Senior Planner

Employer: City of Eugene
Job Title: Senior Planner
Job Type: Full-Time Regular
Job Number: 02508
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Opening Date: 07/22/2019
Closing Date: Open until filled
Salary: $68,473.59 - $88,566.41 Annually

Job Description: 

The ideal candidate has 8 or more years of experience in the field of long-range planning with a city or planning and design firm. Experience leading public projects and deploying planners and designers with various technical skills is a plus.

Professional qualifications may include AICPcertification, public involvement certification (such as through IAP2), technical analysis skills, writing and analytical skills, and public presentation skills in various settings, including community groups, associations, committees, Planning Commission and City Council. Current projects for the Metro & Community Planning team span a wide variety of planning, public involvement, and design work.

Opportunities for the successful candidate to lead include the in-progress River Road and Santa Clara neighborhood plan, the River Road transit corridor study (large Federal Transit Administration grant), and MovingAhead (investment planning along key corridors with Lane Transit District). Other work the team is currently advancing includes Willamette to Willamette - Connecting Downtown to the River, a Design Consultation program, the Town Square planning, and design project, and the creation of community design handbooks and manuals that complement our land-use regulations. In addition, the Metro & Community planning team collaborates and supports partner teams in pursuit of our community vision of a compact, connected, livable Eugene.

Examples of collaborative initiatives include Downtown Open Spaces - Places for People, the Clear Lake urban expansion area Development Strategy, and Economic Cartography, which visualizes the relationship between density and the financial health of the City.If you are a positive, productive and collaborative individual that enjoys having an impact on the community and thrives in a team environment, this is the opportunity for you!

Duties may include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Establishes and leads Metro & Community planning projects and determines, advocates for and deploys resources.
  • Oversees the City's neighborhood, area, and corridor planning program, supervising technical staff and managing the resources necessary to help realize the community's vision for a beautiful, sustainable and thriving community. Manages projects from inception to completion, including project scoping, research and analysis, public engagement, coordination with city and partner agency staff, plan, code, and policy writing, budget management, and managing the local adoption and approval processes. Manages consultant contracts. 
  • Supervises two to three project staff and coordinates with other planners and designers in a team environment. 
  • Participates in the Metro & Community Planning leadership team with the Senior Planner - Growth Management, Senior Planner – Urban Reserves, and Principal Planner.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience: Five years of progressively responsible professional planning experience.
  • Training: A Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Architecture, Urban Design or related experience. A Master's degree in one of these fields is preferred.

Key Qualifications:

  • Experience working with a diverse team of professionals in environmental sciences, engineering, architecture, planning, GIS, etc
  • Effective written/verbal communication and organization/analytical skills
  • Experience implementing projects funded by state/federal grant programs
  • Experience managing complex multi-year project

Supplemental Information:

License: Valid Oregon driver's license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

Selection Process: Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes.

In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment.


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