16 Jun

Associate Planner Walla Walla County

Community Development Department


Position:                               Associate Planner

Salary Range:                     $4,187 per month plus benefits

Location:                              Community Development Department

Employment Type:           Full-time (40 hours per week), Courthouse Union


Re-opened:    June 15, 2017   Open until filled


Brief Duties and Responsibilities:  Perform current and long-range land use planning, research, review development proposals and plats and other related work.  The majority of the work is in current planning.  Is responsible for land use, environmental, and development proposal review work compiling, analyzing, modifying, and illustrating a variety of economic, social, and physical factors consistent with state and county laws, ordinances, and the county comprehensive plan.  This is not an entry-level position.


Working Conditions:  Work is typically performed in an office setting however, traveling to meetings, public hearings or a development site(s) in various weather conditions is required.  Required to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.  Requires sufficient hearing and speech ability to communicate verbally.  Requires manual dexterity and visual acuity to operate a computer, telephone and peripherals.  Position may require climbing, standing and walking at field sites.


Minimum Qualifications:  Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Geography, Urban Design, Public Administration or an associated field.  Two (2) years of responsible experience with land use regulations, comprehensive plans, environmental regulations, and mapping techniques.  Knowledge of the Washington State Growth Management Act is ideal.  Valid driver’s license required.  Must have the ability to attend meetings and workshops outside of regular work hours.


Application:  Contact Human Resources at the County Legislative Building, 314 W. Main Street, Room 216, Walla Walla, WA, or visit our website at to download a copy and/or apply online.  Mailing address: Human Resources/Risk Manager, PO Box 1506, Walla Walla, WA 99362, fax (509)524-2603, call (509)524-2600 or email





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16 Jun

Senior Planner in the Community Development Department Moses Lake



The City of Moses Lake is accepting applications for the position of Senior Planner in the Community Development Department.


Salary:  $5,049 – $6,311 per month, plus excellent benefits.


Nature of Work:  Performs a variety of supervisory, administrative and technical work work in the current and/or long range planning programs of the city related to the development and implementation of land use, zoning, comprehensive planning, and related municipal plans and policies; and for assisting with implementation and management of various provisions of the Growth Management Act.


Essential Responsibilities:  Read detailed job description before applying.


Application Qualifications:  Any combination of experience, training, or education that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the job.


Applications and job descriptions are available from the Human Resources Department at City Hall, 321 S. Balsam (509) 764-3703 or on the city’s website at


Open until filled – first review June 30, 2017.


The City of Moses Lake is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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18 May

City of Sequim – Assistant Planner

City of Sequim – Assistant Planner – Union position – $23.80 per hour, plus benefits

Under general direction of the Community Development Manager, this position is responsible for providing a variety of professional planning functions related to both long range and current planning. Must be oriented toward

Community service, be sensitive to the public process and able to uphold the professional ethics inherent to the field of planning. This position with staff assistance, works with various advisory committees including the Planning Commission, community organizations and other civic groups. The Assistant Planner is expected to be present during normal business hours, and some evening or weekend work may be required for meetings, presentations, community events and other opportunities to engage citizens in planning activities. Please go to for full details and job application due 6/16/17.


Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning with one year experience in urban or regional planning or a degree in a related field is required.

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18 May

Planner II – Stevens County

Stevens County is currently hiring for the following position:


Planner II

Administers and enforces the County’s development regulations, including zoning, Shoreline Master Program, Critical Areas Ordinance and other local land use tools such Voluntary Stewardship Program.  Works independently on long range planning projects such as regulation updates, water banking and natural resource planning. This is a permanent full time position. A complete job description and application can be obtained from the Stevens County website

Compensation between $23 and $29 dollars per hour DOE plus benefits package.  Please submit a completed application, cover letter, resume, and references to mailing address: Stevens County Land Services 215 South Oak Street, Courthouse Annex (attention Erik Johansen) Colville, WA 99114. Street address: 260 South Oak Street.  Office hours 8:00am through 4:30pm.  Stevens County is an EOE and a Drug free work place.  Open until filled.  You are encouraged to apply immediately.  Interviews will begin in May.

