Location: Bellevue, WA

Associate Planner/Urban Designer

Salary: $74,678.04 - $103,046.04 Annually

Job Summary

The City of Bellevue is rapidly maturing into a tech-centric, diverse, metropolitan city within the Central Puget Sound Region. The Community Development Department’s Strategic Planning Team is looking to fill the Associate Planner/Urban Designer position with a creative, forward-thinking individual to help us shape and catalyze positive change. The department’s vision is to secure Bellevue’s future as a livable, inspiring, vibrant and equitable community. 
The Strategic Planning Team works on a range of planning initiatives, including station area plans, urban infill development, and major placemaking features such as the Bellevue Grand Connection, Wilburton Vision Implementation, and the Urban Boulevards streetscape program. The Associate Planner/Urban Designer plays a key role in supporting the planning and urban design aspects of the above, with the following broad set of responsibilities:

  • Conduct complex technical work involving transit-oriented development, placemaking, urban design, site planning, and spatial analysis.
  • Serve as a technical specialist in urban design, land use, transportation and other functional planning areas.
  • Strategize and visualize different development concepts to further the city’s development aspirations.
  • Develop design-based ideas for easy comprehension by city council, board and commissions, other departments, and stakeholders.
  • Develop printed and digital community engagement materials that are accessible to diverse communities.
  • Test and translate policy, regulation and economic development realities and aspirations using 2D + 3D graphics
  • Identify existing typologies and generate new or hybrid prototypes for housing, retail and commercial structures, and configurations. 


  • Ability to work with and integrate design elements across different planning scales, from the individual parcel to larger planning areas (i.e. districts, subareas).
  • Skilled in modeling designs and concepts (in 2 and 3D) using a variety of design programs (i.e. AutoCAD, Adobe CS, Rhino and SketchUp). 
  • Working knowledge of GIS. Also, knowledge of ESRI Arc Urban and Power BI skills would be a plus. 
  • Ability to communicate and facilitate conversations effectively with peers, elected and appointed officials, and other stakeholders in areas of expertise.
  • Skilled in building partnerships with constituencies on controversial complex planning and design issues and conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the potential impacts of a project. 
  • Experienced in preparing planning reports and supporting data, including recommendations for various land use and urban development proposals.
  • Ability to root work in principles of equity, access, inclusion, opportunity, and cultural competence.

Education and Experience Requirement

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year university in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental studies, urban geography, or closely related field. A master’s degree is preferred.
  • Three or more years of progressively responsible experience as an urban designer, planner, or design professional. This experience could be in any order and in any allied discipline.
  • Alternatively, a clear equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required mix of knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Certification as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.

Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. 
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry objects up to 40 pounds. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderately quiet.

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