Planning and Development Assistant | Alexander City, AL

City of Alexander City
Alexander City, Alabama


Job: Planning & Development Assistant
Department: Community Development
Pay Rate: Grade 17
Hours: Daytime Hours (occasional overtime)

Summary: The Planning and Development Assistant performs and assists in a variety of routine and complex tasks related to municipal planning and development services; provides effective, efficient, and excellent customer service to developers, property owners, contractors, citizens, and boards/commissions, and works under the general supervision of the Planning & Development Director.

Primary Responsibility:

• Responds to routine requests related to planning and development programs and procedures to residents, property owners, architects, engineers, developers and contractors, and others in a helpful, customer-oriented manner.
• Provides information and assistance to developers, property owners, and the public regarding laws, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures related to the submission of plans, processing of applications and implementation requirements.
• Oversees application intake, conducting completeness reviews, fee collection, and organizing submittals for future agenda materials.
• Communicates and coordinates with other City departments and outside agencies as needed.
• Processes permits, work orders, and collects fees for permits and utility taps
• Manages and assists with the implementation of data-driven software and processes to effectively manage and enhance development services.
• Conducts research and prepares data and reports as required.
• Prepares and edits memos, correspondence, and develops informational material as needed.
• Attends and contributes to meetings as needed.
• Provides administrative support for boards and committees as appointed.
• Assists with identifying development opportunities and securing grant funds for projects.
• Assists with evaluating and updating the comprehensive plan, strategic plan, zoning regulations, and subdivision regulations.
• Assists with implementation of programs from current and future development,
• Assists with ADA compliance and processes
• Assists with Floodplain compliance and processes
• Performs all other job-related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of community planning and development, building and code enforcement.
• Knowledge of City codes, zoning and subdivision regulations.
• Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, city ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
• Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
• Knowledge of project management and design principles.
• Skill in reading and preparing maps, charts, and other relative materials.
• Skill in problem solving.
• Skill in prioritizing and planning.
• Ability to read and interpret plans.
• Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Ability to perform work through specific and general delegation with considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgement.
• Successful candidate is able to plan and organize work with little or no supervision.

Job Requirements
• Candidates must have an Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree in relative field preferred.
• Must have at least 2 years of administrative work experience or any combination of relevant job-related experience.
• Must be computer proficient with practiced knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
• Be willing to learn various software programs, online systems, etc. as necessary.
• Be willing to attain certifications as required that are necessary for essential job functions.
• Willing to travel overnight to attend continuing education courses/workshops.
• Willing to work non-standard hours and overtime as required.

Salary & Benefits

Grade 17: $42,434 – $61,819

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