Zoning Technician

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$47,236.80 - $72,113.60 Annually
Posted
Aug 07, 2019
Closes
Aug 30, 2019
Ref
3111-19C-PHD-HQ
Industry
Specialty Trades
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking a Zoning Technician to join our Zoning Division. The 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 duties include:
  • Providing direct customer support to the public by responding to zoning inquiries in person, via email, and over the phone;
  • 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;
  • 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 presenting 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 strong customer service skills, and is adept at written and oral communication and a team-player with experience in 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;
  • Working in a fast pace, high volume office with high volume customer interaction; and/or
  • Microsoft Office (or similar) software package.


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.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.

01

What is your highest level of education?
  • Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Construction Management, Architecture, Social Sciences, or related field.
  • Associate's Degree in Urban Planning, Construction Management, Architecture, Social Sciences, or related field.
  • High School or equivalent.
  • Other
  • None of the above.


02

How much full-time experience in plan review, zoning administration, building permit review, surveying, or other directly related area do you have?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • Less than a year
  • 1 year but less than 2 years
  • 2 years or more


03

Select the areas that describe your work experience. Check all that apply.
  • Building plans or permit review
  • Zoning plans or permit review
  • Zoning administration
  • Surveying
  • Customer Service
  • Other directly related area


04

If you did not provide detailed information in your application, please use the space below to describe in full detail the experiences checked on question #3.

05

Please indicate if you have experience, or possess any of the following (check all that apply):
  • 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
  • Working in a fast pace, high volume office with high volume customer interaction
  • None of the above


06

Check the Microsoft Office (or similar) software packages you have used and the types of documents you have prepared.
  • No experience with Microsoft Office Software
  • Correspondence using Word
  • Reports using Word
  • Forms using Word
  • Spreadsheets using Excel
  • Charts and graphs using Excel
  • Data bases using Access
  • I have performed these functions using similar software


Required Question

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