The City of Beaverton, recognized as one of the 100 best places to live in America, is seeking a dynamic, experienced manager to lead the activities and staff of the Current Planning section of the Planning Division as well as conduct complex planning projects and programs. The city is looking for an experienced problem solver who will help lead the Planning Division in delivering excellent customer service and assist the city and its customers with a variety of complex development projects — from vertical mixed-use infill to greenfield subdivisions to industrial park redevelopment. The position will lead the Current Planning team (consisting of 8 staff) and will be responsible for overall management of the Current Planning workload. The Current Planning Manager will also work closely with the Planning Division Manager and Long-Range Planning Manager as one third of the Planning Division’s leadership team. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, dynamic planner with a track record of excellent communication with staff, community members, and policymakers; a commitment to meaningful public involvement; and the ability to formulate elegant, sensible solutions to complex challenges. In addition to managing the current planning team and guiding projects through the development review process, the Current Planning Manager will lead an evaluation of the Beaverton Development Code to identify an appropriate approach to bringing this important document in line with city goals to facilitate mixed-use development and infill that features quality design. The Current Planning Manager will also collaborate with the Planning Division leadership team to launch a series of small, focused studies to allow for the creation of tailored regulations that address the unique opportunities and challenges associated with distinct areas, such as the downtown, suburban office parks, major corridors, and transit-oriented neighborhoods; and participate in an effort to improve the development review process and transition to electronic plan review. The person in this position needs advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning, legal standards and procedures affecting land use planning, extensive experience in administering Development Codes and reviewing of complex land use applications. Knowledge of Oregon State regulations and legislation and the Metro Code and Titles are required. Ability to work with computers and associated software packages, effectively make oral presentations, write clear and concise reports, and work effectively with co-workers, public officials and the general public is essential.
•Provide direction and set a personal example for excellent customer service;
•Administer the city’s Development Code;
•Develop, review, approve and implement division work plans, services, policies, procedures and reports;
•Provide clear and effective verbal, written, and graphic communication addressing a wide audience on complicated land use issues;
•Possess strong interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of people;
•Have the ability to carry multiple complex projects at one time and to calmly handle stress.
•Supervise, mentor, and motivate staff;
•Exhibit leadership to staff, work teams and fellow employees;
•Regularly attend meetings and public hearings, some of which are outside regular working hours;
•Use a computer and compose materials for publication related to land use issues and applications;
•Support and respect diversity in the workplace; and
•Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate is:
•Passionate about the public realm and the role of the built environment in shaping communities;
•A professional with a broad perspective and significant experience in policy development, including one or more of the following: Urban Design, Affordable Housing, Sustainability and Resiliency, or Economic Development;
•A professional who delivers high quality, with a keen sense for design – in visual communication, site planning, and buildings;
•A problem solver who is able to understand both the “big picture” and master technical details;
•Attuned to political dynamics and astute in developing and maintaining strong intergovernmental and professional relationships;
•Experienced in working closely with developers and negotiating solutions that reflect the priorities of the city while recognizing the constraints of the development process;
•Committed to improving the customer’s experience with the city’s planning department.
•Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography, public administration, architecture or related field.
•Six years’ progressively responsible experience in city, county, or regional planning, including two years in a supervisory or lead role.
•Master’s degree with four years’ experience (including two years in a supervisory or lead role) as described above would also be acceptable.
•Valid driver’s license and the ability to meet city driving standards.
•Ability to pass reference and background check.
•American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certificate.
•Experience in developing and implementing urban design regulations.