City of Lake Stevens

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Assistant Planner

City of Lake Stevens
Lake Stevens, WA Full-time
Posted on November 2, 2018

Assistant Planner

Salary $5,119.08 - $6,477.33 Monthly
Location Lake Stevens, WA
Job Type Full-Time
Department Community Development/Planning
Job Number 2018-00018
Closing 11/18/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Position Purpose

This classification is the entry-level in the professional planning series.  The incumbent is part of a collaborative work team that performs a broad range of professional planning support functions and assists with special projects under the direction of the Manager or designee.  Work is characterized by exceptional customer service, timely and efficient processing of development applications, research and analysis projects of routine to moderate difficulty, preparation of reports, preparation of maps, and support on special/long-range projects.  Assistant Planner is distinguished from Associate Planner in that incumbents in the latter class exercise a higher degree of independent judgement on assignments, project management, and a greater degree of accountability and decision-making authority.

Work is performed with general supervision.  The Manager, in coordination with the Director, defines objectives, priorities, and deadlines; and assists incumbent with unusual situations which do not have clear objectives or precedents.  Incumbent plans and carries out routine assignments and handles problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, procedures and/or accepted practices.  Work is evaluated carefully for technical soundness, conformity to practice and policy, as well as thoroughness of research, analysis and recommendations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Responds to citizen inquiries regarding the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning, Subdivision and Land Use Codes at the counter, over the phone, in writing and at informal meetings. Researches and drafts revisions and amendments to City's development codes and regulations. 
  • Reviews development applications for compliance with applicable development, zoning, subdivision, land use and environmental policies and regulations
  • Conducts field evaluations and assessments
  • Coordinates project proposal reviews with other agencies, city department and city boards commissions
  • Prepares, files and maintains records throughout the life of a project in compliance with a variety of federal, state and local codes
  • Assists with the preparation and presentation of graphics and maps, noticing, staff reports and recommendations to the Director of Planning and Community Development, Hearing Examiner, City Council and other boards and commissions
  • Researches and collects statistical/background data for senior staff as requested for current, long-range and special planning projects
  • Utilizes social media, city website, and/or other programs and media to communicate project and departmental information to ensure consistent and timely communication
  • Assists with addressing citizen complaints related to zoning and land use issues as needed

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

Peripheral Duties:
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands 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 incumbent is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk; and hear. The incumbent frequently is required to sit for extended periods of time and type on a keyboard for extended periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.
Work is performed in a typical office environment subject to working outside of normal working hours to meet critical time lines or to provide support in department emergency response events.  While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is subject to multiple interruptions by telephones and walk-ins by employees and citizens; may be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Typical business office machinery and equipment include, but not limited to, personal computer including database program, spreadsheet and word processing software, printer, telephone, scanning equipment, fax machine, copy machine, calculator and projector. 
Evening or variable hours to attend meetings is required.



Education, Training and Experience Guidelines:
Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning or related field.
Experience: One (1) year of experience in a related field.
Or: Any combination of education and experience, which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job, may be substituted for these qualifications.
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of planning
  • State and federal statutes relating to current planning, zoning, land division, Shoreline Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act and the Growth Management Act
  • Municipal government policies, procedures, and structure; applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, regulations and ordinances
  • Land use and environmental review requirements and their application in the overall permit process
  • Principles and practices of research, analysis and data collection and interpretation
  • Effective oral and written communication principles and practices
  • Project management techniques and principles
  • Detailed record-keeping techniques
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as: word processing, spreadsheets, statistical databases, Adobe, ArcGIS, etc.
Skilled in:
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment including personal computers and related software such as word processing, spreadsheet programs and web-based management systems
  • Proper use of telephone etiquette and techniques and ability to assist in answering diverse inquiries
  • Demonstrating effective interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Understanding and following oral and written directions
  • Compiling, organizing, and summarizing complex, detailed material independently or from tape or oral instructions, letters, notices, bulletins or other material
  • Maintaining a variety of complex filing systems, records, and reports
  • Effective analysis, interpretation and documentation of research projects

Ability to:
  • Maintain regular, predictable and reliable attendance during scheduled hours
  • Maintain confidentiality and communicate with tact and diplomacy
  • Participate as a contributing member of a service-oriented team
  • Work independently as necessary
  • Utilize social media, website platforms and other media to effectively communicate city-related information
  • Analyze, research and interpret codes, regulations, standards, plans and specifications
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public; present a positive image of the City in a variety of circumstances
  • Demonstrate positive and effective interaction and communication with individuals of diverse social and economic backgrounds
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopting an effective course of action
  • Organize work for maximum efficiency
  • Effectively communicate complex and technical concepts orally and in writing to variety of audiences in a clear, effective and professional manner
  • Attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind and creative problem-solving skills
  • Work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide with accuracy; compute rate, ratio, and percent; and create graphs and charts


Supplemental Information

Licenses, Certifications and Other Requirements:
  • Valid State of Washington Driver's License; and a driving record which meets the city's requirements
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), preferred
  • Multilingual is desirable
  • Completion of position-relevant background check