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Spokane County Associate Planner (OPEN & PROMOTIONAL) in Spokane, Washington

Associate Planner (OPEN & PROMOTIONAL)

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Associate Planner (OPEN & PROMOTIONAL)


$47,112.00 - $65,910.53 Annually


WA 99260, WA

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Job Summary

This position works 37.5 hours per week.

This position is responsible for a range of planning activities including the review and analysis of land development applications together with the review and related follow up work related to Building Permit issuance and Certificate of Occupancy inspections; prepares staff analysis and recommendations relating to land development requests; prepares written, verbal and Power-Point presentations of findings to Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners; performs other current development review and comprehensive planning work as assigned.

Planner 1 is the first and entry professional working level in the series. Incumbents initially work under close supervision learning and applying appropriate procedures and methods on specifically assigned projects and programs. This class is distinguished from the class of Associate Planner 2 incumbents by assigned project support duties in less sensitive areas or on less complex issues. Employees are expected to perform the work of a higher class for limited period of time for training purpose and on relief. Incumbents are expected to gain the knowledge and abilities necessary to promote to the class of Associate Planner 2 after one year of experience.

Promotion from an Associate Planner 1 to an Associate Planner 2 is determined by an affirmative recommendation of the Director and a minimum of one year at a level equivalent to Associate Planner 1.

WHO MAY APPLY: This recruitment is open to all applicants meeting the minimum requirements. Priority consideration will be given to Spokane County employees in a position covered by the Master Contract submitting applications between 9/18/23 and 9/25/23. First consideration will be given to applicants working in the Planning Department in a position covered by the 1553 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA); second consideration given to County-wide applicants in a position covered by the 1553 CBA; third consideration given to applicants covered by the Master Contract CBA; fourth consideration will be given to all other applicants.

TOTAL COMPENSATION: $60,303 - $84,365 annually. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

Examples of Duties

  • Assists in the coordination and oversight of administrative and legislative actions involving multijurisdictional coordination; and under supervision, represents the Department before regional bodies, elected officials and other commissions and committees.

  • Serves as Department representative in planning/permitting activities that may be controversial and politically charged, as directed.

  • Participates in the review of current planning/permitting activities related to land subdivisions, residential and commercial permits, variances, urban design, concurrency for facilities and services, conditional uses, critical areas, transportation, shorelines and interlocal agreements.

  • Develops methods, and directs and participates in the compilation and analysis of planning data and research related to the development of the County’s Comprehensive Plan to include population, economic and land use trends, housing conditions, etc.

  • Provides staff support for the development and implementation of capital facilities plans including transportation, water and sewer utilities, parks, schools and other services and facilities.

  • Administers the State Environmental Policy Act as it relates to planning, including assisting in the design and authoring of environmental impact statements with associated mitigation measures. Assists in amending the County’s environmental ordinance as necessary.

  • Provides staff support related to Countywide Planning Policies and the Steering Committee of Elected Officials including amendments, interlocal agreements and staffing duties.

  • Assists in the implementation of regional planning programs related to the Growth Management Act including urban growth area updates, land quantity and population capacity analysis, level of service analysis and environmental studies.

  • Creates and presents PowerPoint presentations to general public, Planning Commission, Board of County Commissioner.

  • Performs other related duties as required/assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning or related field.

  • No required experience

  • Possession of a valid Washington Driver's License at time of application and must be maintained throughout employment.

Selection Factors

  • Knowledge of research, data analysis and report writing techniques.

  • Knowledge of planning principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of land use concepts and the impact of sociological, economic, demographic, environmental, energy and other factors influencing and affected by land use.

  • Knowledge of computer technology and software applications.

  • Skilled in communicating effectively both orally and in writing, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction.

  • Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with subordinates, county officials, contractors, engineers, architects, property owners and the general public.

  • Skilled in using personal computers and related software applications.

  • Ability to gather and organize data and to prepare synopsis of data and written reports.

  • Ability to read, interpret and apply legal documents and descriptions.

  • Ability to deal with the public in a pleasant, courteous and calm manner often under stressful situations.

  • Ability to sustain a high degree of concentration, logical reasoning and/or creative thought.


