Planning Manager

Kittitas County

Ellensburg, WA

Salary: $73,008 - $98,328

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Planning Manager

Kittitas County, Washington

Salary$73,008 - $98,328

Situated in central Washington between the foothills of the stunning Cascade Mountains and the mighty Columbia River, Kittitas County is home to roughly 41,000 residents who enjoy limitless recreation opportunities year-round. Ellensburg, the largest city and county seat, is home to over 18,000 residents, including 11,000 students who attend Central Washington University. Ellensburg is well known for its friendly residents and rural lifestyle, along with summer music festivals, seasonal farmers markets and the yearly Ellensburg Fair & Rodeo.

Kittitas County’s Community Development Services Department (CDS) is made up of three divisions – Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement. The Building Division provides building plan review and inspections for new construction, remodels, and additions. The Planning Division provides long range planning and current planning services. Long range planning services include annual and periodic updates to the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations and addressing emerging land use issues. Current planning involves review of land use applications such as subdivisions, conditional use permits, variances, rezones and shoreline permits and providing information to the public. The Code Enforcement division enforces codes related to building, zoning, fire, health, safety, and public nuisances. CDS has a 2022 budget of $3.2 million and operates with 18 FTEs.

Under the general direction of the Community Development Services Director, the Planning Manager performs professional planning for Kittitas County, including modification of the countywide Comprehensive Plan and related ordinances, coordinates and implements current and long-range planning activities, and delivers presentations before the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, other boards and commissions, other departments, divisions, and the general public. The Planning Manager will supervise four planning positions, including three current planning, and one long-range planning position, which is currently open. This position is expected to be a working manager where the Planning Manager will take on certain projects to completion.

A bachelor’s degree from a four (4) year college or university in Planning, Geography, or closely related field. Five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience with at least one (1) year in public sector planning. Two (2) years of supervisory experience in a professional job classification. Experience with Washington or Oregon Growth Management planning processes, and experience working with Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and Shoreline Master Programs is highly preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience with GIS, the ability to build a community network through outreach, and excellent communication skills. Successful experience in working with growth pressures in professional planning is desired.

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. Kittitas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: February 5, 2023 (open until filled).

Posted January 4, 2023, 3:39 PM PST

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