Douglas County Oregon Government Portal Human Resources
Douglas County Oregon Government Portal
Search Site Map Home Community Links
  Departments Online Information Codes & Policies Employment About  
  HR Homepage
  Position Classifications
  Salary Schedule
  Labor Contracts
  Personnel Rules
  Employee Rights
  Equal Opportunity Information
  Job Opportunities
  Transfer Opportunities
  Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)
Douglas County  3780
6 print friendly

Pay Range GC25


The classifications within this five-level series perform professional planning duties including research, analysis and presentation of data, interpretation of documents, comprehensive plan and land use and development ordinance development, coordination and code enforcement.

This classification performs advanced level management and supervisory duties in the administrative section of the planning department including quality control, policy consistency and direction, work programming and conflict resolution. Incumbent serves as planning director in the absence of the director.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Supervise and coordinate work activities of administrative section staff and operations; offer professional assistance as needed and determine best solution when problems arise. Ensure work is in compliance with appropriate regulations. Assume accountability for work performed within section. Is involved in selection, training and evaluating of employees. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

2. Participate in department level management team; assist in budget preparation and departmental work programming. Identify special projects and delegate to departmental staff.

3. Serve as department land use and development ordinance specialist; maintain, update and interpret the plan; develop and interpret policy.

4. Represent planning director at planning commission and Board of Commissioner meetings serving as professional staff support; serve as primary staff liaison to the planning commission.

5. Meet with the public regarding complaints, problems and requests for complex or sensitive information. Represent the department to the community, cities, county boards and commissions and promote departmental services; interpret state and county regulations.

6. Participate in statewide planning issues including representing the county before state agencies. Provide a county perspective in the development of statewide rules effecting the administration of county planning.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of planning concepts, principles, techniques and practices; thorough knowledge of laws, codes, rules, regulations and ordinances applied to land use planning; considerable knowledge of those phases of geography, civil engineering, economics, sociology and architecture which apply to planning; considerable knowledge of effective administration including public relations, personnel management and fiscal management to develop, implement and evaluate programs; considerable knowledge of and ability to use maps, land use data and other planning materials. Skill in: Conflict resolution; work programming. Ability to: Communication effectively in both oral and written forms to present ideas, concepts, policies and recommendations in a clear and concise manner; conduct research and to compile and analyze data; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, establish new when appropriate, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; supervise support staff; efficiently organize time and meet established deadlines; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, Board of Commissioners, commissions, committees, advisory councils contractors, engineers and the public.

Education experience and training: Bachelor's degree in planning or a related field and five years experience in city, county or regional planning which includes two years of supervisory or management experience OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: Master's degree in planning; knowledge of Oregon law.


Work is performed under the guidance of the planning director. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within department policy and procedure, federal, state, county and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; Douglas County Comprehensive Plan, Douglas County Land Use and Development Ordinance, personnel rules and standard planning practices. Professional planning expertise and seasoned judgment is used in applying these guidelines and employee recommends modifying guidelines or implementing new guidelines to achieve desired goals.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment and may require bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 10 pounds, sitting, standing and walking. Occasional driving is required.

  To submit comments or suggestions
please email the Human Resources department.