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Senior Planner

City of Bellevue
Bellevue, WA
United States
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required

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 Bellevue, 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 Bellevue an exciting place to work, live, and explore.

 We are looking for two (2) Senior Planners to advance Council priorities, specifically related to the City's Affordable Housing Strategy and regulatory reform and programs related to housing needs in the City.  The positions are limited term and anticipated to last up to three (3) years.  Both positions will work primarily on housing-related projects, though their primary functions will focus on different project phases. One Senior Planner will be in Community Development and will focus on developing policy direction; the other Senior Planner will be in Development Services and will focus on developing code amendments to implement policy direction.  These positions are expected to partner and coordinate throughout policy planning and code development, as well as work closely with staff within and outside of their departments.


Bellevue's Community Development Department is interested in securing Bellevue's future as a livable, inspiring, vibrant and equitable community. The position in Community Development is part of our Comprehensive Planning Team which conducts a broad range of work that includes comprehensive planning.. and will support the City's housing program and assist with implementation and initiatives surrounding the Affordable Housing Strategy which was adopted in 2017  as well as assist with managing the investment of City funds to create or preserve affordable housing.     This position will also work collaboratively with other City staff, A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH), non-profit and private housing developers, other housing advocates and service providers, neighborhood groups and residents.

Bellevue’s Development Services Department is part of is a multi-department Development Services 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. This position is a member of the Code and Policy team that works together with staff from other city departments in the development of city codes and regulations that unlock, and guide future land uses that advance the city’s vision. Currently, the Code and Policy team is busy with several major projects such as the East Main Station Area Plan, Wilburton Plan, and Grand Connection, implementing amendments related to the City's Affordable Housing Strategy, as well as multiple other code development efforts.     

***This is a limited term position anticipated to last up to 3 years*** 


  • Conduct complex technical analysis that may be used for many planning purposes including updating the comprehensive plan, developing neighborhood plans, affordable housing strategy implementation, regional policy analysis, special initiatives and associated processes (such as land use code development).
  • Providing technical assistance to developers and property owners on the City’s affordable housing programs and incentives;
  • Maintain familiarity with federal, state, regional, and local housing programs, policies, and regulations; analyzing and ensuring compliance with applicable requirements;
  • Maintaining appropriate records; collecting and assembling data on assisted developments; preparing reports on program achievements and outcomes to assist with program evaluation and policy development;
  • Providing information to residents and community groups;
  • Participating in outreach efforts to publicize the City’s housing programs;
  • Assisting with other City housing programs and special projects as needed;
  • Work constructively in teams that span multiple departments and, at times, agencies, using communication and shared leadership skills to successfully collaborate and achieve multiple objectives.
  • Communicate effectively with peers, City Council, Planning Commission and other stakeholders on planning issues in a manner that develops and maintains positive relationships and advances the understanding of the issues at hand. Represent the city on various committees, at neighborhood organizations and community meetings, at public hearings, and before governmental bodies.
  • Evaluate program accomplishments against established goals and timetables and make recommendations, based upon evaluation, that will be used in future projects.
  • Be responsible for project outcomes.
  • Draft, process and manage planning initiatives and amendments to the Land Use Code and other development regulations.
  • Gather, interpret, and prepare studies, analysis reports and recommendations as part of the planning initiative and code amendment project or other needs, and/or for the City Council and other advisory bodies.
  • Respond to changing Council priorities and economic development needs. 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with, and train other planners, reviewers, Code Compliance, and other affected City staff in the development of such initiative and amendments. 
  • Represent the City at relevant regional and statewide forums. 
  • Coordinate and lead interdepartmental teams as necessary to achieve intended work program outcomes.



  • Senior Planner in Community Development will work under the general supervision of the Comprehensive Planning Manager.
  • Senior Planner in Development Services will work under the general supervision of the Department's Consulting Attorney. 
  • No formal supervisory responsibilities but may act as lead to other staff.





  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in public policy, public administration, law, urban planning, or related field. 
  • Five 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 for this position.


  • Knowledge of housing affordability issues, including common policy tools and funding sources;
  • Demonstrated skill to work independently yet inclusively with other City staff and stakeholders. 
  • Ability to prepare policy and regulatory code amendments that are understandable and defensible, reflect the vision of the Comprehensive Plan, community priorities, and achieve desired outcomes. 
  • Proficiency to internalize and support the department's mission, vision, strategic direction, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, priorities, and departmental operations. 
  • Knowledge of federal, state, regional, and local issues impacting the planning environment. 
  • Proficiency in identifying emerging issues, developing and implementing new approaches; ability to anticipate and resolve problems before a crisis ensues. 
  • Aptitude to maintain confidences and routinely handle extremely sensitive and political information; skill in human relations, diplomacy, tact, and negotiating. 
  • Demonstrated skill for developing and maintaining productive relationships with elected officials, community leaders, advisory boards, City department representatives, the news media, and/or the general public. 
  • Ability to understand and navigate the City's political environment and sensitivities, and to function effectively within that environment. 
  • Skill in researching complex issues, conducting complex administrative studies, and developing recommended actions.  Ability to prepare informative reports and deliver persuasive, succinct presentations to senior management, elected officials, and other audiences. 
  • 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. 
  • Proficiency in utilizing project management techniques. 
Published on:
February 1, 2021 - 2:05pm
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