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Principal Planner - East Link (Internal Candidates Only) - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0118)

(Current employees only.)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $6,889.72 per month
Maximum Salary: $9,505.93 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Transportation
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees only.)


This position is the city's lead position in regards to planning/legislative/policy/programmatic elements necessary to deliver the East Link project on time and on- or under-budget.  This work includes assuring that the city and Sound Transit are progressing work under the terms and conditions of the Memorandum of Understanding between agencies and that project elements such as property acquisitions, possible courthouse relocation, city hall parking impacts and mitigations, and permitting processes are coordinated and scheduled with a mutual understanding of timing and impacts.  This position will also manage the city's East Link public information function and staff in coordination with Sound Transit.  This position requires the ability to build consensus between city departments, multiple agencies, and citizens/business interests on a variety of issues.  This position often directly reports to the department director and/or director-level steering committee on policy and programmatic issues. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Tracking and delivery of commitments made in City/Sound Transit Memorandum of Understanding, including managing an East Link Work Program Management Plan to track the purpose, timeline, staffing, and status of over fifty related tasks and projects.
  • Assure city-wide and inter-agency coordination and resolution of project impacts and mitigation including representing the City in Sound Transit's NEPA and SEPA environmental processes, developing technical solutions to address project impacts that advance City policy objectives, and pursue strategic approaches to securing mitigation.
  • Lead, manage, and staff multi-agency, multi-disciplinary teams including Collaboration Teams,  Steering Committees, and city Oversight Team.  Tasks include agenda setting, presentation of policy and technical information, and development of approaches to resolving project, inter-agency, and internal issues to advance project.
  • Coordinate and/or staff multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency teams for Public Involvement, Station Area Planning, and MOU-related work items, including providing technical and policy analysis in support of related city work efforts and to ensure an overall consistency with the East Link Project. 
  • Act as city point of contact for East Link policy and programmatic elements, including responding to internal and external information requests by preparing written and verbal communications on complex and politically sensitive project elements.
  • Lead the city’s East Link monthly update to Council.  This includes agenda development, agenda memo production, presentation development and presenting to Council.
  • Prepare (or oversee the preparation of) and present policy and programmatic analysis for inter-agency management staff, elected officials, and others.  Lead or support legislative policy efforts.
  • Manage project CIP budget associated with planning and programmatic efforts and MOU implementation.  Develop budget proposals as needed in spupport of East Link policy and programmatic objectives.
  • Oversee City's East Link Outreach Program including direct supervision of Outreach and Community Relations staff.
  • Establish and maintain a collaborative, One City working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.


Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Works under the general supervision of an Assistant Director.
  • Leads and coordinates multiple inter-agency and inter-departmental teams in assuring coordination and delivery of city commitments under city/Sound Transit Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Direct supervision of city’s East Link Outreach and Community Relations staff member.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Planning, Political Science, Public Administration or other related field.  A Masters Degree is preferred.
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible related experience in developing, administering, and/or monitoring, long-range plans or agreements is required.
  • Experience in leading and managing multi-agency and/or multi-disciplinary teams including experience and recognition of the needs and uses of the public involvement process is required.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training of the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements

  • Ability to conduct advanced planning, legislative/policy analysis, and program management including coordination of policy and project elements between multiple public agencies.
  • A high level of analytic ability and inductive thinking is required to devise new approaches to deal with highly complex, novel, or previously unsolved problems.
  • Considerable knowledge of the policy development history, the city’s vision, objectives, and strategic direction for the East Link project and related elements is required.
  • Ability to perform expected work completely, accurately, and consistently; ability to accurately record information and develop notes/reports; ability to research policies and procedures and to respond to inquiries from a variety of parties for information; ability to interpret guidelines.
  • Ability to maintain effective work relationships with other employees, departments, agencies and stakeholders.
  • Ability to provide leadership, mentoring and motivation to staff, securing their respective commitments to the city’s East Link goals.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills including public speaking and presentation ability and the ability to communicate technical information in a non-technical manner.
  • Ability to independently plan, schedule, organize and complete multiple work items within established deadlines and budgets.
  • Ability to anticipate potential technical problems or problems under existing agreements and provide necessary guidance to staff and others to resolve issues.
  • Ability to make decisions on resource allocation necessary to complete a task or project.
  • Abbility to effective utilize computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Sharepoint.


Working Conditions and Physical Demands

  • The physical demands and work environment 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.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 20 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.



This is a regular, non-union, exempt position.


How To Apply

Click “Apply Now” to complete the application for this position. For further information about the job, please contact Ron Kessack via email at or at 425.452.4631.  Questions regarding the online application should be directed to the IT help desk  at 425.452.4340.


Payroll Title: Principal Transportation Planner     Position ID #: 0097


Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004