Senior Planner

“Within the LDC Planning Division, the only limit to what we can achieve is the ceiling we set for ourselves! This is because we support each other and work as a team, jump at the chance to take on new and challenging projects, and embrace being a diverse and forward thinking group.  We dive deep to not only take on complex policy, planning, and permitting projects, but key in on understanding the interrelationship between our laws, policies, and regulations and how they impact our clients and our region.

You might find us high fiving after a successful hearing, working together on a neighborhood plan, or figuring out how we can successfully take on the next challenge we have set for ourselves.  We go “Above the Standard” for our clients, which simply means that we focus on exceeding expectations for those we serve.” – LDC Principal Planner

The ideal candidate will have a diverse land use planning skill set and the ability to manage a variety of complex projects. We are particularly interested in candidates with strengths in research and analysis, particularly related to local land use and community/economic development issues. The ideal candidate will be able to apply critical and creative thinking to our research and assistance activities; to collect, analyze and interpret data and synthesize results into meaningful tools, information and recommendations; and to communicate the results and meaning of our work to different audiences.

A demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously is crucial. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively internally and with external partners. We are looking for someone who provides service to our customers that is “Above the Standard” and has the ability to build strong relationships with those we serve.

In addition to strong research, analysis and project management abilities, the ideal candidate will have current experience and expertise in urban planning and community engagement.

What You Get to Do

  • Performs advanced professional work related to variety of planning assignments
  • Manages complex planning studies, development applications and reviews consultant proposals
  • Reviews and processes complex comprehensive plan amendments, rezones, annexations, site plans, plats
  • Develops project budgets and proposals, administers bidding process, verifies contract expenditures and compliance
  • Conducts research and prepares statistical reports on land use, physical, social and economic issues
  • Provides professional planning assistance to member communities on varied land use projects
  • Works in regional program areas relating to natural/water resources planning, community development, hazard mitigation, coastal zone mgt and others
  • Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process and/or to verify that development projects comply with approved plans
  • Schedules and conducts meetings with advisory boards and elected officials
  • Presents reports and other findings for clients
  • Attends evening meetings as necessary
  • Supervises more junior planners within organization as necessary


  • Master's Degree in planning or related field and four years of professional planning experience or bachelor's degree in planning or a related field and six years of professional planning experience preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of GMA/SEPA/Planning Processes
  • Experience with long range planning and permitting
  • Advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principals, practices and techniques of planning
  • Well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as urban design, affordable housing, economic development or land use
  • Knowledge and experience in construction processes a plus
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, and GIS
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined planning problems
  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • Washington State experience preferred
  • AICP Certification is preferred


LDC offers a great work environment with outstanding benefits, and opportunities for personal and professional growth, including:

  • Comprehensive Health and Wellness Benefits
    • Medical
    • HSA (Health Savings Account)
    • Dental
    • Vision
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
  • Flexible Core Work Schedule
  • 401-k Retirement Plan with Company Match
  • Discretionary Bonuses
  • Healthy Work/Life Balance
  • Competitive wages and opportunity for overtime.
  • Fitness Workout Room
  • Training/continuing education.
  • Career advancement opportunities.
  • Company events (company barbecues, family picnics, preseason Seahawk game and many more).

LDC is growing! We need self-directed, high performers, who enjoy working in an exciting environment.

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