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FLSA status: Exempt

CLASS SUMMARY This is professional level work at the advanced level. Responsibilities involve planning, supervising or leading, coordinating and participating in activities which require analysis of complex issues, program administration and/or coordination with other divisions, outside agencies and the general public, and providing responsible and complex staff support. Work is performed under general direction from the manager with initiative, discretion, and independent judgment in the performance of duties based on extensive knowledge of City policies, procedures and operations. Typical assignments include analyzing land use proposals for consistency with adopted codes, developing proposed Comprehensive Plan and Code amendments, providing analysis of architectural history and preservation, analyzing and developing transportation policy. The class is distinguished from planner by the level of complexity of work including project management, level of expertise exercised in completing assignments, lead worker responsibilities and independence required to complete projects. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the

Researches, analyzes, develops and implements long range, comprehensive plans and special studies including historic preservation, code revision and amendments, topical elements and subarea plans. Provides information to the public and staff regarding historic preservation, environmental codes, comprehensive planning and zoning; interprets and explains City policies, regulations and procedures. Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned division; attends and contributes to Division staff meetings; recommends and implements policies and procedures. Identifies opportunities for improving review procedures; identifies resource needs; reviews with appropriate management staff; implements improvements. Prepares staff reports for various committees, commissions and advisory boards as directed; undertakes research; prepares reports and maps; makes presentations to City Council, committees and commissions. Assigns work activities and projects; directs staff on application, interpretation and use of codes and ordinances; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems. Prepares requests for proposals for outside contractors; drafts and administers contracts and grants; oversees the maintenance of consultant schedules; oversees consultant records and invoices; reviews and approves invoices for payment. Participates in the selection, orientation and training of division personnel; provides advice and assistance; provides input on job performance.

Senior Planner – February 2002


CITY OF BOTHELL Provides staff assistance to division manager; participates on a variety of committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other correspondence. Coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies and organizations; developers/applicants and planning staff, other jurisdictions and agencies; may include functional supervision of assigned staff; serves as project manager and supervisor to other participating staff, interns or consultants. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in area of specialty. May conduct field inspections. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required or assigned. PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT Work is primarily performed in an office setting, frequently at other locations for meetings, and in field locations with potential exposure to physically hazardous conditions and unpleasant circumstances. Work involves computer use, and occasional lifting of objects up to 50 pounds such as audio/visual equipment. May be required to work beyond normal working hours to attend evening and weekend meetings. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education, Training and Experience Guidelines Bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, public administration or a related field and considerable increasingly responsible experience in urban planning or a closely related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience that provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities: Knowledge of:
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Comprehensive planning, zoning, urban design, natural environment protection, historic preservation, and community sustainability Policies, functions and responsibilities of the City Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations Research methods and information sources related to urban growth, land use, urban design, historic preservation and development

Ability to:
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Direct and coordinate assigned staff and work activities Apply, interpret and explain complex legal and administrative information to the public, employees and officials lacking technical knowledge

Senior Planner – February 2002


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Communicate effectively in oral and written form, one-on-one and with groups Prepare clear and concise reports on complex land use, zoning and comprehensive planning issues Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals Research, analyze and evaluate new policies and procedures Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations Provide training, direction, assistance and advice to others Prepare and administer budgets Interact professionally with various levels of employees, officials and special interest groups Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work


Valid Washington State Driver’s License

Class specifications are intended to present an illustrative description of the range of duties, the scope of responsibility and the required level of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to describe the primary functions of the job. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed by employees in each position assigned to the class.

Senior Planner – February 2002


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