Jessica Claire
  • , , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Skilled professional with over 14 years of experience in municipal government. Experienced project manager adept at managing a high volume of complex projects. Excellent customer service skills and public relations skills. Extensive experience preparing research, and policy and code amendments. Thoughtful, pragmatic, and solutions-oriented decision maker. Conscientious, detail-oriented, resourceful and organized. Professional and respectful. Work with initiative independently and collaboratively as a team member.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Maintain strong relationships with citizens, internal customers, consultants, and developers.
  • Extensive experience preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials, and presenting at Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Problem solver with sound judgment able to make independent, logical, and pragmatic decisions.
  • Organized with effective time management skills.
  • Effective at balancing high volumes of complex, technical work and delivering quality finished products.
  • Able to plan, organize, administer and coordinate City programs and services.
  • Proficient computer-user eager and able to learn new applications
Work History
Senior Planner, 09/2007 to Current
AecomLong Beach, CA,
  • Project manager for 2015 major Comprehensive Plan update under direction of Community Development Director.
  • Delegated key aspects of major Downtown Master Plan update including coordinating preparation of maps, figures, reconciling plan with underlying code, editing, etc.
  • Project manager for State Avenue Subarea Plan.
  • Prepared research and presentations, and presented for Mayor's Growth Management Task Force.
  • Research county and municipal codes, comprehensive plans, WACs, and RCWs and prepare reports.
  • Proficient in applying planning principles and administering planning programs and policies including Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, and State Environmental Policy Act.
  • Review land use projects: Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use Permit; commercial, industrial, and multi-family site plans; subdivisions; planned residential developments; short plats; and Conditional Use Permits. Prepare pre-application comments, technical review comments, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determinations, staff recommendations, and staff decisions for projects.
  • Schedule and lead meetings for land use projects.
  • Prepare annual reports on lot inventory, multi-family unit inventory, impact fee collection, and permits issued (including for Washington State Office of Financial Management).
  • Answer planning questions pertaining to zoning, critical areas, permissible uses, density and dimensions, landscaping, parking, design, change of use, etc.
  • Search for legal documents and plat maps on Snohomish County Auditor and Assessor’s websites.
  • Inform applicants of submittal requirements for land use applications and check-in submittals.
  • Communicate with agencies, consultants, internal departments, and customers regarding land use projects.
  • Research and draft codes. Key code updates include Site Plan Review , Small Cell Wireless, Cottage Housing, and Site and Building Design.
  • Create commercial design guidelines.
  • Maintain land use forms and update land use procedures manual.
  • Update department procedures manual.
  • Administer Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program.
  • Trained assistant planner and interns, and serve as resource to other staff.
Permit Technician, 09/2006 to 09/2007
Bureau VeritasBrownsville, TX,
  • Coordinate land use and building permit process while offering assistance to internal and external customers.
  • Answer high volume of general planning, engineering, and building questions (e.g. zoning, permissible uses, density and dimensional requirements, submittal requirements, permit requirements, fees, etc.).
  • Provide information to public regarding projects.
  • Search for legal documents and plat maps on Snohomish County Auditor and Assessor’s websites.
  • Lead development review committee meetings and take notes/provide paperwork to applicants.
  • Research Arlington Municipal Code, ordinances, and resolutions for customers.
  • Draft building permit review letters and some land use correspondence.
  • Inform applicants of submittal requirements for land use and building permits.
  • Distribute land use and building permit application packets.
  • Communicate with agencies, consultants, internal departments, and customers regarding land use and building projects.
  • Manage departmental responses to land use and building permits to ensure timeliness of returned comments.
  • Compile information for public records requests.
  • Maintain electronic and paper files.
  • Collect land use and building fees.
  • Answer phone and direct calls to relevant departments.
Legal/personal assistant, 05/2006 to 09/2006
Mentor Law Group, PLLCCity, STATE,
  • Performed legal and administrative support in six-attorney land use law firm.
  • Researched RCWs and WACs pertaining to specific water and land use issues.
  • Drafted correspondence to clients, administrative agencies, and courts.
  • Submitted legal documents to courts and administrative agencies.
  • Scheduled attorneys’ appointments and tracked their billable time.
  • Searched for maps and aerial photographs at University of Washington map library.
  • Prepared case binders and both exhibit and redaction lists.
  • Maintained electronic and paper files.
  • Distributed mail and arranged for shipment of packages and correspondence.
  • Answered phone, directed calls, and took thorough messages.
Advanced Paralegal Certificate: , Expected in 06/2007
Edmonds Community College - Lynnwood, WA,
  • Graduated with 3.9 GPA
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science, Economics, Expected in 06/2005
Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA
  • Graduated with 3.85 GPA in major
Associate of Arts: , Expected in 06/2003
Everett Community College - Everett, WA ,
  • Graduated with 3.51 GPA
  • Graduated with Honors
High School Diploma: , Expected in 06/2001
Marysville-Pilchuck High School - Marysville, WA,
  • Graduated with 3.88 GPA
  • Graduated with High Honors

American Planning Association, member

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  • Marysville-Pilchuck High School

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