Jobs Information

  • Description:

    DEFINITION

    The Planning Technician is an entry level position in the urban and regional planning field. The Planning Technician devotes a significant amount of time on administrative tasks supporting the Planning and Development Department. Additionally, the Planning Technician will be responsible for processing general planning applications as assigned and will have interaction with the public to provide customer service on a regular basis.

    DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

    This class is distinguished from the general clerical classes by the more complex, responsible and sensitive duties related to assisting a Division Manager or group of Division Managers.

    SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISE
    Receives direct supervision from the City Planner.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

    • Reviews various application submittals to assure compliance with the minimum requirements for completeness and approval.
    • Serves as primary contact for the Planning Division with residents, developers, and the general public at the front counter and on the telephone.
    • Assists the City Planner with specific planning programs and regulatory approval processes including subdivision plats, development site plans, variances, and other zoning applications.
    • Prepares staff reports as necessary and assists with the preparation of maps, charts, spreadsheets, tables, and other graphics to supplement department staff reports.
    • Participate in the scheduling and preparing for weekly PAC meetings
    • Researches, compiles, and analyzes data for special projects and reports for the Department; prepares and submits routine reports.
    • Works with various Boards, Commissions and Committees and attends related meetings after hours; prepares minutes of meetings and maintains records for permanent file. 
    • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers and the public and demonstrates high quality customer service skills.
    • Performs office tasks, including application tracking, document and file management, copying, scanning, and electronic filing.
    • Assists other departments and outside parties with a variety of requests including identifying property legal descriptions, addresses, flood zones, utility easements and rights-of-way, and other land use related topics.
    • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.

     

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

    For indefinite periods of time - mobility within an office environment; walking; twisting body; stooping; standing; sorting; sitting; seeing; pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying up to 20 pounds; decision making; reaching above shoulder level; using both hands for simple and firm grasping; clarity of hearing; communicating clearly and effectively,  operation of personal computer, calculator, and telephone.


    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Ability to perform essential job functions under limited supervision.
    • Possess a basic understanding of the land use planning profession.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Work cooperatively within the department and with other departments and outside agencies.
    • Work proficiently in Microsoft Office Programs.


    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

    High School Diploma or G.E.D. with 0-2 years’ of relevant experience required.  Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or related field is preferred, along with knowledge of principles and practices of planning and land use management. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with command of English grammar and composition, professional telephone, email, and in-person etiquette. Public speaking and Presentation skills are a plus.


    LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES

    Must have a valid Class "C" Texas Driver's License

     **Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.

     *Duties, responsibilities and actions may change at any time with or without notice.

  • URL: http://laportetx.gov/
  • Level: Entry
  • Position Reports To: City Planner
  • Starts On: Dec. 4, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
  • Salary: 16.769 to 20.96

Jobs Requirements

  • Experience:

    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
    High School Diploma or G.E.D. with 0-2 years’ of relevant experience required. Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or related field is preferred, along with knowledge of principles and practices of planning and land use management. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with command of English grammar and composition, professional telephone, email, and in-person etiquette. Public speaking and Presentation skills are a plus.

  • Skills:

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Ability to perform essential job functions under limited supervision.
    Possess a basic understanding of the land use planning profession.
    Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    Work cooperatively within the department and with other departments and outside agencies.
    Work proficiently in Microsoft Office Programs.

  • Education Required:

    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
    High School Diploma or G.E.D. with 0-2 years’ of relevant experience required. Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or related field is preferred, along with knowledge of principles and practices of planning and land use management. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with command of English grammar and composition, professional telephone, email, and in-person etiquette. Public speaking and Presentation skills are a plus.

Company Information

  • City of LaPorte
    604 W Fairmont Pkwy
    LaPorte TX 77571
    United States of America

Contact Information

  • Human Resources
    Phone: (281) 470-5028
    http://laportetx.gov/