Associate Planner
City of Bend, OR - Bend, OR

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The City of Bend is actively recruiting for one (1) Associate Planner. The opportunity is a temporary position (less than one year) within the Community Development department and is not eligible for benefits. The position is non-exempt (hourly, overtime eligible) and is non-represented.

It is required that you submit your application, cover letter and resume no later than the closing date and time specified for this job announcement. In addition, be sure to thoroughly complete the application including all relevant education and experience you possess. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

This professional position performs routine and complex planning activities involving knowledge and understanding of the physical, social and economic concepts underlying planning work. The duties require effective communication with the public, city staff and members of other planning agencies. This position will be assigned to assist the public at the Permit Center, will process planning applications and may represent the city at meetings. Work is performed in accordance with established procedures under the general supervision of the Planning Manager or designee. Assignments will require the exercise of independent judgment and discretion within the latitude appropriate to the position.

Functions, Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification. Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

· Conducts research and prepares technical reports relating to land use, economics, demographics, natural resource, urban design, and other planning fields.

· Prepares and presents written, oral, and visual reports including recommendations to City Council, Planning Commission, interest groups, and citizens regarding planning projects.

· Prepares staff reports on full range of planning issues following accepted practices and procedures, applying judgment and interpretation of subtle aspects of the regulations.

· Assists in developing public land use policy.

· Assists in maintaining and updating the City’s comprehensive plan and implementing ordinances in accordance with adopted policies and state land use law.

· Reviews development applications for conformance with principles of good planning, compatibility with adjacent developments and for compliance with land use regulations.

· Interprets, analyzes and applies the Bend Development Code. Coordinates information with other department/divisions and agencies as required for project management.

· Staffs the Permit Center. Answers questions, supplies and interprets both simple and complex planning related information to the public.

· Investigates complaints of zoning violations; resolves within scope of knowledge and authority.

· Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

· Principles, practices and methodologies of current and long-range planning and state land use laws;

· Techniques of planning research and municipal and regional procedures involved in urban planning, including understanding of the physical, social and economic concepts underlying planning work;

· Customer service principles;

· Research methods;

· Modern office principles and practices;

· City geography; and

· Maps, land use data and other technical material associated with planning

Skill in:

· Interpreting and applying codes, regulations and laws;

· Providing customer service;

· Establishing effective working relationships with staff, other agencies and the public;

· Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with co-workers, supervisor, the general public, etc.;

· Analyzing issues and preparing recommendations based on findings;

· Preparing and maintaining reports and records with accuracy;

· Prioritizing, managing and completing multiple project tasks;

· Ability to comprehend and apply concepts to solve problems;

· Ability to exercise sound, independent judgment

· Conducting research; and

· Using a computer and related software applications

Education, Experience, Certifications and Licenses Required:

Bachelor’s Degree in regional or urban planning and/or closely related field and 3-5 years of professional experience in the planning field are required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements:

· None.