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Assistant Planner

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Multnomah County, Oregon Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 months ago


Imagine a job where you are doing work that will better the livability of our community and provide you an opportunity to develop your skills and experience to build a successful career. Imagine filling a vital role in our organization where you will contribute to the design of happy, healthy rural communities.

Just imagine becoming an Assistant Planner.

You're work will include assisting rural Multnomah County property owners with land-use issues, spending time at the customer service counter helping people meet their needs, explaining zoning regulations, answering questions and processing land use applications, drafting land use findings and assisting with development meetings with applicants. You might also spend time researching federal, state and local policies and regulations, conducting field inspections, reviewing land use applications, and preparing staff reports with finding and conditions of approval. In this entry level position, you will provide support to planners and senior planners while learning to apply professional planning principles.

Careful planning is what contributes to Multnomah County being an attractive place to live and work. It ensures we have a sustainable healthy environment, a vibrant rural economy based on timber and agriculture, beautiful parks and green spaces and accessible transportation choices.

We are passionate about conserving natural resources and guiding land uses to sustain and enhance the communities of Multnomah County. We engage with the community and regional land use partners in order to protect and preserve natural and built environments uniformly and fairly while responding to and facilitating change. Our work is centered on the rural areas of Multnomah County and protecting farm and forest lands.

Come work with us and you will be challenged. You will be encouraged to excel. You will be given the opportunity to build a rewarding career. And you will be proud to be part of the Land Use Planning team. You will become part of a strong organization dedicated to providing outstanding customer service to the community. Can you imagine?

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and

support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Qualify

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, public administration, or related field.

  • Or a combination of relevant education and work experience sufficient to demonstrate the ability to complete the work described.

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • A strong interest in rural land use planning and being in a generalist role

  • Ability to learn and understand the program area subject matter and related laws, regulations, and policies

  • Demonstrated skills in working cooperatively and harmoniously with staff, peers, superiors, community member and special interest groups to gain cooperation and support

  • Ability to make sound decisions based on research and analysis

  • Ability to lead through collaboration, team building, mentoring, and coaching, and model this leadership style for others

  • Ability to work calmly under pressure, demonstrating the ability to think clearly and quickly while mastering multiple tasks

  • Business letter writing and basic report preparation techniques

  • Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation

  • Basic mathematical principles, drafting and graphic techniques

  • Basic legal principles of the planning process

  • Work independently under deadlines

  • Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position. Screening and Evaluation

The Application Packet:

  • A completed online application

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications

  • Most qualified application review

  • Phone screen

  • Panel interview

  • Consideration of top candidates

  • Reference checks

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans' preference for this recruitment. Review our veterans' preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply. The recruiter as listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.

Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice. Additional Information

The eligible list established through this recruitment will be used to fill future full-time, part-time, temporary, on-call and limited duration vacancies.

Type of Position: This hourly, union-represented position is eligible for overtime.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, with some flexibility with start/end times. Option to work a 9/80 schedule.

Location: 1600 SE 190th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233

Note regarding salary placement: New employees and rehires will be paid at the minimum rate in the range for their classification unless a higher rate is approved by the Appointing Authority.


Jessi Rhodes, Recruiter

Department of Community Services
1600 SE 190th Avenue

Portland, OR 97233

Deborah Lee, Recruiting Assistant

Department of Community Services
1600 SE 190th Avenue

Portland, OR 97233

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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Assistant Planner

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Multnomah County, Oregon