Associate Regional Planner

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Apply at before the closing date of November 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm, Pacific Time.

Metro is dedicated to shaping a better future for the greater Portland region. The work the people of Metro do every day benefits the lives of the people who live here, today and tomorrow. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits program. Learn more about the benefits Metro offers.

Are you interested in how our region grows and enjoy creative problem-solving? Do you enjoy research and analysis? Can you find creative ways to make technical information clear and understandable? Do you have the vision to help us create a more equitable, inclusive and climate-friendly region?

Metro serves more than 1.5 million people in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. The agency’s boundary encompasses Portland, Oregon and 23 other cities. As a regional planner, you will engage with staff from these cities and counties and non-government organizations to implement planning around the region to support Metro’s 2040 Growth Concept. Together with a small team of planners, you will develop policy recommendations based on technical analysis and prepare presentation materials. You will play an important role in explaining to community members, elected officials and others the reasons for long-range, regional planning and the benefits of Metro’s land use policies. You will regularly present information to the public, partners, local elected officials and the Metro Council. With the planners in the team, you will move our region toward more equitable outcomes, more inclusive decision-making and focus policy on curbing climate change. To further support regional planning efforts, engagement and implementation, you will administer grant funding through Metro’s 2040 Planning and Development grant program to support equitable development and community engagement inside identified centers and corridors around the region. This position is supervised by the Urban Policy and Development Manager. It is part of the Urban Policy and Development Group in the Equitable Development and Investments Program of the Planning, Development and Research Department.
 As a regional planner you will:

  • Prepare technical planning and administrative reports or special studies in support of Metro’s mandated land use planning responsibilities and authorities including management of the Urban Growth Boundary, regional housing and jobs analysis and updates to the 2040 growth concept.
  • Provide organizational support, research and materials for committees and/or Metro Council; develop reports as requested.
  • Convey complex technical information and analysis to elected officials and the public with plain language and clear graphics.
  • Maintain effective and productive working relationships with partners including city, county and state officials, community leaders and community-based organizations as well as other Metro departments, divisions and staff.
  • Manage 2040 Planning and Development grants for equitable development and community engagement projects in close coordination with Metro’s grant program manager.
  • Manage the production of technical and policy documents; maintain clear standards for quality control and document management.
  • Represent Metro at public meetings and on local jurisdiction project committees.
  • Remain current with innovative planning practices and strategies to support the goals of the 2040 Growth Concept and Metro’s Strategic Plan to Advance Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Climate Smart Strategy.
  • Prepare work programs for consultant contracts and manage consultant contracts. Develop and manage contracts, proposals for consultant work, bid formulations and selection.
  • Make presentations to outside groups, including visiting international delegations and universities and local organizations/schools on Metro’s role in land use planning for the region.

Attributes for success:

  • Able to work independently in a small team of planners.
  • Strong communication skills; making technical information accessible and easy to understand in a variety of mediums including graphics, maps, narrative and presentations.
  • Knowledge of planning processes.
  • Systems thinker with advanced critical thinking and problem-solving ability.
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders from across the region on land use policy issues.
  • Ability to work effectively with other agencies and jurisdiction staff.
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with key stakeholder groups and to navigate the needs of various stakeholders and find equitable consensus around shared outcomes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state and local regulations.
  • Knowledge of an ability to use a computer and relevant software.

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 in your application materials on how your background is relevant.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years relevant experience including urban planning or public administration AND
  • Bachelor’s degree in the area of assignment or a related field OR
  • Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the classification duties and responsibilities

If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Like to have:  
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. 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.

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience with mapping or producing information graphics to display complex analysis.
  • Experience presenting to Councils, boards, commissions, and other advocacy groups and communities.
  • Experience engaging with communities of color and others from diverse backgrounds either through personal experiences and/or project work.
  • Possessing racial and social equity competencies exhibiting a working knowledge of and demonstrated experience in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in planning.

Based on the Oregon Pay Equity Act requirements, Metro’s internal equity review process, and the candidates’ qualifications, the appointment will typically be made between $73,132.80 – $84,739.20. The full-salary range for this position is $73,132.80 – $98,092.80 annually.

This position is not eligible for overtime and is represented by AFSME 3580. It is classified as an Associate Regional Planner. (Download PDF reader) Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.
The application packet: The application packet consists of the following documents. Please ensure that you upload these documents in your online application. Make sure your application is complete, missing any part of these items could result in an incomplete application and will not be moved forward in the recruitment.

  • A completed online application
  • Cover letter that includes responses to the following:
    • Tell use your perspective on Metro’s 2040 Growth Concept. How would you like to see the concept evolve in the future and how are you uniquely positioned to help take it there?
    • Describe an example of your ability to build partnerships among diverse stakeholders to achieve agreement on a planning effort.
    • Share a time when you communicated a complicated piece of information, how did you make the information easy to understand? What tools did you use? If possible, include an example presentation of technical information you made easier to understand. (max 2 pages of sample materials)

Recruiter: Iyali Osuna