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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 professional planning work as well as supervisory and management duties in the long-range section of the planning department.


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

1. Supervise and coordinate work activities of long-range 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 staff. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

2. Manage and maintain comprehensive plan. Involves maintaining department consistency in interpretation; oversee legislative amendment process and review and edit amendment proposals. Requires interpretation of state law, conformation with complex legal requirements of state agency rules and maintaining the plan in compliance with state mandated requirements. Directs updating of plan elements, inventories and special studies.

3. Participate as member of management team; assist in budget preparation and departmental work programming, prepare annual report. Represent department in public presentations, encourage community support, provide sensitive and knowledgeable communication with clients and provides training on state requirements and comprehensive plan provisions.

4. Monitor statewide land use policy development. Brief and assist the planning director in responding to state agency goal and rule amendments. Provide professional review comments promoting a county perspective when analyzing rule amendments.

5. Manage the citizen involvement and city/county coordination programs through support staff. Develop and negotiate intergovernmental agreements.

6. Conduct special studies related to planning issues for the Board of Commissioners both individually and through support staff.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of planning concepts, principles, techniques and practices; considerable knowledge of laws, codes, rules, regulations and ordinances applied to land use planning; considerable knowledge of research methodology and statistical techniques; considerable knowledge of those phase of geography, civil engineering, economics, sociology and architecture which apply to planning; considerable knowledge of and ability to use maps, land use data and other planning materials. Skill in: Conflict resolution; effective work programming. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms to present ideas, concepts, policies and recommendations and interpret and apply pertinent comprehensive plan policy and land development ordinance; 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; supervise support staff; efficiently organize time and meet established deadlines; meet and deal effectively with other employees, Board of Commissioners, other public representatives commissions, committees, advisory councils contractors, engineers and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in planning or a related field and four years experience in city, county or regional planning which includes one year supervisory or project management experience OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, 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.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITIONWork 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. The employee jointly establishes goals, objectives, priorities and standards with the supervisor. 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 procedures; federal, state, county and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; Douglas County Comprehensive Plan, Douglas County Land Use and Development Ordinance; personnel rules. Professional planning expertise and seasoned judgment is necessary in relating both theoretical and practical guidelines to specific problems and selecting, adapting, modifying or recommending appropriate guidelines to achieve desire objectives.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment and may require hearing voice conversations, keyboarding, sitting, standing and walking. Occasional driving is required.

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