• Kitsap County
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $72,571.20 - $90,625.60 Annually USD

Job Description


Make a difference in your community.
Become a part of the Kitsap County team!
Do what you love while serving the citizens where you live.

About the department:
The Department of Community Development (DCD) focuses on enabling and assisting our Kitsap residents in building affordable, structurally sound, and environmentally conscious developments in the Kitsap Community. We provide our team the opportunity to learn and grow within our positive and innovative work environment; we empower our team to make decisions; and we pride ourselves on a culture of continuous improvement. Please learn more about the department at our County webpage .

Summary of position:
The Planning and Environmental Programs (PEP) Division of DCD seeks a Long Range Senior Planner toaugment the long-range planning staff and perform professional level planning functions at a project lead level with a high degree of independence.The primary role for this planner will be to identify and define the need for new, revised, or updated legislation, ordinances, or regulations applicable to land development or demographic status and trends. This employee will conduct technical research studies, prepare reports and project summaries, and draft and present proposed ordinances to supervisors and/or other hearing bodies.

The ideal candidate will coordinate across functional areas of the planning process such as population growth, natural resource management, transportation and infrastructure, land use regulations, or preparation and updating of legislation, policies and regulations applicable to growth management and land development.
This position will be opened until filled.


Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor Degree in Planning or closely related field from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education; AND
  • Fouryears of full-time professionalexperience as an associate planner orplanner with an emphasis in community development, urban or regional planning, and/or land use legislation; OR
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education.
Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
  • Three years professional experience in demography, population growth, housing, and employment.
  • Experience with Washington State Growth Management Act, long range planning, and community planning.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office including: Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience writing, managing, and monitoring grants.
  • AICP Certification.
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
RequiredKnowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of planning principles, practices, regulations, and techniques as they relate to all functional areas.
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of a specific functional area of planning and its relationship to the planning process and the associated research and analysis methodologies and techniques.
  • Knowledge of Washington State Growth Management Act, capital facilities, and infrastructure planning and other related areas.
  • Knowledge of demography, housing and employment, socioeconomic indicators, population trends, community planning principles, geography, public administration and related issues.
  • Knowledge of advanced land use, environmental, transportation, infrastructure and strategic planning.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of grant administration.
  • Skills in establishing and maintaining cooperative, effective and productive working relationships with others using tact, patience, courtesy and good judgment.
  • Skills in maintaining a professional demeanor under heavy workload and stressful situations.
  • Skills in maintaining confidentiality and adhering to policy and procedures of the department.
  • Skills in independently preparing, researching, and administering plans based on survey and analysis of data, citizen participation, and agency consultation.
  • Skills in reading, interpreting, and applying work related codes, ordinances, legal property descriptions, and other regulations and guidelines applicable to area of assignment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with the public, developers, contractors, and other governmental agencies and County departments.
  • Ability to work independently andin teams without regular direction, and troubleshoot problems in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Ability to utilize various computer applications specific to the department including databases, word processing, document imaging, spreadsheets, and web based systems for entering, retrieving and researching data and records.
  • Ability to work various shifts, evenings, weekends, holidays when needed.
  • Ability to work on both short and long term projects and may have more than one project assignment at any one time.
  • Ability to work in excess of forty hours in a week when needed.


(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.)

Essential Job Functions
  • Identify and define the need for new, revised or updated legislation, ordinances, or regulations applicable to land development or demographic status and trends; conduct technical research studies; prepare reports and project summaries; draft and present proposed ordinances to supervisor and/or other hearing bodies.
  • Develop and/or revise comprehensive plans, subarea plans, special topic reports, and action plans by compiling land use, land capacity, growth management, housing and other planning related data from reports and field surveys, analyzing implication of background information, formulating goals, policies and alternative plan proposals.
  • Meet statutory, legislative and other deadlines for updated plans, reports, interim and final products and ensure citizen participation aspects of planning processes and outcomes.
  • Negotiate and administer agreements and contracts with consultants, contracting agencies, and other organizations as necessary.
  • Meet with technical advisory personnel to check results of study analysis and to verify applicability of data.
  • Act as a mediator and negotiator in the planning process to find equitable solutions consistent with policies, goals, and regulations of the program and of the County, balancing public and private rights and interests, sensitive to political considerations.
  • Prepare necessary documentation, present evidence, provide testimony, and recommend dispositions to hearing bodies as required.
Working Conditions & Physical Activities:
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Positions in this class typically require:
  • Working primarily in an office with some field inspection work.
  • Attendance at meetings outside of normal working hours at various locations throughout the County and occasional travel outside the County may be required.
  • Walking and balancing (short and long distances)
  • Climbing, including ladders
  • Bending, stooping, twisting
  • Reaching above and/or below shoulder
  • Handling/grasping documents or equipment
  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Standing for long periods of time and the ability to walk through rough or uneven terrain may be required to conduct field inspections.
  • Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person and/or on the telephone
  • Hearing audible signals, safety warning devices, phones, traffic, and equipment
  • Vision sufficient to read source materials, computer screen data, see detail or color, review plans, inspect field sites and discriminate color-coded safety information.
  • Repetitive motions for computer, tool and equipment use.
  • Requires exertion of force of 20 pounds occasionally, 35 pounds intermittently to lift/carry/move objects, files/documents and other materials or equipment.
Incumbents may be exposed to:
  • Potentially hazardous conditions on construction sites, including machinery and forklifts.
  • Hostile individuals.
  • Inclement weather while conducting field inspections (temperature extremes, slippery surfaces).
  • Road and traffic hazards.
  • Nuisance dust.


  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process.
  • This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME 1308. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Flexible hours are available, as approved by management
Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
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Job Address

Port Orchard, Washington United States View Map