specialist position is multi-faceted within the finance department. In addition to GL postings, processing AP/AR, and managing vendor relations, they also administer the processing of payroll and employee benefits for our strong but mighty team of 37. This position is designed to be a strong support arm for the CFO.



Job Title: Respite Care Specialist ( Full Time)

This program is designed to offer local military families the ability to take a much-needed break and rejuvenate while knowing their child with special needs is being well cared for. At The Planning Council, we fulfill the contractual agreement with Child Care Aware of America in hiring, training, and monitoring qualified care providers for military families who have a child or children with special needs, and exceptional family members. These families are eligible for monthly hours of respite sponsored by the Navy. This position reports to the Respite Care Team – Program Manager.


The Respite Care Administrative Support Specialist supports the activities of the Exceptional Family Member (EFM) Respite Care Team. They are responsible for the recruitment, training, and monitoring of care providers. Additionally, this individual serves as the liaison between participating families and Child Care Aware of America. They will regularly engage in verbal and written communication between partner agencies, families, and providers. This position requires strong organizational skills and critical thinking. Regular communication with Providers, Families, and Respite Team is critical to success in the position.