Planning & Entitlement Specialist

Location: Vancouver, WA
Date Posted: 05-16-2018
MacKay Sposito is seeking a full time Planning & Entitlement Specialist to join the Vancouver Land Development team.  As the Planning & Entitlement Specialist, you’ll be responsible for performing a range of professional planning and development work in such areas as land use, planning, and land development.  Duties will include preparing and processing entitlement applications, concept plans, and lot layouts. You’ll independently respond to problems and handle deviations using judgement in accordance with instructions, policies and accepted practices.  Must be a team player able to work in a fast-paced environment, meet tight deadlines, be flexible, and work independently. 

Keys to Success:

  • Ability to navigate local permitting and entitlement requirements and processes.
  • Ability to interpret zoning codes, ordinances, resolutions, and legal descriptions.
  • Ability to process and prepare written correspondence or other documents using Word and Adobe.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate projects and execute basic planning activities with efficiency.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relations.
  • Ability to perform detailed work quickly and independently.
  • Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines within budgets and schedules.
  • Effectively communicate with co-workers, clients, agency staff and other team members.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Requires at least two (2) years of general office experience, preferably in A/E/C or other Professional Services Firm.
  • Excellent computer, writing, communication and customer service skills.
  • Strong project coordination skills.
  • Experience in land use planning and development a plus.
  • AutoCad, Civil 3D, and GIS skills a plus.
  • Photoshop and Illustrator skills a plus.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to drive a company vehicle.
What You’ll Gain From Working Here:
Employees of MacKay Sposito are united by our drive for excellence, our passion for innovation, and the responsibility we take for our clients’ success. We also like to sprinkle in a bit of fun. This combination makes MacKay Sposito an enjoyable and rewarding place to work. 
Our Values
At MacKay Sposito, we’re serious about our work, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We have a unique and diverse mix of employees who enjoy each other’s company. In addition to having first-rate technical skills, we search out people who are friendly, honest and dedicated to their work.
We believe firmly in the principle of constructive candor – always telling the client everything they need to know to make fully informed decisions. By creating a positive, committed and supportive environment, we’re able to challenge our people to be the best that they can be, and to celebrate every success. 
About MacKay Sposito:
Providing consultation services to energy, public works and land development clients, MacKay Sposito’s expertise spans civil engineering, construction management and inspection, land survey, planning and project management, and landscape architecture for both public and private sector.      

Whether connecting public and private sectors, helping our clients put together a complex mixed-use masterplan development, getting power to a remote rural outpost, or improving a city’s facilities, MacKay Sposito is all about building lasting relationships and strong communities. At our core, we’re committed to honesty, dedication and relationships. These pillars make up the foundation of how we treat our people, and ultimately our clients. >> Learn more about working at MacKay Sposito
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
We are an E-Verify participating employer.

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