Senior Long Range Planner/Economist
|Job at a Glance|
|Job Category||Economic Planning and Development|
|Job Level||Mid II (4-8 years)|
You are invited to continue your career path in professional planning with Washington County’s Department of Land Use and Transportation. This is an exceptional opportunity to perform advanced level work in economics, population and employment forecasting and transportation planning. This is a key position within the Long Range Planning Division and provides technical supervision to professional and technical planning staff, as well as, consultative assistance to land development managers, executive staff, elected officials, and also works in partnership with representatives from state and regional planning agencies.
Washington County and the Portland metropolitan area are nationally recognized as being among the most livable areas in the country. Located on the western edge of Portland, Washington County is the second largest and fastest growing urban county in Oregon, with approximately 540,000 citizens. The community is Oregon’s most ethnically diverse, drawing from Europe, Central and South America, Asia, Indo-China, the Pacific nations and Africa. Residents and institutions alike reflect a global perspective.
Washington County encompasses 727 square miles, with 12 incorporated cities including Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin, along with a large urban unincorporated population. Focused residential and industrial growth has enabled the county to preserve more than 80% of its agricultural and forestlands with the nationally acclaimed Urban Growth Boundary.
The community enjoys excellent schools and a uniquely diverse array of cultural and recreational activities. Only an hour’s drive to ocean beaches, or skiing in the Cascade Mountains and a half-hour to downtown Portland, Washington County enjoys the benefits of a healthy urban and rural environment. Light rail and commuter rail links our cities, and vibrant station area communities are growing up around them.
The county’s developed regions are home to traditional suburban and new-mixed use neighborhoods, electronics leaders such as Intel, IBM and Tektronix, major new biotech (Genentech) and solar energy (Solar World) plants, and world headquarters for both Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Intel’s investment in Washington County exceeds that of any Intel site worldwide. Outside the Urban Growth Boundary, the county transitions to nurseries, wineries and other farm and forest enterprises.
The two recent decades of population growth have prompted various sectors to focus much of their energy and resources on meeting physical infrastructure needs. New and expanded roads, bridges, trails, schools, high-tech manufacturing facilities, hospitals and other “bricks and mortar” projects have helped define this increasingly urban community.
Successful candidates will possess college level training in economics, planning, urban studies, geography, environmental studies, or related fields and advanced level experience in economic and demographic analysis, community or regional planning, or related areas.
Application period: September 7 - September 27, 2013
Pay range is $5,745 - $6,980 monthly. We offer a collaborative culture in which to grow in your profession and a comprehensive benefits package. For a more detailed information on this position and to apply on-line, please visit our Jobs Page at www.co.washington.or.us, or
Washington County Human Resources
155 N. First Ave., Ste. 270
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Equal opportunity employer with commitment to a diverse workforce. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.