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27 Apr

Recruitment Announcement Transportation Planner – Cowlitz

About the Position
A CWCOG Transportation Planner is responsible for research, development and/or implementation of plans, studies, ordinances, and recommendations pertaining to land use, comprehensive planning, community development, housing, urban growth management, transportation, demographic information, economic development, environmental issues, and other regional and community planning areas.
The position conducts data research and analysis, prepares reports; works with local jurisdiction staff, committees, planning commissions, and the public; assists with development of scopes of work for agency budgets and grant applications, and authors plans and studies.
Work is performed with latitude for independent judgment within the scope of agency programs and policies, but reports to the Executive Director.
The position is one of the two transportation planning positions that work collaboratively on a variety of technical and procedural activities related to a five-county regional transportation planning program and a federally designated metropolitan planning organization for an urbanized area. The position involves extensive work with committees of member jurisdiction staff, elected officials and the public.
Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments ~ Admin Annex/207 4th Ave., N., ~ Kelso, WA 98626 ~ 360-577-3041

Recruitment Announcement
Transportation Planner
The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in urban and regional planning or related field and have three to five years experience within a planning process related to transportation.
To be considered, candidates must demonstrate strong technical and public relations skills. GIS experience is preferred.
“Working together to enhance our region”
About the Organization
The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) was established in 1961 as the Cowlitz Regional Planning Commission, was reorganized in 1974, and renamed in 1992. Today the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) is a voluntary association of general and special purpose governments and agencies in the Lower Columbia region. The CWCOG is supported by a membership of 28 entities made up of counties, cities, school districts, utility districts, ports, fire districts, economic development councils, a community college, and other non-profit agencies in or near the Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.
The CWCOG has one of the most vibrant, varied work programs of any COG in the Northwest with over 30 initiatives undertaken in the areas of regional and local planning, transportation, community and economic development planning, technical assistance, information services, and a wide array of contractual services.

About the Transportation Program
The CWCOG is the local Metropolitan Planning Organization. It was designated in 1982, and is comprised of the urbanized area of Longview and Kelso, WA, and Rainier, OR. It covers an area of over 74,000 people.
The CWCOG is also the administrative agency for the five county Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SWRTPO) which was formed in 1990 and is comprised of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties.
About the Region
The Southwest Washington region offers residents a comfortable, small-town lifestyle with access to the many outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, boating, mountain climbing, and skiing. There are many cultural opportunities to be found on the Pacific Coast within the two major metropolitan cities of Seattle and Portland.
Cowlitz County which covers 1,144 square miles is the 28th largest county out of 39 counties in Washington State and is home to approximately 102,000 residents.

Application Process
To apply:
Please see the Employment section at A letter of interest, application, resume, and an example of writing are required.
This position will remain open until filled.
Salary range:
$3,938—$4,916 per month DOQ.
Benefits include:
Paid Holiday, vacation and sick leave. Medical, dental, and vision. Long-term disability and deferred compensation. The CWCOG participates in Washington State Dept. of Retirement and a 457K program in lieu of Social Security.


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27 Apr

City Planner – City of Brier

City Planner – City of Brier
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Community Development
Open Until Filled – Will interview as candidates are identified – the City reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.

Monthly salary range:  $5,938 – $7,423.  Excellent benefits package

Local municipal city experience in Washington as a Planner is preferred.

Under general supervision of the Mayor, the City Planner performs a variety of professional planning duties, such as reviewing land use applications for compliance with applicable ordinances and regulations; researching, developing, and implementing plans, policies, and ordinances.  Supporting tasks include providing information to the public and applicants concerning City procedures, applications, and regulations; and preparing and presenting staff reports.

