Director of Planning and Community Development – City of Framingham

SALARY:  $111,754 – $128,508

Position Purpose:

Performs supervisory, administrative and professional work in planning, organizing and directing all Department services and activities. Provides the community with an efficient and rational system of land use and building management and controls.  Performs all other related work as required.

Essential Functions:

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Manages the Framingham Master Plan, Housing Plan, Economic development and Conservation function.
  • Coordinates City responses to business-related opportunities and issues.
  • Serves as a catalyst in attracting development and implementing projects.
  • Supervises the City’s local development permitting and regulatory process to insure consistency with City plans and neighborhood preservation and protection.
  • Responsible for the planning management in the City which includes involvement in shaping the direction and completion of land use, environmental and planning projects.
  • Maintains the subsidized housing inventory, updates and implements the housing plan.
  • Manages the CDBG program; monitors program activity and engages on select issues.
  • Manages programs and department staff; reviews requisitions, prepares and monitors budgets, and hires, counsels and develops staff.
  • Conducts field inspections for planning studies, and development proposals to ensure compliance with approvals and regulations.
  • Represents the City and Division in public forums; prepares and presents formal presentations to the City Council and the Council Sub-committees and Planning Board.
  • Provides information and guidance to members of the public and land use owners as required pertaining to land use and zoning matters.
  • Serves as Downtown Director with the responsibility of coordinating all public and private projects within the downtown area.
  • Prepares formal Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and participates in the process.
  • Ensures communication and coordination with the Planning Board and Framingham Inc.
    Identifies grant opportunities, oversees application development and coordinates execution with other Divisions and oversees the administration of grants received.
    Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications: 

Education, Training and Experience:

Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or related field; seven to ten (7-10) years of progressively responsible experience in municipal planning; significant economic development experience;  three years of experience in a supervisory capacity; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  AICP and CECD Certifications desirable.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of community development and municipal planning principles, methodologies and functional elements. Knowledge of the practices and principles of public administration and the structure of city government. Working knowledge of personal computer systems including office software and the application of GIS technology in support of operations. Working knowledge of local laws/bylaws, and state and federal statutes governing municipal planning and land use.

Ability: Ability to meet and deal with the public effectively to accomplish the City’s planning goals and objectives; Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with organizations, departments and officials. Ability of leadership, independent judgment, initiative and decision-making.  Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate effective services, strategies, facilities and staff. Ability to communicate effectively.  Ability to deal with sensitive inquiries and complaints and to conduct short and long-term planning.

Skill: Excellent planning and organizational skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Proficient computer skills and budgetary skills; interpersonal and problem-solving skills; grant writing skills.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear; operate objects, tools, or controls; pick up paper, files and other common office objects.  Ability to view computer screens and work with details for extended periods of time.  Must be able to communicate written and verbally.  Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges.


Supervision Scope: Performs highly responsible work of a complex nature which involves the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in planning and overseeing the administration of the Department.

Supervision Received:  Work is performed under the direction of the Mayor.

Supervision Given: Provides supervision of Division staff of three full time and one part time employee, developing job direction, assigning tasks, instructions and monitoring performance.

Job Environment:

  • Work is performed under typical office conditions; the noise level is fairly quiet; occasionally may be required to work outside of normal business hours to attend meetings.
  • Operates computer, telephone, facsimile machine, copier, calculator, and other standard office equipment.
  • Employee has frequent contact with the general public, city departments, attorneys and developers. Contacts are in person, by telephone, and by email and involve an information exchange dialogue.
  • Has access to department-related confidential information, including personnel records.
  • Errors could result in adverse public relations, delays in service and have legal and/or financial repercussions for the city.

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.) 

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The City of Framingham is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.