Assistant Planner (2 Openings Temp & Regular) | Kirkland, WA

Employer: City of Kirkland
Job Type: 1 FT Permanent & 1 FT Temporary
Location: Kirkland, WA
Salary: $32.37 - $38.08 per hour
Opening Date: 05/21/2021
Closing Date: 06/04/2021

Job Description:

Looking for a great career in City planning? Committed to providing superior assistance to our residents and businesses in applying Kirkland’s land use codes to their planned improvements? Consider these two entry-level positions in our Planning Division!

The City of KirklandThe City of Kirkland (population approximately 88,000) is located on the northeastern shoreline of Lake Washington just 30 minutes east of Downtown Seattle. Regionally recognized as a city with a “small town” feel, a sense of history, and a strong appreciation for quality of life, Kirkland is a booming community. Home to tech companies such as Google and Inrix, along with Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland is within the acclaimed Lake Washington School District.

Job Summary - Entry-level professional/technical position.

Current Vacancies

Special Note: there may be more than one position available.

The City currently has the following Assistant Planner positions to fill through this posting:one full time, benefited, and ongoing positionone full time, benefited temporary position, funded through December 31, 2022

Hours of Work - Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Job Duties:

  • Primarily provides day-to-day customer service for the Planning Division through front counter meetings, email, and by telephone regarding the City’s development regulations and policies.
  • Conducts technical review of single-family and other minor residential and commercial building permits and processes minor administrative development applications for compliance with City regulations.
  • Reviews applications for completeness and calculates and receipts fees.
  • Supports Code Enforcement, including code analysis and site visits.
  • Works with other department members in collaborative problem solving and completion of tasks.
  • Performs research tasks as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • General knowledge of planning and/or zoning, including knowledge of land use codes and ability to analyze code provisions.
  • Proven experience in providing excellent customer service.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Moderate computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet experience.
  • Ability to perform site visits.
  • Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's License by date of hire or the ability to secure a reasonable transportation accommodation to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in planning or related field is desirable.

Working Conditions & Physical Activities

  • Job includes extensive customer contact at the counter and on the telephone, as well as desk work.
  • May involve attendance at meetings in City Hall or occasionally off-site and before or after normal working hours.
  • Reports and correspondence are typically prepared at the computer terminal.
  • Frequent site visits to building sites or vacant properties can occasionally involve rugged and dirty conditions.

Union Affiliation

  • This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME); membership options will be provided upon employment. 

How to Apply:

Apply Today!

Selection Process - When applying, include a resume’ and a cover letter that summarizes how you meet the stated qualifications. Applicants who are invited to participate in the interview process will be notified by phone or email. If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact HR Analyst Manuel Ruiz at [email protected]. Please clarify in your cover letter whether you are interested in being considered for both positions. 

Job Posting Close Date: 06/03/2021

Supplemental Information: 

The City of Kirkland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran's status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application or testing process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may call 425-587-3210 or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf 425-587-3111.

Note: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employment of persons hired by the City will be contingent upon presentation of acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization of employment in the United States.

Questions and/or technical issues regarding the on-line application process should be directed to the City of Kirkland Human Resources Department at 425-587-3210.