The City Planner performs routine and complex administrative, technical and professional work in the current and/or long range planning programs of the City related to the development and implementation of land use and related municipal plans and policies.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

This list is intended only to illustrate the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Includes but is not limited to such essential functions as listed below:

  1. Process and tracks land use applications; conducts background research and prepares reports; maintains accurate records; and prepares legal notices.
  2. Reviews plans for submittal to assure applications are technically complete prior to acceptance by the City, including all exhibits and fees.
  3. Researches policy and project-related matters and drafts documents for decision making purposes; provides reports in writing and orally to the City Council, Planning Commission, work committees, the Mayor, Hearing Examiner, and other members of the public, and staff.
  4. Consistent with the expectations of the City Council, helps promote a culture within the City that is customer- and business-friendly; takes reasonable extra measures and/or time to ensure that the needs of City customers and constituents are addressed or solved at a personal level rather than a bureaucratic one.
  5.  Informs the public of appropriate ordinances, advising when not in compliance; investigates customer complaints; as needed, coordinates and works with the Building Official to investigate permit violations and reports to appropriate staff members.
  6. Provides information and assistance to the public by telephone, letters, and “over the counter” concerning procedures related to land use permits and their required submittals, building permit applications and compliance, and permits in progress.
  7. Communicates at all times and in all media in ways that reflect well upon the City and the employees; communicates at all times in ways that are accurate, professional, and in keeping with the customer service ethic identified herein; as needed, provides reliable and concise written and oral reports; make recommendations involving areas of responsibility.
  8. Reviews commercial and home occupation business licenses for conformance with the Brier Municipal code, zoning requirements and permitted uses.
  9. Coordinates activities with other City departments and/or outside public or private agencies; works in a manner that reinforces interdepartmental cooperation and mutual support; coordinates with the Office of the City Clerk and the City’s Engineering firm as needed, including providing information for website updates and public notices.
  10. Conducts field inspections to ensure that services and projects are being implemented as agreed upon; coordinates and communicates related issues in a timely manner with the Planning Manager or the Director of Community Development and other staff as needed.
  11. Fulfills obligations, promises, and assignments within reasonable timelines; communicates project and assignment status and schedules regularly and in a timely way with the Mayor.
  12. Represents the City at certain regional and intergovernmental meetings; states official City policy, opinion, or direction as needed as assigned.
  13. Understands and can explain and apply State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and other regulations and procedures. Appropriately apply regulations and complete environmental review in a timely manner to reduce delays.  Acts as the SEPA Responsible Official on matters pertaining to environmental review as appointed by the Mayor.
  14. Assists in the preparation of requests for proposals/qualifications for consultants, analyzing proposals, and assisting in the selection of consultants. Process contracts and obtains internal approvals.  Monitor work of consultants and subcontractors to ensure work is completed on time and within budgetary constraints

Other Duties

  1. 1.       Assists in maintaining Department data bases and information systems.
  2. May be asked to participate as an active member of City committees and interdepartmental/inter-agency work groups.
  3. Because of the small size of the city staff, each employee is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time.

Working Conditions

The working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to walk, sit, talk, and/or hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderately loud in the field.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of urban planning, including zoning laws and subdivision code development and administration;
  • Applicable laws, standards, precedents, and agency rules;
  • Processes of developing, adopting, implementing, and enforcing comprehensive land use plans and other municipal policies and related documents;
  • Land use permitting processes and required documentation;
  • Principles and processes for providing high-quality customer services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction; and
  • Research and report writing techniques.

Skill in:

  • Interpreting land use plans and maps;
  • Reading and understanding plans and blueprints;
  • Operating a personal computer, including Microsoft applications, various graphic design tools and related office equipment;
  • Communicating effectively, orally and in writing, in ways appropriate for the needs of the audience, at times in confrontational and/or stressful situations;
  • Making presentations with related visual aids;
  • Developing clear, concise staff reports;
  • Prioritizing;
  • Problem solving; and
  • Establishing effective working relationships.




Minimum Qualifications / Experience and Education

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in land-use planning, urban planning, landscape architecture, geography, or a related field, and three (3) years experience in local municipal planning as a Planner or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.

Special Requirements

  • Must have a driving record that meets City standards and possess a valid Washington State driver’s license at time of hire and throughout employment.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment background check.

Legal and Regulatory Employment Conditions

This classification description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and employee.  It is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and requirements change.

Appointment and Removal Authority: The Mayor is the appointing authority of the City with power of appointment and removal of all employees.

Abide by Personnel Policies:  Upon acceptance of employment, the employee will be provided with a copy of the City’s Personnel Policies, will be asked to acknowledge receipt of same in writing, and be required to abide by those policies, as printed at that time or thereafter amended, during employment with the City.
Brier City Hall
2901 228 Street S.W.
Brier, WA 98036


Application Materials:

Application materials can be found at under employment opportunities.


