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Associate Planner – CMRPC

The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) seeks candidates for the full-time (37.5 hours/week) position of Associate Planner within the agency’s Regional Collaboration and Community Planning Department.  S/he will work with a variety of community planning and development projects. The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with an opportunity for growth.


CMRPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in Worcester, the Blackstone Valley and Central Massachusetts.  Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the region. We work toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.  CMRPC’s office includes approximately 35 full-time employees located in the Worcester Central Business District in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office, LEED certified building.  Free parking is provided in the attached garage. For further detail on CMRPC please visit www.cmrpc.org

Typical Duties

This is a writing-intensive position in which the Associate Planner will draft and ensure the completeness of planning documents, scopes of services, grant applications, budgets, and procurement documents.  Additionally, this position requires the ability to compile and analyze a wide variety of data, to communicate (in writing and in person) in public settings and to facilitate and coordinate public outreach activities. The successful applicant will be a key part of our Community Development team and will also take part in various local and regional planning efforts.

Specific duties will include:

  • Working with local officials to identify community development needs and opportunities and short-term strategies to address them;
  • Applying for grants including (but not limited to) Massachusetts small-cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Managing grant-funded projects ranging from planning and design to construction and housing rehabilitation;
  • Conducting field work such as housing and income surveys, photos, and wage-compliance interviews
  • Completing regulatory documents necessary for project approvals with state and federal agencies;
  • Drafting detailed scopes of services for the procurement of various services needed by stakeholders in the region;
  • Scheduling of events to include identifying appropriate facilities, registration of attendees, and other logistics;
  • Providing administrative, procurement, and grant-compliance services;
  • Developing and implementing performance metrics to evaluate how grant funded projects meet their objectives;
  • Gathering data and information for grant projects and reports;
  • Development of community engagement tools such as online surveys;
  • Contributing to project or organization social media platforms, websites, newsletters, and informational booklets;
  • Contributing to the development of Open Space and Recreation Plans; Climate Resilience Plans, Hazard Mitigation Plans, and other community-focused plans; and
  • Assisting with other duties as assigned


Master’s degree in community and/or urban planning, public policy, public administration, environmental science, natural resource management, construction management or similar with a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience.  Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree may be considered with sufficient relevant work experience.

The successful applicant will demonstrate all or most of the following skills:

  • Strong writing skills with the ability to tailor messages to specific audiences;
  • A professional demeanor and a positive “can do” attitude;
  • A task-oriented work ethic and excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems independently in a resourceful and innovative manner;
  • Ability to proactively set priorities and multi-task without compromising attention to detail;
  • Excellent time management skills;
  • Understanding of multi-step processes and how to work within them in a team environment;
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines while not being afraid to ask questions;
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, particularly Outlook, Excel, and Word;
  • Basic working capability with Geographic Information Services (GIS) and Data Analytical skills are preferred
  • Ability to create develop social media messages in multiple platforms to engage community;
  • General understanding or previous experience with CDBG (especially Massachusetts small-cities CDBG) is a plus as is other experience with other state and federal funding programs, including but not limited to those from FEMA, MEMA, DCR, DHCD, EOEEA, EPA, or USDA.

Supplemental Information

This is a full-time position with an excellent state employee benefits package. Starting salary will range from $49,500 to $56,000 depending on qualifications and experience. This position is exempt under the guidelines of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Resume and letter of interest should be emailed to:  tsettles@cmrpc.org  or by mail:  Trish Settles, RCCP Program Manager, 1 Mercantile Street, Suite 520, Worcester, MA 01608.   Priority will be given to applications received on or before April 12, 2019.  This position is open until filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.

CMRPC is an EOE/AA employer. CMRPC takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply.

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