Job Details

Senior Planner - Growth Management

City of Bend, Bend, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 08/05/2019

The City of Bend's Growth Management Department is actively recruiting for one (1) regular, full-time Senior Planner position. This position is a non-represented position, is FLSA Exempt, and reports to the Long Range Planning Manager.

This recruitment will also be used to determine an eligibility list for upcoming vacancies at various levels for up to 6 months. The eligibility list may be canceled at anytime, at the discretion of the City.

A successful candidate will have a strong background and proven success in Project Management within the field of land use and/or infrastructure planning. Typical long-range planning projects at the City of Bend require an individual to work in, and often lead, multi-disciplinary teams interfacing with the public and policy makers. The types of professional disciplines and subject matter involved in long-range planning projects typically includes community development, state law and administrative rules, public engagement, transportation planning, familiarity with civil engineering, environmental policy, social and political science, and economic development. Ideal candidates do not need to be expert in each of these bodies of knowledge, but will be required to work with other experts in these fields in a team environment.

The role of the successful long-range planner is to strategically scope out land use and infrastructure planning projects, initiate work on projects through communication and executing in a team environment, managing consultants and coordinating with project teams and community members, and typically concluding with a successful adoption of new city plan, policy, or regulatory code. We work closely with the citizens and leaders in our community, and must be able to work effectively with people holding a broad range of perspectives and values. Our team values initiative, diplomacy, and resiliency.

The following are examples of the types of projects an ideal candidate would be able to work on, or lead. Our team understands the need to acclimate and build familiarity with the organization and community, but the nature of the job will require a successful candidate to engage in the following types of projects:•Representing the department at a high level and coordinating with outside organizations
•Leading or supporting upcoming land use and infrastructure related planning projects •System Development Charge (SDC) Methodology update
•Transportation demand management projects
•Access and mobility planning (City Transit Plan with Cascades East Transit)
•Development Code Updates
•Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Area Plans
•Water and Waste Water master plan updates
•Stormwater master plan update
•Walking access plans and programs

A successful candidate performs complex professional planning projects and managerial planning activities that require interaction with other departments, local citizens, and members of planning agencies at local and state levels. A successful candidate will provide leadership to less senior planning staff members.

To be considered for this position, applicants must have a complete application that includes all of the following items: •The online application via NeoGov (access also available on City of Bend website under Human Resources/Job Openings)
•Attached formal Cover Letter (required)
•Attached formal Resume (required)
•Attached valid Credentials, Certifications and Licensing (if applicable)
•Applicants must provide certification that they are a veteran or disabled veteran to receive veteran's preference
Applications will be initially reviewed on Monday, June 24th at 12:00pm (noon) PDT; open until filled.

The City of Bend is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. At Bend, we don't just accept differences; we value them. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and support the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA).

Functions, Duties and Responsibilities:

•Conducts studies, compiles and analyzes data, and prepares comprehensive plans and programs for land use and economic development planning of the City.

•Researches and prepares ordinances, standards and procedures for the implementing, amending and updating of the City's Comprehensive Plan and other related documents.

•Investigates planning problems and projects; ensures that alternative solutions are evaluated; recommends course of action; estimates project staff requirements and project duration.

•Represents the City at meetings and participates on committees and boards as assigned. Performs research, conducts planning studies and participates in special projects as assigned.

•Prepares grant applications and coordinates those projects and programs generated by grant participation.

•Answers questions, supplies and interprets both simple and complex planning related information to the public.

•Interprets, analyzes and applies land use ordinances, codes and regulations. Coordinates information with other departments/divisions and agencies as required for project management.

•Prepares administrative reviews and reports on a full range of planning issues following accepted practices and procedures, applying judgment and interpretation of the applicable regulations.

•May assist in the selection, supervision and evaluation of planning personnel.

•In an emergency event or an officially declares State of Emergency, responds as directed to ensure the restoration of essential public services, facilities and infrastructure.

•Performs other related duties as needed.
•Performs other related duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:
•Knowledge of the principles, practices and methodologies of current and long-range planning and state land use laws.
•Knowledge of the techniques of planning research and municipal and regional procedures involved in urban planning, including understanding of the physical, social and economic concepts underlying planning work.
•Knowledge of demographics, analytical methods, urban design, engineering and building practices is highly desirable.
•Skill in oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to convey information in an effective and constructive manner to staff, public officials, and the public.
•Skill in establishing effective working relationships with staff, other agencies and the public. Skill in performing research, analyzing planning data and issues and preparing recommendations based on findings.
•Skill in preparing and maintaining reports and records with accuracy. Skill in prioritizing, managing and completing multiple project tasks. Skill in interpreting and applying complex rules, regulations and laws.
•Skill in organizing and managing work and projects and in time management. Skill in using computers and software applications.
•Ability to assign and review the work of less experienced staff to ensure conformance to standards.
•Ability to comprehend and apply concepts to solve problems, develop plans and implement multi-faceted and multi-phased projects.
•Ability to exercise sound, independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines.

Education, Experience, Certifications and Licenses Required:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in regional or urban planning or closely related field. Five years of professional experience in the planning field.

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