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Floodplain Administrator

Chelan County Community Development
316 Washington Street, Suite 301, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Salary Range
$ 58,272-$ 067,464
Open 12/21/2020 to 01/31/2021
Job Description

Under the direction of the Assistant Director or Building Official, this position serves as one of the primary department interfaces with the public regarding floodplain regulations by assisting with the intake of floodplain development permit applications, and initiating the review process related to floodplain regulations for project applications. Performs specialized professional and technical work assisting in the development and implementation of the County's Floodplain Management Program; performs work of moderate difficulty, gathering, analyzing and interpreting National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements; insures compliance with NFIP requirements and proactive participation in the community rating system (CRS) program; maintains compliance with County Floodplain Management regulations; assists in the development and implementation of other Floodplain Management related programs; directs program specific activities and assignments, coordinates with other County departments, develops and maintains community partnerships, and interacts with advisory boards, the public, and other organizations.

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Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

The Floodplain Administrator shall possess an associates’ or higher degree in urban planning, civil engineering, construction management, geography, hydrology, natural resources, public policy, or a related field of study *; AND

  • With one (1) year of professional experience in a comparable position with a city or county government; OR
  • Two (2) years of private or public sector experience in a comparable position with a city or county government.
  • Training in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) with a possession of a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certificate; and three (2) years of professional level experience in the assigned field of floodplain management.
  • Advanced computer literacy with experience in SmartGov, ESRI GIS applications, and Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint is strongly desired.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification is encouraged for this position, but is not a prerequisite and may be obtained after employment.
  • Bi-lingual with the ability to read, write, and speak fluently in Spanish desired.
  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License must be obtained within 90 days of employment.


  • A Master’s degree in urban planning, civil engineering, construction management, geography, natural resources, public policy, or a related field of study.
  • With one (3) years of professional experience in a comparable position with a city or county government; OR
  • Two (5) years of private or public sector experience in a comparable position with a city or county government.
Preferred Skills

Depending upon assignment, the incumbent may perform a combination of some or all of the following duties, which are a representative sample of the level of work appropriate to this classification:

  1. Assists the public with general and technical information and assistance related to floodplain permits, requirements, and procedures located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).
  2. Provides information related to the Base Flood Elevation and answer general questions about floodplain/floodway boundaries.
  3. Review elevation certificates for completeness and accuracy. Identify deficiencies before accepting as part of a permit application.
  4. Prepares floodplain development permits for issuance and receipts same.
  5. Educate community members and local officials about floodplain management.
  6. Investigate violations of the floodplain ordinance and initiate corrective action.
  7. Prepares quarterly and annual FEMA NFIP floodplain reports.
  8. Oversees, plans, organizes and reviews and Floodplain Management administration and implementation.
  9. Prepares and presents oral and written reports, graphic presentations, technical reports, and maintains system operational, activity, and performance records.
  10. Develops and maintains files, computer data bases, and forms.
  11. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with other county departments, the public, customers, and peers.


  1. Works with other members of the department in collaborative problem solving and completion of tasks.
  2. Assists with the development of public brochures and media materials, as assigned.
  3. May perform portions of the work of higher classified positions occasionally, as assigned.
  4. May serve the County in a support role in the event of an emergency or disaster.
  5. Assists with the processing of Public Records Requests for the Department.
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.


Skills in:
  • Effective written and oral communications.
  • Proactive and effective conflict resolution with other county staff, managers, customers, and the public.
  • Highly proficient public relations and interpersonal communications.
  • Computer and equipment operations necessary to the functions of the position including the use of a variety of software programs such as Windows, MS Office (including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint), SmartGov, and ESRI GIS products.
  • Calculating figures and amounts such as interest, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Being flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and job functions.

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Ability to:
  • Analyze and resolve work related problems.
  • Exercise initiative and judgment and make decisions within scope of assigned authority.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other county employees and the general public.
  • Work independently with little direction or oversight.
  • Perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy for extended periods.
  • Work with and maintain confidential information.
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment in choosing approaches, methods, and resources to solve problems and achieve results.
  • Maintain necessary records and prepare required reports.
  • Meet expected deadlines and manage periodic interruptions.
  • Read legal descriptions, plats, maps, and other engineering, survey, or land use related depictions of properties, boundaries, projects, and zoning.
  • Handle contentious and potentially disagreeable customers with tact and diplomacy.
  • Explain codes, ordinances, and regulations to the public with diplomacy, tact, consistency, and thoughtfulness.
  • Prepare effective and technical written reports.
  • Research, document, and prepare public records requests with strong knowledge of Washington State Public Records Disclosure laws and procedures.
  • Maintain regular attendance and punctuality.
  • Ability to work successfully in stressful situations and manage multiple tasks.
Application Deadline: 01/31/2021 10:00 AM
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