FT job - City of Portland, OR - City Planner I/Urban Design
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City Planner I - Urban Design
Career Opportunity - City of Portland, Oregon
Recruitment Closes: at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2
Official application information:
The City of Portland, Oregon is seeking applications for City Planner I -
Urban Design Specialty. City Planners I - Urban Design are responsible
for performing moderately difficult and responsible professional planning
and urban design assignments. Duties include applying sound urban
planning and design skills to realize city and regional planning
objectives, coordinating projects; investigating, analyzing, and
developing reports and recommendations. Additional duties may include
representing the City in public hearings; participating in and supporting
several urban design projects and/or conducting multiple case reviews, and
interacting with individuals and groups representing diverse interests,
including: owners, developers, builders, design professionals, community
representatives, affected neighbors, and other interested parties.
In the Bureau of Development Services, the position works as part of the
Design Review Team to implement design goals and guidelines in a flexible
but consistent manner. The team reviews proposals for development subject
to Design Review and/or adjustments to development standards. The position
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. The
position may work with policy planners on other projects such as new area
plans or the development of new regulations.
In the Bureau of Planning, the position will assist more senior planners
and urban designers in their work, utilizing Adobe CS3, Sketchup, and hand
drawing skills to produce visual materials including graphics, maps,
illustrations, and documents expressing urban design concepts and issues
at several scales - street level, neighborhood, district and citywide. The
position will conduct planning and urban design research, review and
analysis, may draft new or revised design guidelines, and will assist with
work plan development for projects. Incumbents are expected to carry out
their individual responsibilities with initiative, independence and
confidentiality, while exercising sound problem-solving skills and
Vacancies may be filled through this recruitment in both the Bureaus of
Planning and Development Services.
For more information about Careers in Planning at the City of Portland,
please visit our website: www.portlandonline.com/planningjobs.
Qualifications of the Position
Qualified candidates must have knowledge of theory, principles, and
practices of urban design, urban planning, policy development, and design
review practices. Knowledge of issues related to design review and
planning, including architectural design, styles, historic preservation,
and design of the public realm. This includes the ability to present ideas
and requirements clearly and persuasively, orally, visually/graphically,
and in writing. Candidates must also interpret and develop maps, plans,
graphs and diagrams, using computers, software and applications pertaining
to the work including perform research and analysis, identify applicable
regulations/policies, evaluate alternatives, and recommend effective
courses of action. Further qualifications are outlined in the position
We are looking for individuals who enjoy working with and helping people.
City Planners must have excellent interpersonal skills and a professional
ability to communicate clearly and effectively. They must be able to
solve problems and see possible options and alternative designs, as well
as understand and interpret the basics. The customers we serve range from
the do-it-yourself homeowner to the most sophisticated development
Optional Information Sessions on August 19th and 20th
The Bureau of Development Services will offer two Optional Information
Sessions, to provide you with additional information about this position,
as well information about the City's recruitment and selection process.
You are encouraged to attend, but not required. The Sessions will be held
at the Bureau of Development Services, located at:
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Second Floor ~ Room 2500B Portland, OR 97201
Dates and times are: Tuesday, August 19 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. and
Wednesday, August 20 from 5:30 - 6:00
Helpful Hints: If you can not attend, we strongly recommend you visit this
web page to view the Bureau of Development Services: "Helpful Hints" for
navigating the City's application process. Please see our web site,
located at: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=47179
Salary & Benefits
The current salary range for a City Planner I - Urban Design is $ 4,316 -
$4,982 per month. Overtime may be available and is paid at one and
one-half times the regular salary, or may be accrued as compensatory time
The City offers an excellent benefit package that includes an insurance
plan with coverage for medical, dental, vision, life and long-term
disability; generous vacation and sick leave accrual benefits; several
paid holidays plus three personal holidays each year; City-paid retirement
contributions; and an employee-paid Deferred Compensation Plan.
Employees have the opportunity to take advantage of many City-sponsored
health and wellness activities. Programs include a confidential employee
assistance program through an outside provider. The City has two on-site
fitness centers at no-cost to employees which feature strength and aerobic
equipment and convenient lockers and showers.
City employees are eligible to receive a financial incentive if they bus,
bike, carpool or walk to work 80 percent of the time. Also, the CityKids
Child Development Center, which is open to the children of City employees,
is located in the Portland Building. This classification is represented by
the City of Portland Professional Employees Association (COPPEA).
This recruitment closes Tuesday, September 2 at 4:30 p.m.
You must apply using the City of Portland application process located at:
http://www.ci.portland.or.us/jobs/ As described in the position
announcement, your application must include a City of Portland Scannable
Application Form, a cover letter, and a resume specifically focused on
your qualifications for this position as described in the "The Position"
and "To Qualify" sections of the announcement. Please read and follow the
Applications are accepted only during open recruitment times. You may
visit www.ci.portland.or.us/jobs to access information about open
recruitments. Applicants may apply online for some recruitments, or submit
a hard copy of their application. Hard copy applications are available at
the City of Portland application center located on the first floor of the
Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue.
The City of Portland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
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