Do you enjoy working on a variety of planning, development review, and code update projects that support development of the built environment and preservation of natural and public resources? If so, you might consider applying for the Development Planner/ Senior Planner position with the City of Springfield. This position is long-term limited duration (2-3 years) and will be re-evaluated upon completion of the term.
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The City of Springfield's Development & Public Works Department is seeking a Planner or Senior Planner in the Current Development Division to implement City policies by applying the Springfield Development Code during land use review of planning applications, performing project management for major development projects, and serving the City Council and Planning Commission while carrying out their planning responsibilities.
The City is currently working on a full update of the Springfield Development Code. Current staff has stepped forward to complete this momentous project of guiding City Council and the Development and Public Works Department to successfully merge contemporary political, economic and social trends with the State of Oregons iconic land use laws. As a result, senior-level planner work is still needed in the Current Development Division and this is the hiring preference. However, the City is also willing to give this development opportunity to a planner who may be early in their career.
Examples of Planner Key Responsibilities Include:
Reviews Administrative and 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
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
Examples of Senior Planner Key Responsibilities Include:
Performs activities in current and/or long range planning, to include the processing of land use applications and the preparation of comprehensive planning studies
Conducts research and provides interagency and interdepartmental coordination
Participates in land use administrative and coordination activities
Provides staffing to committees and associations/groups pertaining to planning and community development matters
Presents complex reports with findings and recommendations/ proposals to staff and a variety of audiences including the Planning Commission, City Council and other public and private groups
Participates in the preparation of refinement plans and functional plans
Provides project leadership and may provide lead to assigned staff
Provides comments and recommendations on pending State land use legislation
Please review the attached Job Addendums for a more information.
Education / Experience:
Bachelors degree in the field of urban planning, environmental design, geography, or a field that includes sufficient related planning experience:
0-2 years of relevant professional experience (Planner: Grade C41)
5-8 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience (Senior Planner: Grade C43)
A Masters degree may substitute for some experience.
Any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience may be considered qualifying.
Licenses & Certifications:
Valid Oregon Drivers License at time of appointment
Planner Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Theory, principles, software and practices of land use planning and zoning
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 proposals and applying relevant federal, state and local rules and regulations
Technical writing including planning analysis, legal findings and land use conditions of approval
Senior Planner Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Experience preparing or reviewing all levels of limited land use permits with minimal supervision
Experience leading multi-discipline project teams for major developments
Experience in creating and evaluating zoning and implementation of comprehensive plan policies through code writing, revision and adoption
Specializations in annexation, inventoried resource management or master planning
Selection and Interview Process:
Top candidates will be invited to interview. 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.
All testing and selection processes will be done in accordance with the Oregon Veterans 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.