City of Burien
  • Burien, WA, USA
  • $71,342 to $86,717 DOE
  • Full Time

Excellent Benefit Package, 100% paid health insurance for employee, PERS Retirement Plan, 401a Social Security Replacement Fund, 12 Paid Holidays and much more.

Due to an upcoming retirement, the City of Burien is hiring a planner to join our community development team, serving a diverse and growing community in the Puget Sound region. We are advancing planning for our urban center and business districts, affordable housing, sustainable development, transit-orient communities and great public places. The planner is a fully skilled professional responsible for managing and reviewing permit applications, completing studies and other comprehensive planning projects, and engaging with the community to help guide Burien's growth into the future.

The first review of applications will be May 17, 2021, however, the position is open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Nature of Work

Fully skilled planner responsible for managing and reviewing permit applications, completing studies, and other comprehensive planning projects.

Essential Functions

  • Supports and models the identified vision, values and behaviors of the organization.
  • Reviews, prepares, and presents written reports regarding land use and development permits for proposals requiring administrative, hearing examiner, and city council approval.
  • Review business license, building, or site development proposals for conformance with planning policies and zoning code requirements.
  • Researches and prepares background data.
  • Drafts correspondence and reports.
  • Provides data gathering, mapping and data analysis.
  • Responds to citizen inquiries regarding the comprehensive plan, zoning, subdivision and land use
  • Coordinates project proposal review with other agencies and city departments; organizes and participates in meetings.
  • Performs site visits.
  • Provides staff support to and presents staff reports and recommendations to various parties, including but not limited to the director, hearing examiner, City Council, Planning Commission, other boards & commissions and ad-hoc committees.
  • Assists in the completion of the planning activities necessary for the update of the Burien Comprehensive Plan in compliance with the State Growth Management Act.
  • Reviews development plans for compliance with local Code requirements.

Secondary Functions

  • Researches analyzes, and assists in preparing reports and recommendations on comprehensive and long-range planning issues.
  • Recommends Code and policy updates and modifications.
  • Serves on and participates in various employee committees.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Interpersonal Contacts

Extensive contact with residents, permit applicants, and other governmental agencies. Interactions involve information exchange and may include controversial and/or technical decisions and problem-solving. Contacts are face-to-face and over the phone. Occasionally, the incumbent will make formal presentations before appointed and/or elected officials. May work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Specific Job Skills

Knowledge of:

  • Functions, principles and practices of zoning and comprehensive planning.
  • Washington State planning laws including SEPA, Shorelines Management Act, subdivision regulations, zoning administration and the Growth Management Act.
  • Planning principles and community and regional planning and environmental management principles.
  • Problem-solving techniques.
  • Experience with geographic information systems such as ARC View and permit tracking systems is desirable.

Ability to:

  • Use a personal computer and other standard office machines with proficiency.
  • Effectively use refined writing, meeting facilitation, public speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Maintain organized files and records.
  • Work as part of a team
  • Effectively analyze proposed land use activities.
  • Find creative solutions to planning issues and problems.
  • Clearly communicate appropriate development guidelines and application requirements.
  • Maintain effective relationships with other employees, the general public, appointed and elected officials and other public and private agencies.
  • Provide quality customer service employing interpersonal skills such as tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Meet deadlines.
  • Work in a high-energy work environment, handling multiple priorities and projects.
  • Occasionally work irregular hours including evenings.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, geography, or related field AND a minimum of three years work experience with highly complex planning processes in a planning agency and/or planning consulting firm; OR a combination of education, training and practical experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the position. A Masters degree in urban and regional planning, geography or public administration is desirable. Municipal experience preferred. AICP preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Successful completion of pre-employment background check.
  • ValidWashingtonState driver's license with satisfactory driving record.
  • Must be able to occasionally attend night meetings.
  • The ability to speak a second language is highly desired but not required.


  • The City of Burien believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
  • The City of Burien is an Equal Opportunity Employer and assures equal employment practices regardless of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, State or Federal law.
  • Verification of identity and United States work authorization must be completed before employment commences as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of education and related experience. Highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in interviews. Candidates may be asked to respond to supplemental questions in writing and to supply illustrative examples of work. A test may also be administered to assess relevant skills. Additional references may be requested of finalists.
  • If you need special accommodation in the application or examination process, please contact Human Resources at (206) 248-5504.
  • The City of Burien has a no smoking policy in all City facilities and all City vehicles.

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