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Development & Public Works
Posting Number: 2017-34
Job Title: Planner- Development
Closing date: 02/05/2018
Closing time: 05:00 PM
 Full benefits, including PERS. *Benefit enrolled employees and dependents have access to a free, on-site health and wellness center. 
Job Class: Management Analyst
Job Hours: 40 hrs/wk; some evening and weekends required
Salary: $47,236- $53,976 (steps 1- 4 on a 9 step scale), depending on qualifications.
 Grade C41 (Contributing level), Exempt, SEIU Represented
       The Development Planner provides professional planning customer service at the City’s development counter, and reviews new commercial, industrial and residential developments, working one on one with citizens and members of the development community.

For more information about Springfield Development and Public Works, check this out:

Position Overview:
The Current Development Division is seeking a contributing level Development Planner who can provide professional front counter planning and zoning customer service, provide professional review of administrative permits and quasi-judicial land use and development applications, and provide technical research skills and information to the public, development professionals and internal customers. Development Planners work as part of the Springfield planning team at all levels at the direction of the Managers and Planning Supervisor.

Summary of Essential Duties:
A contributing level Development Planner is expected to:

•  Responds to counter, phone and internet requests for zoning information, land use application procedures and permit status from the general public, development professionals, land use applicants and other agencies, departments and jurisdictions
•  Reviews Type I Administrative and Type II Quasi-judicial land use applications for compliance with Federal, State and Springfield regulations and writes land use decisions
•  Performs activities providing land use information to the general public, land use applicants, and other agencies and jurisdictions
•  Provides information to City staff that includes zoning, refinement plans, the comprehensive plan, the development process, land divisions, wetlands and other site specific land use information
•  Participates in the gathering, review and professional analysis of basic planning data
•  Reviews and issues ministerial permits over the counter.
•  Analyzes proposed development projects, subdivisions, and partition maps
•  Participates in the preparation of reports, maps, graphics, and plan and policy drafts
•  Contacts various agencies to collect data necessary for special projects
•  Makes recommendations to improve customer relations and related processes and forms

Please see attached Job Addendum for additional information about this position.

Education and Experience:
•  Bachelor’s degree in the field of urban planning, environmental studies, geography, architecture, public policy, management or a field that includes sufficient related planning experience; and the direct experience necessitated by the competency level of the position and classification grade.
•  Contributing Level: 0-2 years of relevant professional planning experience in the public, private or non-profit sector (grade C41)

Any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience may be considered qualifying.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
A contributing level Development Planner is expected to possess knowledge, skills and abilities in:
•  Theory, principles, software and practices of land use planning and zoning
•  Federal, state, local regulations, ordinances and directives that regulate planning
•  Customer Service concepts and procedures
•  Interpreting maps and reading site plans, and drawings/diagrams
•  Utilizing engineering and architectural scales of measurement and other digital tools
•  Evaluating development and land use proposals and applying relevant federal, state and local rules and regulations
•  Technical writing including planning analysis, legal findings and land use conditions of approval

Licenses & Certifications:
•  Valid Oregon Driver’s License at time of appointment

Selection Process:
As a part of our selection process, it will be necessary for candidates to provide the names and email addresses of up to five professional references (including two managers) that can provide information on work performance.  To avoid any delay in the process, we ask candidates to start gathering reference information now (name, email address, contact info and time period you worked together).  Additional information regarding reference checking will be emailed to candidates at a later date through the SkillSurvey Pre-Hire 360 system.

Top candidates will be invited to interview and may be asked to prepare a presentation.  All selection processes will be done in accordance with the Oregon Veteran’s Preference in Public Employment Law.

How to Apply:
The on-line Application and Qualifying Questionnaires must be received electronically prior to the closing date/time listed at the top of this job posting. Please review our Tips for Applying page for more information about how to complete your application materials. The “Apply for this Job” link below will start the application process. You are allowed to upload a copy of your resume and/or cover letter as part of the application, but these two items are not required unless otherwise indicated in the posting. After completing the application, the questionnaire(s) and the voluntary EEOC form follow. The last page of the application process allows you to print your application information if you choose. You are not allowed to review your information after moving to the next page of the process.
Before clicking “Apply for this Job” below, please preview the application and questionnaires (both can be viewed by clicking on the links below).   Once you begin the online application process you will not be able to save your work and return at a later time.  Most applicants prepare their application materials ahead of time using word-processing software and then cut and paste their responses into the online application. The application only allows for four employers as part of your work history. Please use the form (linked below) to include additional work history. Email completed form to HR@springfield-or.gov before the closing date/time of this posting.
Applicants who include a valid email address will receive a system-generated email verifying that the application has been received.  If you do not receive a system-generated email verifying receipt of your application, your application may not be eligible for consideration for this position.  We recommend that you add our email domain (@springfield-or.gov) to your "safe senders" list in your email software to ensure that you receive communication from us.  Please contact us at 541-726-3705 if you have any questions.

Veterans Preference Points:
The City of Springfield recognizes the extensive contributions of men and women who have served in the Armed Services. As a veteran, you may be entitled to preference when seeking employment with city government. If you would like to claim Veteran's Preference points, please submit a completed form (linked below) along with the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date listed at the top of this job posting. You may submit your documents via mail, email, fax or in person (please see form for contact information). If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 541-726-3705 or HR@springfield-or.gov   for more information.

Additional Information and Forms:

•Work History Continuation Form
• Veteran's Preference Form

NOTE: 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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