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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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BDS Career Opportunities

This is a very exciting and dynamic time for the bureau!  In 2014, the bureau hired 49 employees.* In addition, 18 BDS employees were promoted, and 24 transferred internally to new positions within the bureau. That’s a lot of growth and change, which is helping the bureau meet increases in workload and service level needs.

Additionally, hiring processes are already well underway to fill 44 additional BDS vacancies. Of those vacancies, 22 are positions that were approved in the 2014 Fall Budget Monitoring Process (BuMP). All of the hiring processes are in various states of completion, from the interview stage to the final background phase just prior to job offers. 

In January 2015, BDS recruited for an Associate Planner, Structural Engineer, Management Analyst, and Assistant Business Systems Analyst. Additional career opportunities will arise as employees retire or change jobs.

City recruitments are posted Monday mornings on the City’s Online Career Center. Each BDS job announcement always lists two Optional Information Sessions designed to help applicants learn more about the job and about the City’s application process. Persons interested in applying for a position with BDS are strongly encouraged to attend one of the optional sessions listed in the recruitment. 

Additionally, the City’s Bureau of Human Resources (BHR) offers one-hour sessions that also provide helpful information about how to apply for City jobs.  Dates and times for the next BHR sessions are here:

To learn more about BDS jobs, qualifications, or other BDS career information, please contact: Adrienne Edwards in the bureau’s Administrative Services Division. Adrienne can provide an overview of BDS careers and also upcoming recruitments; she can also connect you with appropriate staff who can provide information about specific BDS jobs. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the Bureau of Development Services for more information. Adrienne Edwards can be reached at: or (503) 823-4163.

*This figure of 49 new employees includes new hires, recalls, positions converted from temporary or limited to regular, and hires from other City bureaus; it does not include Community Services Aides (CSAs), returning retirees, or other temporary positions.