Planning Technician I/II
OPENING DATE: 08/01/18; CLOSING DATE: 08/31/18 05:30 PM
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The City of San Marcos is excited to invite qualified applicants for the
position of Planning Technician I/II (DOE).
Planning Technician I - $47,212 - $61,601 (Steps 1 through 10)
Planning Technician II - $53,048 - $69,215 (Steps 1 through 10)
SALARY: $22.70 - $29.62 Hourly; $1,815.85 - $2,369.27 Biweekly; $3,934.33 - $5,133.42 Monthly; $47,212.00 - $61,601.00 Annually
The City of San Marcos Development Services Department has an exciting opportunity for a Full Time Planning Technician in the Planning Division. The full time benefits associated with this position can be found by clicking on benefits tab above. The Development Services Department provides a one-stop-shop for private development projects. The Department handles everything from project entitlement approvals to construction permits and serves to address violations of the City Ordinances related to land use and development.
The ideal candidate must have strong communication and analytical skills and be able to perform assigned tasks with high degree of competency. Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical and customer service work related to current planning. This position is first point of contact for the Planning Division as it relates to in person contact at the public counter and assisting with inquiries via phone and email. Positions assigned to this class require technical planning knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through experience, and require the ability to work independently, exercising judgment and initiative while assuming more difficult tasks under direct supervision. This class may be distinguished from the next higher class of Assistant Planner by the level of difficulty and complexity of work performed, and the commitment of time to providing information to the general public. Positions at the Planning Technician II level are normally filled by advancement from the Planning Technician I level after gaining the knowledge, skill, and experience which meet the qualifications for and after demonstrating the ability to perform the work of the higher-level class. When filled from the outside, the employee is required to have prior related experience that allows the employee to meet the qualification standards for the Planning Technician II level. Applications Submitted by: 5:30pm, August 31, 2018. First Interviews: September 13; Second Interviews: September 20.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Provides information and service to the general public and developers at the development services counter, over the telephone, in the field, or in writing on planning related processes, issues, and regulations related to zoning and subdivision regulations, general plan, land use, and city procedures; explains City procedures for fiing/processing planning applications.
Responds to inquiries and participates in the processing of use permits, variances applications,and minor land development applications; accepts planning applications, enters information in tracking software and collects fees. Reviews projects and plan checks sign, building, landscape plans for conformance with City's Zoning standards and General Plan policies. Assists planning project managers with a variety of planning related data for reports and studies; assists in gathering and tabulating data on population, land use, subdivision, and community design. Researches City records related to planning applications and functions; and coordinates with other City Departments in preparation of maps/exhibits. Conducts field inspections for permit approvals and compliance with zoning regulations and codes. Prepares resolutions and presentations for minor discretionary applications. Prepares a variety of maps, charts, and other graphic representations and presentations including illustrations, photographs, and other planning exhibits; prepares PowerPoint presentations. Reads and interprets maps, engineering and architectural drawings. Performs other related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Knowledge of: Methods, practices, techniques, and instruments used in drafting; skills related to the design and layout of development plans; some knowledge of the principle and practices of municipal planning; organization and functions of the various agencies involved in the planning process.
Read and prepare maps, sketches, charts, graphs, and other graphic representations to be used for illustration in reports and for display at public hearings; understand and carry out oral and written directions; properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies; enforce appropriate codes and regulations with firmness and tact; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Education/Training- An Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, community development, geography, public administration, or a related field. Experience- Three years of responsible technical experience in an Engineering, Planning, or Community Development office. Public contact duties involving development processing, building, or engineering in a public agency setting is preferred. College courses in Planning or related field may substitute for one year of experience.
The City of San Marcos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, ancestry, national origin, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, other non-job related physical or mental disability, medical condition, or other functional limitation in employment or the provision of service. The City is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in this recruitment, please contact the Human Resources Office prior to the filing deadline. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request.
Note: All appointments are subject to the successful completion of a medical examination, including substance abuse screening, at the City’s expense. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new employees must produce proof of eligibility to work in the United States within the first three days of employment. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any of the provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.
PLANNING TECHNICIAN I/II (DOE) Supplemental Questionnaire - REQUIRED
- *Which best describes how many years of verifiable experience you have in planning or development services?
Less than 1 year of experience
I have 1-3 years of experience
I have 3-5 years of experience
I have 5 or more years of experience
- *Do you have public counter experience? If so, please describe.
- *Please describe your customer service philosophy.
- *Please describe your general understanding of a City's General Plan. Why are General Plans needed?
- *Please describe why you are interested in this position with the City of San Marcos.
* Required Question