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									CITY OF BURIEN, WASHINGTON POSITION DESCRIPTION PLANNER NATURE OF WORK: Fully skilled professional planner working under the direction of the Director of Community Development Services. Responsible for managing planning cases, completing studies or other planning projects. Works independently completing technical planning tasks or projects, with general public and developers. Exercises independent judgement on technical planning issues and determinations, relying on senior planner or director for policy guidance as appropriate. Assists in developing and managing work programs and budgets. Activities may involve both current planning and long range planning functions with an emphasis on current planning including receiving, processing and analyzing land use permit applications, recommending appropriate determinations and decisions, identifying and recommending appropriate steps to resolve planning issues, developing goals, policies and procedures. May work independently or as a member of multidisciplinary team. Work involves regular interaction with the public, city council, planning commissions and other agencies often in controversial situations. Prepares and presents reports and recommendations on planning cases or projects to planning commissions, hearing examiners and city council. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Manages current planning cases. Provides data gathering, mapping and data analysis. Researches, analyzes and assists in preparing reports and recommendations on planning issues such as housing, parks and recreation, community facilities, utilities and land uses; level of service standards; potential annexation areas; and development standards and guidelines. Responds to citizen inquiries regarding the comprehensive plan, zoning, subdivision and land use codes at the counter, over the phone, in writing and at meetings. Researches and prepares background data and draft correspondence and reports to supervisor and others, as requested, regarding current planning projects. Coordinates project proposal review with other agencies and city departments; organizes, participates in meetings. Prepares and presents staff reports and recommendations to the director, hearings examiner, City Council, and other boards and commissions. Maintains public information.

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Assists in the completion of the planning activities necessary for the update of the Burien Comprehensive Plan in compliance with the State Growth Management Act. Provides staff support to citizens and planning commission, City Council committees, and City Council. Prepares special reports and projects. Perceives when non-routine activities are required and offers to help without needing to be asked. Makes efforts to modify workload to assist with emergency situations, assignments, or projects whenever possible. Performs related duties as assigned. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: May be required to supervise clerical staff, which could include permanent part-time or fulltime staff, volunteers or student interns in accordance with the City’s policies and applicable laws. May assist in interviewing, hiring recommendations, and training, planning, and assigning work. KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS: Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Familiarity with the functions, principles and practices of current planning. Understanding of Washington state planning laws required including SEPA, Shorelines Management Act, subdivision regulations, zoning administration and the Growth Management Act. Familiarity with planning principles and understanding of community and regional planning or environmental management principles. Ability to analyze proposed land use activities and to clearly communicate the appropriate development guidelines and application requirements. Ability to work as part of a team. Ability to maintain effective relationships with other employees, the general public, appointed and elected officials and other public and private agencies. Ability to meet and deal with City personnel and the general public in a courteous and tactful manner.

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Ability to greet the public and co-workers in a friendly manner and clearly convey a willingness to be of service and/or be open to resolving the situation at hand. Clearly explains self or answers when necessary. Takes the time to ensure message is easily understood. Closes all contacts courteously and appropriately. Willing to be helpful; willing to negotiate schedule to accommodate another’s needs. Willing to use both good verbal and non-verbal behavior to show an open, accepting attitude. Ability to work in a high-energy work environment, handling multiple priorities and projects. Proficiency in personal computer use, experience with spreadsheets, database programs and word-processing. Experience with geographic information systems such as ARC View and permit tracking systems is desirable. Refined writing, meeting facilitation, public speaking, and presentation skills. Proven ability to maintain organized files and records. Understanding of state and federal legislation and programs regarding environmental protection, historic preservation, housing, economic and community development. Ability to work irregular hours on occasion, including evenings. EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning, geography, political science, public administration or related field AND a minimum of two years work experience with highly complex planning processes in a planning agency; OR a combination of education, training and practical experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the position. A Masters degree in urban and regional planning, geography or public administration is desirable. Municipal experience preferred. AICP preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS: 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 employee is required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls

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and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is performed in an office, which is busy, oriented to public service and subject to constant work interruptions. Employees may work under the stress of continual public and/or inter-departmental contact and pressure to meet timelines. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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