Job Details

Senior Planner (Planning and Zoning Division)

Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 05/29/2019

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on May 29, 2019.
IMPORTANT DATES (Anticipated Recruitment Schedule):
• Application Deadline: May 29th, 2019
• Application Review: May 29th and 30th
• Anticipated 1st Round Interviews: June 6th
• Anticipated 2nd Round Interviews: June 12th

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees) and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.
We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering a variety of gym membership discounts, onsite fitness classes, onsite Farmers Market with fresh produce available for purchase, annual wellness fairs and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.
This is a full-time County position represented by the AFSCME.
Competitive compensation package:
Annual Salary Range: $72,862 - $91,9157
Hourly Pay Rate: $35.03 - $44.21
Generous paid time off package, including:
• 12 hours of vacation accrued per month
• 8 hours of sick leave accrued per month
• 9 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year
Medical and Retirement Benefits:
• Receive employer paid retirement contribution into your PERS/OPSRP account
• A Choice of Medical Plans with Vision and Prescription Drug Coverage with affordable monthly premiums
• A Choice of Dental Plans with affordable monthly premiums
• Chiropractic Coverage and Alternative Care Benefits
• Robust wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
• Longevity pay (starting after 5 years of service)
• A variety of optional benefits (see Benefits link below)

The mission of the Department of Transportation and Development (DTD) is to provide transportation maintenance and construction, land use planning, permitting, materials management and dog services to residents, property owners, businesses and the traveling public so they and future generations can experience and invest in a safe, well-designed and livable community.
Clackamas County is looking to add a full-time Senior Planner to its dynamic team in the Planning and Zoning Division of the Department of Transportation and Development. The Planning and Zoning Division currently has 20 employees, including the Planning Director, two Planning Managers, one administrative assistant, two permit specialists, and 14 planners.
The Planner classification series consists of Planner Trainee, Planner 1, Planner 2, Senior Planner, and Principal Planner. The Senior Planner classification is an advanced professional position in the Planner series. Incumbents in this classification perform complex planning research and analysis and manage long range planning projects. It is further distinguished from the Planner 2, which performs moderately complex research and analysis of planning issues.
Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
1. A minimum of five (5) years of experience in local, regional, or statewide land use planning.
2. A minimum of three (3) years of experience providing excellent customer service in a courteous and professional manner.
3. Experience prioritizing and multi-tasking in a fast paced environment and the ability to meet deadlines.
4. Demonstration of the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
5. Possess excellent interpersonal skills that translate into:
o exercising tact and good judgment, especially while working with the public;
o a collaborative, team-oriented approach to work;
o effective active listening skills;
o effective problem solving skills;
o ability to maintain composure in difficult, stressful, and sometimes highly visible situations.
6. Experience handling a wide range of situations and circumstances effectively, positively, and professionally.
7. Thorough knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures of local, regional and statewide planning.
8. Experience working with electronic permit tracking systems (ex. ACCELA).
9. 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. Learn more about the County's driving policy
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
1. Bachelor’s Degree or advanced degree in Urban, Regional, Rural or Environmental Planning or related field (law, geography, etc.).
2. Experience in local, regional, or statewide land use planning within the state of Oregon.
3. Project Management experience.
4. Three (3) years of experience managing consultants or external stakeholder.
5. Experience using and creating maps in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
6. Experience making presentations to decision-making bodies.
*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:
1. Provide results-oriented customer service. This will include advising permit applicants, the public, and other agencies on land use regulations, policies, and procedures.
2. Meet with individuals who are proposing major developments in order to advise on planning considerations and alternatives, constraints and opportunities, precedents, laws and process considerations.
3. Serve as team leader for a small group of staff engaged in comprehensive planning activities in support of a major project or aspect of the Planning Division Work Program; assist in developing and monitoring time lines, budgets, and coordinating personnel; develop and administer approved contracts for professional and technical services.
4. Develop maps, charts, graphs, and other visual aids to be used in making presentations to the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, community groups, and other staff.
5. Review and process land use applications. This includes reviewing, analyzing, and preparing reports and recommendations on significant administrative and quasi-judicial applications such as conditional uses, Comprehensive Plan amendments, and zone changes.
6. Conduct and/or coordinate comprehensive analyses, technical investigations, and research on complex planning and economic issues; determine methodologies, information resources, and techniques to be utilized in planning studies and research.
7. Prepare and present staff reports to the Planning Commission, Planning Director, DTD Administration, Board of County Commissioners, and other policy and decision-making boards; may serve on regional planning and economic development-related committees.
8. Prepare amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning and Development Ordinance necessary to implement planning programs and policies; coordinate implementation of new programs and policies with other agencies and departments.
9. Prepare grant proposals and administering grant funds; develop and revise revenue and expenditure estimates and funding priorities.


Working knowledge of:
Mathematics and statistical methods; English grammar and composition.
Thorough knowledge of:
Principles, methods, and procedures of city, county, regional, or statewide planning; visual communication principles and practices; public speaking techniques; environmental, social, economic, and legal issues related to city, regional, or statewide planning and development; land use and design principles and practices; statistical methods and their application to planning and economic development projects; and principles of community organization and citizen involvement.
Skill to:
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; conduct research, analyze and evaluate complex data, and make recommendations; apply appropriate laws, regulations, and codes; write clear and concise reports; prepare and direct the preparation of maps, charts, and other graphic materials; maintain cooperative working relationships with the public and County personnel; coordinate the work of planning professionals; organize and conduct comprehensive research studies utilizing various sources of information; interpret and apply appropriate laws, regulations, and codes.


This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended, some flexibility may be available regarding schedule, dependent on the needs of the Planning & Zoning Division.


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 400,000 citizens.
The mission of the Department of Transportation and Development (DTD) is to assist citizens and businesses in creating vibrant, sustainable communities through innovative and responsive public service.
DTD is responsible for a broad range of county services involving land use planning and permitting, building permits, county code enforcement, solid waste and recycling, road construction and maintenance, surveying, plat approvals, public land corner restoration and dog services. The county’s urban renewal programs also report to DTD.
DTD functions within the framework of Performance Clackamas, a strategic planning and management system based on a process known as Managing for Results (MFR). MFR brings department staff together to improve customer service and to strengthen efforts to treat all customers with dignity and respect. Learn more about the divisions in DTD


Clackamas County only accepts fully completed online applications.
Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.
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.


The following open ended questions will be asked at time of application. Please limit responses to no more than 3-5 paragraphs per question. Responses will be used to help determine the minimum qualifications and responses will be scored on quality and content.
1. Please describe your customer service experience and how it relates to you as a Senior Planner.
2. Please share your experience processing land use applications.
3. Please share your project management experience.

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