Associate Planner (Demographer)

City of Bellevue - Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, WA

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

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The City of Bellevue, Washington is rapidly maturing from a sleepy suburb into a tech-centric, vibrant, and diverse metropolitan city within the Puget Sound Region. The city’s planning team is looking for creative planners with the technical expertise to help us shape and catalyze positive change. This position requires you, the candidate to have a curious mind, technical prowess, research skills, an open, mature, and an inclusive view of prevailing social issues. We also need a demonstrated willingness to think beyond the usual or ordinary. Ability to work across projects requiring knowledge of diverse planning topics from demographics to urban design is a big plus.
This position is part of the Community Development Department’s Comprehensive Planning Team. It requires experience as a planner and experience curating, using and presenting demographic and economic data for community planning purposes. The ideal candidate will have skills in GIS mapping, managing datasets, communicating data, and statistical methods.
In this role, you will work across four broad sets of responsibilities:
  • Keeping the community, staff, council, and boards and commissions informed of demographic trends and issues;
  • Responding to specific requests for data;
  • Contributing expertise in community data to projects as a member of one-time and recurring projects across city departments;
  • Leading innovation in data acquisition, organization, analysis and communication.

Bellevue’s ethos and general work environment supports shared and public oriented values, the opportunity to develop new skills, plus a family friendly, inclusive, and diverse workplace. The position offers you the chance to be part of the City of Bellevue’s core values of excellent public service, stewardship, commitment to employees, integrity and innovation.


We are looking for a mix of experience and skills that provide as much of the following as possible:


Planning Experience

  • Understanding of the role of long range planning principles;
  • Knowledge of the Washington GMA (Growth Management Act);
  • Plan, develop and manage work programs involving complex technical analysis and policy development;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, citizen groups, and the public;
  • Function as a primary liaison between federal, state and local entities that work with demographic and economic trends data;

GIS Mapping

  • Use GIS for data display and analysis;
  • Create land use forecasts for small and large geographies. 

Managing Datasets

  • A basic knowledge of statistics and employment data;
  • Understanding and use of quantitative methods to address planning issues with ACS (American Community Survey) data and the decennial US Census;
  • Experience with the policies, principles and platforms of open data;

Communicating Data

  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and other graphic software skills is preferred;
  • Use of Power BI or other interactive visualization software;
  • Conduct research and disseminate results to others in the city organization and Bellevue as a whole;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, including preparation and delivery of public presentations;
  • Communicate effectively with peers, elected and appointed officials, and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to use ArcGIS Hub, story mapping, and dashboards.

Statistical Methods

  • Basic understanding of survey techniques and principles of representative surveys;
  • Basic understanding of inferential statistics;
  • Conduct advanced research and analysis in support of long-range planning initiatives.;
  • Use of statistical software such as R, SAS, STATA or other software to analyze data

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year university in urban planning, architecture, environmental studies, urban geography, or closely related field. A master's degree is preferred.
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in demographics, trends analysis, GIS, and growth management planning at the state, regional or municipal level.
  • Alternatively, an equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Certification as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.

Posted July 15, 2021, 9:16 AM PDT

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