Planner II

Portland, Oregon
Vancouver, Washington

PLANNER II (Portland and Vancouver)

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