Urban Design Senior Planner - Planning and Development Services

City of Tacoma City of Tacoma Employer:
Tacoma, WA, USLocation:
Mon, May 3 '21Posted on:

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Closing Date/Time: Thu. 05/20/21 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $76,502.40 - $98,092.80 Annually

Are you a highly motivated person who is passionate about urban design and building great communities? The City of Tacoma’s Planning & Development Services Department is looking for an experienced Planner to join our team as a Senior Planner (Urban Design).

This Civil Service Eligible List will be used for the purpose of filling vacancies for a period of one year. This includes both permanent and possibly project position(s).

Position Profile:
Under the general direction of the Planning Division Manager, the Senior Planner (Urban Design) serves as a key member of our long-range planning team and works on a variety of complex, long-range planning and policy projects. This specific position will be at the forefront of Tacoma’s growing emphasis on urban design and quality development, with a focus on developing a design review program, design guidelines/standards, and educating the public about the program and principles of urban design. 

Senior Planners independently perform and lead professional level planning and assist in the formulation of departmental goals and objectives, interpret and prepare data for planning studies, reports and recommendations, provide staff support to planning and other commissions, boards and committees and the City Council, oversee grant-funded projects and consultant contracts, and may supervise or lead professional or other staff members. Responsibilities include resolving complex planning issues that have broad potential impact and may involve competing interests, multiple clients, conflicting rules or practices, a range of possible solutions or other elements that contribute to complexity.


  • Bachelor's degree in planning, architecture, public administration, urban design, engineering or closely allied field and four years of progressively responsible planning experience

  • Master's degree with two years of progressively responsible experience in the planning profession

  • Equivalent education/experience.

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

  • Depending upon assignment a WA driver's license may be required
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification is preferred
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), or similar design and sustainability credentials are highly desired but not required


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