Sep 14, 2018
Sep 28, 2018
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is currently looking for Zoning Technicians to join our Zoning Division. The successful candidate in this position will be part of the Zoning Counter Services team, which provides zoning support activities involving daily interactions with residents, contractors, attorneys, realtors, architects, developers and others.

The Zoning Division is responsible for the interpretation, enforcement, and administration of the Zoning Ordinance, as well as providing technical assistance to citizens and the development community.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing building and other permits electronically and/or in hard copy format to ensure compliance with use, height, density, placement requirements, and parking ratios;
  • Receiving, screening, and processing land use applications and providing information to the public on using or developing the property in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Providing detailed technical zoning information to the public;
  • Preparing written reports for the Zoning Board of Appeals at the Board's request;
  • Assisting the Board of Zoning Approval (BZA) Coordinator with review, evaluation and preparation of BZA reports as assigned.  Working with applicants to ensure accuracy of requests through site visits and preparing draft BZA reports.
  • Attending BZA meetings as requested and present cases at BZA hearings.
  • Using computer software to input and retrieve information;
  • Completing document and records management; and
  • Conducting analytical research on various projects.
The successful candidate in this position has impeccable customer service skills and is adept at written and oral communication. You are a team-player and have experience with managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment.

Selection Criteria

Minimum:  Associate's degree in Urban Planning, Construction Management, Architecture, Social Sciences, or related field, and one year of full-time experience in plan review, zoning administration, building permit review, surveying, or other directly related area. 

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis. Additional education may be substituted for no more than 6 months of experience.

Desirable: Preference will be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Dealing with plats, building plans, site development plans and/or applications for public hearings;
  • Explaining building, zoning, or other ordinances to members of the public;
  • Working collaboratively with others preferably in a team setting to resolve issues, share information and provide service to the public;
  • Writing and presenting staff reports to a public board, committee, or council; and/or
  • Working in a fast pace, high volume office with high volume customer interaction.

Special Requirements

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

This is a 40 hour a week position, and employee is expected to be present when the office is open, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety.

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