PLANNING TECHNICIAN

Recruitment #22-113-3908

Job Description

The Department of Building and Development is seeking candidates for the position of Planning Technician I in the Land Development Division. The Land Development Division provides technical review and oversight of land development applications, manages performance and erosion and sediment control bonds, maintains land development records, provides professional guidance to other County agencies related to land development, and provides exemplary customer service.

Planning Technicians play a key role in the land development process in Loudoun County. This position serves as the gatekeeper for hundreds of land development applications in a year and the Planning Technicians ensure that each meets regulatory minimum standards. They begin the record-keeping process and are the primary point-of-contact for the development community for incoming development projects. As Planning Technicians gain experience, they often participate in the plat review process and may eventually be assigned their own projects to manage under the supervision of the professional planning staff. Planning Technicians also play a critical customer service role.

Planning Technicians are responsible for intake and processing of queries from the public via various communication channels and for organizing responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. With training and experience, Planning Technicians are often the front-line staff helping citizens with complex land development questions. In addition, Planning Technicians support the Department by performing tasks with the Bonds Management Team, the Management and Budget Team, and other Departments.

Salary commensurate with experience

Job Requirements

High school diploma or equivalent; two (2) years of related work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in government setting is preferred.

Special Requirements

The successful candidate must have superior customer service skills, the ability to navigate an intricate land development process, and aptitude to perform a multitude of administrative and entry level professional planning tasks. The chosen candidate must have strong and effective written and verbal communication skills and an intermediate skill in using computers, and Microsoft Office. Strong organizational skills, the ability to be a reliable team member and the ability work independently are musts for this position. Knowledge and experience of the planning profession is a plus.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

Successful candidate must pass background checks for criminal and credit history.