Assistant Planner

$28.06 - $37.60 hourly
  • City of Beaverton
  • 12725 Southwest Millikan Way, Beaverton, Oregon, USA
  • Oct 13, 2021
Full time Administration/Management Planning

Job Description

The Position

The City of Beaverton, recognized as one of the 100 best places to live in the United States, is seeking an Assistant Planner.  This position is part of the City’s Planning Permit Counter team and will work closely with community members and developers by providing excellent customer service in answering land use questions and reviewing development applications. The role may require some work with City Council, Planning Commission, and partner service agencies. This position serves on a current planning team with a focus on supporting team review of large, complex development projects. The position requires problem solving, excellent communication skills, understanding the principles and practices of planning, mastery of complex technical material and regulations, and the ability to provide a balanced perspective to the land use review process. This position is part of the City’s Community Development Department as part of a team of over 15 current and long range planners.  
Beaverton is a diverse first-ring suburb with a growing population of more than 95,000 people.  The city is committed to fostering an inclusive, welcoming environment and building community, creating a vibrant downtown and enhancing livability.  

About the Job: 
The city is looking for an Assistant Planner with some experience delivering great customer service related to planning and an interest in and knowledge of planning and development review. This planning position is responsible for providing accurate development code and land use process information to customers and processing ministerial applications, with some opportunity to assist on larger projects.  As a member of the Planning Division permit counter team, the Assistant Planner works closely with other city staff in the Community Development Department, community members and developers by providing excellent customer service face to face, via email, phone, and video conference.

This is a non-exempt, SEIU-classified position. This position may require evening and weekend work. There is one vacancy.

Please note: Experience and skills will be reviewed via the main application submission only. Additional supporting documentation may be included, but will not be accepted in lieu of the main application. 

The Ideal Candidate Is:

  • Self-motivated and organized;
  • Detail-oriented, with experience guiding customers through regulations and procedures;
  • A thoughtful communicator verbally, visually, and in writing;
  • A problem solver that both gets the “big picture” and is attuned to technical details;
  • Is familiar with the principles and practices of land use planning at the city, county, regional and state level;
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of people, including historically underrepresented communities. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in planning, geography, urban design or related fields.
  • One year of experience in current planning or other agency experience.
  • Or experience and/or education or a combination thereof that support the responsibilities listed above.  
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to meet the city’s driving standards.
  • Ability to pass reference checks, a degree verification check and satisfy the requirements of a background check. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 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.