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Accepting Applications for Community Development Technician

The City of Gravette is accepting applications for the position of community development technician. Applications can be found on the website,, under the 'About Us' tab.

Job title: Community Development Technician

Please return completed job application to City Hall or email to

The City of Gravette is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Under general direction, assists with the administrative and technical compliance of adopted codes and city ordinances in all aspects of the building process and maintenance of land and property, including but not limited to: building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire, maintenance, property, sign, zoning, code enforcement, land use, and other applicable city codes. Participates in planning and site plan review processes. Learns to perform basic work in receiving, reviewing, and processing applications and supporting documents from the public and issuing planning, grading, and building permits. Learns to compute costs and fees. Completes other related work as required.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

1. Receives, reviews, and processes building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fence, pool, conditional use, lot line and split, rezoning, sign permits, and other permits;

2. Computes costs and fees;

3. Under guidance, issues planning, grading, and building permits;

4. Participates in planning and site plan review meetings;

5. Interprets and assists with administration and compliance of codes, ordinances, and plans;

6. Investigates land and building use, code enforcement complaints, and violations pertaining to public welfare, safety, public nuisance, property maintenance, code compliance;

7. Issues violation notices as necessary and recommends corrective actions to bring about code compliance and determine time frames for compliance achievement;

8. Follows up on all corrective action by reviewing and re-inspecting to ensure corrections meet code requirements;

9. Maintain community development records and reports;

10. Maintain accurate and complete records of complaints, inspections, violations, and citations;

11. Communicates and consults with the Mayor’s office, city department heads, and other city staff;

12. Provides administrative support to the Planning Commission as necessary including but not limited to processing planning requests and gathering necessary documents for Planning Commission and City Council review;

13. Follow department policies and procedures;

14. Perform any other duties as required or assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Basic knowledge of city, county, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to land use, property maintenance, and general construction and building trades; basic methods, procedures, and techniques used in the identification, interpretation, and enforcement of a wide variety of code violations; effective public relations practices; maintenance of files and information retrieval systems.



Ability to write and speak simple sentences as a means for basic communication. Ability to read and understand simple instructions, short correspondence, notes, letters, and memos; Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to read and understand documents such as policy manuals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively communicate information and respond to questions in person-to-person and small group situations with customers, clients, the general public, and other employees. Ability to constantly demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and customers/public.


Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts such algebra and geometry.

Critical Thinking

Ability to utilize common sense understanding to carry out written, oral, or diagrammed instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving several known or unknown variables in situations of a routine nature. Ability to make decisions with minimal supervision.


Basic: Alphanumeric Data Entry, Contact Management, Database, Presentation/PowerPoint, Spreadsheet, Word Processing/Typing, GIS

Other skills and abilities

Ability to utilize both internal and external resources to obtain information and data necessary to carry out routine assignments and special projects. Must have ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management and staff and to promote a positive rapport with citizens and with other departments.


The following work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Involves both furnishing and obtaining information. This position regularly requires working with the public, contractors, and others involved in the construction business.


Contacts with other departments or offices; consulting on problems which necessitate judgment and tact in presentation to obtain cooperation or approval of action to be taken.


While performing the functions of this job, the employee is exposed to indoor and outdoor conditions, including exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, odors, mists or other irritating particles, and slippery or uneven walking surfaces. The noise level in the work environment is sometimes unusually loud.


While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear; frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms; and occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and ability to adjust focus. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, squat, kneel, enter attics, crawl spaces, walk on roofs, and climb ladders and scaffolding to perform required inspections.


While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to exhibit close and continuous attention, direct thinking to determine or select the most applicable way of handling situations regarding the organization's administration and operations, and regularly work under pressure to meet multiple deadlines.



Knowledge of a specialized field (however acquired), such as basic construction, building trades, land use, city planning, etc.

Equivalent of four years in high school

Plus 3 years related experience/training

Or trade school education (equal to two years of college)

Or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Degree in building inspection technology, construction management, architecture, engineering, planning, or related field.

Verifiable electrical experience.


Must have and maintain a valid driver's license.

Obtain and maintain a state plumbing, electrical, and mechanical inspection license within twelve months of employment.

Preferred certificates and licenses

Arkansas issued electrical license

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