Planning and Development Supervisor – Urban Forestry Focus (Supervisor I – E)

Website CIty of Portland

Job Appointment:  Full Time
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 7am – 3:30pm, alternate schedule may be available after probation.
Work Location: Hybrid- 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201. Remote work must be performed within Oregon or Washington. For more information, click here.
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Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland’s online portal. You will need to respond to the supplemental questions and attach a resume.

Position Summary:

The City of Portland is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Planning and Development Supervisor with a focus in Urban Forestry.  This role is essential in ensuring the effective application and interpretation of the City of Portland’s Tree Code to private property development and associated public works situations to manage the City’s urban canopy. This position requires skill in working with a variety of people, negotiating complex permitting and regulatory situations, and providing innovative program oversight.  The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership skills, a deep understanding of municipal tree regulations, and the ability to promote workplace diversity and a positive work environment.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Understand, interpret, and apply ISA Best Management Practices and Tree Code regulations to private property development projects.
  • Develop and implement program improvements to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of tree regulatory processes in private development.
  • Research and apply complex codes to develop compliance solutions, working collaboratively with the public, outside agencies, and other relevant parties.
  • Analyze, assess, and generate detailed reports using database software systems to support decision-making and project management.
  • Interact with the public and outside agencies, providing clear and concise information and resolving issues related to tree regulations in private property development.
  • Lead, oversee, and assess the successful performance of staff, fostering a collaborative and productive work environment.
  • Promote workplace diversity and create a positive, inclusive work environment for all employees.
  • Interpret site plans, architectural drawings, and other development-related documents to ensure compliance with city regulations and standards.

About the Bureau:

Portland Permitting and Development is dedicated to ensuring the sustainable and continued growth of the city. We provide comprehensive services related to building permits, land use, inspections, urban forestry, and code enforcement to enhance our urban landscape.

Our mission is to foster a vibrant, safe, and sustainable Portland through effective regulation and support of construction and development activities. We strive to balance growth with environmental stewardship, historic preservation, and community welfare.

Due to the upcoming change in the government structure at the City of Portland, the responsibilities and oversight of certain functions are being realigned. Consequently, the position for which you are applying, though currently listed under Portland Parks and Recreation, will be transferred to Portland Permitting and Development effective July 1st, 2024.

What This Means for You:

  • Current Hiring Process: The hiring process will continue to be managed by Portland Parks and Recreation.
  • Transition: If you are selected for this role, your employment and job responsibilities will transition to Portland Permitting and Development starting July 1st, 2024.
  • Job Duties: The core duties and responsibilities of the position will remain consistent despite the departmental change. You will be provided with comprehensive support to ensure a smooth transition to your new department.

About Portland’s Forest:
Urban Forestry’s mission is to manage and ensure Portland’s urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations. Portland’s urban forest is valued at over $6 billion and comprised of over 1.2 million park trees, 218,000 street trees and 2.9 million private property trees. Portland is a Tree City USA for 45 years, a Tree City of the World, and the Urban Forestry program is accredited by the Urban & Community Forestry Society.

Have a question?
Contact Information:
TroyLynn Craft
Senior Recruiter
 [email protected]

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  • Experience managing a diverse workload that applies the principles, theories, and methods of urban forest management and municipal tree regulation, including tree risk assessment, permitting, and the application of ISA best management practices.
  • Experience as a lead or supervisor practicing employee supervision, including training, scheduling, performance evaluation and promoting a safe, equitable workplace.
  • Experience working independently, exercising initiative and independent judgement to oversee and manage the day-to-day program functions and work of a municipal urban forestry development focused program.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; present information, reports, and recommendations clearly and persuasively; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, staff, and external stakeholders.
  • Experience interpreting site plans for development projects, reviewing arborist reports and the ability to use modern permitting management systems to accurately track data, generate reports, and manage workflow.

Applicant must also possess:

  • ISA Certified Arborist – For more information about this certification click here.
  • ISA TRAQ – required prior to end of probationary period.  For more information about this certification, click here.
  • A valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record.

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