Planner, Senior II – SWM
Salary $72,333.00 – $87,959.16 Annually
Location Everett, WA
Closing 12/20/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
The Snohomish County Department of Public Works is currently seeking a highly qualified individual to fill a Senior Planner II-SWM position in the Surface Water Management Division. This position works within the Drainage System Management Workgroup, a team of 16 technical and professional staff providing them planning support. This position will lead the drainage operations and maintenance planning efforts internally and externally, specializing in the NPDES Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit requirements.
The goal of this position is to develop plans, policies and procedures that support NPDES programs. The successful candidate will have the ability to analyze and evaluate programs, measure effectiveness, develop short-term action and long-range strategic plans, incorporate new and changing regulations and plan for future development. This senior level position works closely with staff and management, coordinates and oversees the work of consultants, facilitates stakeholder engagement and compliance, provides technical support to staff, reviews drainage plans, interprets legal documents, develops policies and works effectively with other county divisions and departments to successfully implement program initiatives.
The ideal candidate will take initiative, possess leadership qualities, be mission and vision-oriented, have strong communication skills both verbally and in writing, possess the ability to generate stakeholder collaboration and facilitate program changes with technical accuracy and professionalism. The successful candidate will have a combination of skills, experience and knowledge in utility planning and project management, a foundation in principles and practices of surface water management, knowledge of stormwater infrastructure (basic engineering and maintenance), and experience with NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permits.
Serves as a lead role for planners in the development and administration of surface water management plans and planning projects and/or in the facilitation of stakeholder groups that address complex or controversial surface water issues.
STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
1.Schedules, assigns and leads the work of planners under the direction of an administrative supervisor as assigned. Advises, assists, and trains planners as necessary.
2.Leads as project manager in the development, preparation, update, and implementation of surface water management plans. Ensures that completed work complies with applicable state and federal legislation, regulations, ordinances, and grant requirements as necessary.
3.Sets up and/or participates in a variety of meeting venues, including stakeholder and public meetings to solicit public input and comment on plans and programs. Project manager in the preparation of graphics and graphic displays, brochures, multimedia presentations, and oral and written presentations and reports. Responds to questions and solicits input as appropriate.
4.Serves as lead representative or coordinator for stakeholder committees that address complex or controversial issues. Coordinates the formation of various stakeholder groups as necessary. Oversees and delegates planner level work, including the development of meeting agendas, summaries, and work products. Keeps the groups/committees informed about pending changes and topics for discussion. Moderates discussions, mediates disputes, resolves conflicts, and arranges for presentations by other county staff and agency and tribal representatives.
5.Prepares project work plans, goals, and objectives of assigned planning functions. Assists administrative supervisors in preparing annual project and program budgets and monitors and evaluates related planning work for compliance with the approved budget.
6.Serves in a lead role in planning programs and projects that are highly complex, and may address controversial or sensitive issues. Acts as lead in response to inquiries from citizens, agencies, developers and consultants concerning issues, programs, studies and data related to surface water management.
7.Prepares and submits federal, state, and private grant proposals and applications related to surface water management. Coordinates the grant approval process and acts as liaison with grant funding agencies.
8.Administers and facilitates local stakeholder groups in developing and prioritizing project lists for state and federal grant funding opportunities.
9.Prepares requests for proposals, consultant contracts, or on-call consultant contracts specific to surface water management. Monitors the performance of consultants and approves work in progress and completion of work. Approves billing for consultant services received and prepare status reports on consultant progress as needed.
10.Serves as a lead in preparing briefings, and making recommendations to the County Executive and Executive staff, County Council, Public Works management, technical agency and citizen advisory groups, and stakeholders to explain county position and solicit public input.
STATEMENT OF OTHER JOB DUTIES
- Performs related duties as required.
A Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, natural resource planning, environmental sciences/studies, civil or environmental engineering, geography, or a related field; AND, three (3) years of experience at a senior planner level; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. Must pass job related tests.
A Master’s degree in any of the above fields is preferred.
A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required for employment.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
- principles, practices and techniques of surface water management planning and design
- applicable state and federal legislation and regulations, county code and county policies and procedures
- stakeholder and committee processes
- methods and techniques of community involvement
- geographical and political aspects of work related areas
- resolve planning issues involving opposing interest groups or stakeholders
- lead, train, and review the work of lower level professional planners
- read, interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations governing assigned duties
- establish and maintain effective work relationships with all levels of county management and staff, representatives of other state and federal agencies, tribes, and the general public
- critically analyze and resolve work related problems utilizing good judgment
- communicate ideas, issues, technical reports and plans effectively both orally and in writing
- communicate effectively with people of all ages and from a variety of cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds
The employee reports to and receives direction from a Public Works Supervisor III or IV.
The work is performed in the usual office environment with frequent field trips to locations throughout the county for the purpose of attending community, watershed, or technical group/advisory committee meetings and coordinating general program or project activities. The employee is required to work evenings, weekends and holidays as necessary.
Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.
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