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Assistant Planning Director – Town of Lexington

Town of Lexington is seeking an Assistant Planning Director to perform a variety of complex technical and professional work in the current and long range planning of the Town, the development of land use, and the implementation of policies and regulations.


  • Coordinate the Planning Department’s transportation planning and programming efforts, including managing the Town Manager’s Transportation Safety Group, co-chairing the parking management working group, and organizing quarterly transportation forums.
  • Participates in long range planning efforts to address issues such as housing, land use, public facilities (i.e. recreation, open space, and schools), center business district studies, and transportation studies.
  • Writes and researches by-laws and regulations. Explains regulations and Department policies to prospective developers, guides through application process, and coordinates their communication with the Town during the application and construction phases.
  • Responds to public inquiries and concerns related to zoning, subdivision, and planning activities of the Planning Board. Communicates frequently with developers, State and Federal agencies, citizen groups, Town officials, other Town departments, and the general public to discuss issues, provide information and technical assistance, and explain regulations and Department policies.
  • Provides staff support for the Planning Board, the Board of Selectmen, and other local committees as necessary. Attends meetings, makes presentations, reports on issues requiring Board consideration, prepares studies and materials, conducts research, and takes follow-up action as directed.
  • Provides technical and administrative support to Town ad hoc and standing committees and groups, as assigned, to ensure informed decision making. Prepares reports of information from planning studies and policy statements for use by public officials and the general public.
  • Creates, updates, and maintains publication content for the Town’s website.
  • May represent the Town in regional planning projects and organizations, as directed by elected officials or the Planning Director. Fosters ongoing relationships with individuals involved in these efforts.
  • May participate in professional development organizations, such as the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors.
  • Performs special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
  • Regular attendance at the workplace is required.


Supervises the work of staff and interns. Assists the Director to determine staff work and staff assignments.


Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning from an accredited college or university and a minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible related planning experience.


Master’s Degree and AICP Certification preferred.


Knowledge of:

o   Principles and practices of urban planning and development.

o   Site planning techniques and methods.

o   Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations related to planning, zoning, and land divisions.

o   Modern office methods, practices, and computer equipment.

o   Current literature, information sources, and research techniques in the field of urban planning.

Ability to:

o   Interpret, explain, and enforce planning and zoning related laws and regulations.

o   Interpret and explain planning and zoning activities to the general public.

o   Read and interpret land development plans.

o   Analyze and compile technical and statistical information, and write technical reports.

o   Operate computer and various software necessary for performing assigned duties.

o   Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and maintain effective working relationships.

o   Effectively handle an environment, which involves close contact with the public, including upset individuals.

David Kucharsky, Planning Director
Town of Lexington
1625 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
Phone: 781-698-4563

Starting Salary Range: $79,167 – $89,480

Link to job posting: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/sites/lexingtonma/files/uploads/asst_dir_of_planning_external_posting_09.18.pdf

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