Location: Eugene, OR


The City of Eugene Planning & Development Department is accepting applications for a full-time Senior Planner opportunity with the Metro and Community Planning team.

Calling Eugene Home Eugene is located at the southern end of the agriculturally rich Willamette Valley. From here, it is a short jaunt east to the Cascade Mountains, west to the Pacific Ocean, or north to Portland. We’re a small city with unlimited things to do: Downtown Eugene is revitalizing; the Oregon Bach Festival and Eugene Symphony call the Hult Center for the Performing Arts home; you can float the Willamette River and hook a salmon after work in the shadow of downtown; local craft breweries, wineries, and farms are the foundation of the local restaurant scene; the University of Oregon brings arts, culture, and educational opportunities, as well as championship athletic programs; a nationally- recognized transit system helps you move around the city; and our Gold rating as a Walk- and Bicycle-Friendly Community ensures that safe travel options abound!

Known as Track Town USA, the community annually plays host to numerous track and field events at historic Hayward Field, including the IAAF World Championships in 2021. The impact of track and field can be seen beyond the track, with abundant trails coursing through the south hills, along the Willamette River, and through hundreds of acres of city parks. To learn more about Eugene, visit Eugene Cascades and Coast.

About Envision Eugene Envision Eugene is an award-winning, community-wide planning effort to guide the next 20 years of growth in line with community values. During that time, Eugene is estimated to welcome approximately 34,000 new residents. The core values of the community and the project are expressed in the Seven Pillars of Envision Eugene, which include providing housing affordable to all income levels, providing ample economic opportunity to all community members, and promoting a compact urban form connected by efficient transportation options. The project reached a crucial milestone in July 2017 with the Eugene City Council’s approval of the Urban Growth Boundary proposal.

Following City Council action, the Envision Eugene team is working on a wide range of projects needed to implement the breadth of the community vision. Implementation of the plan makes up a major portion of the Planning Division’s work program for many years to come. For more information, see our webpage Envision Eugene.

About the Position The Senior Planner position is a leadership opportunity in the areas of neighborhood and corridor planning. Our team values inclusive and equitable public involvement, and planning projects that contribute to Eugene’s accessibility, livability, and long term sustainability. This leader will oversee program areas related to how our city looks, feels, and functions for all community members into the future, consistent with Envision Eugene values and implementation priorities.

The ideal candidate has 8 or more years of experience in the field of long range planning with a city or planning and design firm. Experience leading public projects and deploying planners and designers with various technical skills is a plus. Professional qualifications may include AICP certification, public involvement certification (such as through IAP2), technical analysis skills, writing and analytical skills, and public presentation skills in various settings, including community groups, associations, committees, Planning Commission and City Council.

Current projects for the Metro & Community Planning team span a wide variety of planning, public involvement, and design work. Opportunities for the successful candidate to lead include the in progress River Road and Santa Clara neighborhood plan, the River Road transit corridor study (large Federal Transit Administration grant), and MovingAhead (investment planning along key corridors with Lane Transit District). Other work the team is currently advancing includes Willamette to Willamette - Connecting Downtown to the River, a Design Consultation program, the Town Square planning and design project, and the creation of community design handbooks and manuals that complement our land use regulations.

In addition, the Metro & Community planning team collaborates and supports partner teams in pursuit of our community vision of a compact, connected, livable Eugene. Examples of collaborative initiatives include Downtown Open Spaces - Places for People, the Clear Lake urban expansion area Development Strategy, and Economic Cartography, which visualizes the relationship between density and the financial health of the City.

If you are a positive, productive and collaborative individual that enjoys having a positive impact on the community and thrives in a team environment, this is the opportunity for you!


  • Eight years of progressively responsible professional planning experience.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, or Urban Design.
  • A Master’s degree is desired.
  • Experience working with a diverse team of professionals in environmental sciences, engineering, architecture, planning, GIS, etc.
  • Effective written/verbal communication and organization/analytical skills.
  • Experience implementing projects funded by state/federal grant programs.
  • Experience managing complex multi-year projects.

Application:Please complete an online application and attach a current resume and letter of interest. ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY. www. Position open until filled.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary Range: $68,473.60 - $88,566.40 Annually
  • 4 weeks vacation
  • Upon eligibility, the City will contribute an employee contribution of 6%, as well as the employer contribution, to a retirement program administered by the Oregon Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).
  • The City will pay a 3% contribution to a deferred compensation program if the employee contributes at least 1%.
  • Comprehensive health, dental, vision, alternative care, and wellness benefits!
  • Bus pass and bike share membership