Senior Policy Planner

City of Bellevue
Bellevue, WA
United States
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$77,538.84 - $106,995.36

Development Services is a multi-department line of business that offers one-stop shopping for general information and the permits needed for development activity in Bellevue and the surrounding service areas.  We are code compliance officers, engineers, finance analysts, inspectors, planners, plans examiners, permit technicians, and support staff from the Development Services, Fire, Transportation, and Utilities departments. We also work closely with staff from other departments, like Planning & Community Development. 
We are looking for a technical expert to be our next Senior Policy Planner within the Code and Policy Division of the City's Development Services Department.  You will focus on projects that advance Council-priorities and support the development of implementing regulations for city departments.  This will require attendance and coordination with relevant stakeholders which include city department representatives, neighborhood and business representatives, boards and commissions, and the City Council.  At times, extensive attendance at night meetings is required.  You'll apply your knowledge of project management techniques to assigned projects and serves as a technical specialist in code drafting and policy development. 

Bellevue is building the city of the future. Our welcoming, multicultural, innovation-focused community attracts technology pioneers, outdoor enthusiasts, and family-focused professionals from around the world. At the City you'll be part of a team committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest and being a part of the community vision. Our people bring unique skills and qualities to the table, embrace the values of honesty, accountability and commitment to service, and take pride in the work they do. You'll work in an environment where being innovative, collaborative, and future focused are the status quo. Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. It's what makes The City of Bellevue an exciting place to work, live, and explore.

  • Prepares amendments to the Land Use Code and other regulations, primarily those related to development.
  • Processes core code amendment workload (such as regulatory reform and state-mandated amendments).
  • Responds to changing Council priorities and economic development needs.
  • Supports the policy work of Planning & Community Development and other City departments with needed development of implementing regulations.
  • Develop clear and concise Land Use Code and other amendments consistent with the Council-prioritized work program.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Land Use, Code Compliance, and other affected City staff in the development of such amendments.
  • Represent the City at relevant regional and statewide forums.
  • Prepare policy analysis and reports for the City Council and other advisory bodies.
  • Provide departmental management support.
  • Coordinate with other City departments and leads interdepartmental teams as necessary to achieve intended work program outcomes.


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in public policy, public administration, law, urban planning, or related field.
  • Seven or more years of professional related experience in public policy formulation, implementation and legislative action/relations, and development and codification of implementing regulations.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Ability to work independently yet inclusively with other City staff and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated skill in preparing regulatory code amendments that are understandable and defensible, reflect community priorities, and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Knowledge of DSD's mission, vision, strategic direction, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, priorities, and departmental operations.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern public administration and policy development.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, regional, and local issues impacting the regulatory environment.
  • Skill in identifying emerging issues, developing and implementing new approaches; ability to anticipate and resolve problems before a crisis ensues.
  • Strong ability to maintain confidences and routinely handle extremely sensitive and political information; skill in human relations, diplomacy, tact, and negotiating.
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with elected officials, community leaders, advisory boards, City department representatives, the news media, and the general public.
  • Understanding of the City's political environment and sensitivities; ability to function effectively within that environment.
  • Skill in researching complex issues and developing recommended actions; ability to conduct complex administrative studies.  Ability to prepare informative reports and deliver persuasive, succinct presentations to senior management and elected officials as required.
  • Skill in effective, clear, and persuasive oral and written communications to individuals and groups.
  • Ability to think clearly and strategically and convey information in a clear, concise, and logical manner.
  • Skill in project management techniques is desirable. 
Published on:
September 26, 2018 - 1:02pm
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