Senior City Planner (Urban Design) - Portland, OR

Salary $32.68 - $41.73 Hourly
Location  1900 SW 4th Ave, OR
Job Type  Full Time
Department  Bureau of Development Services
Job Number  2017-00275
Closing  5/15/2017 4:30 PM Pacific

The Position

    This recruitment will remain open until 75 applications have been received or until the posted closing date, Monday, May 15, 2017, whichever comes first.
    Applications received after the 75 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process.
    Senior City Planners with an Urban Design Specialty (UD) in the Land Use Services Division of the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) manage the review of highly complex and/or controversial development proposals for compliance with the Zoning Code and Design Guidelines. This work involves administering the City's development review process as it applies to specific projects, through coordination with private sector professionals, citizens, other regulatory agencies and City staff from various Bureaus, and includes writing legally defensible findings of fact and presenting staff recommendations at public hearings.
    Senior City Planners UD are responsible for the more complex/controversial land use reviews (primarily Design Reviews and Historic Resource Reviews), as well as mentoring and reviewing/editing the work of other staff and assisting in training, and can offer special expertise in particular areas such as urban design, architecture, planning and historic preservation. Senior City Planners UD are also given lead responsibility on multi-bureau and long-range planning efforts, including efforts related to monitoring and changing the Zoning Code and Design Guidelines. Senior City Planners UD can be primary staff to the Design Commission or Landmarks Commission, which includes setting and managing agendas, providing briefings, representing the Commission outside of hearings and attending hearings as support for other planners presenting projects. Hearings typically occur 2-3 times/month and can extend into evening hours. Senior City Planners UD provide technical and process expertise for other planners, customers, and City staff from various bureaus. Senior City Planners UD work to identify and initiate process and/or customer service improvements in the team's work flow.  The Bureau of Development Services strives to provide all services in an equitable manner; demonstrated abilities in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity and/or accessibility are preferred.
     Additional general duties include identifying and solving problems; creating effective long- and short-term solutions; interpreting and analyzing codes and policies; and maintaining effective contacts and relationships with elected and appointed officials, other bureaus and agencies, community members and organizations, and business communities. Senior City Planners may be authorized to make final decisions and/or recommendations on behalf of their bureau. Senior Planners are expected to exercise sound independent judgment, initiative and decision-making to develop timely solutions to complex problems.
    A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities is graduation from a college or university with an undergraduate or graduate major in architecture, landscape architecture or urban design or a closely related field; and six years of related progressively responsible professional experience is preferred but not required.
    This classification is represented by the City of Portland Professional Employees Association(COPPEA).  To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

To Qualify

    The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

        Knowledge of and experience applying the theory, principles, practices, policies, standards and regulations of urban design review and planning.
        Knowledge of and experience with architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, architectural history, and historic preservation.
        Ability and experience performing difficult and complex technical research and analysis of urban design, architecture and land use planning issues or problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending or adopting effective courses of action.
        Ability and experience understanding, interpreting, explaining and applying all applicable regulations, policies, procedures, and standards to complex, specialized, and diverse urban design and land use planning processes.

The Recruitment Process

    An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Additional Information

    Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

    Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

        Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
        Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.
        If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
        Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of four (4) pages combined. Do not attach materials not requested.

    Applications for this position will be accepted, online, until 75 completed applications have been received, but will close no later than 4:30 pm, on May 15, 2017, whichever comes first.   Do not attach materials not requested.

    Applications received after the 75 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process.   E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

    If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.
    Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
    Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.
    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.

    Tamara Larison, Sr. Human Resources Analyst
    Bureau of Human Resources
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    (503) 823-3523
     An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
    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:
    1900 Building
    5th Floor, Conference Room 5a
    1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201

    Monday, May 1, 2017
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    5th Floor, Conference Room 5b
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    For instructions on how to participate remotely, please contact Lorena Ramirez by 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time within two business days of the informational session date by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 503-823-5333.

    City of Portland

    1120 SW 5th Ave, 404

    Portland, Oregon, 97204.