Principal Land Use Planner

Employer: City of Redmond
Job Title: Principal Land Use Planner
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: 1900397
Division: Planning
Location: Redmond, WA
Opening Date: 07/26/2019
Closing Date: 08/11/2019
Salary: $39.75 - $53.65 Hourly

Job Description:

The Planning Department is responding to the growing needs of the City. The fast-paced nature of our municipality drives innovation and efficiency. The successful candidate will possess strong values that align with the City’s values, which include being welcoming, having integrity, showing accountability, and demonstrating a commitment to service. Additionally, the ideal candidate should find satisfaction in providing exceptional customer service, and thrive in a collaborative, high-volume work environment. Please review the Principal Planner classification description for more information about the knowledge, skills, abilities, working conditions, and physical requirements.

Job Duties:


  • This position is full-time.
  • Function as a program lead and project manager over individual permits and/or department projects/programs.
  • Oversees projects/programs from inception through internal review and council adoption. 
  • Identify, lead and manage complex initiatives, programs and projects to advance the City's vision and interests; plan, organize and carry out a work program to meet deadlines and expectations for quality 
  • Make public presentations and ability to express facts and ideas clearly and effectively in an organized manner. 
  • Understanding of workflow, tasks and processes to effectively schedule and plan for program and project milestones, in addition to, tracking and reporting out of performance measures. 
  • Carries out multiple priorities simultaneously in a timely and high-quality manner
  • Develops strategic/innovative/workable solutions. 
  • Functions independently and solves problems. 
  • Provides strategic planning expertise, developing ideas and carrying out work programs that advance major City initiatives; lead in steering long-term and generally large-scale projects, ensuring compliance with local, regional, state, and federal laws. 
  • Assists department management in budget development and allocation of resources for the biennial budget process; assists in formulating of department goals and work programs. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of internal and external customers, including City staffs, elected officials, representative of other governmental agencies and the public. 
  • Effectively prioritize and resolve problems leading to the successful resolution of controversial issues. 
  • Guide junior level staff or direct work-team activities to achieve desired vision and outcomes.



  • Expert knowledge of principles, practices, techniques and legal aspects of urban design, urban planning, community development, park planning environmental management or transportation planning.
  • Concepts and practices necessary for researching and analyzing complex issues, evaluating alternatives and presenting information. 
  • Applicable plans, policies, laws and regulations applicable to professional assignments, for example, the Growth Management Act and the State Environment Policy Act. 
  • Expert knowledge in current land use planning and strong knowledge of comprehensive planning.


  • Bachelor's degree in urban planning, urban design and development, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, environmental science, natural resources management, transportation planning, public policy, engineering or related discipline.
  • Master's degree preferred 
  • This position is currently covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Supplemental Information:


  1. Do you have ten years of combined relevant experience and education?
  2. Do you have a bachelor’s degree? 
  3. Do you have experience in City Government? a.1-5 years b.5-10 years c. 10 years or more 
  4. Please provide an example of a time you have had to get a project unstuck. Can we limit to like 500 words? 
  5. Please share your experience in providing mentorship to junior level staff? Can we limit this to 500 or so words?


  • All applicants will be notified of their application status.
  • Top candidates will be contacted to participate in the next phase of selection process, which may include testing and/or an interview. 
  • Note, the City may review existing application pools to fill this position or use this pool to fill future vacancies.


  • Our employees earn competitive wages and enjoy an exceptional benefits packet.
  • The City pays for all regular, full-time employee healthcare premiums. 
  • Learn more about our medical, retirement, and other perks like tuition reimbursement and transportation subsidies including a free bus pass by visiting the website.
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