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27 May 2022

Full-Time Senior Planner (Project/Program Manager III) – Posted by Anywhere

Job Description


In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the career-service position of Senior Planner (Project/Program Manager III).

Senior Planners work under the supervision of a Product Line Manager to produce or help produce timely, accurate, quality reviews and approvals of land use and building permits. Working in a collaborative manner, Senior Planners work with a higher degree of independence. They apply their years of current planning experience to review a variety of permit types ranging from single-family projects to complex commercial or infrastructure projects, but may work more often on complex, high profile, and/or time-sensitive projects.

Senior Planners are responsible for carefully reviewing permit application plans and technical documents; working cooperatively with others in the department and in other agencies; and writing technical permit approval documents and staff reports that are clear, accurate, and defensible. Senior Planners may assist in developing code amendments; participate occasionally in long-range planning assignments; and, as directed, may be a technical resource for and provide workflow guidance to other planners. An essential part of the job is to work positively and, in a solution oriented manner with customers, their design/engineering professionals, other members of the public, and co-workers. Some presentations to the public, hearing bodies, and other agencies will be required on a periodic basis.

Job Duties

To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill, and ability to:

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. 

  • As assigned by the Product Line Manager, review and potentially impose conditions upon land use and building permits according to applicable codes, laws, and policies.
  • Author accurate and understandable permit language, technical documents, and staff reports that are consistent with applicable codes, laws, and policies.
  • Manage individual work time to meet a fluctuating workload and achieve target review times.
  • Serve as a technical resource for other planners in the department.
  • As directed, assist in managing the workflow of other planners in the department, and help establish Standard Work practices for permit types.
  • Develop or assist in developing code and plan amendments that bring greater relevance or improve departmental processes or systems; support ad hoc long-range planning assignments.
  • Support pre-application conferences and assist with customer inquiries.
  • Work cooperatively with others in the department or in other agencies to resolve permit- and process-related issues.
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service; to the extent possible, help applicants find the correct pathway to what the applicant wants to achieve.
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflect well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent.
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban studies, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in current planning.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans, policies, and regulations; knowing when to reach out for assistance from supervisor or other professionals.
  • Demonstrable experience with long-range planning assignments. Demonstrable supervisory experience of current planning professionals.
  • Clear and effective communication skills: ability to listen, provide feedback, and negotiate outcomes as needed; ability to provide accurate and concise oral presentations.
  • Ability to help establish and commitment to work within a Standard Work framework in the department.
  • Skill in providing customer service and training.
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities and producing quality detailed work within tight timeframes.
  • Skill in working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Skill in problem solving with effective solutions.

Desirable Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in planning or a related field.
  • Demonstrable track record of success with complex, high-profile, and/or time-sensitive projects.
  • Professional current planning experience in a rural context.
  • Experience in making presentations to Hearing Examiners, legislative bodies, and the public.
  • Frontline customer service experience.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners accreditation.


  • Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely throughout the County.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.
  • Must be able to traverse construction sites in any weather condition.

Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview on June 14, 2022.
If you are selected as a finalist you will be invited to come back on June 17, 2022 for a second interview.

This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months. Including career service, special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants. First consideration will be given to current Local 17 PROTEC members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.

WORK SCHEDULE: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not overtime-eligible. The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours.

FORMS AND MATERIALS: A completed King County Application and writing sample from your past work that demonstrates your analytical abilities and for which you were the lead author.  It could be a staff report, policy analysis/recommendation, briefing memo, etc. is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills for the position.


SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness,
and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews. Interviews will be conducted teleconference via Teams. Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Vivienne Swai
Human Resources Analyst

Teleworking Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking; complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County is the local service provider for the roughly quarter-million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county. Taken together, the population in unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director’s Office and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. The Director’s Office includes a robust Community Service Area group focused on identifying and responding to the needs of urban and rural unincorporated King County residents and businesses. The department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all the unincorporated areas.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department’s hybrid environment.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to: submit proof of vaccination, or
have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation.
Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State’s best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we’re changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation’s best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our “True North”, we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles–we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to
apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply:
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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Job Types: Full-Time.

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