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Senior Planner - City of Woodinville ( Job # 19-0011)

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Minimum Salary: $79,977.00
Maximum Salary: $102,073.00
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Woodinville, Washington – a premier tourist destination in the Northwest.  Located about 20 miles northeast of Seattle, Woodinville offers the benefits of a bustling urban center against the backdrop of the picturesque Sammamish River Valley.  Woodinville is known for its tourism industries with over 100 tasting rooms for wine, beer and spirits.  Situated close to many outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and boating.

The City has a population of approximately 12,000.  The City directly provides a number of services for its citizens including: planning, permitting, code enforcement, street/storm water maintenance, infrastructure construction and maintenance, parks, and general administrative services.  Various contracts are maintained by the City providing a number of other services including: police services, municipal court, jail and detention, animal control, and solid waste.  Separate from the City, Woodinville citizens receive fire protection from the Woodinville Fire & Rescue District, as well as water and sewer services from the Woodinville Water District.


Under the general supervision of the Development Services Director and the Planning Manager, the Senior Planner performs advanced level professional planning work on current and/or long-range planning and special projects; responsible for complex planning tasks requiring a high degree of knowledge related to all areas of current and long-range planning and/or specialized disciplines.  This position has no assigned supervisory responsibility but may provide technical or functional training and direction to Assistant and/or Associate Planners. 

Essential Functions
  1. Performs advanced professional work related to a variety of planning assignments. 
  2. Serves as project manager on complex planning projects including in-depth application and plan review, coordination with applicants to obtain additional information and/or project changes as necessary; prepares legal noticing, background research, and staff reports.  Attends public hearings and makes presentations.  Monitors implementation measures, conditions of approval, checks application submittals for building plan check and may inspect sites.
  3. May assemble teams for complex planning and development projects; defines scope and schedules for review, monitors project progress, reviews work, resolves issues and conflicts, reports findings and recommendations, documents, approves, and is accountable for project progress.
  4. Monitors permit processing from pre-design plan review to field construction, inspection coordination, and project close-out; serves as system administrator for permit tracking process and coordinates and conducts training and instruction for the permit tracking system, city regulations, and department procedures.
  5. Prepares, reviews, and develops procedures and policies used in the development and permit review process.
  6. Meets with property owners, developers, attorneys and other design professionals to discuss and resolve planning and development issues.  Exercises considerable discretion in problem solving, decision-making and negotiating agreements.
  7. Interprets and applies local and State laws and regulations; conducts and supervises planning studies in the community; gathers data for implementing or evaluating current and advance planning projects; and makes recommendations.
  8. May conduct long-range planning assignments; performs special projects as assigned.  Participates in or leads team efforts related to Comprehensive Plan, Shoreline Master Program and code amendments and updates.
  9. Manages or leads in the team effort related to the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and environmental checklists pursuant to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Develops appropriate mitigation measures and provides the local SEPA Official with recommendations concerning environmental threshold determinations.
  10. Represents the City and presents oral reports at public hearings; provides staff support to a variety of boards and commissions; provides background and technical assistance to boards and committee members; attends and participates in professional groups and committees.
  11. Interacts and communicates with a variety of individuals and groups for the purpose of obtaining and providing information, coordinating activities, processing projects, negotiating plan changes, and formulating recommendations.
  12. Conducts highly technical research and analysis, evaluates findings, identifies significant issues, determines options, and develops staff recommendations.
  13. Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process and/or to verify that development projects comply with approved plans.
  14. Performs all duties of the Planner and other duties as required or assigned.
Training & Experience
A master’s degree in urban and regional planning or related field, and four years increasingly responsible experience in providing professional planning services in a city or county, or as a contract planning consultant to city or county government, or a bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field and five years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable. Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of hire and meet the City’s minimum driver approval standards. A Washington State Driver’s License must be obtained within 30 days of hire date. Must be able to successfully complete a background check and education verification. Additional Details

Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. 

Due to the number of potential applicants, the City will only contact those applicants chosen for in person interviews.  No phone calls please.

Applicants who are invited to participate in the interview process will be notified by phone or email. 

Please Note:

The City of Woodinville does not participate in Social Security, which means employees do not contribute to or earn Social Security credit while employed with the City.  Further, the Social Security Administration applies a formula containing an offset to take into account employment with a nonparticipating employer.  However, as a City of Woodinville employee, you may be eligible to participate in the Municipal Employee Benefit Trust (MEBT) plan; you are eligible to participate as soon as you are hired into an MEBT-eligible position.  MEBT is a defined-contribution plan.

There is also mandatory participation in the State of Washington Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) which is a traditional, defined-benefit pension plan – when you meet plan requirements and retire, you are guaranteed a certain monthly income for the rest of your life.

This position is PERS and MEBT eligible.


Woodinville City Hall
17301 133rd Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA