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Posted: 11/06/2013

City of Olympia
Community Planning and Development Department

Olympia is a thriving and vibrant community. With an economic engine fueled to a great extent by state government activity, the City of Olympia | Capital City of Washington State enjoys the benefits of a stable work force, engaged and educated community, and well-supported school system. City Government emphasizes responsibility, sustainability and compassion. Each step forward is anchored by the goal of enriching the lives of our citizens and presrving a prosperous and fulfilling way of life for future generations.

Associate Planner
Professional Opportunity
Olympia, WA
$60,264 - $73,192 Annually

The Olympia Community Planning & Development Department seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Associate Planner. The selected individual will assist with administration of a broad range of land use and development codes including historic structures, design, zoning, and environmental review. As members of Community Planning and Development Department, Olympias planners work directly with other staff responsible for all aspects of development review and of the Citys long-range planning efforts.

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Understand, explain and administer land use regulations and similar documents.
  • Prepare staff reports and other documents that clearly and accurately convey complex information to the public, city advisory commissions and city council.
  • Equitably administer the citys historic district design guidelines consistent with the Secretary of Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Conduct meaningful and extensive public outreach processes.
  • Understand and administer design guidelines and apply design principles to site plans and land use and building permit applications.
  • Respond to and resolve potentially confrontational situations.
  • Build strong working relationships with other agencies and city staff.
  • Work independently in successfully managing long-term projects.
  • Manage time and prioritize responsibilities to perform the duties of the position with the resources available.
  • Act in a responsible and respectful manner toward all members of the community.
  • Grant management experience.
  • Experience or training in geographic information systems

The essential functions of this position include but are not limited to:


  • Responsible for completing a variety of activities relating to the City's planning functions.
  • Coordinate the preparation or administration of plans, land use regulations, design standards, information systems, or planning programs.
  • Conduct complex studies related to land use, transportation, shoreline, community and economic development, environment, or historic preservation.
  • Manage or conduct investigations, analysis, and preparation of documents and reports on planning issues, policies, and their application.
  • Provide staff support to appointed committees on planning and zoning issues or special studies.
  • Prepare and present reports to hearings bodies, committees, community groups, and private organizations to explain the impact of projects and developments.
  • Provide technical and administrative assistance as staff planner for City Council and appointed Boards or Commissions.
  • Respond to public inquiries with information on planning projects, processes and policies.
  • Punctual, regular and reliable attendance is essential for successful job performance.



  • Four year degree in Urban Planning or closely related field and three years related experience required.
  • Master's Degree in Planning preferred.
  • Additional related experience may be substituted for the degree on a year for year basis.

Special Requirements:

Valid Washington State Driver's License required.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Submit a resume and cover letter by attaching them to your electronic application. The cover letter must be no more than two pages long and include specific examples of how you meet the Ideal Candidate Profile (above). This recruitment is open until filled. First review will be for all applications received by 5 pm November 25, 2013. Only electronic applications are accepted. For more specific information visit the City of Olympia employment webpage, http://agency.governmentjobs.com/olympiawa/default.cfm
Leonard Bauer
Phone: (360) 753-8206
Fax: (360) 753-8087
601 4th Avenue East
Olympia, WA 98501

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