Planning Supervisor (Planner 4) - Development Services - #9820406

Pierce County Washington

Date: 1 week ago
City: Tacoma, WA
Salary: $97,950.68 - $125,865.06 per year
Contract type: Full time


This position works in an office environment and may include occasional field visits. Travel to various work sites, businesses, and/or meeting locations is required

Position Summary

Why It's a Great Opportunity:
The Planning Supervisor (Planner 4) provides program management, supervision, and advanced professional planning work. You will be responsible for supervising professional planning and program management work in a wide variety of planning functions. Work affects a wide range of activities relating to the administration of County plans and ordinances, and often relates to activities of major public concern. Your work will involve applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures including principles and practices of public planning such as the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Master Act, SEPA, and RCW 58.17 Plats Subdivisions and Dedications.

Why It's a Great Department:
Planning and Public Works (PPW) is a diverse and fast-moving department filled with motivated professionals working to ensure Pierce County is positioned to handle growth while building, operating, and maintaining reliable infrastructure to support livable communities. PPW is responsible for a broad and complex portfolio of services that provide unique opportunities to collaborate, innovate, and inspire. We are responsible for the county road and levee systems, sewer systems, airports, ferries, building permits, environmental review, sustainability, community planning, and code enforcement - just to name a few!

Learn more about Planning and Public Works at

How to be Successful in the Role:
We are looking for someone who has great customer service and can handle sensitive and difficult issues with tact and patience. You will establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other County employees so effective communicative skills are a must. You will also present to the general public, the Hearing Examiner, and elected officials. Additionally, bring in your knowledge and skills in site plan reviews for residential, commercial, and industrial projects where you can analyze information and draw valid conclusions. You will research techniques and the source, validity, and availability of information and use applicable computer software so skills in the use of drafting, graphic, and illustrative software equipment will be key.

Your Future in this Role:
You will have an ideal opportunity to work alongside a team of talented planners, engineers, and community leaders to problem-solve and look for efficiencies and strategies to provide improved public service in Pierce County. You will oversee the reviews being completed by other County staff to ensure effective, overall project review. Your work will directly impact your community and it offers a great foundation for future positions within the Planning and Public Works Department and Pierce County.

Core Daily Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and coordinate work assignments for an assigned work unit to assure adherence to prescribed time lines and compliance with departmental procedures.
  • Conduct performance evaluations, and develop and establish performance measures and standards.
  • Oversee the professional development of employees and provide guidance and technical expertise, and training to staff.
  • Oversee development, preparation and presentation of department staff reports, including draft policies and regulations.
  • Supervise the review and monitoring of various programs, projects and applications to ensure compliance with various codes, plans, contracts, agency policies and procedures, and rules and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, employees and the general public.
A classification description with a more detailed list of essential functions can be found here


  • Additional education or experience may substitute for the recruiting requirements.
  • Bachelor's degree in planning or related field.
  • Four years local, county, or state planning experience.
  • One year of lead worker and/or supervisory experience.
  • Positions in specific program areas may require program-related experience, education, and/or training.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Masters' Degree is preferred.
Special Requirements and/or Qualifications:
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's license, or the ability to obtain the license within 30 days of employment, or otherwise meet the travel requirements of the position.
Job Details:
  • Physical location: 2401 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA 98409
  • Salary: $ 97,950.68-$ 125,865.06 per year
As a condition of employment, the applicant will need to authorize and complete a background check. Information received from the background check is reviewed case-by-case and will not necessarily remove an applicant from consideration

Supplemental Information

To be considered for this opportunity please:

  • Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application by selecting "APPLY" above or go to:
  • If you have a question about this opportunity, please email the Recruitment Team at [email protected] and specify the Job Number and Title.
  • If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.
  • Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process, or need this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need.
This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 2 to 3 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include assessments, phone screen, and interviews

At Pierce County, diversity, equity, and inclusion means commitment, not a single step. We strive to foster an inclusive environment that supports equitable access to opportunities throughout your career. We want to recruit, develop, and maintain a talented workforce from various backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives, committed to our vision. Employees of the County have local, direct, and visible impact in our diverse community. Will you join us in keeping Pierce County a great place to live, work, and raise a family?

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