Sr. Planner/Community Development Manager

Employer: City of Port Angeles
Job Title: Sr. Planner/Community Development Manager
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Port Angeles, WA
Opening Date: 07/17/2019
Closing Date: 08/16/2019
Salary: Sr. Planner $71,917-$80,172
              Community Development Manager $80,172-$85,955 (DOQ)

Job Description: 

Nature of Work:

Under the general direction of the Director of Community & Economic Development, this position will oversee and direct the day to day community development activities of the Planning and Building Divisions. This includes work involved in the processing of development review applications and building permits, updates to long-range and current planning documents such as the Comprehensive Plan and the zoning, subdivision, environment, and building sections of the Port Angeles Municipal Code, and improving efficiencies of the overall City development review process. This position also serves as the primary staff advisor to the City’s Hearing Examiner, Planning Commission, and other related advisory groups.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate must have knowledge of the principles, practices, research methods, and analytical techniques involved in current and long-range urban planning, building codes and construction-related documents, and overall topics in the community development field. He or she must be able to successfully and efficiently oversee and coordinate the day to day activities and the operations of the City’s Planning and Building Divisions, as well as establish necessary relationships with other City Departments and Divisions that play a significant role in the City’s development review process.

Specific knowledge of the Washington State Growth Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act, and Shoreline Management Act is desirable. He or she must demonstrate proficiency in government rules, regulations, policies and procedures involved in community development, including public hearings, meetings, and other similar review processes. Furthermore, the ideal candidate must have the ability to:

  • Proficiently operate a personal computer and associated software related to community development, planning, and building, including spreadsheet applications, powerpoint, and word processing.
  • Provide excellent customer service through effective communications with citizens, the development industry, regulatory agencies, and other public agencies, and through efficient organization of work to meet deadlines and budget constraints.
  • Work independently under general direction and apply the full scope of modern community development principles to a variety of work situations involving difficult and complex problem-solving.
  • Understand and administer laws and other regulations related to urban planning and building construction.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.
  • Collect and analyze technical and statistical data, review and analyze development applications, and make recommendations on a variety of planning issues.
  • Prepare and present verbal and written reports clearly and concisely.
  • Communicate, read, write, and understand English at a level necessary for efficient job performance.

Job Duties:

  1. Serve as Staff Advisor to the City’s Hearing Examiner, Planning Commission, other advisory boards as needed, and City officials on matters related to community development.
  2. Supervises Department Staff including conducting assignments, monitoring staff work, reviewing reports, conducting performance evaluations, and related supervisory duties.
  3. Prepares, monitors, and authorizes expenditures for the Department within the adopted budget.
  4. Recommends changes to community development related policies and procedures involved with current and long-range planning matters, including amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, City regulations involving zoning, subdivision, shoreline, environmental protection, construction, and other development ordinances.
  5. Plans and coordinates planning studies and reports as needed, including special studies of land use, economic development, environmental matters, and other related issues.
  6. Oversees grant applications prepared by Department Staff and ensures records for funded projects and programs are maintained.
  7. Analyzes and improves the efficiency of the development review process, including the review of development applications, administration of land use and environmental regulations, including the Zoning Code, the Subdivision Ordinance, the State Environmental Policy Act, the Shoreline Management Act, Uniform Building Code, and other related laws, regulations, and standards.
  8. Perform technical research and prepare comprehensive staff reports on community development issues.



  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in planning, urban studies, or a closely related field, A Master’s degree is preferred for the Community Development Manager. Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) desirable.


  • Senior Planner: Four to six years of professional planning experience at the senior level or higher in a public agency.
  • Community Development Manager: More than six years of professional planning experiences at the senior level or higher in a public agency, including supervisory experience. An equivalent combination of experience and education may be evaluated for qualifying experience on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply:
Apply online at to complete the online job application and submit a letter of interest and resume. The first review of applications is August 16, 2019.

Selection Process: Applicants will be evaluated on the preferred education and experience. Only those selected to receive an interview will be contacted. COPA is an E.O.E.

Supplemental Information: The ideal candidate will be classified as Senior Planner or Community Development Manager depending on qualifications and experience. Depending on this classification will determine the scale of management and supervision of subordinate personnel.