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Senior Planner I – Boston Redevelopment Authority – Boston, MA


Under direction of the Deputy Director for Community Planning, lead, supervise, manage, and assist in development of various aspects of the planning, urban design and zoning process.


*The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.*

Assist in developing objectives and scope of planning and urban design of city initiated projects. Develop and execute appropriate studies and surveys. Research and prepare planning and urban design options. Develop, produce content and manage planning initiatives for specific city neighborhood(s). Meet with representatives of various city and state agencies, community or civic groups, business/commercial organizations and other involved parties to solicit input regarding their needs and concerns. Establish effective working relationships with neighborhood and community groups and organizations. Maintain current knowledge of neighborhood issues, concerns, goals and opportunities. Conduct, convene and participate in community meetings and committee activities and assignments for specific projects both in day and evening hours. Follow through with community and committee involvement; present information; negotiate to achieve consensus while promoting BRA and administration position on various issues. Prepare written summary reports documenting all community and committee activities. Assist in the procurement and management of contractual services, including preparation of solicitation of proposals, consultant selection, and guidance of work plans, the review of work products, and the fulfillment of administration function relating to such contractual services. Analyze submitted reports and planning documents by public agencies, advocacy groups and other involved parties.

Zoning Review

Research, formulate and draft staff recommendations for the Zoning Board of Appeal regarding zoning appeal cases and zoning variances. Solicit information from the appellant, abutters and other members of the community. Research and apply pertinent planning issues. Write and submit recommendations. Maintain and update all relevant documentation. Prepare draft zoning recommendations; provide technical advice and assistance in the development and preparation of neighborhood rezoning documents to be submitted to the Zoning Commission for approval. Work with community advisory groups in preparation of new zoning. Convey and interpret information about current zoning regulations; evaluate impact of proposed changes; assist in achieving consensus and resolving issues. Coordinate and create document for Commission presentation.

Article 80 Development Review

Participate with the Development Review staff in large and small project reviews under Article 80 as assigned. Review Article 80 project’s consistency with zoning and master plan. Coordinate community priorities for discussion on project mitigation and community benefits. Contribute to writing scoping determinations.


Prepare analytical studies, written and graphic presentations of planning and zoning goals, concerns and issues. Prepare briefings for senior Agency or City officials. Ensure that response to public questions, needs or concerns is prompt and accurate. Work closely with the Office of Neighborhood Services on community issues as related to the BRA for planning and development review. Prepare and conduct presentations at community meetings and neighborhood advisory groups. Arrange and conduct evening and daytime public meetings. Participate in evening community meetings to provide for public input. Participate in management of studies required for comprehensive and master plans in the neighborhoods. Acquire and update database information; conduct studies needed for the design and planning of city-initiated projects. Provide regular updates on workflow and progress on assigned projects to the Deputy Director for Community Planning. Acquire and

update database information; conduct studies needed for the design and planning of city-initiated projects. Provide regular updates on workflow and progress on assigned projects to the Deputy Director for Community Planning.

Perform other related duties as required


Work requires completion of a Master’s degree in Urban Planning or related field, plus 5-10 years of progressively responsible related experience in zoning administration and urban planning. Current knowledge of the zoning code, land use and environmental laws and regulations. The ability to research, analyze interpret and make recommendations for resolution of issues is required. Familiarity with physical aspects and historical traditions of Boston’s neighborhoods is an asset. Strong oral, written and graphic skills are an essential requirement. Skills and experience in carrying out urban design analysis is required. Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and PPT to design and assemble graphically compelling presentations and reports is required. Working knowledge of Sketch-up, Geographic Information Services (GIS) would be desirable.


Normal office environment; frequent site visits.


Little exertion; carry and install planning presentation materials such as easels and presentation boards; regular local travel.


Not applicable. GRADE: J HIRING RANGE: $54,000 – $67,500
Submit resume/cover letter to: BRA/EDIC, Human Resources

43 Hawkins Street, Boston, MA 02114

E-Mail: Hr.BRA@Boston.gov

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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