Supervising Planner – Open until Filled

City of Portland, Oregon
May 24, 2023
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

This recruitment is Open until Filled, or closing July 17, 2023. Application will be reviewed periodically. The first review of applications will be of any applications received by June 5, 2023.

The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability is seeking a Supervising Planner, which is the supervisory-level classification within the Planner series that reports to the Chief Planner. The Bureau may hire one or more positions from this recruitment to lead various functions including the River, Environmental and Resilience planning function, or Comprehensive and Area Planning (general land use planning), depending on expertise and experience.

The River, Environmental, Resilience Supervising Planner position will manage the work of the River, Environmental and Resilience Unit, which is responsible for researching, developing, and supporting innovative policies and programs to achieve Portland's objectives for natural resource and environmental protection and resilience in both the natural and built environments. This position supervises a team that provides expertise in environmental and natural resource protection and brings a resilience focus to the development of land use plans, policies, and programs; in collaborative efforts with other city bureaus; and in engagement with the public and elected officials.

The Comprehensive and Area Planning Supervising Planner will manage the work of teams engaged in various general land use planning efforts including staff working on area plans and other efforts to update, maintain and implement the Comprehensive Plan.

Supervising Planners are expected to carry out their responsibilities with initiative, independence, and creativity, while exercising sound professional judgement and problem-solving skills.

Example of Role & Responsibilities:

  • Lead and support initiatives that help BPS and the City fulfill the goals of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Portland Plan and the Bureau's 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.
  • Design, research and implement BPS-led projects that support Comprehensive Plan implementation and environmental and natural resource protection in a complex urban environment to advance the simultaneous goals of protecting the environment, accommodating housing and job growth, and advancing equitable economic prosperity.
  • Have experience leading complex long range planning projects and processes and directing the work of staff engaged in these efforts.
  • For the River, Environmental, Resilience position, serve as bureau specialist on environmental and natural resource protection and resilience, providing consultation to various planning project teams on intersecting land use policies, plans and programs.
  • Collaborate with partner agencies to develop multi-agency strategies to maintain the City's compliance with state and federal requirements, including Oregon's Statewide Planning Goals 5 (Natural Resources) and 7 (Natural Hazards), the Endangered Species Act, and the Floodplain Protection Program.
  • Perform various qualitative, quantitative, and geo-spatial analyses of the natural and built environment and natural resources to inform policy development and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain strategic partnerships with public and private stakeholders and coordinate with other bureaus, regional and state agencies.
  • Successfully engage a diverse range of people. A key aspect of the position is proactively addressing disparities in collaboration with community by meaningfully centering community engagement through building relationships with the community and stakeholders, especially with BIPOC communities.
  • Perform supervisory and project management duties including but not limited to supervising, recruiting, hiring, scheduling, assigning work to and evaluating the work of staff and ensuring delivery of work products, adherence to project schedules and procurement of consultant services as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Although not required, you may have: one to three desirable skills/certifications/degrees :

  • Advanced degree or professional certification in urban planning, environmental planning, natural resource management, public administration, or related field.
  • Four (4) or more years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning, urban design and architecture, landscape architecture, environmental planning, natural resource management, geography, or related field including supervisory role.
  • Broad knowledge and experience with Oregon's Statewide Planning Goals and the state and local land use regulatory framework.
  • For the River, Environmental and Resilience position, specialized knowledge of Oregon's Statewide Planning Goals 5 and 7, the Endangered Species Act, or floodplain programs.
  • Experience in a supervisory role.
  • Experience working for a public agency.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English skills.

About the Bureau: The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability develops creative and practical solutions that enhance Portland's livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. We are committed to advancing equity as a means of achieving prosperous, healthy, resilient communities. In collaboration with community partners, we provide; comprehensive land use, neighborhood, housing, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design; policy and technical services to advance green building and a just transition to clean energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; policy to address climate change; policy, projects and outreach related to the Smart City PDX program and are responsible for administering the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund.
BPS values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. We encourage candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. Although not required, BPS encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language to include that information in your resume. BPS offers an excellent benefits package, flexible work schedules and support for training and skills development in a positive, engaging, and creative work environment.
Studies have shown that women, non-binary people, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications listed. BPS considers lived experience and transferrable skills as qualifying unless an item is labeled as required. We are most interested in finding the best candidates for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply.

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal ResponsibilityThese values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, healthcare flexible and/or dependent care spending accounts, fertility counseling and resources, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), including contributions to the PERS IAP plan paid by employer. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits, please click here.

Work Location
Many positions within the City are designated as hybrid, most hybrid employees will be expected to perform at least half of their work in-person. City Council approved a human resources administrative rule in January 2023, HRAR - 4.045, requiring employees, including those who are fully remote and hybrid, to perform work within Oregon or Washington. For more information, click here.

To Qualify

Applicants must meet each of the following minimum qualifications. Submit a cover letter and résumé demonstrating how your education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Experience learning and creating solutions for issues surrounding access, equity, diversity, inclusion, implicit bias and/or institutional racism.
  2. Knowledge of principles of land use planning, environmental planning and urban design standards, practices, and trends.
  3. Ability to supervise and direct the work of a diverse technical staff, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex, large organization/City services.
  4. Knowledge and ability to understand and apply relevant federal, state, and local laws, statutes, codes, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures that pertain to urban planning and design and environmental planning and resource protection.
  5. Experience communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing, providing clear explanations of unfamiliar and complex topics and making them relevant to the audience and to present information, reports, and recommendations clearly and persuasively.
  6. Ability to make independent, logical, and informed decisions within established policies and procedures that influence the daily operations of the unit and work of staff.
  7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, exercising tact and diplomacy, collaborating, and convening diverse internal and external stakeholder such as diverse community organizations, all levels of staff, staff of other divisions and elected officials.

Applicants must also possess:

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their cover letter and résumé, are weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

** PLEASE NOTE : The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline:

  • Job Posting Closes: 07/17/2023 or when filled
  • Applications Reviewed: Periodically every two to three weeks (First review tentatively scheduled for 06/12/2023
  • Eligible List Created: Within a week of the review period
  • Selection Phase Begins: Tentatively late June to early July 2023, thereafter periodically until filled
  • Job Offer: Tentatively July 2023

This is an open until filled recruitment: Open until filled recruitments have multiple review periods and can be open for up to 3 months.
If you apply and are notified you meet minimum qualifications/placed on the eligible list, please do not reapply.

  • Any applications received after being placed on the eligible list will not be reviewed and will be rejected as a duplicate application.
  • If you apply and are notified you do not meet qualifications and the recruitment is still open, you may reapply and update your materials.

**Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice**

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis : Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted .

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.
ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a "language pay differential." This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.
Did you know? The City of Portland has How to Apply Videos and offers How to Apply Classes. If you have questions after watching the videos you are invited to contact the recruiter listed on the announcement or you are invited to attend the Question and Answers session. If you prefer to attend a virtual class, they are also available once a month.

Contact/ Questions?
Tami Larison, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action EmployerClosing Date/Time: 7/17/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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