NCPRD Principal Planner

$43.40 - $54.83 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Other (Please Specify)

Job Description

NCPRD Principal Planner

Job ID: 106465

Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service

• Professionalism

• Integrity

• Respect

• Individual accountability

• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.


This position will remain open until filled. The first application review will be Thursday, August 4, 2022. We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.


Annual Pay Range: $ 90,283.29 - $ 114,049.97

Hourly Pay Range: $ 43.405429 - $ 54.831718

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.

This is a full time County position represented by the Employees' Association.


The North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) is seeking an experienced parks and recreation professional to join our Planning and Development team as Principal Planner. NCPRD is embarking on several major planning updates, and we welcome this new Principal Planner as the lead for our long-range system planning and related efforts that are kicking off this calendar year.

• Would you like to work with NCPRD staff and an increasingly diverse public in planning for a future that best serves the needs of residents?

• In your planning efforts would you like to help NCPRD achieve greater equity and inclusion, greater climate resilience, and other goals that will be identified through our planning processes?

• Do you thrive on being part of small team, and making a big difference in the community?

If so, we encourage you to apply! This exciting opportunity offers competitive compensation, outstanding benefits, and a hybrid telework/on-site option. Join our close-knit team, with many decades of experience and NCRRD tenure among fellow staff. We strive to create a welcoming place for you to call your new professional home.

The selected candidate will lead and manage significant planning and property related activities that concern the parks, trails, natural areas, and recreational facilities of NCPRD. The Principal Planner manages periodic updates to the District's long-range plan and assists with actions to implement the plan, including regular updates to the Capital Improvement Plan and System Development Charges Methodology. In this work the Principal Planner coordinates with all NCPRD divisions as well as with Clackamas County and partner agencies. The Principal Planner will also lead public engagement on their projects.

As part of the Planning and Development team, and as work flow permits, the Principal Planner may also assist on review of land use applications and development plans submitted to local jurisdictions, selected capital project planning and development, and serving as liaison to partner agencies and organizations.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of everything we do. Clackamas County and NCPRD are committed to building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. In that spirit, we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences to apply.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• At least six (6) years of experience with long-range planning and/or related project planning pertinent to park, trails, natural areas, and recreational facilities

• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

• Experience organizing and conducting comprehensive research studies utilizing various sources of information

• Experience interpreting and applying appropriate laws, regulations, and codes

• Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of land use, park, and facility planning

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the community, other District/County personnel, special interest groups, elected officials, and other public and private agencies

• Ability to work occasional evening, weekend and holiday hours

• Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check

• Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Experience engaging with diverse members of the community to create successful decision-making on District planning and capital improvement projects

• Experience with grant writing and administration

• Experience developing intergovernmental agreements

• Knowledge of the social, economic, and environmental issues related to park and recreation planning

• Knowledge of acquisition techniques, property disposition, and ability to obtain property services

• Knowledge of government financing methods and funding sources, such as bonds, levies, and grants

• A bachelor's and/or master's degree in architecture, landscape architecture and/or planning

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:


• Manages the process to periodically update the long-range plan and assist with actions to implement the plan, particularly regular updates to the Capital Improvement Plan and System Development Charges Methodology.

• Leads public engagement for those planning and capital projects managed, ensuring diverse, equitable, and inclusive engagement with the public in District planning efforts. Coordinates meetings, prepares materials, and facilitates process. Responds to and resolves resident inquiries.

• Oversees the development and presentation of reports; coordinates research on assigned projects to meet division goals; determines methodologies, information resources and techniques.

• Partners with County and NCPRD staff to update property and asset inventory, information to the County's Geographic Information System (GIS) database, and key mapping and analysis of population, demographics and level of service.

• Oversees the administration of major project budget(s) and any related project grant funds.

• Develops and administers approved contracts for professional and technical services to support planning and development work, including supervising work of consultants and managing project budgets to ensure projects meet scope and budget specifications.

• Represents the District to public bodies, other agencies, and community and neighborhood groups. Prepares reports and makes presentations to the NCPRD Advisory Committee and NCPRD Board. Presents to and provides comment and testimony to other elected and appointed bodies.

• Leads meetings and sets meeting agendas.


• Leads or assists work on property related needs such as acquisitions and disposition, and obtains necessary property services such as surveys, appraisals and reports.

• Manages capital project planning and development for specific projects, including supervising work of consultants and managing project budgets to ensure projects meet scope and budget specifications.

• Leads review of land use applications and development plans to ensure District interests and goals are addressed, opportunities for partnerships are pursued, and any impacts to District property and operations are minimized, coordinating as necessary with Clackamas County departments, the City of Milwaukie, other agency partners, and developers.

• Researches, develops, and writes grant applications; coordinates and implements grants per requirements, including reporting; serves as liaison with granting agency.

• Serves as a liaison to other agencies, community and neighborhood groups.

• Reviews permit applications in the District to provide input on potential effects to NCPRD property.


Thorough Knowledge of: Principles, methods, and procedures of city, county, regional and statewide planning; environmental, social, and economic, issues related to District planning and development; land use and design principles and practices; statistical methods and their application to planning and economic development projects; principles of community engagement; verbal and visual communication principles and practices; basic math; public speaking techniques; English grammar and composition.

Working Knowledge of: Principles and practices of personnel management, program planning, and financial administration.

Skill to: Plan, organize, train, and oversee the work of planning professionals (staff or consultants); communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; organize and conduct comprehensive research studies utilizing various sources of information; analyze and evaluate complex data and make recommendations; lead the preparation of maps, charts and other graphic materials which illustrate planning studies; prepare clear and concise reports; interpret and apply appropriate laws, regulations, and codes; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other County personnel.


This position is included in the County's alternate workweek program, working up to 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off). The work may require occasional evening, weekend and holiday hours. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended. Flexible hours and schedule may be considered.

This position is eligible for hybrid on-site/telework subject to the and based on the Department's business needs. The exact amount of on-site/telework and schedule will be discussed with the hiring manager during time of offer. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents..






North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD) is a service district of Clackamas County dedicated to providing exceptional parks and recreation programs, facilities and services. Voters approved the formation of the District in 1990 because they saw the need for greater parks and recreation services in the north end of the county. The District - which serves more than 105,000 residents in a 27-square mile area - includes the city of Milwaukie and a large area of unincorporated Clackamas County.

NCPRD offers 32 parks, many acres of natural areas and sensitive habitat, and a network of trails including the 6-mile Trolley Trail. Additionally, NCPRD offers a wide range of programs, services and events, and operates several recreational facilities such as the North Clackamas Aquatic Park, Milwaukie Community Center and the Concord Property.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.

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