YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: Senior Planner

BAND:

C

GRADE:

4

SUBGRADE:

2

CLASS CODE:

6342

DEPARTMENT:

Varies

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Varies

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

Incumbents are responsible for performing advanced analysis of technical data; providing planning project management; and presenting recommendations to a variety of commissions and boards.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Senior Planner classification is the second level of a three level planning classification series. The Senior Planner classification is distinguished from the Planner Supervisor classification by the supervisorís responsibility for a major functional area of the department and by supervision of professional and support staff. The Senior Planner classification is distinguished from the Planner classification by the nature of applications reviewed and the responsibility for project management.

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Advises Planners in completion of work and coordinates their work with other departments and agencies which includes: answering questions about subdivision, zoning, environmental and shoreline files or situations; explaining applications processing; and providing training.

C4

 

 

 

2.

Analyzes land development projects and develops land-use municipal regulations and ordinances through research and public process.

C4

3.

Provides assistance to the front counter and serves as a public contact relating to subdivision, zoning, environmental and shoreline files which includes: accepting and performing initial review of applications; answering general planning questions; and providing copies of codes, plans, applications, maps and plats.

 

4.

Coordinates and evaluates projects requiring environmental review and prepares environmental threshold determinations to be formally approved by the Director.

C4

5.

Develops departmental work programs, plans and budgets which includes: assigning and prioritizing tasks to be completed by others; drafting policies and recommendations related to expenditure of funds, procedures and regional priorities; and coordinating transportation planning efforts of various agencies.

C4

6.

Performs activities to promote the department goals such as: designing neighborhood planning processes; soliciting and evaluating grant proposals and writing grant applications; facilitating citizen advisory committees; presenting the department in public meetings, hearings and study groups; developing traffic safety campaigns and coordinating traffic safety programs; and making presentations to a variety of commissions and boards.

C4

7.

Processes shoreline projects, zoning projects, short and long plats and short plat exemptions which includes: reviewing and analyzing applications; researching cases; initiating and coordinating environmental review process; writing pre-application decisions; addressing follow-up inquiries; preparing and representing reports, exhibits and other materials for appeals and reviewing legal descriptions.

C4

8.

Performs other duties as required.

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, methods and practices of planning including: urban, regional, environmental, transportation, and community development;
  • Fundamental mathematics such as geometric and statistical methods;
  • Federal, state and local land use and planning laws, ordinances and regulations including zoning, subdivision, environmental, development standards, and general real estate law;
  • Micro-economic theories as applied to the effects of land use regulation;
  • Presentation methods, public participation theory, and facilitation methods;
  • Sources and tools for funding and financing public needs;
  • Physical, social, political and geographic principles applicable to Yakima County;
  • Roles and responsibilities of other federal, state and local public and private organizations; and
  • Customer service techniques and team building concepts.
   

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using a personal computer and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment;
  • Researching, interpreting and applying a wide variety of inter-related laws, codes and legislation;
  • Managing and prioritizing projects, researching and resolving problems;
  • Preparing and making presentations to or facilitating groups and taking notes;
  • Writing and editing technical reports and other documents;
  • Using basic math, algebra and statistics;
  • Reading and interpreting technical data, legal descriptions, and maps or aerial photos;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Bachelorís Degree in Planning or related field and three years of progressively responsible planning experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

Valid Washington State Driverís License

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: stooping, reaching, crouching, standing, mobility, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Incumbent may be subject to travel or exposure to potentially violent or hostile individuals.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson and Associates LLC

Date: 5/98 New Class 1/1/99