Community Development Planner – Northampton Office of Planning & Sustainability

One Full-time (40 Hrs/wk) Vacancy-closing date 11/08/2019
 Anticipated Starting Hourly Range – $28.35 – $32.89

DEFINITION: Position is responsible for administering the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and coordinating and collaborating the City’s planning for affordable housing, homeless and social services, and the needs of those with disabilities.  Serves as the City’s ADA Coordinator. 


  • Administers CDBG for the City and the funds it receives annually as an entitlement community.
  • Prepares and submits the required five year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, annual grantee performance reports, federal environmental reviews, and annual and quarterly reports for various state and federal agencies; conducts financial and programmatic oversight of sub-grantees; monitors programs; prepares requests for proposals and bids, and contracts for professional service providers, contractors and vendors.
  • Acts as City’s American with Disabilities Act Coordinator and ensures that City complies with federal and state laws and regulations; acts as resource for City departments regarding access issues; serves as staff liaison to Disability Commission; works with members of business community and general public on community access program.
  • Conducts planning for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and coordinates with the ADA compliance work carried on by others in the City.
  • Supports and in some cases coordinates the City’s efforts to advance social equity, including distributional equity, structural equity, intergenerational equity, and procedural equity, through affordable housing and fair housing, social services, homeless services, working and networking with housing, social and homeless service providers, to develop and maintain a continuum of care service delivery system.
  • Staffs the City’s Housing Partnership and Disabilities Commissions and other meetings as assigned. Represents Planning on advancing Census complete count efforts.
  • Performs other projects and related work as assigned.


Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in grants administration, urban planning, or public services administration, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required. AICP certification and Master’s degree in related field are strongly preferred but not required

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

Knowledge: Knowledge of protocols of federal grant programs and regulations, especially CDBG grants and ADA and Section 504; knowledge of budgeting, project management, procurement, and contract administration.
Abilities:  Ability to interact positively and effectively with all levels of personnel; ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing; ability to network across many fields.
Skills: Leadership skills; financial and/or accounting skills, board/committee staffing and facilitation skills, grant/project management skills. 

TO APPLY:  For full job description see Human Resources at  To apply please submit cover letter, resume/CV, and application to Human Resources via the green “Employment” button at or to 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060 no later than the above closing date.