Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development

City of Bellevue
Bellevue, WA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$104,391.59 - $144,103.44 Annually

Job Summary

Are you a visionary leader that is committed to building livable communities? Do you have a passion for public service? The City of Bellevue is looking for Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development to join our team.  As a member of the Planning and Community Development Team the Assistant Director acts as the City's Chief Planning Officer guiding the future development of Bellevue.

The City of Bellevue, with a diverse population of more than 139,000 and more than 148,000 jobs, is known as a community with beautiful natural areas, a vibrant downtown and strong economy, some of the nation's best schools, and healthy neighborhoods.  The City's Mission is to "provide exceptional customer service, uphold the public interest and advance the Community Vision".   In Bellevue, this is achieved by a shared vision toward being a collaborative, innovative and future focused organization that is committed to excellence.   The City's Comprehensive Plan and Council's Vision Priorities provide direction for Planning and Community Development's departmental workplan.
The City of Bellevue is dedicated to delivering exceptional service to its residents and businesses. The City has a culture of high performance and has undertaken an organizational improvement effort called "One City." One City embraces concepts that include shared leadership, collaboration, empowerment, innovation, and performance management, and the organization is committed to the program's continued success.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant Director of Community Development (Planning) will provide strategic guidance, direction, leadership and general oversight to the City's Planning Division within the Department. This position will assist in the development and implementation of broad policy guidance as well as manage the day-to-day work activities of 3 work groups, including comprehensive planning, strategic planning, and environmental stewardship.

The Community Development Department guides growth and change in Bellevue to support the business and residential community; facilitates place-making; helps to create a quality natural and human-scale environment; and works in partnership with residents, businesses and other community stakeholders to address their interests and preserve vibrant, healthy business centers and neighborhoods.

CD is currently made up of the following divisions:

Neighborhood Services
Cultural and Economic Vitality

Within these 3 Divisions, the Department also administers affordable housing programs, mini city hall (offsite facility that reached underserved populations), neighborhood enhancement programs, conflict resolution services, public outreach for multiple service areas in the City, traditional economic development programs including business retention and attraction, public private joint ventures, company start up programs; and administration of the arts in the City (Bellevue Arts Museum, future performing arts center, etc.)

Planning initiatives this position oversees:

  • Bel-Red Transformation: Broad planning effort to guide the transformation of the Bel-Red area from an industrial hub to mixed-use neighborhoods.
  • Eastside Light Rail: Bellevue contributes to the planning of Sound Transit's new East Link light rail, including public private joint ventures around transit nodes.
  • Meydenbauer Bay Park and Land Use Plan: Creating a new park and improving connections to it from downtown. The "Grand Connection" will profoundly change the community upon implementation.
  • Affordable Housing: Bellevue leads the way with an adopted affordable housing strategy – The Planning Division is working on the Implementation Program
  • Neighborhood Planning: Bellevue will be conducting neighborhood plans for all 14 neighborhoods throughout the City and adopting subarea plans for these neighborhoods.
  • Demographic Modeling: Bellevue leads the way in projecting growth areas and corridors through its work on demographic analysis and projections.
  • Wilburton Planning Study: Exciting redevelopment and vision program for Wilburton Neighborhood including significant TOD and infill planning.
  • Urban Boulevards program: Re-imagining the City's boulevards to implement a more "complete streets" concept City wide.
  • Grand Connection: Creation of a significant public space linking Meydenbauer Bay and the City's Downtown and Wilburton neighborhoods.
  • Public/Private Joint Ventures: Participate in visioning and implementing TOD development on land that the City owns adjacent to rail stations in the new sound transit light rail system.


The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated record of accomplishments and successes in strategic planning initiatives. This individual should also have experience with urban development and downtown redevelopment and be well versed in managing the planning and growth challenges that may occur in both areas. The knowledge of current trends, issues and strategies that affect and influence all aspects of planning in urban and suburban areas is necessary. The ideal candidate should have previous planning knowledge and experience with light rail/Transit Oriented Development (TOD). The ideal candidate will have strong leadership abilities and will be able to make strategic decisions pertaining to staff and procedures within the organization. The ideal candidate will have the patience to work through multiple projects and timelines, along with the tenacity and perseverance required for successful follow through. The successful candidate must be able to set a positive example of competence, professionalism, energy and work ethic to the organization and community. Advanced written and oral communication skills are imperative for this position.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with major coursework in architecture, public administration, urban planning or a related field.
  • Master's Degree and American Institute of Certified Planners designation is preferred.
  • Seven or more years of progressively responsible related experience in a planning, land use, or related field.
  • Experience in a managerial role in municipal government preferred. A combination of education and experience will be taken into consideration when reviewing applicants.


For more information on this position, contact Kristin Headlee at 425-452-7676. For technical assistance with the online application contact 855-524-5627.
The City of Bellevue supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status. Persons needing assistance in the application process may call the Human Resources Office, at 425-452-6838.

Published on:
May 11, 2018 - 1:42pm
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