Planning Technician

The Collaborative
Dunwoody, Georgia

The Collaborative, an award-winning consulting firm with a national reputation for excellence in planning, design, and communications, seeks a talented Planning Technician to join its team of professionals supporting a contract for the City of Dunwoody, GA. Our Dunwoody community development team operates as an on-site, full-service community development department in support of the City, providing planning and zoning, building and permitting, and code enforcement services. The services provided by the Department are wide-ranging and constantly changing. It is a fast-paced environment, requiring attention to detail and flexibility in prioritization.

The position of Planning Technician is an entry-level role. The Planning Technician spends a significant amount of time on routine administrative tasks, works closely with the public on a regular basis to provide customer service on planning issues, and may be asked to perform delegated professional-level (Planner I) duties of limited complexity in support of the Collaborative contracts with the City.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Providing technical assistance and information to staff and the public
  • Reviewing applications to assure compliance with requirements such as use, parking ratios,
    height, and other development standards
  • Performing routine office tasks in designated program areas, including preparation of zoning
    certification letters, reviews of business licenses and other applications for zoning
    compliance, data entry for and the issuance of temporary sign permits, review of minor
    residential permits, answering telephone calls and emails
  • May perform occasional site inspections for zoning compliance
  • Attends public meetings, assisting other planning staff as necessary.
  • Works in support of the Planning and Zoning Manager to oversee and coordinate contract and department administrative activities.
  • Provides a variety of procedural and recorded information to the public including case file
    information, zoning and land use requirements; receives and records permit fees.
  • Maintains research files and records; reads and understands a variety of land use policies,
    ordinances, and technical reports; provides information to the public in a clear, understandable manner; complete forms accurately; communicates effectively in writing; represent the department with tact.
  • Assists planners with research and planning studies by compiling data and preparing reports;
    assists zoning staff in researching cases and compiling reports; assists in the coordination of
    regular departmental meetings.
  • Ensures the successful processing of a variety of forms and reports in support of company
    requirements and City procedures.
  • Acts as staff at the public information and zoning counter; receives and determines completeness and acceptability of various types of permits.
  • Must be familiar with zoning ordinance and site plans, and can maintain effective working
    relationships with planning staff and the public.
  • Provides assistance in the preparation of agenda packets and posting of agenda for meeting
    before the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals; assists in setting rooms up for
    Community Development meetings and other related tasks as required.
  • Provides a range of other office management and administrative duties as assigned.

The position is a full-time position. From time to time, work hours will include evenings as necessary.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The Collaborative does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. The firm will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of two years of college or community college coursework in a technical, liberal arts, or science program that included in urban and regional planning, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social sciences.
  • Recommended two years of experience providing technical or administrative support in an
    environmental, planning, mapping, architectural, civil engineering, or related agency or
  • Equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required
    knowledge and abilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Salary & Benefits
The Collaborative offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

How to Apply
Please email cover letter and resume. No phone calls, please.