Submit City of Brier application, cover letter and resume:


  • Via mail, fax, email or in person

Attn: City of Brier, City Clerk

2901 228th St. SW

Brier, WA 98036

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

  • Fax: 672-9025
  • Email:

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27 Apr


BUILDING AND PLANNING DIRECTOR.  (Emphasis on Planning) Adams County is seeking a professional with strong leadership and team-building skills to manage our Building and Planning Department.


SALARY:    Starting Pay:                  $61,757.64 – $64,779.00

Pay Range:                      $61,757.64 – $78,449.88


CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled.  Initial screening will begin April 24, 2017.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor of Arts degree in planning or closely related field and four years of work experience with two years being at a supervisory level, or a combination of education and experience deemed equivalent.  A valid Washington State driving license.


For additional information and an application packet please call 509-659-3276, visit, or write to Adams County Board of Commissioners, 210 West Broadway, Ritzville, Washington  99169.

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27 Apr

Senior Planner – City of Snoqualmie



Community Development Department

Classification: Union

Salary Range: $6,755.00 to $8,056.00 per month, plus benefits

OPEN UNTIL FILLED (First Review on 3/24/17)


SUMMARY: A union position under the general supervision of the Community Development Director.   Incumbents perform a range of advanced professional level land use and environmental planning work.  The position involves activities in support of major long range planning projects and policy development, including preparation of the Comprehensive Plan, development regulations, sub-area plans, strategic plans, and GMA (Growth Management Act), SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) and SMA (Shoreline Management Act) compliance and administration.  Work also involves oversight of development review and land use and environmental permitting for major current planning projects.  The position requires the application of well-developed written and analytical skills in site planning, subdivision, urban design, environmental concerns and other subjects related to land use planning.  Issues are often highly sensitive and involve negotiation.  The senior planner has direct contact with citizens, applicants, elected officials, officials from other agencies and jurisdictions, community leaders and developers.  Excellent speaking and communication skills are required due to frequent presentations before Planning Commission, City Council, and the public.  Work is performed under deadlines and requires attendance at public meetings and hearings, most of which are held in evening hours.


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Planners at this level handle complex and sensitive planning issues.  Work is performed independently with responsibility in long-range and current planning.  The main difference between the Senior and the Associate Planner is greater amounts of experience, responsibility, leadership, facilitating skills and ability to handle community and political sensitivity related to complex planning issues.  The senior planner provides guidance and assistance to less experienced planners and other department staff.



  • Processes development proposals requiring City approval, such as variance approvals, conditional use permits, design review, subdivisions, SEPA determinations, Shoreline Substantial Development permits, and annexations, including the most complex and controversial projects.
  • Leads and coordinates assigned land use applications through review, hearing and approval and implementation stages.  Reviews land use applications and site plans for compliance with local and state regulations and policies.
  • Prepares current planning reports, including recommendations and supporting data and analysis, for review and approval by Planning Commission, City Council, and/or Hearing Examiner.
  • Participates in negotiation of mitigation measures, conditions and agreements for project proposals where discretionary review is involved. Coordinates the processing and review of land use applications and preparation of planning studies and reports with other City departments, City attorney, consultants, and other agencies, as required.
  • Performs planning review of building permits to ensure compliance with zoning and related development regulations and conditions of approval for prior discretionary development approvals.
  • Attends Planning Commission, City Council, other board or commission meetings and public hearings, makes public presentations at the meetings, and responds to questions and comments as requested by the Planning Director.
  • Provides accurate and timely information to the property owners, permit applicants, real estate agents, public officials and other interested parties pertaining to land use applications, ordinances, codes and related planning information.
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to City staff and officials related to planning principles and practices.
  • Assists Community Development Director in reviewing planning studies completed by other staff members, consultants, applicants and agencies. Conducts research, compiles information, prepares reports and recommendations for urban, land use, transportation, economic development, design and environmental planning policy issues; prepares amendments for the Comprehensive Plan, sub-area plans, functional plans or other long range planning projects in areas of special interest to the City.
  • Assists the Community Development Director in the creation or revision of ordinances to implement new concepts, legislation, or policies.
  • Represents the department at public meetings hosted by the City, other agencies, developers and civic groups. Assists with the continual improvement of internal procedures, operations, and base data compilation and maintenance.  Establishes systems for efficient distribution of information to the public.
  • Prepares necessary information, submits applications and presents grant proposals to other agencies for funding of projects, and monitors Federal and State funded projects for compliance with the grant agreements.
  • Serves as lead project staff member and provide guidance and direction to less experienced staff members.
  • May assist the Community Development Director in preparation of departmental budget.  May serve the City in a support role in the event of an emergency.
  • Supervises the work of consultants providing advice and assistance to department activities.


