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Senior Planner I, Citywide Plan – Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston, MA


Under direction of the Director of Planning and the Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030, manage, conduct and participate in wide range of research and planning activities related to the Citywide Plan, and lead public engagement and other planning projects as assigned. Engage the community, other constituencies, and public agency departments to solicit input and feedback for recommendations on above referenced tasks.


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

The primary responsibility will be to assist in the development of the Citywide Plan and related public engagement strategies. In this capacity the Senior Planner I will serve as an integral part of the interdepartmental Citywide Plan (“Imagine Boston 2030” or “IB2030”) team, working closely with the Director of Planning, Imagine Boston 2030 Executive Director and Deputy Director, and other BRA and City staff. Specific duties may include developing plan content; acting as liaison to other planning initiatives; engaging BRA planners on IB2030 content; summarizing, synthesizing, and relaying feedback from constituents; responding to requests for information; helping to implement engagement strategies; and representing IB2030 at public events, including events
outside of regular working hours. Once the Citywide Plan is completed and adopted, the Senior Planner I will continue to be involved in implementing and updating the Plan over time. In addition to the Citywide Plan, other responsibilities may include managing or participating in Community Planning initiatives, Zoning Review, and Article 80 Development Review, as described below.

Community Planning

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, manage and produce 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, guidance o work plans, 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

Under the direction from Director of Planning, Deputy Director for Community Planning and Deputy Director for Zoning, 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. 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. Provide technical advice and assistance in the development and preparation of neighborhood rezoning documents to be submitted to the Zoning Commission for approval.

Article 80 Development Review

May participate 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 staff or City officials. Ensure that response to public questions, needs or concerns is prompt and accurate. Prepare and participate in 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. Assist in studies required for comprehensive and master plans in the neighborhoods, including development of innovative goals, strategies, policies, and programs to promote sustainable development. Attend and support Planning Department at meetings and events as assigned. Provide regular updates on workflow and progress on assigned projects to the Executive Director for Citywide Plan. Perform other related duties as required.


Work requires completion of a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning plus 5-10 years of related experience in urban planning or a related field. Work requires ability to solve urban design and zoning problems; to analyze and interpret planning and urban design issues; to communicate clearly in written, verbal and graphic form; and to operate effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team. Excellent written and verbal communications skills are an essential requirement. Interpersonal and facilitation skills to effectively engage the public in dialogue, both in large and small meeting formats. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) and PowerPoint to design, and assemble graphically compelling presentations and reports is highly desirable. Working knowledge of Sketch-up and Geographic Information System (GIS) would be desirable.

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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