Planning Technician

City of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA United States

GENERAL SUMMARY: Under supervision, performs administrative, analytical, and skilled
planning duties related to planning studies and projects, and other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate possesses the ability to follow a management philosophy that is input
oriented; values including equity, problem solving and the development of partnerships; the ability
to work effectively as a member of a team; and the desire to be part of an organization that values
service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation, and teamwork.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: Work in this class involves researching,
analyzing and reporting data for municipal planning purposes and presenting the information in
written, computerized and graphic form. Assignments are received from a supervisor who defines
the scope of the project. The employee is responsible, after consultation with the supervisor, for
the accuracy and completion of the work. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences and
results achieved.


  • Prepare scientific or technical reports and graphic presentations; and notices for meetings, reports, publications, and agenda packets for boards, commissions and committees.
  • Obtain property information.
  • Interact with customers, officials, staff, board and commission members and the general public.
  • Assist in gathering information using geographic information systems (GIS) to prepare maps, graphics, and reports.
  • Assist with preparation of memorandum, staff report, minutes, resolutions, ordinances; and maintenance of departmental websites.
  • Maintain written and electronic records.
  • Respond to questions and service requests.
  • Participate in the city’s intercultural competency training program.
  • Inform the public about policies, services, or procedures.
  • Analyze impact of legal or regulatory changes.

City Planning – General knowledge of city planning principles, zoning, geography, and GIS
and mapping methods for describing the features of land and the built environment.

Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing
customer services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards
for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Communications and Media - Ability to clearly communicate complex planning concepts
and codes through a multitude of media such as email, electronic notification, phone, in
person, written reports, and geographic information systems (GIS).

Active Listening and Learning - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good
questions; and figuring out how to use new ideas.

Critical Thinking and Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem, thinking about the
pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem, and solving it.

Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different options
and picking the best one.

Systems Analysis and Evaluation - Figuring out and measuring how a system should
work and how to improve it and how changes in the future will affect it.



Possession of an Associate’s degree or major coursework from an accredited college or
university in Planning, Public Administration, Geography, Urban Studies, or related field.

Experience working with a diverse workforce.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Employee shall establish their principal place of residence within
thirty (30) miles of the corporate limits of the city of Dubuque as soon as practicable after
appointment, but within two years of appointment.

The City of Dubuque is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, disability, or veteran status



Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$40,019.00- $52,249.00 Annually

Contact Information

Wally Wernimont
50 W. 13th Street
Dubuque, IA
United States
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