Senior City Planner – Urban Design

Job Information

Job Category

Urban Design

Company Name

City of Portland - Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Position Level


Job Description

The Senior City Planner in the Urban Design Studio serves as a Team Leader and is responsible for planning, coordinating, producing, and monitoring activities within the Urban Design Studio. As the City of Portland’s long-range planning bureau, BPS coordinates and leads complex multi-agency projects that shape the Portland’s built environment and the lives of its residents. This position provides urban design expertise, direction, and production support to a variety of teams within BPS, across other city bureaus, and to external partners. These activities are accomplished collaboratively with other members of the Studio and are conducted under the general direction of a Principal Planner. Senior City Planners are expected to carry out their responsibilities with initiative, independence, and creativity, while exercising sound professional judgement and problem-solving skills. As a Senior City Planneryou will:
  • Serve as team lead and coordinate the Urban Design Studio work program in consultation with a Principal Planner. Support the work and success of other members of the Urban Design Studio specifically and BPS planning staff generally.
  • Serve as the urban design subject matter expert within BPS and share that expertise with BPS staff, staff in other bureaus, volunteer commissions, and elected officials.
  • Engage a diverse range of people, geographies, and communities; meaningfully center community members and deploy an equity framework that ensures outcomes are equitable and that underrepresented communities benefit from urban design decisions and investments.
  • Prepare studies, analyses, renderings, models, and other written, verbal, and visual materials addressing a variety of land use and urban design issues.
  • Serve as project manager and/or BPS representative on complex and politically sensitive planning, urban design, and infrastructure projects.
  • Develop policies and recommendations to implement Portland’s Comprehensive Plan, including the development, scheduling, monitoring, and overseeing of work programs.
  • Design and manage projects by identifying problems, establishing methodologies, setting project goals and objectives, and developing work plans and budgets.
  • Lead legislative land use projects, including projects that develop and/or amend area-specific design guidelines and design standards.
  • Coordinate with bureau leadership and elected officials; makes recommendations and presents reports to the Planning Commission, Design Commission, City Council, and other commissions.
  • Meet with technical and design experts, advisors, and consultants to coordinate work and exchange information regarding architecture, planning, and urban design issues, policies, and alternatives.
  • Represent the bureau and participates on committees, subcommittees, advisory groups, workgroups, and other collaborative teams to engage with local and regional urban design issues.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position: Knowledge of and ability to engage with issues related to access, equity, diversity, displacement, inclusion, implicit bias, and institutional racism. Knowledge of theories, principles, standards, practices, and current trends in urban planning. Ability to use urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture principles and practices at a variety of scales to address urban issues. Ability to manage large, complex, and politically sensitive urban design and land use projects and contracts, including setting budgets, managing schedules, and ensuring the quality of work products. Ability to consult with and manage teams, build effective working relationships, resolve conflicts, and build support at all levels of an organization and with diverse stakeholders. Ability to use effective communication skills and produce high-quality visual representations of architectural and spatial information related to land use and urban design. Although not required, you may have one or more of the following: Experience in architectural drafting, drawing, rendering, and/or modeling. Expertise developing, implementing, and/or complying with design standards and/or design guidelines. Familiarity with one or more of the following computer programs: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, SketchUp, and/or Conceptboard. Experience working for a public agency.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$49.71 - $57.52 Hourly

Other Benefits

Health Care (Medical, Vision and Dental) Carrot Fertility Wellness Benefits Life Insurance Short- and Long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. Employee Assistance Plan Flexible Spending Accounts Retirement Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), including contributions to the PERS IAP plan paid by employer Family Medical Leave City Paid Parental Leave

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required



City Planning - Urban Design

Job Location

Location Address

1810 SW 5th Ave
Ste 710
Portland, Oregon

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Sandra Wood


[email protected]

Phone Number

(503) 823-7949