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Land Use/Urban Planner

  • Otak, Inc.
  • Redmond, Washington, United States
  • Jul 10, 2024
Admin-Clerical Marketing

Job Description

Do you have a passion for all aspects of planning? Are you known for your creative and curious nature? Do you enjoy collaborating with others and working in teams? Are you excited about planning that helps cities and communities grow and change in a sustainable manner, while also enhancing livability, affordability, equity, and accessibility?

Otak, Inc., an award-winning multidisciplinary firm, is hiring a Land Use/Urban Planner to be a part of our planning team involved in assignments across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In this role, you will become an integral part of a collaborative team, engaging in a variety of urban planning and land use projects for both public and private sector clients. Our work includes long range and current planning with a strong focus on comprehensive planning, subarea planning, code review and amendments, environmental analysis documents, permitting and development review, and facilitating public involvement.

Come join our great team and growing Planning & Landscape Architecture practice. This position will be based in our Redmond, WA office, where we have a hybrid work environment with up to two days a week remote.

What you'll do:
  • Support a variety of planning, evaluation, research, mapping, and data analysis tasks involving coordination with planners, urban designers, landscape architects, architects, scientists, engineers, subconsultants and clients on a wide range of planning projects.
  • Provide support to development of long-range plans for local communities including comprehensive plans, subarea plans, neighborhood plans, corridor plans, transit station area plans, and special district plans.
  • Write and prepare plans and studies, staff reports, environmental compliance documents, code amendments and review documents, permitting and development applications, and other related work.
  • Coordinate and interact with clients, members of the public, and key project interests and develop and facilitate effective and engaging public and community involvement plans and methods.
  • Analyze data and prepare maps and evaluations using GIS, geographic layers analysis, analytical charts and tables, info graphics, and other types of graphic support to a wide variety of interdisciplinary projects.
  • Create data visualization graphics/infographics, charts, tables, and outputs.

What you'll bring:
  • Bachelor's and/or master's degree in urban planning, urban design, community development, community planning, environmental planning, or associated discipline.
  • 2 to 5+ years working in the field of land use/urban planning with an emphasis on experience working on projects for public agencies.
  • Experience in the development of city and county comprehensive plans, zoning codes, development standards, and the implications on design.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a commitment to producing technically-sound documents.
  • Mapping skills using GIS and GIS Online, geographic layers analysis, analytical charts and tables, StoryMaps, info graphics, and other types of graphic support preferred.
  • Experience working with the Adobe Creative Suite programs, Sketch-Up, and other graphic programs desired, with layout and graphics skills related to document design, presentations, data visualizations, preparing plans and reports.
  • Knowledge of the State of Washington and Puget Sound planning context, including Growth Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act, Shorelines Management, Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2050 and related guidance, and other relevant policies and regulations, as well as experience with regional and countywide land use and urban planning policies and initiatives.
  • Experience in multi-modal transportation planning would be helpful.
  • AICP or on track to obtain AICP desirable.

Please note that the salary information shown below is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon candidate experience, qualifications, and work location as well as market and business considerations.

Salary Range: $69,000 - $90,000 per year


At our core, we believe that supporting our communities begins with supporting our employees. No matter what stage you're at in your career, we have a comprehensive total rewards program to enhance your quality of life, help support your family, and assist you in achieving your personal and professional goals. Otak employees enjoy competitive salaries; discretionary performance bonuses; no-cost medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, HRA/HSA; a 401(k)-retirement match that is 100% vested immediately; a hybrid work schedule; Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual based on your industry experience rather than your seniority plus 9 paid holidays per year; a commuter allowance (based on your office location); support for your professional registration and/or certification fees; and much more! If you are out of the area and interested in relocating for this opportunity, relocation assistance may be provided.The successful candidate for this position may be eligible for a signing bonus!

Why work at Otak? Watch this short video: Our Why

We're not just looking for skills and experience, having shared values is just as important! When you work at Otak, you aren't just joining a firm - you're joining a community. We believe our best work happens in a culture of collaboration and inclusion, where the expertise of diverse individuals can thrive in a foundation of teamwork. The work environment we create is built on a simple concept: working on interesting projects with interesting people. However, we don't just believe in cultivating our own community; we're also committed to enriching the communities around us with smart, creative solutions. We know our employees make an investment in us, so we're committed to making an investment in them. Seasoned experts and young professionals work together to encourage personal growth and skill development at all experience levels. Plus, we're expanding - and we're dedicated to developing an internal infrastructure with the strength and talent to support that growth.

Equal Opportunity

Otak is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. The Equal Opportunity policy at Otak, Inc. provides a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, nation origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, protected veteran status or disability or any other status(es) protected by law. Otak ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and mandatory supplements to EEO (revisions).

At Otak, we recognize that inclusion is a practice and we are determined to lead our industry by embedding that practice into our work. Cultivating an inclusive workplace environment is ongoing and consistent work, requiring dedication and commitment from every member of the organization. This commitment is reflected in Otak's promise to significantly increase employee diversity, impact the communities in which we work, and establish ongoing relationships within these communities.

Otak's Vision for an Inclusive Environment includes the following:
  • We embrace diverse identities, and willingly engage across difference
  • All employees can experience the workplace safely and show up as their authentic selves
  • Fostering unique perspectives and an open exchange of ideas
  • Engaging one another with curiosity rather than judgment
  • Relationships are built on mutual trust, dignity, and respect
  • If you are a minority, veteran, person with a disability, or a member of the LGBTQA Community, we strongly encourage and welcome you to apply to any open position of interest.

If you want to learn more about Otak, this position, or the company's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, contact our Human Resources Department at GRPHumanResources@otak.com.

*Please note, Otak is not accepting resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies at this time.