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Regional Planner, Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG)

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG), a Lowell-based regional planning agency, is accepting applications for the position of Regional Planner.  A complete job description and the required minimum qualifications can found on the agency’s website: www.nmcog.org.

Please email cover letter and resume by March 17, 2017 to
bwoods@nmcog.org or send by conventional mail to:  NMCOG, 40 Church Street, Suite 200, Lowell, MA  01852.


Title:  Regional Planner
Category:  Full Time Professional
Supervisor:  The Regional Planner works under the supervision of the Assistant Director and the Executive Director.
Supervisory Responsibilities:  None.

Primary Contracts:  Federal, state, and local contracts focused on providing technical analysis and report writing in the areas of housing. transportation, economic development and land use.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Public Interface and Community Liaison Responsibilities
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to the public, as well as to local, state and federal officials, the business community and advocacy groups.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with local communities, regional, state and federal agencies, advocacy groups, consultants, the business community and the public.
  • Participate in technical committees, advisory committees, working groups and task forces, as appropriate.
  • Interface with the public, and local and state officials relative to technical issues.
  • Represent the agency at meetings.
  1. Technical Responsibilities
  • Provide technical assistance to local communities relative to housing, transportation, economic development and land use.
  • Maintain current knowledge concerning local, state and federal planning requirements, practices, policies and processes.
  • Perform technical research and analysis.
  • Conduct fieldwork needed to achieve project objectives and needs.
  • Prepare technical reports, memoranda and newsletters.
  • Researching best practices and additional funding opportunities.
  • Developing grant applications.
  1. Required Skills
  • Strong technical, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Professionalism and diplomacy
  • Public presentation skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively with community groups and government officials, especially local elected and appointed officials
  • Knowledge of housing analysis, economic development, land use, transportation, sustainable development, and other planning techniques and strategies
  • Computer literacy: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook) and other relevant computer programs and tools
  1. Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in planning or related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Two years of experience in planning or a related field
  • Any combination of education and experience that would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job.
  1. Salary Range:  $50,000 – $65,000, depending on qualifications

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