City of Astoria
  • 08-Jun-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • Community Development
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • 57,915 - 70,396 Annually
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits: Health, Vision, Dental, PERS, FSA, Life, LTD, AD&D, Vacation, Personal, Sick Leave & Holiday Pay


This position is responsible for preparing technical reports, memorandums, supporting information, staff reports for various boards, commissions, and community partners pertaining to program areas; conducts research, analyzes, interprets, and packages data for presentations, and develops written reports on assigned projects; does related work as required. Position requires substantial contact with the public.


This position will remain open until filled.


  • Interprets and applies applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations
  • Initiates actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations
  • Assists with updates and maintenance of Development Code, Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations
  • Conducts review of various development applications including plats, permits, site plans, variance requests and re-zonings
  • Conducts extensive research in specific or general project areas
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence to elected official and commission members
  • Evaluates building permits and sign permits for compliance with City codes
  • Serves the public at the counter and over the phone on land development related matters
  • Assists in coordinating the development services program, including interdepartmental review, pre-application conferences, and processing of development review applications from intake to close out.
  • Accepts construction documents and applications, assists public in completing applications, issues permits, collect fees per City Code
  • Receives code complaints, enters into database, generates letters, tracks all action and inaction taken on complaint, coordinates legal counsel, property owners and other members of the public
  • Maintains various records related to planning and building inspection program
  • Prepares presentations and performs public presentations to City Council, Commissions and various committees
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance
  • Maintains a neat and professional appearance and follows dress code protocol where assigned
  • Respectfully takes direction from the supervisor
  • Follows all safety rules and procedures established for various work areas.
  • Follows policies, procedures, and guidelines as described in the City of Astoria Personnel Manual and other documentation related to this position
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Well-developed knowledge of planning principles and practices
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more planning specialization, such as economic development, transportation planning, or environmental planning
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques
  • Knowledge of or experience in community remediation and redevelopment, and knowledge of relevant Federal programs
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, database management, or GIS


  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills to present research findings to various boards and committees
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined practical problems
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions
  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Public Administration or a closely related field with two years of professional planning experience or a bachelor's degree in another area of study and four years of professional planning experience.
  2. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Driver's License within three months of hire; safe driving record.


  1. A member of American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or other professional license or certification.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear; and sit. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials up to 10 pounds.

While the work is primarily sedentary, the employee could be outdoors in all types of weather during site visits; moderate noises (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic).

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

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