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Multnomah County - Dept of Community Services

This position is posted as a continuous recruitment, and this recruitment may close at any time.  If you are Interested in this position, we encourage you to apply without delay.


This Work Matters!

Are you passionate about conserving natural resources and guiding land uses to sustain and enhance the communities of Multnomah County?  Are you able to engage with community and regional land use partners in order to protect and preserve natural and build environments while responding to and facilitating change?  Do you uphold high ethical standards and professional integrity to achieve inclusion, diversity, and equity when developing and implementing policies?


If you are a progressive and thoughtful leader with a desire to reflect community values through improving public health and safety, promoting livability, resiliency and sustainability, protecting and preserving the environment, and providing quality government services with a track record to prove it, we invite you to learn more about this exciting opportunity to serve as the next Land Use Planning Director for Multnomah County.


About the Position:

Multnomah County Land Use Planning is seeking a trusted, dedicated, and creative leader to serve as the next director.  The ideal candidate will inspire and motivate staff to fulfill the program’s mission, be comfortable with and competent in working with complex and publicly visible issues involving a variety of stakeholders, demonstrate successful experience partnering with non-profit and private organizations, have strong conflict resolution, problem solving, communication and presentation skills, and a record of success developing collaborative relationships with regional leaders, community organizations, advisory boards and employees.


About Multnomah County Land Use Planning:

Multnomah County Land Use Planning program ensures the preservation and protection of wildlife, streams, scenic views, the Columbia River Gorge, forest lands, and farm and nursery production.  We value sustainability and an eye to the future, and believe that maintaining the quality of life in the rural areas of Multnomah County provides a social benefit that serves those on both sides of the urban growth boundary.


Multnomah County Land Use Planning serves the unincorporated areas of Multnomah County with three primary functions.  Current Planning helps property owners and applicants with their development and land use proposals.  Long Range Planning serves the broader community by creating and updating zoning and codes and the Comprehensive Plan.  The Code Compliance program helps ensure land use rules are followed.


Underlying our work is our commitment to community livability – building trust and empowerment through supporting community planning, engaging in ongoing dialogue, transparency and education to ensure that Multnomah County residents and visitors continue to experience the beauty of Multnomah County and the surrounding areas.


We also offer a generous benefits package!  Please see the end of this posting for more information.


The Ideal Candidate:

The preferred candidate will bring these skills and strengths:

•  Ability to provide leadership, direction and effective implementation to achieve goals and objectives.

•  Confidence in your executive decision-making and direction, and the ability to align and lead internal and external stakeholders and leaders to achieve goals.

•  Thorough knowledge of and ability to effectively apply principles and best practices of administration in the public sector, including methods and techniques used in fiscal administration, project management, program evaluation and strategic planning.

•  Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of people contacted in the course of work; ability to effectively resolve problems and conflicts and/or negotiate solutions to complex and sensitive issues.

•  Ability to effectively identify and respond to the public and elected officials’ issues and concerns with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity.

•  Ability to motivate and lead staff and support countywide and Department of Community Services change initiatives to grow and foster an inclusive and productive workplace.

•  Ability to effectively consider how land use regulations interplay with private property development rights.


And demonstrate these core competencies:

Strategic Planning

•  Creativity and Innovation: Ability to generate new and innovative approaches to problem solving that are effective and responsive.

•  Flexibility: Adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions.

•  Strategic Vision: Ability to translate big-picture vision and goals into plans that are realistic and effective.


Leading People

•  Build Talent Pools: Hire, mentor and develop a qualified, diverse workforce.

•  Results Driven: Measure success by outcomes rather than inputs.  Set high standards of performance.

•  Performance Management: Streamline and remove processes that do not bring value to the customer.

•  Cultural Competency: Ability to develop and maintain working relationships in cross-cultural situations.


Building Coalitions

•  Partnering: Build alliances and collaborate across boundaries to build strategic relationships.

•  Business Acumen: Manage human, financial and information resources strategically.



About Us:

The Department

Multnomah County Land Use Planning is a division of the Department of Community Services.  In addition to Land Use Planning, Multnomah County Department of Community Services is comprised of additional unique and essential government services, including Animal Services, Elections, Transportation (roads and bridges), and Business Services.


The common mission of these diverse lines of business is articulated in this very simple statement: Inclusive community.  Accessible services.


The County

At Multnomah County, our organization’s top priority is to meet the many needs of our residents.  We provide a wide array of essential services, including: health, community justice, roads, elections, libraries, jails, bridges, tax and assessment, marriage licenses, animal services, passports, mental health and addiction services and more.


The county and its departments are governed by our non-partisan, publicly-elected Board of County Commissioners. The board is made up of four commissioners representing their respective districts and the chair of the board, who serves as the chief executive officer for the county.


Our diverse, dynamic workforce is comprised of more than 5,000 employees whose work collectively touches every person who lives, works or does business in Multnomah County.  As an organization, we value a culture of inclusivity, sustainability and innovation.  And we continuously strive to improve the quality of life for county employees and residents alike.


Working for Multnomah County means having the opportunity to make a real difference in the community, no matter what position you hold.


The Area

Multnomah County has a population exceeding 811,000 and a diverse metro area of over 2.35 million.  Although the county’s beautiful and progressive city of Portland has the cultural and recreational opportunities of a large city, it has the heart of a small town.  In addition to Portland, Multnomah County encompasses cities such as Fairview, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Maywood Park, Milwaukie, Troutdale and Wood Village.


