The Urban Design work team is looking for two Senior Planners to join our team. You'll review and process a wide range of development applications. The team is one of three work groups within the 18-person Land Use Division. Duties include development review and project management of complex and politically sensitive projects in the Downtown, Bel-Red, and other commercial and design districts in the city; urban design analysis; and preparation of ordinances and processes related to primarily to design review.
The scope of potential assignments is diverse and varied and ranges from predevelopment consulting and providing public information on policies, codes and processes to project managing complex planning development proposals and providing code updates related to project review of major buildings, sites, and public infrastructure. Multi-faceted urban design analysis, project management skills, and strong site and architectural design expertise is often required. The position also requires the senior planner to use expert depth of knowledge to mentor, train, and support staff and to assist in developing innovative ordinances and regulations related to a wide range of topics, including urban design elements of the Land Use Code, signage, and other issues related to design of the built environment and furthering the city's urban vision and goals.
A Senior Planner performs duties and responsibilities related primarily to development of the built environment, which may include any combination of the following tasks:
Development Review and Management
Performs reviews and approves projects where the combination of size, scope, complexity, policy implications, gray areas, and political sensitivity or client goals and expectations requires unique skill and planning/design expertise.
Serves as project manager for a variety of complex administrative and quasi-judicial development projects. In the role as project manager, is responsible for ensuring timelines and client satisfaction for a large array of application types.
Prepares detailed staff reports supporting each project's compliance with city codes and guidelines, incorporating reviews by other city departments.
Conducts pre-application conferences and other predevelopment client services.
Makes recommendations on quasi-judicial project review to the Hearing Examiner.
Conducts public meetings, land use hearings, and presents technical material to citizen groups, commissions, and the City Council.
Uses technical expertise and experience to mentor and advise less experienced staff in resolving land use and environmental issues.
Manages special projects having to do with land use policy and code development.
Policy Analysis and Code Development
Assists on development of ordinances and processes related to the Land Use Code.
Participates in staff training, public outreach, and inter-departmental teams to advance Bellevue's urban design vision.
Represents the City or Department in various regional and local decision-making forums, including regional forums, governmental bodies, and community groups.
Oversees and establishes methodologies for data collection, analysis, and complex studies related to land use, transportation, community development, and environmental impacts.
Provides official responses to inquiry from citizens as well as local, State, and Federal entities.
Makes presentations to Boards and Commissions, community groups, and private organizations.
Writes and produces public information materials.
Assists visitors at the Land Use desk in the Development Services Permit Center with general information about land use, environmental issues, and other regulations under the authority of the Land Use Division.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
A degree in architecture, urban planning, or landscape architecture is required. Five or more years of professional or related experience described above with experience reviewing urban design development projects, making presentations to large and small audiences such as boards and commissions, and experience working on cross-disciplinary teams.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS
The ability to communicate planning and architectural concepts clearly and concisely – orally, graphically, and in writing.
Organization and writing of detailed staff reports using strong writing skills to communicate a project's compliance with City codes, approval criteria, and guidelines.
The ability to perform specialized and complex planning assignments such as code and design guideline development.
Project management of cross-disciplinary teams reviewing complex development projects and/or technical planning studies.
Independent interpretation of adopted guidelines and policies and ability to negotiate design outcomes to achieve them.
Code and policy conflict identification and resolution.
Analytical competency and the ability to effectively communicate methodology and results.
Principles, practices, regulations, and techniques in the field of land use, site planning, architecture, urban design, and/or environmental planning as they pertain to current planning and development review.
Local government and political decision-making process.
Communicate effectively with individuals, applicants, and groups regarding complex and/or controversial land use and planning policies and regulations.
Organize and participate in committees and public meetings and communicate ideas effectively.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff of other departments, work groups, agencies, elected and appointed officials, and the community/public.
Manage review teams to ensure review is meeting required timelines.
Provide exceptional customer service to citizens, developers, consultants, and staff.
Become an integral member of the Urban Design Team and work collaboratively with the Team to interpret the Land Use Code and assist with architectural and site design expertise.
The City of Bellevue offers diverse employment opportunities to people who want to work for the community through exceptional public service. We offer a robust benefits package, an eco-friendly work environment, state-of-the-art technology and a chance to work with great people. We are proud of our award-winning city and the employees who make it one.