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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 542H
Category: Science & Engineering


Assists in all phases of planning the development, acquisition, modification, and expansion of structures and related facilities for utilization by State government. 

Typical Work

Provides facility planning and program development assistance relating to existing State facilities and studies development potentials for maximum utilization; 

In accord with present and future facilities planning, performs comprehensive research to determine the most appropriate use of existing structures and facilities; forecasts future needs and requirements; 

Assists local governmental officials in analyzing facilities needs and in developing related workable programs through review of agency requests for capital expansion or modification; 

Maintains close liaison with contractual arrangements, architectural and engineering aspects, construction progress and relates factors relative to facilities planning; 

Under supervision, makes recommendations on space allocations to various State agencies and departments; 

Prepares a variety of technical reports, graphic illustrations and informational materials, makes presentations as directed at various meetings with other departments and State agencies; 

Supervises personnel as assigned;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  principles and practices of construction of structures and grounds; facilities utilization; interpretation of blue prints, working drawings and allied contracts; real estate property procedures and records; building and zoning codes; facilities planning and research techniques; visual and oral communication techniques. 

Ability to:  conceive and perform facilities master planning at the State level; prepare working drawings, specifications, plans, graphs, sketches, diagrams and comprehensive reports; coordinate the requests of various agencies and departments to the overall facilities potential available; review and resolve questions relating to facilities aspects of engineering, architectural, construction and contractual activities; ability to retain confidential information; develop and maintain effective working relationships; exercise good judgment and tact.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

1.  A Bachelor's degree involving major study in business or public administration, engineering, architecture, planning or closely allied field. 


2.  A minimum of three years experience in governmental facilities planning work or in related fields in private industry which would afford familiarity with large scale facilities development and utilization as found at the State level. 

Additional qualifying experience may be substituted, year for year, for education.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 64970 Facilities Planner and 4672 Planner III (Abolished September 2006); adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.