Senior Plans Examiner - City of Portland, Oregon

December 14, 2017

City of Portland, Oregon

Portland , Oregon 97201

Bring your talent to the City of Portland as a

Senior Plans Examiner

  • Salary: $37.75 - $43.70 Hourly
  • Open for Application – Apply Now
  • Recruitment Closes: Monday December 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM Pacific

The Bureau of Development Services' mission is to promote safety, livability, and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.  Find out more

About Our Job

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is seeking a Senior Plans Examiner to join our team. In this exciting new role, you will provide direction and support to plan examiners in the Plan Review Division of the Bureau of Development Services.

As our new Senior Plans Examiner, you will:

  • Work to ensure that plan reviews move forward in a timely, high quality and consistent manner by working with plans examiners on plans received or over-the-counter.
  • Provide advice and assistance in the resolution of plan review issues and conflicts that may occur between applicants and plan review staff.
  • Act as liaison to other work groups within and outside of the Bureau of Development Services to help improve the development review process. 
  • Meet the bureau's expectations of providing excellent customer service in an equitable manner to meet the growing needs of the City of Portland's diverse community. 
  • Bilingual/Bicultural candidates are encouraged to apply.

We currently have one vacancy in the Bureau of Development Services. The eligible list generated from this recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies in the Bureau of Development Service (BDS).

To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer Optional Information Sessions that will provide you with details about this position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job, but attending may help you with the application process. You are welcome to join us for one of these optional sessions:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


1900 Building, 5th floor - Conf. Room 5a

(1900 SW 4th Ave. Portland, Oregon)

Participate Remotely? For instructions on how to participate via Skype, please contact Aleta at or (503) 823-5321 no later than 2:00 p.m. (PST) two business days prior to the informational session date.


Ideal Candidate Profile

A competitive candidate for the position of Senior Plans Examiner will possess the qualifications/competencies identified in the Position Description above and the knowledge, skills and abilities in this Ideal Candidate Profile. Please be sure to provide sufficient information in your responses to the supplemental questions and your resume to display to our subject matter experts the extent of your qualifications.

To qualify the candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of and experience applying the principles and practices of effective leadership.
  2. Ability and experience scheduling and assigning work, training and directing staff.
  3. Skill and experience understanding and explaining technical information, code requirements, City policies and review processes by oral, written and graphic means.
  4. Knowledge of and experience with Oregon Structural Specialty Code and Oregon Residential Specialty Code and current construction practices.

Applicants must also possess:

  • A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record; AND
  • A State of Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) within 60 days of appointment; AND
  • A State of Oregon A-Level Plans Examiner Certification or an ICC certification as a Building Plans Examiner; AND
  • A State of Oregon One and Two-Family Dwelling Plans Examiner Certification or an ICC certification as a Residential Building Inspector or Residential Plans Examiner; AND
  • A State of Oregon Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner Certifications or an ICC certification as a Fire Plans Examiner.

Desired Qualifications

  • Two years of inspection experience working for a jurisdiction and registration as a registered Oregon architect or certified Oregon professional engineer; OR
  • A bachelor or master's degree in architecture or engineering; and Completion of an Oregon Building Codes Division approved course.

Applicants must submit a professional resume at the City of Portland Employment Center online, as well as answer several supplemental questions, which are specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified above.