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City Planners II – Portland, OR

Applications for this position will be accepted, on-line, until 100 completed applications have been received, but will close no later than 4:30 pm, on Monday, September 1, 2014.

City Planners II with a Land Use Specialty perform advanced professional land use planning and project coordination duties, applying advanced land use planning knowledge to assignments and to the coordination of multiple complex projects or processes from inception to completion, using computer applications and software pertaining to the work. This recruitment will be used to generate a list of eligible candidates to fill current and future vacancies in several City agencies, with a wide variety of job assignments. Planning functions are spread across a number of City agencies as follows: Planners in the Bureau of Development Services generally administer, implement and enforce the zoning and land use regulations, provide information and assistance to the public about zoning and land use requirements, review development proposals and plans for compliance with these requirements, prepare findings of fact for quasi-judicial discretionary land use reviews and code enforcement hearings, and providing services to customers in an equitable manner. Planners in the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability generally do long-range planning projects, conduct planning studies, draft new or revised codes, and work with various stakeholders on planning policy. Planners in the Bureau of Transportation with a land use specialty work in the Development Permitting and Transit Group or the Policy, Planning and Projects Group of the bureau. They review land use applications and prepare findings relating to transportation goals and policies or work on long range planning projects. By guiding and regulating the shape and form of the City, all City Planners have an important role in advancing the City’s goals towards prosperity, resiliency, and equity. Sensitivity to how land use decisions impact communities differently, and disproportionately towards achieving these goals, is desired. Skills in Spanish, Vietnamese, or Russian/Slavic languages are desirable, but not required. The current vacancies are in the Bureau of Development Services. However the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Bureau of Transportation may also use the list resulting from this recruitment to fill future vacancies.

The Land Use Services Division of BDS currently has a 2-year, limited-term position available. Duties include administering the zoning code through review of development proposals, and providing zoning information and assistance to customers involved in the land use review or permitting process.

The Enforcement Division of the Inspections Division has a permanent position available. Duties and responsibilities include processing and investigating increasingly complex zoning enforcement complaints, i.e. environmental, tree cutting, site excavation, erosion control and/or grading disturbances, large signs, Central City Parking review, Vending/Food Cart pods, and Land Use conditions. Other duties include performing permit inspections for Development Review & Zoning Permits, posting Stop Work Order notices, providing feedback and direction to Code Specialists II & III and Housing Inspectors on zoning-code related questions and enforcement actions.

Salary: $30.49 – $35.24 Hourly


The following qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge of the theory, principles, standards, practices and information sources of land use planning,
  2. Experience understanding, interpreting, explaining and applying federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures, standards, and planning principles and practices to specialized, complex or diverse planning processes.
  3. Experience analyzing data and information to support recommendations.
  4. Experience presenting ideas and requirements clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing.
  5. Experience engaging stakeholders by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse populations and interest groups (e.g. property owners, community representatives, developers, bureau staff, elected officials, and the general public).
  6. Experience negotiating resolutions to problems or conflicts.

Applicants must also possess:

A valid state driver’s license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire.

Optional Information Sessions:

To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer two Optional Information Sessions that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job, but attending will help you with the application process. You are welcome to join us for one of these optional sessions:

Bureau of Development Services

1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Fifth Floor

Portland, OR 97201

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Noon to 1:00 p.m. *    


5:30 to 6:30 p.m. *

* If you are unable to attend one of the optional information sessions in person, you have the option to participate remotely in either session. For instructions on how to participate remotely, contact Rebecca Haskell by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Rebecca.Haskell@PortlandOregon.gov or 503-823-5019, specifying which session you want to attend.


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