Senior Planner

City of Eugene

Eugene, OR United States

The City of Eugene Planning & Development Department is accepting applications for a full-time Senior Planner opportunity with the Land Use team in the Building and Permit Services Division. We are looking for an experienced problem solver who will deliver excellent customer service and assist the City and community with implementation of the City’s land use code and adopted plans in a manner consistent with the community’s vision. In addition to serving as project manager in the review of complex development proposals/land use applications, this position includes managing current planning staff and projects, and working to continually evolve our services (including customer service, communications, technology and processes) and serving as lead on efforts to bring the City's land use code into better alignment with the community's vision.

Many aspects of the position will involve working closely with the public, ranging from general inquiries to facilitating meetings with development professionals, neighborhood representatives, committees and other interest groups. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, team oriented and public service minded with a track record of excellent communication; a commitment to meaningful public involvement; and the ability to formulate elegant, sensible solutions to complex challenges. Our work environment is dynamic, fun and flexible, and relies on strong ties and collaboration with other work groups, agencies and community members. A successful candidate for this role will have strong current planning experience and a firm commitment to implementation that supports the community’s vision.


  • Implement the city’s land use code and adopted land use plans consistent with the community’s vision; Lead efforts to amend the land use code consistent with community vision;
  • Supervise, mentor and motivate staff;
  • Provide direction and set a personal example for excellent customer service; Organize and manage complex tasks or projects to completion, including creatively negotiating barriers, within a fixed time frame;
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of people;
  • Clearly and confidently organize and present information and conduct meetings; Manage multiple complex projects at one time; • Model leadership to staff, work teams and fellow employees;
  • Review and process complex land use applications and development proposals and comprehensive plan amendments; Regularly attend meetings and public hearings, some of which are outside regular working hours;
  • Work well independently and within a dynamic team environment.
  • Perform related and other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in urban and regional planning, architecture, or a closely related field; AND, five years of increasingly responsible professional urban planning experience. Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

The City of Eugene has a Council-Manager form of government. In this form of government, the city council develops legislation and policies to direct the City. The city manager, hired by the city council, provides administrative direction to the organization, oversees City of Eugene personnel and operations, and carries out the city council's direction. The City of Eugene has over 1,500 employees and a $840 million total budget. The City of Eugene is a service-oriented and welcoming organization that provides services through six departments: Central Services, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Police, Public Works, Planning and Development, and Library, Recreation and Cultural Services. The State of the City video shows how the city is meeting new challenges, learning from one another, building connections, and celebrating our city. The City of Eugene encourages our employees to bring their true selves to work with the knowledge that they are valued and protected. We embrace all of the identities and cultural legacies that our employees represent and strive to be an inclusionary and safe place to work. At the City, we learn and grow best as a team of individuals unafraid to use their unique voices to propel us to meet our goals as we serve our community today and into the future.

As an organization we are focusing on six Core Competencies for employees:

  • Trust & confidence – Making our intent and actions be transparent and honest while fostering healthy, inclusive relationships, actively listening and maintaining open communications, delivering on our promises, investing in other’s success, and engaging each other and the community
  • Creative work environment – Exploring meaningful new ideas and relationships to foster innovation and encourage collaboration and creativity. Challenging the standard method of doing business in a positive environment.
  • Now & later perspective – Looking beyond day to day challenges to better anticipate the future and adjust t change.
  • Respectful & inclusive work environment – Seeking out a wide range of voices and making each other feel respected and included.
  • Self-awareness & emotional intelligence – Learning to recognize and understand our own emotions and the emotions of others and recognizing our individual strengths and weakness to raise self-awareness so we can perform better.
  • Wellbeing - We take care of ourselves and each other.

Applications will be accepted until January 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm PST. Visit our website at to apply.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$71,656.00-$92,684.80 annually

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