These duties are not inclusive of all duties, and as such, this position may perform other duties as assigned.



Education and training:  Bachelor’s Degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture or a closely related field.

Experience:  Five years of municipal planning related experience, with at least three years in an associate planner position.


Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of local planning, zoning, and development codes and municipal government procedures. Knowledge of State planning-related legislation, standards and policies.
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more planning issues such as: land use regulation, subdivision, urban design, transportation, housing, natural systems, environmental regulations, economic development, computerized information systems, comprehensive planning.
  • Knowledge of grant programs.
  • Ability to organize and carry out a work program for complex current or long range planning projects.
  • Ability to manage consultants, including developing contracts and tracing contracts for complex current or long range planning projects.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and balance a large workload and multiple task assignments with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to negotiate solutions and facilitate consensus on planning issues.
  • Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to analyze complex information and formulate findings and recommendations clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to work in a team and independently.
  • Ability to balance a large workload and multiple task assignments with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to operate personal computer programs, including those involving word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics and permit tracking.
  • Ability to perform site visits.
  • Ability to establish & maintain effective working relationships with Mayor, City Council, City Administrator, Department Heads, fellow employees, the public, developers, and City Boards & Commissions.
  • Ability to guide and consult other Community Development Department staff members.


Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is performed in an office or conference room setting as well as out of doors. A moderate amount of traveling is involved in site visits and related activities.  Incumbent is exposed to occasional inclement weather and the normal transportation activity such as high noise levels, moving vehicles and machines, dust and mud. Work requires some exertion such as climbing and walking over rough surfaces and loose materials, crouching, stooping, bending and reaching, and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds. Requires average physical agility and dexterity. Sitting, standing and reaching is regularly required. Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision to perform reviews of plans. Good listening skills are required.



Applicants can apply online at  Open Until Filled; First Review on

March 24, 2017.

The City of Snoqualmie is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Your application packet will be reviewed and those found to be MOST qualified will be invited to participate in a job-related hiring interview.    



  • 100% paid premiums for medical, dental, orthodontia and vision insurance coverage for employees and dependents
  • Deferred compensation investment plan with up to $200.00 a month match by City of Snoqualmie, separate unmatched $50.00 contribution to deferred comp by City
  • Employee assistance program
  • Eight hour accrual on sick leave per month
  • Ten days of vacation per year (increases with longevity)
  • Twelve paid holidays per year (includes two floating holidays)
  • Membership in Public Employees’ Retirement System
  • $50,000 life insurance coverage for employee

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27 Apr

Planner – Yakima County


$24.89 per hour

Position Opens:  04/20/17

Position Closes:  05/04/2017

Apply online at:


Summary: There is one opening with Yakima County Planning Department.  This position is responsible for providing professional planning and technical assistance to the general public and those applying for development projects; reviews projects for compliance with adopted comprehensive plans, policies and regulations; develops comprehensive plans, policies and regulatory options for consideration by managers; participates in special studies and public education efforts related to land use, environmental and natural resource planning issues.



Researches and performs analysis on critical areas/shorelines, SEPA, subdivision, zoning and other development projects or assignments; develops or uses GIS coverages for project assignments; develops comprehensive plans, policies and regulatory options for consideration by managers; writes analyses based on research; and prepares decisions and staff recommendations based on analyses to be approved by department or project team management.


Provides policy and technical assistance to the public and other agencies regarding plans, ordinances, standards, programs, statutes and administrative codes that govern land development.