Portland is just thirty minutes from the Cascade Mountains, with hiking, world-class ski resorts, camping and fishing.  Travel one hour west to find some of the most dramatic and pristine beaches on the West Coast.  Portland lies in the Marine West Coast climate region, marked by warm, dry summers and rainy but mild winters.  Portland is a foodie’s dream, with regional cuisine featuring microbreweries and micro distilleries, local wine, seafood, and produce; along with one of the country’s largest food cart scenes and the quirky Voodoo Donuts, home of the maple-bacon donut.  Classical music, ballet, and our art museum live comfortably alongside vibrant contemporary art and jazz music scenes.  Portland is a reader’s paradise – our libraries boast the largest circulation in the country and book stores abound.  Sauvie Island, an agricultural and scenic wildlife preserve, has some of the region’s best produce, including Oregon’s famous berries.


Portland has been referred to as one of the most environmentally friendly or “green” cities in the world.  The city and region are noted for strong land-use planning and investment in light rail, supported by Metro, a distinctive regional government.



To Qualify:

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required.  Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant.  For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.


Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

·         Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health, business administration, or related field; AND

·         At least five (5) years of experience as a subject matter expert in land use planning, programs and laws.


Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify.  However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates.  Please clearly explain in your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

·         A Master’s degree is preferred and can substitute for two (2) years of management experience.

·         Five (5) or more years of progressively responsible management experience, having held a leadership role in a substantial and complex government agency, a not-for-profit, or a for-profit corporation that involves leading a diverse staff and management of significant funds is ideal.

·         A record of successfully completing increasingly difficult assignments having significant impact or risk.


*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position.  Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.



Screening and Evaluation:

For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.  We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows.  The selection process is subject to change.


Required Application Packet:

1)  A completed online application.

2)  An uploaded resume covering relevant experience and education.  Please include the following for each employer: name of employer, location, dates of employment, your title, and a summary of your responsibilities, and if applicable, the number of employees under your supervision.

3)  (Optional) An uploaded cover letter that expands on your resume and addresses why you are interested in this opportunity, and provides specific examples to demonstrate how your experience and skills align with the descriptions in the “Overview” section of this job posting, and meet the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.  Please limit your cover letter to no more than two (2) pages.


Note: The application, resume, and cover letter should clearly demonstrate your work experience/skills and how they relate to the descriptions provided in the ‘Overview’ and ‘To Qualify’ sections of this job posting.  Please be thorough, as these materials will be used to determine your eligibility for an interview.


·         When completing the application on Workday as an external candidate through, you will come to a page where you will see the “Resume/CV” section. This is the place where you will need to upload your resume and cover letter by clicking the “Upload” button for EACH document you’d like to upload.  There will be no other prompts for you to upload your resume and cover letter.

·         Do not click the “Submit” button before you upload your documents.



The Selection Process:

●        Initial review of minimum qualifications (expected first review date of applications: 10/14/2019).

●        Evaluation of application materials to identify the most qualified candidates.

●        Consideration of top candidates, which may include phone interviews, panel interviews, and/or additional testing.

●        Professional reference checks.



Additional Information:

Only apply once for this opportunity.


The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, temporary, limited duration, and on-call positions.


Type of Position:  This salaried, non-represented position is not eligible for overtime.


Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  There may be some flexibility with start and end times, and an option for a 9/80 schedule.  This position also occasionally works evenings.


Location:  1600 SE 190th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233


Benefits Package:  Multnomah County provides a generous and comprehensive benefits package.  As the Land Use Planning Director, some of your primary benefits offerings include:

●        Medical and Vision coverage (or monthly $250 Opt-Out Incentive)

●        Dental coverage

●       Basic Life Insurance Plan of your annual salary amount (offered at no cost to you)
●       Short Term Disability Insurance (offered at no cost to you)
●       Long Term Disability Insurance (offered at no cost to you)
●       Trimet Annual Pass (offered at no cost to you) – used on TriMet buses, MAX, Streetcar, Wes, Tram, and C-Tran non-express routes
●       Health Reimbursement Arrangement – Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (offered at no cost to you)
○        County contributes 1% of your salary into your HRA VEBA account

○        Used to reimburse qualifying out-of-pocket medical care costs for yourself, spouse, and qualified dependents
●        Flexible Spending Accounts:

○        Medical Expense Reimbursement Program – used for covered medical, dental, and vision expenses

○        Dependent Care Assistance Program – used for dependent care expenses such as childcare, preschool, afterschool programs, or eldercare

○        Transportation Reimbursement Plan – used for eligible parking and transit commuting expenses

●        Retirement

○        Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):

■         Pension Program – funded by the County and provides a lifetime pension; AND

■         Individual Account Program – the County contributes 6% percent of your salary into your IAP account

○        457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan

●        Supplemental Life Insurance and Long Term Care Insurance

●        Home Loan Program – discounted home loan financing services

●        Childcare Partners – tuition savings on child care services

●        Wellness resources

●        Generous paid leave:

○        Paid Parental Leave – up to 6 weeks

○        Vacation – 112 hours or 14 days (8-hr work days) in first year

○        Sick – 96 hours or 12 days (8-hr work days) per year

○        Holidays – 9 days

○        Floating Holidays – 1 day

☆ Dont forget to tell your interviewer that you heard about this opportunity from the Urban League of Portland ☆