Senior Planner-Long Range Planning
Klickitat County, Washington
Salary: $63,752 - $83,158 (salary under review)
Located in south central Washington, Klickitat County, (pop. 22,000), lies at the junction where the Columbia River Gorge cuts through the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, with expansive farms and wheat fields, vineyards, timberland, and magnificent Mt. Adams as a backdrop. The county seat and the county's largest city is Goldendale. With a mild year-round climate, the area is the perfect place to take advantage of an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, from fishing and hunting, to whitewater rafting, windsurfing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. Scenic tours provide opportunities to thousands of visitors to the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountains, while an expanding winery and grape growing industry offers many award-winning wines at several tasting rooms.
Klickitat County’s Planning Department is responsible for both long range and current planning functions. The Planning Department shepherds proposals through the public process, and implements policies and regulations adopted by the Board of County Commissioners. The department has 5 FTEs and operates on a 2021 budget of just over $500,000.
Under the direction of the Planning Director, the Senior Planner-Long Range Planning serves as a key member of the department by providing advanced professional level planning duties to support the Director on a variety of projects and work to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Planning Department. This is the most advanced non-supervisory planning position. Main responsibilities of the position include assisting the Planning Director in identifying long-range planning issues and policies and assisting in developing subsequent work program priorities. This position will undertake long-range planning projects as assigned, coordinate, schedule, and review work assignments for long-range planning projects when acting as technical and policy advisor to assigned staff or consultants and maintain a working understanding of new land use legislation, administrative rules and case law.
Any combination of education, skills and experience that demonstrates an ability to excel in the position may be considered. Typical demonstration of the minimum education and experience might include a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, natural resources management, planning, geography, geology, or a field directly related to the area(s) of assignment, and four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional experience (including related internships). The ideal candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more areas within the Planning field related to the area of assignment, including Environmental Planning (SEPA, Critical Areas/Shorelines and Natural Resources), Current Planning (Subdivision and Zoning), and Comprehensive Long-Range Planning. A master’s degree may substitute for one year of experience.
For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Klickitat County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: September 26, 2021 (open until filled).
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