Performs or coordinates activities related to planning, data gathering, and analysis for Planning department, multi-disciplinary teams or inter-governmental programs and project reviews; receives, organizes, and distributes information; prepares or coordinates program writing assignments including reports and/or newsletter articles; and trouble-shoots program issues.


Determines completeness of development applications and prepares notices to the public and affected agencies. Assists Senior Planners and managers in the review of development projects, which includes: identifying issues, evaluating needs and conducting environmental review.


Facilitates or participates in meetings, group discussions, forums and open houses which includes: presenting technical information through reports, maps, graphics, news releases and speaking before the public and the media.


Performs other duties as required including special projects such as reviewing and commenting on agency proposals and proposed changes to development ordinances.




Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Environmental Sciences or a related field and one year of planning experience. Masters’ Degree may substitute for one year of experience.

Required: Valid WA Drivers’ License at time of appointment. Proof of insurance if requested.

Preferred: Ability to speak and understand Spanish, Experience working with WA State land use and environmental law.

Special Note: This position is a Clerical, Technical & Professional Employees Group Bargaining Unit Position. As a condition of employment, you are required to become a member or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.

Equipment: GIS workstation; PC and laptop; GPS unit; calculator; phone and other office equipment; passenger vehicle.

Working Conditions /Physical Requirements:

Work is performed in an office and/or field environment and may require exposure angry customers and citizen groups. Requires frequent driving and local travel for site analysis and attendance at night meetings. Requires climbing, reaching, standing, stooping, walking on sometimes-uneven terrain, lifting and carrying objects, pushing/pulling objects; grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Rated as Medium Work.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of local government planning;
  • Structure and form of plans, laws and ordinances involved in planning, environmental and natural resource management;
  • Terminology, laws, rules, and regulations related to public planning;
  • Natural systems functions and field methods inventory work methods;
  • Fundamental mathematics and statistical methods;
  • Applicable federal, state and local planning policies, laws, regulations, ordinances, codes principles and practices related to land development; State and local land use planning laws related to area of assignment;
  • Research and analytical methods for planning projects including scientific methods and field practices for gathering data;
  • Principles of site impact analysis for development projects;
  • Principles of geography and geomorphology, cartography;
  • Presentation and meeting facilitation including use of GIS and other technology for displaying, analyzing and evaluating research data;
  • U.S. Census Geography, survey methods, and/or legal descriptions;
  • Principles of site impact analysis for development projects; and
  • Customer service techniques and team building concepts.

Skills in (and abilities):

  • Using personal computers, GIS work stations, laptops, GPS units e-mail, internet and related software applications, operating basic office equipment, scanners, plotters; public address systems and audio-visual presentation equipment;
  • Researching, gathering, organizing and analyzing statistics and other information from a variety of sources and media and writing reports;
  • Interpreting and applying complex and inter-related laws, codes and legislation;
  • Collecting, organizing and maintaining case notes of progress and compliance;
  • Organizing, evaluating, preparing and presenting effective reports, maps and graphics using GIS, analytical software and statistical methods;
  • Giving presentations and facilitating meetings and events;
  • Complying with laws, codes, ordinances and regulations;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Effective oral and written communications to accurately exchange or convey information and to receive work direction




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13 Feb

City of Redmond-Director of Planning and Community Development

About the Community

Redmond is a vibrant city in the Seattle metropolitan area with a population of over 60,000. It has two urban centers, Downtown and Overlake, and offers a variety of businesses and established neighborhoods nestled amidst a picturesque natural setting that offers forested hills and mountain views. Portions of the City border Lake Sammamish, with waterfront areas along the Sammamish River.

As the Puget Sound area’s fifth largest employment center, Redmond boasts over 87,000 jobs and is home to several corporate headquarters, including Microsoft and Nintendo of America.  Major industry clusters include technology, aerospace, new space, interactive media, and digital arts.

The City’s population is diverse and relatively young with a median age of 33.2 as of the 2010 census. The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the majority of Redmond’s neighborhoods.

There are a variety of attractive places to live in Redmond, with choices spanning urban settings in Downtown and Overlake, where new residential and civic developments are contributing to the area’s vibrancy and interest, to more traditional neighborhoods such as Education Hill. Redmond’s recreational system includes three recreation centers, a pool, more than 40 miles of trails, and over 1,300 acres of parklands.

