PLANNER II (Historic)

City of Houston

Full Time
Houston, TX
Posted 1 week ago
$2,153.85 – $2,261.54 Biweekly
611 Walker Street, TX
Job Type
Planning and Development
Job Number
6/30/2020 11:59 PM Central



Job Classification: Planner II (Historic)
Division:  Historic Preservation
Job Posting Number: 23605

Workdays & Hours:  M-F  8:00 am – 5:00 pm*
*Subject to change

You are invited to bring your passion for public service and improving the Houston community to our team as a Planner II.

Welcome to the City of Houston’s Planning & Development Department. Our department is a key player in the Mayor’s effort to build a vibrant, resilient and equitable Houston that works for all of our two million residents. Much like Houston itself, we are a culturally diverse team that is committed to improving Houston’s built environment. Our team is filled with energetic change-agents who make a difference every day by balancing the needs and interests of the community we serve.

We operate with four core values: Innovation, Collaboration, Integrity and Empowerment. We treat ourselves, our partners and our customers with respect and we put continuous learning in the center of our operation.

Our Historic Preservation team has the tough and important job of safeguarding Houston’s rich history through the preservation of public and privately-owned historic structures and archeological sites. We accomplish through a combination of design review for compliance with our historic preservation code, processing applications for designation of Landmarks, Protected Landmarks and historic districts, and a growing educational program that provides resources to property owners who want to preserve their historic structures.

This position will require that you bring your passion for public service and historic preservation to the team every day. Your responsibilities will include managing medium- and small-scaled projects that improve our community and the lives of those living in it. You will work directly with stakeholders ranging from the public, other agencies and elected or appointed officials. You and the team will conduct research, analyze data, report results and make recommendations. Your days will vary. One day you might be in the field meeting with property owners about improvements they want to do to their structure, the next you will be analyzing the results from a petition for the creation of a new historic district. The next might be spent preparing a staff report for the upcoming Houston Archeological and Historical Commission (HAHC).

This Planner II position provides support to the team through technical reviews, research and analysis of planning data for activities relating to the Historic Preservation Ordinance. Planning activities include but are not limited to certificates of appropriateness, landmark designations, historic districts, design guidelines, historic tax exemptions, technical assistance and consultation, and community educational outreach.

General Responsibilities: 

  • Presents, or assists in presenting, detailed reports or studies to government bodies.
  • Assists in the development of planning studies in support of new or updated plans, planning programs, or regulations.
  • Writes, or assists in writing, formal and technical reports, planning documents, and correspondences.
  • Reviews development proposals of moderate complexity for compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Provides technical assistance and recommendations in the administration of specific planning programs, regulations, or ordinances.
  • Researches and compiles information on a variety of planning issues from multiple sources.
  • Prepares maps and other graphical representations of data of varying complexity.
  • Works closely with the public on planning programs, requirements, or ordinances.

Specific Job Skills: Knowledge of planning principles and practices with extensive knowledge and experience in historic preservation, excellent written & verbal communication skills, proficient in Microsoft Office and ArcGIS.

Preferred Personality Traits: Self-driven, results-oriented with a positive outlook, and a clear focus on high quality and customer service; a natural forward planner who critically assesses own performance; mature, credible, and comfortable in dealing with mid to high executive levels and politicians; reliable, tolerant, and determined; empathic communicator, able to see things from the other person’s point of view; well-presented and businesslike; keen for new experience, responsibility and accountability;  able to work well with others and be a team-player.

The position is physically comfortable; Requires stooping or bending.  Occasional lifting, such as three or four reams of paper or books (up to 20 pounds or an equivalent weight) may be required. There are no major sources of discomfort, i.e., essentially normal office environment with acceptable lighting, temperature and air conditions.

Requires demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of planning, as well as in-depth knowledge within one or more planning specialties. Knowledge of this level is typically obtained through experience and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geography, Public Policy or an equivalent in-depth specialized training program that is directly related to the type of work being performed.

Four years of progressively responsible planning experience required.

A Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geography, Public Policy or a closely related field may be substituted for two years of experience.

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the ability to read construction plans, architectural documents, site plans, subdivision plats, surveys, and deed restrictions, and possess strong interpersonal and community outreach skills.

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6. 



Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate’s qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.
Pay Grade 20
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at:  To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: or call (832) 393-6645.

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Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process. All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

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