Employee Benefits Summary

The following is a brief list of benefits available to Spokane County regular employees. Complete information is available from Human Resources Department. This information is subject to change.


Spokane County Observed Holidays

Up to 10 (ten) paid holidays are observed by Spokane County.


Non-represented and a select group of represented employees receive a bank of hours that combine both vacation and sick leave into a paid time off bank. There is no waiting period to use this time and it starts out at almost 2 days per month accrual increasing in accrual rates annually for first 5 years.


For employees with less than five (5) years of continuous service, the accrual rate is 1 day of vacation each month for a total of 12 days per year. After six (6) months, employees are eligible to take accumulated vacation time. (Please note the vacation time accumulation may vary depending on contract language).

Sick Leave

Sick leave is earned at 1 day per month and can be taken as the days are accumulated.

Other Leaves

Spokane County provides several other paid leaves such as: bereavement leave, jury duty and military duty leave.


Medical Insurance

Two plans are currently available: Premera Blue Cross (PPO) and Kaiser Permanente (HMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents. Premiums are deducted each pay period (pay periods: 15th and last day of the month).

2023 Rates:


Employee Only: $38.04 per month

Employee & Spouse: $149.52 per month

Employee & Family: $209.60 per month

Employee & Child(ren): $136.16 per month


Employee: $35.92 per month

Employee & Spouse: $140.56 per month

Employee & Family: $196.06 per month

Employee & Child(ren): $128.58 per month

Dental Insurance

Two plans are currently available: Delta Dental of Washington (PPO) and Willamette Dental (DMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents.

2023 Rates:

Delta Dental Willamette Dental

Employee: $5.74 per month Employee: $5.98 per month

Family: $11.48 per month Family: $11.96 per month

Group Life Insurance

The County provides a $25,000 group life insurance policy to employees. The County provides a $10,000 benefit for those represented by 492, 492CS & 492CL. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.

Long Term Disability Coverage

Provides an income protection benefit in the event of a long-term illness or injury at rate of 60% of income up to a maximum of $5,000 per month. Spokane County pays the full premium for this plan. Deputy Sheriff's receive a benefit through their union for disability.


Retirement Plan (401a)

Spokane County employees are automatically included in the Washington State Retirement System. Both the employer and the employee contribute to the plan. This retirement plan provides a guaranteed lifetime monthly benefit once vested and eligible for retirement.

Additional Retirement Plan Option (457b)

Employees may supplement their retirement income and save money on taxes by participating in this optional County program. Roth (after-tax) option is also available through this retirement plan.



Supplemental insurance is optional and is provided by AFLAC to help pay for benefits not covered by major medical insurance. The employee pays 100% of the premium.

Travel Assistance

Provides additional travel protections anytime you travel more than 100 miles from home. Includes pre-trip information, emergency ticket replacement, and emergency evacuation coverage. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.

Flexible Spending Plan (FSA)

Spokane County sponsors a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account to allow out-of-pocket Medical & Daycare Expenses to be paid with Tax Free Dollars. Premiums are automatically set up pre-tax under the FSA.

Voluntary Term Life Insurance

Voluntary Term Life Insurance is additional optional life insurance provided through The Standard Insurance. New employees are guaranteed up to $50,000 for self and $20,000 for a spouse with no medical underwriting needed.


Employee Assistance Program

Employees and their family members are eligible to receive free counseling. There are also benefits relating to financial and legal concerns.

Reduced Cost Bus Pass Program

Spokane County participates in a program with STA which discounts bus passes to $5 a month.

Wellness Programs

There are opportunities for nearby exercise programs at reduced cost and education programs around wellness themes including financial well-being, nutrition and stress reduction.


There are local and national discounts available to Spokane County employees.


Please check the box that applies to your current Union status (if you are not a current Spokane County employee, please select "I am not a Union member").

  • I am in the open position's department and my position is covered by the 1553 collective bargaining agreement

  • I am in another department and my position is covered by the 1553 collective bargaining agreement

  • I am in a position covered by the Master Contract collective bargaining agreement (not 1553)

  • I am in a position covered by another collective bargaining agreement (not 1553 or Master Contract)

  • None of the above apply

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Spokane County


824 N Adams Spokane, Washington, 99260