Residents describe their community as one that is complete, offering a wide range of services, opportunities, and amenities. Redmond’s high quality of life, cherished natural features, mix of employers, shops, and restaurants, and overall character are a result of the community’s evolution that has successfully woven the small town feel of older, established neighborhoods with the energy and vitality of Redmond’s urban centers. People are friendly, often meet others they know, and feel comfortable and connected. As home to people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, diversity and innovation are embraced, and action is taken to achieve community objectives, all contributing to the richness of the City’s culture.
City Government

Redmond’s vision is a community of connected neighborhoods with two vibrant urban centers – inspired by nature, powered by innovation, and committed to excellence. Its mission is to deliver on the community’s priorities in support of a dynamic Redmond where all can live, work, play, and invest. Redmond values: commitment to service, integrity, and accountability.

The City is governed with the strong mayor form of government. The Mayor serves as the full-time Chief Executive. Seven Council members and the Mayor are elected at-large for four-year, overlapping terms. The Mayor’s immediate staff includes two Deputy City Administrators and seven Department Directors, including the Director of Planning and Community Development.

The City of Redmond has 654 regular employees and a biennial budget of $679 million for operating and capital expenses. A majority of City employees have recognized collective bargaining rights and are represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Redmond Police Association (RPA), the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the Redmond City Hall Employees Association (RCHEA).


Department of Planning and Community Development

The Department of Planning and Community Development works to:  develop long range land use and transportation plans; partner with citizens to promote community and environmental quality and public safety; review new developments and enforce codes to ensure City and Washington State laws are followed; and serve as a catalyst to build community partnerships in human services.  With a total of 76 employees, the Department consists of two divisions:  Community Planning (Long Range Planning, Transportation Planning, and Human Services) and Development Services (Development Review, Inspection, and Engineering; Permitting; Construction Inspection; and Code Enforcement).


A majority of staff are engaged in development review, funded primarily by fees for service, with some specific tax support.  Other department planning staff update plans and codes and focus on neighborhood redevelopment planning for two of the City’s dynamic employment centers, Overlake and Downtown.  Human Services staff guides Community Development Block Grant allocations, along with City tax-funded contributions to human services programs.


Planning staff provide technical support to a Planning Commission, which makes policy and code recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.  Staff also supports a Design Review Board that makes final determinations on architecture and landscaping for all commercial and multifamily buildings.


City planning is guided by the State Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, and Environmental Policy Act.  City staff work closely with state agencies, both in policy and plan development, and permit review.  All divisions are involved in regional collaborative partnerships.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Redmond’s Director of Planning and Community Development is responsible for ensuring the City moves forward in achieving its vision, contributing to overall leadership of the City as a member of the Directors Team, and overseeing effective and efficient Department activities. The incumbent provides expert guidance, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, City Council, Directors Team, and departmental staff on community development and land use. The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of City procedures and practices relating to land use, community planning, and community service programs.


In addition the Director is responsible to:

  • Develop current and long range strategic plans
  • Implement and update the Comprehensive Plan to advance the Community’s vision, and measure and report progress via community indicators
  • Work jointly with Public Works to address the City’s transportation challenges and align capital plans with the City’s vision and priorities
  • Establish and implement work-plan initiatives in support of the Mayor’s and Council’s goals and objectives
  • Comply with the City and Department’s mission of delivering high-quality service to the public in permitting and all other functions
  • Preserve the City’s natural systems and beauty of the community
  • Continue the principles and values of a community-oriented government, which ensure Redmond is a safe, enjoyable, friendly, and interesting place to live, work, play, and invest
  • Maintain and upgrade all administrative, technological, and supporting systems
  • Coordinate and evaluate all departmental budget and fiscal matters

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Redmond has strategically invested and leveraged regional funds to ensure a safe, well-maintained city, improve transportation choices and mobility, and support economic vibrancy in its two urban centers, Downtown and Overlake. With the passage of the ST3 ballot measure, Sound Transit’s East Link light rail extension project will bring high-quality rail transit to Downtown and Southeast Redmond by 2024, in addition to service starting at two stations in Overlake in 2023. The City of Redmond is coordinating closely with Sound Transit during design, construction of light rail, and land use around the station locations. The next Director will oversee the transformation of the Overlake Village area to a vibrant and walkable urban village with jobs, housing, and retail. Transit-oriented development, including over 1,000 new homes, ground-level retail, and a 274-room hotel, are now in design or under construction within a half-mile of the future Overlake Village light rail station.


