Chief Planner (Manager III) - EXTENDED CLOSING DATE

  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 13, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Planning and Development
  • Salary: $117,894.00 - $200,408.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Workplaces across Portland, the United States and the world are making tough decisions about how to protect their employees and community from COVID-19. We, too, find ourselves in the middle of this complex situation at the City of Portland. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, all City employees are required to be fully vaccinated, effective October 18, 2021. Proof of full vaccination, or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated (e.g., partially vaccinated however too soon for second dose, etc.) will be required prior to being hired by the City of Portland. The required vaccination is a minimum qualification requirement to be hired by the City of Portland. We understand that some are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious/spiritual reasons. Should you be offered employment with the City of Portland, there is an exception process that provides for an exception and reasonable accommodation based on a qualified medical condition or religious/spiritual reason. Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine ( Exceptions only apply to candidate(s) offered a position; please do not submit at this time)

The City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is seeking a Chief Planner, a key position at BPS and for the city. This position leads the City of Portland's long-range planning team and manages BPS planning programs and staff. The position will advance recently-adopted long-range plans' implementation (the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and 2035 Central City Plan) applying racial equity and climate justice lens. Portland is looking for a Chief Planner who can effectively implement these plans in collaboration with other bureaus and community partners.

Roles & Responsibilities The Chief Planner:
  • Directs the work of the City of Portland's urban planning programs and functions including development and implementation of planning, urban design strategies and equitable community development policies and programs.
  • Convenes and coordinates with other city bureaus to support and implement long-range plans.
  • Represents planning work with City Council, external stakeholders, community organizations and other partners, to build support, understanding and problem-solving approaches. Serves as lead voice and ambassador for planning program.
  • Manages budget and ensures resource development needs are met for the planning program.
  • Supports the Planning and Sustainability Commission.
  • Serves on the Executive Management Team for the bureau.

The ideal candidate has:
  • 10-15 years of senior level planning experience, including supervisory responsibilities.
  • Land use planning experience, including technical understanding about how codes work, apply and are implemented. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, Oregon Land Use Law.
  • Ability to navigate complexities and multi-disciplinary approaches/ intersectionality thinking (e.g., land use planning, racial equity, urban design, climate change and health equity) in planning work.
  • Proven experience managing politically complex land use projects to adoption and implementation.
  • Demonstrated, effective experience working collaboratively with community-based organizations, track record of operationalizing and implementing equity through planning and understanding the need to capacitate partners.
  • Experience managing and building effective teams, implementing change management, setting clear expectations and accountability for managers and staff, and aligning behind a shared vision for staff while creating an operating environment for staff to do their best. Brings vision, passion, integrity, and humility to the work.
  • Relationship oriented, collaborative and has experience building trusting relationships internally and externally.
  • Commitment to transparency and excellent communication skills, both speaking and written. The Chief Planner's voice is critical for the work and must be persuasive and build trust with different audiences - from City Council to other bureaus and community partners.
  • Politically astute and brings experience working directly with elected officials and managing up. This skill set is especially important with a commission form of government.
  • Willingness to commit to this position for the long-term. Portland has clear needs and plans moving forward, and we are looking for a Chief Planner that is ready to implement these long-range plans in the years ahead.

About the Bureau
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability develops creative and practical solutions 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, 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.

City of Portland Core Values:Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These 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, 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.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status. In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location.

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and résumé how their education, training, work experience, and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of the land use planning principles, policies and practices, operational and strategic planning, business communication, public administration, program evaluation, budget preparation and administration and understanding of intersectional opportunities to address and integrate racial equity, climate change, health equity through planning.
  2. Knowledge of relevant state and local land use planning laws, statutes, regulations, and ordinances, and proven experience and ability to analyze, interpret, explain, and apply them. Ability to manage politically complex land use projects to adoption and implementation
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of principles of management, supervision, training, staff development and performance evaluation and experience managing staff.
  4. Knowledge of principals, practices, and methods of change management and the social, political, intergovernmental, and operational issues influencing BPS, including experience working in collaboration with other government partners to achieve shared goals.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; present information, proposals, and recommendations clearly and persuasively in public settings and to different, diverse audiences from community organizations to elected officials.
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and patience, develop trusting relationships, and gain cooperation through discussion and collaboration.
  7. Ability to collaborate and experience with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making; facilitate inclusive participation in programs and activities; communicate cross-culturally.
Applicants Must Also Possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, 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: *Updated*
  • Posting: 10/11/21 - 12/06/21
  • Applications Reviewed: week of 12/06/21
  • Eligible List: week of 12/13/21
  • Selection Phase Begins: week of 12/20/21
  • Job Offer: January/February 2022
**Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice**

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé and a cover letter 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.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your cover letter.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter and résumé 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 11:59 PM on the closing date 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.

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Questions about the application process?
John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 758-2030Closing Date/Time: 12/6/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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