City of Tacoma WA Development Specialist II in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

The City of Tacoma is recruiting for the Appointive/At-Will position of Development Specialist II. Our ideal candidate is a person who combines a successful work history in permitting, knowledge of building design, construction and inspection practices, knowledge of site, environmental and right of way codes, land use, site development, building codes, regulations and laws, with a highly developed customer service skill set.

Under general direction, a person in this position is responsible for performing a multidisciplinary review of plans submitted for review and permit processing and performs review and approval of over-the-counter permits. Monitors the status of plans during the plan review process. Serves as a liaison between review engineers, plan reviewers, land use planners, inspectors and external developers, providing high quality customer service.

*Position Description: * The Development Specialist II is responsible for intake and preliminary analysis of permitting applications for small to mid-size development projects. Projects typically require multidisciplinary review and coordination, and tasks may include technical analysis of permit requirements, facilitating coaching meetings with applicant(s), and review and approval of non-complex residential and commercial permits, depending on skill level.

Work is characterized by specialized coordination, technical, and administrative duties related to the processing, routing, tracking, and approval of Civil construction plans associated with private development projects, development and utility permit applications, and non-complex over-the-counter residential and commercial remodels. Also acts as a liaison between engineers, plans examiners, and planners in reviewing and approving more complex projects. Provides a wide range of assistance to customers asking general inquiries at the counter which may include zoning and other property information, permit history, and general utility information; and monitoring and communicating status on permits.

This is the second level in the Development Specialist series, and the scope of work is expanded to include multi-disciplined review and coordination, including land use, site development and building permitting on small to mid-size projects.

Essential Duties:

  • Handles permitting of small to mid-size scale plans, which typically involves multiple reviewers.
  • Facilitates coaching meetings with applicant(s).
  • Fully understands and applies relevant codes, manuals and regulations.
  • Performs limited land use, building and site review.
  • Provide customer service at the Permit Resource Center on City policies and processes as they pertain to development and construction.
  • Work with customers and internal staff to solve permit-related issues.
  • Coordinate project activities and status with all parties involved.
  • Dispense clear and accurate information to a variety of people of different technical levels of understanding.
  • Understand, apply, and clearly explain regulations, guidelines, and standards.
  • Read and interpret maps, plans, construction drawings, property descriptions, charts, and graphs.
  • Provide preliminary review comments on applications and plans, schedule, coordinate and attend review meetings.
  • Monitor plans to ensure that they are being reviewed in a timely manner.
  • Provide information to City staff, engineers, developers, applicants, and the public to ensure that projects, plans, permits, and records are accurate and complete.
  • Evaluate daily up to date status reports to ensure all prerequisites are met on construction plans.
  • Related work as assigned. Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Work is performed in an indoor office environment, subject to multiple interruptions by walk-in citizens, employees, telephone calls, and interoffice activities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to individuals who are irate, angry or hostile. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Position requires operation of computer and office equipment, moving about inside the office to access equipment, counters and desks.

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information: One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work and play.


DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS (TRAINING AND EDUCATION): An equivalent combination to one of the below:

1) Associates degree in a field related to engineering/architectural design, planning, or construction plus 2 years' experience related to planning, development, construction, and/or inspection;

2) A Bachelor's degree in a field related to engineering/architectural design, planning, or construction

3) A high school diploma plus minimum of 4 years' experience related to development or permitting;

4) Experience as a Development Specialist I, Plans Examiner I, Building/Construction Inspector, Permit Specialist or Planner for 2 or more years. ICC or other related certifications may be substituted for up to 1 year of experience for each type of certification up to a maximum of 2 years.

LICENSING, CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER LEGAL REQUIREMENTS At least two (2) individual ICC certifications or a code official certification is required within one year of the hire date, or one (1) individual ICC certification and a certificate of completion for a low impact development or green infrastructure program.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Ability to interact with customers at the Permit Resource Center using diplomacy, patience, and courtesy.
  • Knowledge of ordinances, City codes, and international residential and building codes.
  • Knowledge of site, environmental and right of way codes regulations and laws.
  • General knowledge of building design, construction and inspection practices.
  • Be assertive when necessary to resolve disputes and assist disgruntled customers.
  • Work with the parties (City, businesses, customers) to create and develop alternatives that fulfill their interests and needs.
  • Respond to a variety of questions and inquiries in a diplomatic, confident manner and demonstrate tact, patience, and courtesy at all times.
  • Ability to use computer software (Accela and GIS systems) to perform research in the permitting process.
  • Coordinate the preparation and research of legal documents such as covenants, easements, bonds, and agreements.
  • Compare documents for consistency to engineering plans and legal descriptions. Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Our City: With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

*Interested individuals must apply online and meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process. *Hiring Managers will review applications and select candidates to invite to interview who are believed to best fit the experience and education requirements for this position.

Applicants who are separated or retired and are eligible for veterans scoring criteria (Veterans Preference) must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points.

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the *City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a background check. *

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from the and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources office at 253.591.5400.

Salary: $69,326.41 - $88,878.40 Annually

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Job Number: 2351-17

Department: Planning & Development Services

Closing: 6/30/2017 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764.

Phone: 253-591-5400