  • Housing conditions have a direct impact on Redmond’s quality of life. Redmond residents place a high value on having a safe and comfortable place to live—a home that is affordable and conveniently located within an attractive neighborhood. These factors must be considered when planning for housing needs to support the City’s sustainability principles and ensuring that Redmond’s high quality of life is maintained.


  • As a city enriched with valued natural features, the next Director will be responsible for creating an actionable environment and energy plan that accommodates new growth, yet preserves cultural and natural resources.


  • The City of Redmond is dedicated to continuous improvement and building and sustaining a LEAN culture. The next Director will continue to foster innovative ideas and streamline operations to provide meaningful value for customers and the community.


The Ideal Candidate

The City of Redmond is seeking a Director of Planning and Community Development who is committed to building vibrant communities with a variety of housing and transportation options. This critical role requires a talented and unifying leader to translate the big picture vision and goals into realistic plans with effective and well-coordinated project implementation. The Director should be a visible leader, able to not only embrace but to forward Redmond’s vision.


To be successful, candidates should possess the following key characteristics:


  • Inspiring, Courageous, Leadership: Ability to inspire, build trust, persuade, engage, speak directly about complex planning and community development issues, make tough decisions, and take difficult actions. Display balanced thinking that combines analysis, wisdom, experience, and perspective. Produce data-driven decisions that withstand the “test of time.”
  • Strategic Vision: Ability to influence, articulate, and translate the vision and goals for building a vibrant community into tactics that are realistic and effective.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Ability to generate innovative and visionary approaches to problem solving that are effective and responsive.
  • Build a Talented, Effective Staff Team: Hire, mentor, develop, retain, and manage a diverse staff. Assemble and reinforce a cohesive, dedicated, and highly effective interdisciplinary team. Ability to lead team through change processes.
  • Business and Management Acumen: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Bring innovative approaches and solutions. Streamline and remove processes that do not bring value. Measure success based on results. Set high standards of performance, using accountability measures and benchmarks to track progress.
  • Flexibility: Manage effectively in a rapidly changing environment while staying focused on priorities.

Constituent Relations and Collaboration:

  • Partnering: Build alliances and collaborate across boundaries to build strategic relationships with other City departments, outside agencies, various levels of government, and private interests. Bring diverse leaders together to discuss and resolve regional planning and community development issues and break down traditional silos. Inspire action without relying solely on authority. Listen skillfully. Perceive the complexity of situations quickly.
  • Drive External Communications and Relationships: Develop and nurture mission-critical relationships with labor, the media, business, political leaders, neighborhood groups, advisory groups, and the public.
  • Interdisciplinary Approach: Effectively manage and integrate multiple disciplines, including technical, operational, planning, and policy development.
  • Cultural Competency: Focus on racial equity and social justice in ways that enable positive working relationships in diverse communities and cross-cultural situations.


Desirable Qualifications

The City is looking for an individual with strong leadership skills who has significant experience working in planning and community development within the public sector. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree and at least five (5) years progressively responsible management experience. A master’s degree and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is an advantage.
Total Compensation

The City of Redmond offers a salary of $117,540 to $165,420 depending on experience. A competitive program of Employee Benefits exists including participation in the Municipal Employee’s Benefit Trust (MEBT); a high-yield supplemental retirement program; participation in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) with both plans having a five-year vesting schedule; and no social security contribution. Department directors are granted 21 vacation days on January 1 each year and receive an additional six days of administrative leave annually (both are prorated the first year). Redmond self-insures for medical, dental and vision benefits. The opportunity to live and work in a “world class” community and the ability to enjoy the overall benefits of living in the Pacific Northwest make this an outstanding career opportunity.

Application Process

Persons Interested in this position should submit the following information:

  • Cover letter
  • Salary history
  • Current resume

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360.956.1336.

This position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews, please submit your application materials to by March 6, 2017.

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