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City Planner, City of Easthampton, MA

SALARY:  $29.70- $37.63/HOUR

Issued: 11/21/2017
Closing Date: 01/08/2018


Technical and administrative work providing information, organizing, and coordinating the programs and decisions that shape both the short-range and long-range plans of the community; all other related work as required.


Works under the administrative direction of the Mayor.  Generally establishes own work plan and priorities in accordance with established plans, policies and standards; only unusual cases are referred to supervisor.

Exercises considerable independent judgment in rendering professional advice to a variety of city boards and commissions.  Duties involve the significant interaction with the public in the performance of specialized procedures requiring the exercise of technical expertise in applying standard professional techniques.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises department staff.

Work Environment

Work is performed under typical office conditions; some work is conducted in the field with exposure to various weather conditions.  Required to attend frequent evening meetings with various city boards and committees.

The employee operates standard office equipment and an automobile.

The employee has frequent contact with general public, city departments, boards, and committees, as well as regional and state agencies.  Contact is by telephone, correspondence, and in person and requires excellent public relations skills.

The employee is often called upon to assess ideas and information in relation to the established plans, policies and standards of the community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinates planning and land use activities for the city.

Responsible for the management and oversight of job-related projects and activities.

Provides support services for various city and regional boards and commissions, including the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Economic Development and Industrial Commission, Housing Partnership, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and others; attends board and commission meetings; may serve as a member of various boards.

With the building inspector, assists landowners, developers, and other interested parties seeking interpretations of zoning and land use regulations; provides technical assistance to city departments in planning matters.

Provides technical assistance to boards, commissions and citizens; reviews applications submitted to the Planning Board for technical accuracy and provides comments and recommendations.

Plans and develops comprehensive approaches to economic development, implements policies, programs, and studies based on the assessment of current best practices while evaluating current conditions to support new business growth in Easthampton.

Identifies issues that arise among the business community, and assists in troubleshooting both individually and through planning systematic changes and other programs as needed to implement the City’s economic development goals, including identifying funding and other resources needed for their execution.

Provides assistance to businesses and the EDIC in the area of economic development.  Coordinates with Assistant Planner on this assistance.

Prepares applications for and oversees grants in community development, open space, housing, and economic development; may manage grants received.

Assists the Planning Board in implementing the city’s planning program; works with the Planning Board to identify community goals and identify resources to achieve objectives; develops, drafts or researches new or updated land use and development tools; assists in the implementation and update of a comprehensive community plan and vision.

Performs similar or related work as required or as situation dictates.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in planning or a related field; three years of experience in land use planning, economic development or a related field; municipal experience preferred; Master’s Degree in planning desirable; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator’s license.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, zoning, and related state and local land use legislation, procedures, codes and standards.  Knowledge of GIS preferred.

Ability to interpret regulations accurately.  Ability to conduct independent research and to analyze and interpret results.  Ability to plan, organize and direct the preparation of comprehensive research studies, analyze problems, prepare reports and formulate recommendations concerning planning and community development.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, local officials and the general public.

Written and oral communication skills.  Supervisory skills.  Excellent planning and organizational skills.

Physical Requirements

Minimal physical effort is generally required to perform administrative duties; moderate physical effort is required to perform field work.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk, listen, and use hands to operate equipment.  The employee is occasionally required to lift and move objects weighing up to 10 pounds.  Vision requirements include the ability to read routine and complex documents and the ability to operate a motor vehicle.

To Apply:

Applicants who wish to be considered for this position may do so by submitting an application to:  Personnel Department, Easthampton Municipal Building, 50 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA  01027 on or before the above closing date.


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