Planning Officer, Austin, Texas

Created 10/18/2020
Reference 381535
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Texas
City Austin
Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or in a field related to the job, plus seven (7) years of related experience in planning, two (2) years of which were in a lead or supervisory capacity.
  • Experience may substitute for education up to a maximum of four (4) years.


Licenses or Certifications:

  • Valid Texas Class C Drivers License.


Notes to Applicants

The Development Services Department ( DSD ) assists homeowners, business owners, and contractors when they build, demolish, remodel or perform any type of construction to ensure compliance with applicable city and building codes.

DSD is seeking a Planning Officer which will serve as a direct supervisor over the subdivision section of the Land Use Review Division, which currently includes six (6) full-time professional planners, and may include temporary staff and interns. Additional responsibilities include: monitoring performance measures, coaching staff on subdivision review and subdivision case management, making recommendations on process improvements, resolving conflicts and facilitating approval of applications and, assisting or taking lead on special projects such as revisions to the Land Development Code and related Criteria Manuals.

DUE TO COVID -19 all interviews for Development Services are being conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams 365.

Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits. Please click HERE for more information.

Employment Application:
Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure your employment history on the application includes your past job titles, employment dates, and a detailed summary of your job duties, functions and responsibilities. Gaps in employment must also be covered in the application. Please take the time to ensure that the application, on its own, represents the best of your history and abilities.

Although there are posting dates listed, Development Services may close the posting any time after seven days from the initial advertisement. Once a position is closed, no additional applications or application changes will be accepted.

Post Interview Verification:
If you are selected as the top candidate for a position, we will be contacting your current and former employer, as well as the references listed in your application. Please do your best to ensure that the contact information on the application is accurate. Top candidates will also be required to provide proof of education from an accredited organization, copies of any professional licenses or certificates listed on the application and a copy of your DD-214 if claiming veteran's preference.

Assessment(s):
Candidates selected for interview may undergo a skill/competency based assessment(s).

Driving Requirement:
This position requires a Valid Texas Class C license or the ability to acquire one by your hire date.

External New Hires must meet the City of Austin's Driver Record Evaluation ( DRE ) requisite.
To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months.

THE DEPARTMENT MAY CLOSE THIS JOB POSTING AT ANY TIME AFTER 7 DAYS .

Pay Range
$33.36 - $43.36

Hours
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm (days/hours may vary).
(Some Telework Options Available).

Job Close Date
11/01/2020
Type of Posting External
Department Development Services Dept
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Drive, Austin 78752
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles
  • Demonstrate skill in conflict resolution and negotiation.
  • Demonstrate skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Knowledge of the order of process for land development with a focus on subdivision.
  • Have detailed knowledge of a Land Development Code, Criteria and the State Law related to subdivision at the City and County level.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and experience in developing policies and procedures that mitigate the impacts of State Laws governing subdivision.
    Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
    Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  • Develops and implements short and long range plans, programs, and personnel.
  • Determines goals, objectives, and resource requirements for activities.
  • Develops, revises, and implements standard operating practice, policy and procedure.
  • Develops and implements the use of program evaluation tools, analyze the data, and prepare evaluation reports.
  • Conducts needs assessments; research and monitor programs and services to identify gaps.
  • Prepares, presents, and monitors budget, ensures program's fiscal administration is in accordance with standards of accounting for voluntary non-profit organizations and agencies.
  • Prepares and presents complete, accurate, and timely financial reports to board and funding sources.
  • Prepares narrative material for grant proposals, annual reports, and other documentation.

    Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
    • Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of fiscal planning and budget preparation.
  • Knowledge of local city, state, federal, and private service providers and funding sources.
  • Knowledge of community organizing and neighborhood development techniques.
  • Knowledge of city practice, policy, and procedure.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Skill in planning, coordinating, and implementing community programs and activities.
  • Skill in developing new initiatives and working with service providers to plan and coordinate services.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in conflict resolution and negotiation.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with community based organizations, schools, city employees and the public.


Criminal Background Investigation This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation
EEO/ADA
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* The minimum qualifications for a Planning Officer are: Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or in a field related to the job, plus seven (7) years of related experience in planning, two (2) years of which were in a lead or supervisory capacity. Experience may substitute for education up to a maximum of four (4) years. Do you meet the minimum qualifications?
  • Yes
  • No
* This position requires a valid Texas Class C Driver License. Do you have a valid Texas Class C Driver license or, if selected for this position, do you have the ability to acquire a valid Texas Class C Driver license by your hire date?
  • Yes
  • No
* The City of Austin Driver Eligibility Standards require that External New Hires meet the City's Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you possess an AICP, CNU-A, or similar certification?
  • Yes
  • No
* How many years have you worked directly on subdivision applications and how many of those years were spent working in the state of Texas?
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe what an exception to subdivision is and provide an example of a pro and a con to its use.
(Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Resume Optional Documents Cover Letter

Employer City of Austin, TX

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