Job Opportunities: Senior Planner – Development Services Planning Department

Salary Range:  $78,497 – $103,297 annually.
Starting salary is $78,497 – $95,504 (depending upon qualifications), plus full benefits package.

Hiring a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. We value, respect, and empower employees as unique individuals with authentic voices and diverse ideas.

The City of Hillsboro’s Planning Department welcomes an experienced Senior Planner to its Development Services Team.  As a Development Services Senior Planner, you will provide your talent and expertise in a variety of land use responsibilities including:

  • Reviewing development projects for residential, mixed use, industrial and commercial uses that can range greatly in scale and size
  • Implementing the City’s updated Comprehensive Plan through development review
  • Researching and processing land use development applications, permit applications, plans, amendments, variances and related documents
  • Community Development Code administration
  • Presenting at public hearings and community meetings

Skills you’ll bring to the table

  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Project coordination and management
  • Solid understanding of state, regional and local planning structure, processes and codes
  • Leading and supporting other staff
  • Preparation of staff reports, ordinances, amendments, and other technical documents and conveyance of complex technical information

Preferred Skills

  • Landscape plan preparation or review and/or experience in inspecting the installation of landscape materials
  • Ability to fluently speak and write in both English and Spanish

General Statement of Duties

The principal function of an employee in this class is to perform advanced journey level professional planning work. Responsibilities, as assigned, include reviewing, researching and processing planning and development applications, plans, amendments, variances, and related documents; conducting transportation and traffic planning; conferring with other divisions, applicants and external agencies to resolve project issues; interpreting and communicating codes, laws and regulations, ensuring compliance with applicable standards; coordinating planning and development projects; providing support and giving presentations to the community and governing groups; preparing code amendments; preparing drawings, plans, studies, reports, and other related documents. Leadworker responsibilities are exercised over related planning support personnel.

Acceptable Experience and Training

Bachelor’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Geography Traffic or Civil Engineering, or related field and five years of municipal planning related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.


Depending on assignment, some positions may require:

  • Valid Driver’s License and safe driving record.

To Apply

Please visit our website to apply online through our link. For an alternative to our online application system you may download and print an application packet.

Employment applications must be completed online or returned by mail, fax or in person by the closing deadline of the position.  Applications received after the filing deadline, by email, or without a resume, cover letter and supplemental questions will not be considered. Resumes will not substitute for the employment application.  Applications may be submitted by fax to meet the application deadline.


City of Hillsboro
150 E Main Street, Second Floor
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
503-615-3459 fax

The closing date for this position is 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 16, 2018.  Qualified minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated based on experience, training and skills presented in the employment application.  Selected applicants will be invited to an interview approximately two weeks after the closing date.  Criminal and civil record checks and reference checks will be conducted on final candidates.  A pre-employment physical examination and drug screening will also be required for safety-sensitive positions.  All applicants will be notified in writing of the final status of their application.  Employment of persons hired by the City will be contingent upon presentation of acceptable documents verifying identity and employment eligibility in the United States.


All salaries, as stated, are based upon current information and are subject to change.  Please carefully consider the following information before applying.  The 72nd Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP).  Public employees hired on or after August 29, 2003 become part of OPSRP, unless membership was previously established in PERS.  Employees who are PERS/OPSRP eligible are subject to a mandatory 6% employee contribution.

For employees hired that are not eligible for PERS/OPSRP, once eligibility is established after working six full-calendar months in a qualifying position (at least 600 hours in a calendar year), you will be subject to a mandatory 6% employee contribution to PERS/OPSRP resulting in a decrease in your “take-home” pay.

Our policy states employees will receive a step increase upon successful completion of a one year probationary period.  Other step increases occur annually thereafter with at least satisfactory performance until the top of the range is reached.  In addition to step increases, cost of living adjustments are considered by City Council on an annual basis.  Again, salary amounts and our compensation policy, as stated, are based upon current information and are subject to change.

Bi-lingual Fluency Program

Employees who can demonstrate the ability to speak both Spanish and English, at a proficiency level determined by a fluency test administered by the City, will receive incentive pay.


The benefits package includes family medical, dental, and vision insurance, VEBA, employee life, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability insurance, retirement (PERS/OPSRP and social security), holidays, vacation, sick leave, voluntary health promotion program, employee assistance program, credit union, and deferred compensation programs.  The current base benefit package employee contribution is $115.00 per month and is subject to change.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Hillsboro is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, domestic partnership, national origin, political affiliation, age, genetic information, mental or physical disability, credit history or source of income.  Applicants who feel their civil rights have been violated at any time during the course of their consideration for employment with the City of Hillsboro should contact the Human Resources Department immediately.  Applicants who consider themselves disabled under federal or state law and desire assistance should contact the Human Resources Department.

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