Planning & Building Manager | Yelm, WA

Employer: City of Yelm
Job Type: Planning and Building
Division: Public Service Department
Salary: $6,894 - $8,232 DOE
Location: Yelm, WA
Opening Date: 06/09/2021
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:

Performs a variety of supervisory, administrative, technical, and professional work in the management and administration of the planning, building and code enforcement team of the city as it relates to current and comprehensive planning, land use, related state, federal and local codes, laws, policies and Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Works under the general supervision of the Public Services Director.

Exercises supervision over current and comprehensive planning staff, plan review, building inspection, code enforcement, interns, and temporary staff.

Job Duties:

  • Manages and supervises assigned staff to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, coaches and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed. Provides written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures. May assist subordinates in performing duties. Supervises personnel and activities related to plan review and building inspection and coordinates activities with the other divisions of the Public Services Department, other City Departments, and outside agencies.
  • Maintains working relations with civic, construction industry groups, other public agencies, and utility agencies.Provides complex technical, administrative, strategic and other support to the Public Services Director as needed.
  • Prepares and maintains a work plan for efficient delivery of Planning & Building Division services. Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Oversees the development of agendas, setting of meetings, and preparation of staff presentations to the Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner, Historic Commission, Tree Board, Site Plan Review Committee, City Council Committees and Council.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of strategic, capital facilities, and comprehensive plans.
  • Communicates official plans, policies, and procedures to staff and the public; makes private and public presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public.
  • Assists in the preparation of budget requests and ensures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, and facilities.
  • Coordinates planning with affected outside agencies and assists in the development of regional plans, as assigned.Conducts technical research studies and prepares statistical reports and recommendations for drafting or revising local legislation and comprehensive plans, projecting trends, monitoring socio-economic data, etc.
  • Assumes the role of lead planner in the development and implementation of growth management, land use, economic development, utility, housing, transportation, park and open space, facilities, solid waste or other plans and codes to meet the City's needs and any intergovernmental agreements or requirements.
  • Serves a lead role in long-range planning, including drafting or/or recommending amendments to the comprehensive plan and development regulations in compliance with the Growth Management Act; administration of planning-related development regulations and land-use permits; intergovernmental planning; annexation processing; and design review.
  • Assists as needed to evaluate land use proposals to ensure compliance with applicable established plans and codes, City, State or Federal laws; evaluates proposals' development impact as they relate to the adopted plans of the City. Responds to inquiries regarding current and comprehensive planning; City codes, regulations at the counter, over the phone, in writing and at meetings; resolves complex disputes between stakeholders.
  • Assists in the negotiation, coordination, and management of planning consultant contracts.
  • Attends meetings, including planning commission, council meetings, and meetings with other departments, which may be after normal working hours.
  • May perform related duties and responsibilities within the Public Services Department.


Education and Experience:

1.Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in land-use planning, urban planning, landscape architecture or a related field; and
2. Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in municipal planning, including supervisory experience; or
3. Any equivalent combination of education and experience, with additional education substituting on a year for year basis for the required experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Thorough knowledge of zoning laws and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption, and enforcement; extensive knowledge of planning programs and processes; working knowledge of municipal functions and administrative responsibilities; considerable knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws and regulations; extensive knowledge of urban planning, site/urban design, economic development, legal analysis, and environmental review, working knowledge of construction documents, specifications, and architectural plans; working knowledge of modern office methods, computer equipment, software, GIS, audiovisual aids, graphics, and communications; and
2.Skill in leadership, management, training, performance evaluation, negotiation, and conflict resolution; skill in the operation of the listed tools and equipment; and
3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public; ability to establish effective working relationships; ability to give effective professional oral presentations; ability to lead the division while following direction from the Public Services Director; ability to manage a comprehensive community planning program, ability to translate technical data into policy issues and plans; ability to design and review land use plans, ability to identify and respond to community issues, concerns, and needs, ability to interpret and explain complex legal and administrative information to people lacking technical knowledge, ability to analyze problems, identify solutions, and project consequences, ability to provide customer service and sensitivity to the public process.
4. Ability to provide excellent customer service as practiced in both the private and public sectors. This value requires the ability to effectively meet and deal with internal customers and the public while responding to customers in a friendly, pleasant, and professional manner using appropriate inflection, grammar, and syntax. The ability to handle stressful situations while establishing effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, and the public. The ability to maintain a professional, courteous, and pleasant demeanor in difficult, stressful situations while diplomatically dealing with difficult people. A willingness is expected to expend extra effort to help the public find answers or information relative to their inquiry or complaint.

How to Apply:

Please submit letter of interest, City of Yelm application, resume and proof of certifications to Karen Bennett at [email protected]. Application available at

Supplemental Information:

Benefits: PERS Retirement; Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance; Vacation, Holidays and Sick Leave. Benefits based on a 40-hour workweek.