Planner II

Portland, Oregon

PLANNER II (Portland office)

We appreciate your interest in Mackenzie! Due to an expanding project base, we are looking for qualified and motivated individuals for full-time Urban and Land Use Planner positions.

Mackenzie is a regional design firm with offices in Portland Oregon and Vancouver and Seattle Washington. Project types include site development and site selection services; economic analysis; policy planning; zoning and comprehensive plan development; subarea planning to support community growth and economic development; and due diligence/entitlement for institutional, commercial office, retail, mixed use, and industrial development projects. This position requires the ability to address multiple concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced and collaborative work environment. We have a vibrant and active corporate culture that supports employee growth and rewards high performing employees.

Mackenzie is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, geography, public policy, economics, or related field and minimum of 5 years of demonstrated work experience in the field
  • Extensive experience in the following areas:
    • Oregon and Washington zoning, building, environmental/natural resources, transportation, and related development codes and land use laws.
    • Oregon and Washington land use and entitlement approval processes and procedures
    • Market elements of real estate
    • Preparing land use application packages and procedural requirements for land use approvals
  • Technical experience and proficiency in application and use of ArcMap GIS
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively work with clients, firm staff, and agency personnel

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Project management including marketing, budget/schedule, execution, and follow up with appropriate agencies and project personnel
  • Preparation and participation in project presentations, including public hearings, neighborhood meetings, and pre-application conferences, as well as special reports, master plans, and entitlement applications
  • Interaction with public agencies in support of land use applications and building permits; assistance with other permitting duties as assigned
  • Investigation/research of zoning, demographic and market research, market surveys, property/site information, and other due diligence tasks
  • Supervision/coordination of company’s permitting services
  • Oversight and mentoring junior staff regarding zoning, property information, and related materials
  • Assistance in planning aspects of all project types and preparation of land use strategy and recommendations, including multi-discipline projects and coordination with other in-house disciplines and outside consultants
  • Efficiency, productivity, and quality control in area of responsibility
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