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Senior Planner - City of Snoqualmie ( Job # 17-0002)

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Minimum Salary: $6,755.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $8,056.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Community Development
Closes: May 08, 2017 at 4:30 PM. Applications first reviewed on: Friday, March 24, 2017
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


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. 


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.


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


City Hall
38624 SE River St.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065