Senior Planner

$6,102 - $8,178 monthly
  • City of Beaverton
  • 12725 Southwest Millikan Way, Beaverton, Oregon, USA
  • Sep 08, 2021
Full time Planning

Job Description

The Position

The City of Beaverton seeks a Senior Planner to join the Current Planning Team and perform a range of planning duties, including review of complex and high-profile land use applications and leading projects to update city policies and regulations. The city is looking for a motivated, highly professional planner with a dedication to public service. 
If you are interested in working in an exciting, dynamic, collaborative environment with people dedicated to understanding and implementing the community's vision, we invite you to apply today! 
The city seeks a candidate with:

  • Expertise in Oregon land use regulation and policy.
  • Experience in development permit review and providing high-quality customer service.
  • Experience in and dedication to meaningful public involvement, including working with community members, other governments, service providers and diverse stakeholders.
  • An ability to provide thoughtful, high-quality research, analysis and options to decision-makers so they can make informed choices about complex topics.
  • Leadership and management skills that will assist the department and division in achieving city goals.

This position is in the Planning Division of the city's Community Development Department and reports directly to the Current Planning Manager. The department is leading work to:

  • Support Beaverton’s growth through review of proposed development and ensuring that the city’s plans and policies are implemented in the development process while providing excellent customer service.
  • Complete Development Code updates, including overhauling regulations for Beaverton’s residential districts and completing a Community Plan for the 1,200-acre Cooper Mountain area.
  • Implement a new Electronic Permitting System in collaboration with Site Development and Building Divisions.
  • Better coordinate urban services by working with other governments and service providers. 

This is an exempt, Management-2 position. This position may require evening and weekend work. There is one vacancy.

**A cover letter and resume is required with your job application submission.**Please note: Grammar and technical writing skills will be evaluated during the application review process. Only required or requested documents are guaranteed to be considered. 

 This vacancy for Senior Planner is pending Beaverton City Council approval. Open until filled with the first review of applications beginning Wednesday, September 22, 2021. 

The Ideal Candidate will have: 

  • Advanced knowledge of racial equity approaches to planning and how planning can promote equitable outcomes for community members.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning, including the legal standards and procedures affecting planning. This includes knowledge of State of Oregon regulations and legislation as well as the Metro Code and Titles.
  • Experience leading successful public engagement processes.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Ability to create clear, correct and concise reports that are effective at conveying sometimes complex material to a variety of audiences and make effective oral presentations. Strong knowledge of English grammar, spelling and usage.
  • Strong ability to deliver high quality work products on time.
  • Strong ability to effectively manage multiple programs and projects.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in urban planning, geography, public administration, transportation planning, landscape architecture, urban design or related field
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning
  • One year in a supervisory or lead role
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience enabling the incumbent to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Ability to pass reference checks, a degree verification check and satisfy the requirements of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree
  • Bilingual Competency in English and any of the following: Spanish or Arabic or Korean or Vietnamese or Chinese or Russian or Japanese, including speaking, reading and writing.

Beaverton is a diverse city, boasting a large population of qualified persons, including women, veterans, Black, Indigenous and people of color, persons with disabilities, generational groups, persons who speak many languages and are of diverse national origins.
It is widely stated—and supported by studies—that candidates, especially women, are less likely to apply for a job unless they believe they meet 100% of the hiring criteria. The city’s talent acquisition goals include hiring the candidate who is best able to meet the performance objectives of the role. We therefore encourage persons with non-traditional skill sets and experiences to apply, even if you believe you do not meet 100% of the qualifications and hiring criteria described.