Associate Regional Planner

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Apply before the closing date of September 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm, Pacific Time. Visit for a complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center.

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. 

Do you enjoy implementing land use policy in the region? Do you have experience working in current planning or permitting with local, state or regional government? Do you have both attention to detail and also the vision to create a more equitable and inclusive 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 an Associate Regional Planner, you will engage with staff from these cities and counties to answer their questions, review local code amendments, collect data and evaluate compliance with Metro’s Urban Growth Management Functional plan. You will conduct annual reporting to ensure equitable land use outcomes for the region. You will provide technical analyses to support urban growth management decisions and coordinate regularly as a Metro representative with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). You will be a liaison to local jurisdictions, providing technical expertise and consultation with local land use planning staff to address concerns related to project impacts and meeting Metro code requirements. To further support local planning efforts, you will administer grant funding through Metro’s 2040 Planning and Development grant program. You will prepare materials and present information to the public, partners, local elected officials and the Metro Council. 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 an Associate Regional Planner you will:

  • Develop and maintain effective relations with the public; represent Metro at public meetings and on local jurisdiction project committees, and facilitate the flow of information between the committees, department leadership and the Metro Council.
  • Brief Metro Councilors and their staff on policy choices.
  • 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.
  • Administer the Metro Boundary annexation process and provide support to Research Center staff related to local annexation requests.
  • Manage 2040 Planning and Development grants for new urban area planning projects in close coordination with Metro’s grant program manager.
  • Review proposed city and county code and plan amendments and produce an annual compliance report.
  • Direct the work of contractors.
  • Manage the production of technical and policy documents; maintain clear standards for quality control and document management.
  • Remain current with innovative planning practices and strategies to support the goals of the 2040 Growth Concept.
  • Respond to questions from city and county land use staff.
  • Make presentations to outside groups, including visiting international delegations and universities and local organizations/schools on Metro’s role in land use and transportation planning for the region.
  • Maintain effective and productive working relationships with partners including city, county and state officials as well as other Metro departments, divisions and staff.

Attributes for success:

  • Able to work independently as part of a small team of planners.
  • Knowledge of relevant state and local land use regulations and planning processes.
  • Ability to understand and interpret local land use code regulations and Oregon Statute language to provide guidance and direction on policy options and land use requirements.
  • Attention to detail and adherence to a consistent interpretation of applicable policies and regulations.
  • Systems thinker with advanced critical thinking and problem solving ability.
  • 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.

Diversity and Inclusion:  At Metro, we’re committed to hiring a workforce representative of the communities we serve, recognizing that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We invest in employees by supporting equitable and inclusive hiring practices, employee policies and training programs.

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 research, analysis, and report writing 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.

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