Job Opening Announcement

Planner I

Date: May 09, 2022
Due Date: July 11, 2022
Salary: $4,268 - $5,322 per month DOQ

Job Announcement

COMMENTS:  The City of Coos Bay seeks to hire a Planner I for our busy and fast paced Public Works/Community Development Department.  To apply for the position, interested parties should submit a city application, supplemental application, resume, and letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office.  Applications are available from the City Manager’s Office, City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420, by telephone 541-269-8912, or listed under Government, Job Openings on the City’s website  All information must be submitted for the application to be accepted.

This position will be opened until filled.  Please include a valid e-mail address where you can be contacted.  All notifications regarding your status in the selection process will be made via electronic mail. 

The City of Coos Bay is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or any other non-merit factor. This is a union affiliated position. If reasonable accommodation is required to complete the application process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-269-8912 during the hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Provides information to the general public, citizen groups, planning commission, and other political subdivisions concerning the interpretation and application of planning laws and regulations.  Assists with the preparation and update of research reports, plans, maps and charts related to short- and long-range comprehensive planning and community development. Assists in preparation and implementation of grants, impact studies, and ordinances related to the City’s planning function.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the direction of the Community Development Administrator who assigns and oversees projects and procedures. Work programs may be carried out with guidance by the Planner II as authorized by the Community Development Administrator.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of an employee in this class.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK: An employee in this classification may perform any of the following duties as assigned. However, these examples do not include all the specific tasks which an employee may be expected to perform.

  1. Interact with and provide information to developers and the public and others regarding development regulations specific to proposed projects as well as general and technical information pertaining to city and state planning laws.
  2. Coordinate and interact with other city departments to ensure compliance with the Municipal Code related to land use development.
  3. Prepare administrative land use permits with detailed reports explaining and incorporating compliance analysis with the Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan.
  4. Prepare and present staff reports and discretionary permit proposals to the Planning Commission.
  5. Complete land use permit processing steps and requirements consistent with the Zoning Code.
  6. Assist in the development of planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs and regulations with collection and analysis of statistical and other data. 
  7. Assist in resolving citizen and customer issues.
  8. Conduct field evaluations, assessments and land use permitting related inspections.
  9. Represents the City at day and evening meetings of various groups and may speak on behalf of the City’s planning function.
  10. Organize and facilitate with other city staff ongoing public participation in planning matters.
  11. Assist with the administration of the Urban Renewal Building Improvement program.
  12. Assist with the preparation of long-range planning projects and special projects and administration of planning division related requirements such as but not limited to code amendments, special studies, grant administration, business license reviews and others).


KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY: Working knowledge of the methods and techniques of short- and long-range planning. Working knowledge of Oregon land use laws and legal procedures in connection with City planning and zoning. Familiarity with the implementation of zoning ordinances. Working knowledge of techniques and procedures employed in the collection and presentation of data and statistical information.  Ability to use drafting and drawing equipment to prepare maps, graphs, and charts. Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with governmental officials, the general public and department personnel. Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and common software.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in planning, engineering, or any equivalent combination of education and work experience.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Considerable knowledge of planning principles; and demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office. Must have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and others you come in contact with.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED: Personal computer, including word processing; motor vehicle; calculator; phone; copy and fax machine; tape measure.

Physical Demands

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites. Hand- eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear; sit; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate in the field.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:  Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family. 

Hiring Process

GUIDELINES: The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

HIRING PROCESS:  Applicants must complete and submit the required city application packet.  This position will be opened until filled as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application. 


Application Acceptance Period: ................................May 9th – Opened until filled

Review of Applications: ............................................June 6th - 8th  

First Interviews with Selected Candidates: ..............June 15th - 16th

Second Interviews with Selected Candidates: .........June 17th - 20th

Probable Offer of Employment: ................................Week of June 20th   

Projected Start Date: ................................................July 5th