Planner I (Assistant Planner) – City of Brockton

Location: Planning and Economic Development
Date opened: January 8, 2020
Date closed: January 22, 2020
Position Type: Full Time/Benefited/Union
Salary: $55,000 – $63,000 (5-step position)


Assisting the Director Economic Development & Planning by reviewing applications to Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conversation Commission, Historic Commission and other relevant regulatory bodies plans for conformity with appropriate provisions of the state laws and the ordinances of the City of Brockton; assist in preparing staff reports; assist in preparing Board/Commission decisions; drafting city sponsored zoning text and map amendments; assisting the public with questions regarding zoning text and maps; and FEMA Flood Zone maps. Assist with site plan and development impact reviews; demographic and statistical analysis; conducting planning studies including, but not limited to:

.Comprehensive District zoning, land use, open space, housing, economic development and transportation.
.Applies professional skills and knowledge to planning projects and responsibilities such as collecting data and statistics, assisting in planning studies, performing preliminary analysis,
preparing maps and reports.
.Managing zoning files and GIS Database.
.Serve as liaison to business and community organizations, coordinate events and initiatives.
.Performs similar or related duties as required, as situations dictates or as assigned by the Director Economic Development & Planning or his/her designee.


Works under the general supervision of the Director Economic Development & Planning in accordance with the applicable provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A (Zoning), 40C (Historic Districts), and Chapter 41 K-GG (Subdivision Control) with other appropriate provisions of state laws and the ordinances of the City of Brockton. Most work is performed independently; refers difficult or unusual circumstances to the Director Economic Development & Planning.


Works is subject to unplanned fluctuations and administrative deadlines; attendance at night meetings is required. Administrative work is performed in office conditions; some site work is required to obtain the necessary data and statistics for planning studies.


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Urban/Regional Planning or related field and one year of professional experience. Master’s Degree may be substituted for experience. Skill in GIS and vector-based computer programs, such as Adobe products, are a plus.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must successfully complete and pass a Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check. Must have a valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.


.Knowledge of standard office practices and procedures, general knowledge of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A (Zoning), 40 C (Historic Districts), and Chapter 41 K-GG
. Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
. Ability to work effectively under time constraints to meet deadlines.
. Ability to interact tactfully and effectively with City employees, state, federal and local agencies, and the public.
. Good organizational skills and communication skills.
. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
. Computer skills which include thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
. Experience with digital photography.


Minimal physical effort is required to perform administrative duties. Required to stand, wall, sit, speak, hear and use hands to operate equipment. Vision requirements include the ability to read and analyze documents; use computer and standard office equipment; and operate a motor vehicle. Moderate physical effort is demanded in making site work. While conducting site work, the employee is required to use hands, walk, stand, sit, speak, hear, climb or balance, knell or crouch. Agility is required to access all areas during site work.


Persons interested in being considered for the position should submit an employment application, cover letter, resume, and a copy of driver’s license and unattested driving record from the RMV to Sandra Knight, Director of Human Resources, City of Brockton, Human Resources Department, 45 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301 or submit via e-mail to or via facsimile at 508-580-7133.