Development Facilitator / Planner (Ombudsman)
The City of Taylor, located in central Texas, is seeking a qualified applicant for the Development Facilitator / Planner (Ombudsman) position. This position assists in coordination of City requirements and acts as a problem-solving liaison between contractors and the city, helping to resolve conflicts that arise related to the entitlement process, permitting, and general regulatory procedures in order to provide an enhanced level of service to simplify processes; development review and planning; involve research and writing of plans and reports; formulating and analyzing long range plans.
The position assembles discovery meetings with relevant staff from the appropriate department(s) and other agencies to support existing businesses and new development projects. The position helps troubleshoot planning and/or construction issues and works to find potential solutions to concerns related to City regulations, staff decisions, and processes and makes balanced recommendations to the appropriate staff in an effort to keep projects moving forward while serving the public interest.
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Basic Life, and Long Term Disability Insurance (employee coverage paid by the City); retirement with Texas Municipal Retirement System; Social Security match; Paid holidays, vacation and paid sick days. The City of Taylor is a good place to live and work.
- URL: www.taylortx.gov
- Position Reports To: Director, Development Services
- Location: Taylor, TX
- Starts On: Dec. 11, 2017, 6:13 p.m.
- Salary: $46,344 to $54,523/ year DOQ
Minimum four (4) years of experience working in the planning, development, engineering, and/or construction profession. GIS experience preferred. Additional education may substitute for experience on a year-for-year basis.
Knowledge: Municipal planning and development requirements and practices (zoning, platting, site planning); community development principles and practices; superior customer service principles and practices.
Skill: Effective writing techniques with proper English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, or database management.
Abilities: Confer with developers, architects, engineers, landowners, and contractors regarding processes, code interpretations, ordinances, and state laws. Assist businesses and applicants navigate the development and construction process. Informs, educates, and proactively provides project management oversight of private development projects. Evaluate, research, and analyze concerns and recommend solutions to the appropriate internal and external parties to problems that arise during the development process. Provides extensive public outreach and develops relationships with the development community.
Review policies and recommends changes to the director to improve customer service, predictability, and staff efficiency.
Serve as a neutral agent to mediate unresolved matters between City staff and external customers. Ensure feedback loops are provided frequently and efficiently. Research and evaluate preservation related matters such as compatibility, architecture review for residential and commercial additions and alterations, signage, and compliance with adopted ordinances.
Produce project-specific reports with reports filed in the web-based public land management software system. Compile and extract data and analyze overall trends in public concerns.
- Education Required:
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Historic Preservation or a planning related field.
City of Taylor
400 Porter Street
Taylor TX 76574
United States of America
- Contact Method:
Must apply on line