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City Planner I – Urban Design, Portland, OR

City Planner I – Urban Design

Recruitment is Open NOW!

Recruitment Closes: This recruitment will remain open until 75 applications have been reached or until the posted closing date, Monday, August 28, 2017, 4:30 PM Pacific whichever comes first.

Salary: $28.60 – $33.00 Hourly

The Mission of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services is to promote safety, livability, and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.


The City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services is actively seeking a City Planner I in the Urban Design section. As part of the Design and Historic Resource Review Team you will implement design goals and guidelines in a flexible but consistent manner. Urban Design City Planner I staff are responsible for and perform moderately difficult professional planning and urban design assignments. The Team reviews proposals for development subject to Design and Historic Resource Review and/or adjustments to development standards. The Urban Design City Planner I is assigned cases for review, and the Team meets regularly to discuss specific projects. The process involves applying discretionary regulations to issues pertaining to site, building and architectural design. This position may work with policy planners on other projects such as new area plans or the development of new regulations. The City Planners I – Urban Design will also meet the Bureau’s expectations of providing excellent customer service in an equitable manner to meet the needs of the City of Portland’s community.  Fluency in a second language is desirable, but not required.

The current vacancy is in the Bureau of Development Services, Urban Design section. The eligible list generated from this recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies in Bureau of Development Service (BDS) and Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS).

This classification is represented by the City of Portland Professional Employees Association (COPPEA).  To view this labor agreement, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bhr/27840 and click on the appropriate link.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of urban design, urban planning, historic preservation, policy development, and design review practices.
  2. Knowledge of issues related to design review and planning, including architectural design, styles, historic preservation, and design of the public realm.
  3. Ability and experience presenting ideas and requirements clearly and persuasively, orally, visually/graphically, and in writing.
  4. Ability and experience interpreting and developing maps, plans, graphs and diagrams, using computers, software and applications pertaining to the work, as well as reading and interpreting architectural and engineering plans such as site plans, landscape plans, elevation drawings, and other architectural details.
  5. Ability and experience performing research and analysis, identifying applicable regulations/ policies, evaluating alternatives, and recommending effective courses of action.

Applicants must also possess a valid state driver’s license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement. 

Brandi Johnston, Sr. Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3555

Optional Information Sessions

To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer Optional Information Sessions that will provide you with details about this 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:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm

CH2M Center, Lincoln Room 
2020 SW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97201
Thursday, August 17, 2017
5:30-6:30 pm

1900 Building, 5th Floor Conf. Room 5b
1900 SW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97201

For instructions on how to participate remotely, please contact Marietta McCorvey at Marietta.McCorvey@portlandoregon.gov two (2) business days in advance.

To apply go to www.portlandoregon.gov/jobs see recruitment dates at the top of this announcement.

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