Job Description

***NOTE*** To be considered for this position, please apply at the Skagit County Job Opportunity site:



NOTE: This Senior Planner position is for the Current Planning Division

Manages, and coordinates the processing and review of a wide variety of challenging legislative and/or development projects. Provides project management responsibilities over a diverse group of professionals and technical multi-disciplinary team members, including consultants, for comprehensive and community planning, development and implementation of land use regulations, growth management, transportation planning, capital improvements/facilities programming, environmental review, and code administration. Administers the preparation of planning work program components, plans, studies, and reports.

– Salary upon hire is $34.33 to $36.78 per hour (step 1 through 3) depending upon qualifications.

– Progressive increases are based upon years of service with Skagit County, up to step 8 (top step is $43.68/hr.). The Senior Planning is Range 16 of the PROTEC17 Union salary schedule.



Coordinates the processing of a wide variety of challenging projects that require multi-disciplinary team review; functions as the primary point of contact on assigned development projects for the applicant, public, staff and/or decision makers; requests the assignment of appropriate multidisciplinary team members for assigned projects from department managers and ensures that appropriate levels and functions of staff are present at project meetings to make decisions; monitors project review timelines, seeks expertise outside the team as necessary, communicates when needed with project proponents/opponents, and serves to resolve procedural issues.

Reviews and approves the technical work of consultants, contracting agencies, and other organizations as appropriate.

Communicates and interacts with elected officials and administrators of public agencies/departments and executives of private organizations, at the request and on behalf of the Current Planning Manager, Director, or Assistant Director, to analyze, evaluate, resolve, and educate others on public policy issues and land use regulations.

Responds to public inquiries with information on public policy, comprehensive planning, development codes, and land use regulations.

Advises, prepares, and presents reports and recommendations to the County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner, committees, community groups, and private organizations regarding comprehensive planning, regulatory ordinances, and development proposals/projects.

May establish and prepare methodologies for data collection, analysis, and studies related to land use, transportation, growth management, community development, environmental impacts, and land use proposals/projects.

May conduct data collection and processing to facilitate a consistent and comprehensive information system.

Conducts investigation, analysis, and preparation of documents for public policy issues, community planning and development.

Subject to quality control review of the Current Planning Manager, Director, and Assistant Director.

Has authority to approve/deny current planning projects that have/have not been determined to meet the requirements of the Code.






Attends conferences, seminars and other meetings as directed. Provides quality customer service as the visible presence of Skagit County in the eyes of permit applicants supporting the projects, assisting applicants in understanding their legal options as determined by local and state law and codes and expediting project reviews for prompt processing and approval or denial as necessary.

May be tasked with performing related duties. Related duties are duties that may not be specifically listed in the position description but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s classification of work.


***NOTE*** To be considered for this position, please apply at the Skagit County Job Opportunity site:



Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of professional planning experience; or
Master’s degree and 8 years professional planning experience.


Requires knowledge of:

Broad basis in public policy formation and analysis, governmental processes, and public and private sector economics is essential.
Knowledge of planning purpose and functions involved with growth management, development codes, land use, transportation, shoreline and coastal management programs, capital facilities, environmental and community development.
Conflict management skills.
Project/consultant management skills.
Computer operations, applications, and general office equipment skills.


Requires the ability to:

Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing and to establish and maintain good working relationships with County Commissioners, the Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner, officials of other jurisdictions, project applicants or proponents, Department employees and other professionals, consultants, citizen groups, the general public and other agencies and departments.
Plan, schedule and review the work and performance of contracted consultants.
Prepare and direct the preparation of reports, departmental materials and correspondence.
Use, understand and interpret statutes, codes and other planning related subjects.
Comprehend and communicate complex policy and legal issues to policymakers and the general public.


Licenses and/or Certifications:

AICP or comparable professional certification or licensing preferred.



Work is typically performed in an office environment. Work requires remaining seated for long periods of time. Some outdoor on-site review may be required. Occasional lifting, crawling, climbing or walking on uneven or steep terrain. High level of analytical ability, calculation of dimensional requirements, analyzing site plan and building measurements, ability to multi-task. Occasionally, night meetings may be required.



Those present in a normal office environment. Physical hazard may be present during inspection of unsafe job sites. Occasional walking on uneven or steep terrain. Driving hazards to sites and meetings. Possible hazards in the field such as dogs, upset landowners, etc.

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