Planner I

Date Posted: 11/09/2017
Location: Medford, OR
Employer: City of Medford
Start Date: 01/02/2018
Compensation Range: $44, 510 to $56,808 Annually
Employer Address:
411 W. 8th St.
Medford, OR 97501
Work Description

This recruitment is for two full-time positions in the Planning Department. Planner I reports to the Principal Planner or designated staff, and performs entry level planning activities and duties onsite and in the field. Planner I is the entry-level classification in the four level Planner series. Planner I is distinguished from Planner II in that assigned duties are less complex and technical. The Planner I does not supervise others.

Typical Job Duties:
These duties are a representative example; position assignments may vary depending on the business needs of the department and organization. This position:
•Reviews, analyzes and processes applications for business licenses, building and sign permits, and other minor land use applications.
•Provides frontline counter support to walk-in customers; provides ordinance interpretation and refers customers to appropriate parties to address inquires or for technical assistance.
•Partners with other staff on project review issues and reviews related reports.
•Prepares and presents staff and other reports related to minor planning issues.
•Assists with research for planning policy and procedures, development, or review.
•Assist with the research, solicitation, compliance, and administration of grants and work with inter-departmental teams to solicit new grant funding.
•Assist with administration of the City’s Housing and Community Development Program.
•Participate and/or assist in special projects relating to housing and community development and perform associated research and reporting requirements as assigned.
•Scope of assigned area will depend on departmental and/or citywide operational structure and is at the discretion of the Principal Planner.
•Upholds the values of the organization and has strong customer service orientation.
•Must have the ability to handle job stress and interact effectively with others in the workplace.
•Must be honest and truthful in all tasks and responsibilities.
•Performs other related projects and duties as assigned.
•Demonstrates regular, reliable and punctual attendance.


•Ideally, one (1) to two (2) years of professional planning experience; and
•Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning or an area of study as deemed necessary, ideal, or required and/or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
•Current technical/professional knowledge of complex principles, methods, standards and techniques associated with the scope of work of a recognized profession; such as: •Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Effective and efficient use of computers and software, including Microsoft Office Suite, GIS software, etc.
•Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations concerning planning.
•Possession of licenses and/or certifications associated with the assignment, such as:
•American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred.

How to Apply

To Apply: City of Medford employment application must be completed online via the City’s website by 4:00 p.m. deadline on Friday, December 8, 2017. The City of Medford complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you consider yourself disabled and desire assistance in the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department by telephone: (541) 774-2010 or email:

Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by the Planning Department. Candidates most closely meeting the City’s needs will be referred for interview with final appointment by the City Manager. Selection procedures and time lines subject to change. Those selected must be able to provide proof of legal right to work in this country. Hiring will be subject to a favorable a criminal history background investigation.