Job Class Specification for:
LAND USE PLANNER IV
Class Specification Schematic Number: 2010007
in this professional class, under managerial direction, take one or both of two
tracks. The first is supervising
professional level employees performing tasks in either of two functional
program areas: (1) The analysis and development of public policy initiatives and
regulatory programs; or (2) The analysis, interpretation, enforcement and
administration of municipal, state and federal laws and policies governing urban
development and gaining compliance with regulations when violations occur.
second track is the technical expert track whereby incumbents serve as the
expert with specialized knowledge, unique skills, and decision-making authority
in the two program areas mentioned above.
in this class prepare or participate in the preparation of budgets with
particular emphasis on workload analysis, financial accountability and
performance standards; develop group performance measures; and direct and
evaluate work performed by staff.
Characteristics of the Class:
class represents the highest level in the Land Use Planner class series.
This class differs from the senior level (Land Use Planner III) in that
the Land Use Planner IV is either a full supervisor over professional Land Use
Planners; or serves as technical expert and decision maker in complex,
sensitive, and high-risk areas of land use planning.
In this latter technical expert capacity, the IV is further distinguished
from the III level in that the IV level has decision-making authority over land
use planning staff (and in some instances may override supervisorsí technical
decisions); serves as the departmentís highest technical expert in a
particular program area; formulates and presents the departmentís decisions
and recommendations to elected officials; and oversees programs and projects
that have high risk or potential liability, high cost, and complex compliance
issues with state and federal regulations.
work of this multi-disciplinary class requires an extensive and comprehensive
working knowledge of the development and administration of municipal, state and
federal laws and policies governing urban and environmental land use; a
comprehensive knowledge of City codes and policies; and the ability to
communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
guidelines exist within municipal, state and federal laws, and departmental
policies, procedures and practices. Substantial
independent judgment is required to interpret, revise and apply a variety of
guidelines, which may be outdated, vague or conflicting to situations which have
significant legal, political and financial consequences. Recommendations
and decisions made by Land Use Planner IVís usually reflect the highest level
of technical expertise and review within the department.
contacts and working relationships include the general public, design
professionals, City and private attorneys, City departments and government
agency representatives, including elected officials, the news media and
community groups to provide information and direction, advocate and defend
interpretations, and provide technical expertise and negotiate resolutions to
problems on behalf of the department and City.
The incumbents in this classification perform the functions of the Land
Use Planner III (senior level) in addition to the duties listed below:
Supervises, plans, organizes and monitors the production and
quality of work activities of Land Use Planners; establishes performance
standards and conducts performance appraisals; identifies staff development
and training needs; and recommends, coordinates and provides training
Serves as the technical expert and/or supervisor with unique
skills and abilities in a particular field; and provides highly technical
support and direction to staff on land use and environmental regulatory policy
and program initiatives (e.g., Seattle Shoreline Master Program, regional
environmental coordination initiatives, or Environmentally Critical Areas), or
complex code interpretation and land use analysis.
Serves as final decision maker on behalf of the
Director on most discretionary projects.
Researches, initiates, performs and manages quality of
service improvements such as technical and analytical enhancements for complex
policy or code development initiatives, including guidelines for preparing,
reviewing, researching and analyzing recommendations; and establishes model
formats for presentation of materials and recommendations.
Represents the department in high level interagency forums
and with the Mayorís Office, City Council, and other departments to guide and
advise City leaders on complex and controversial land use and environmental
issues. Acts without supervision as
an agent of the Director or City in such forums.
Serves as the departmentís main technical advisor in the
development of strategies for resolution of complex urban development issues
that have high visibility, high controversy, and exposure to potential legal
Coordinates section or program operations and departmental or
City approach to land use planning and policy issues and problems, or land use
permit process administration and review, with section managers, other
supervisors and among departmental and City programs.
Develops annual work plans for and assists in preparing the
budget; develops work standard procedures and processes; establishes production
goals; and develops work programs and timelines for unit project objectives.
Manages subcontracted professional planners and monitors
expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget; and negotiates scope of
work to include change orders, schedules and/or budgets.
Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as
is primarily performed in a City office environment, however, frequent off-site
visits to project sites occur and evening meetings are required.
Incumbents may be exposed to customers who may be argumentative or upset.
a bachelorís degree in urban design, urban planning, environmental studies,
law, architecture, building construction technology, or a closely related field
and six years of related professional experience to include either progressively
responsible experience in land use, housing or environmental policy or
regulatory program development; and/or progressively responsible experience in
the review and analysis of new development, administration of land use or
environmental regulatory programs or code interpretation.
Demonstrated experience in project management and supervision or lead
work is required. (Other
combinations of education, training and/or experience which provide an
equivalent background required to perform the work of the class will be
valid Washington State Driverís License or evidence of equivalent mobility is
required for site visits and evening meetings.
This description was prepared to
indicate the kinds of activities and levels of work difficulty required of
positions in this class. It is not
intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities.
Use Planner class series adopted in January 2002, effective
June 23, 1999, incorporating elements from the Land Use Plans
Examiner, Land Use Planning and Development Analyst, Land Use Technician, and
Urban Design Planner class series.
Date posted 2/11/2002
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