The classification of positions and job descriptions are maintained by the Human Resources Department. Within current job descriptions there are Permit Technician and Permit Technician Lead. The Human Resources Department was contacted by a supervisor and asked to conduct a desk audit of essential functions for an existing Permit Technician's position. This was based on departmental need substantially changing the position's tasks, duties, and responsibilities over the past few years. This action was supported by both the Development Services Director and Public Works Department Director.
In the 2013 adopted budget there are 3.0 FTEs, including 1.0 FTE as Lead and the remaining 2.0 FTE as Permit Technicians. Two of the positions are within the Development Services Department, and one is in Public Works and provides support within the Engineering Division.
Through conversations with department heads it became apparent that the existing model of having multiple Permit Technicians and a single Permit Technician Lead is not as conducive to meeting departmental need as would be the newly proposed structure of Permit Technician and Senior Permit Technician. In addition, the compensation/classification analysis determined the Permit Technician in Engineering is functioning at a higher level of responsibility. Therefore, the Human Resources Department recommends placement of one FTE into a different classification aligned with the salary range of the existing Permit Technician Lead. If approved, we recommend and request approval, not only a title change from Permit Technician Lead to Senior Permit Technician, but also modified job duties more accurately reflecting the body of work performed. While this recommendation does not change the total number of FTEs within the series, it does allow the flexibility to place incumbents appropriately aligned with their respective responsibility level, while at the same time offering future upward mobility within the classification series to more than one employee at a time.