Planner – WestCOG

Salary Range: $55,000-$80,000 (depending on qualifications) with a competitive benefits package
Location: Sandy Hook, CT
Closing Date: Open until filled or closed

About WestCOG

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) is a metropolitan and regional planning organization that provides transportation, environmental, economic development, GIS and other planning services to 18 municipalities in western and southwestern Connecticut.

Job Description and Responsibilities

WestCOG seeks a qualified and highly-motivated person to serve as a Planner or Project Manager. The ideal candidate will provide support on a variety of transportation planning activities, including freight, transit, and congestion mitigation planning. Job responsibilities may evolve over time but initially are expected to include:

  • Development of local and regional transportation studies and plans; and
  • Assist with state and federal transportation programs; and
  • Management of consultant-led planning studies; and
  • Conduct data collection and statistical analysis; and
  • Prepare reports and related planning documents for technical and non-technical audiences; and
  • Communicate with local, state, and federal transportation officials; and
  • Assist with project solicitation, review and prioritization; and
  • Assist with procurement processes, including Requests for Proposals/Qualifications; and
  • Facilitate public and stakeholder engagement, and
  • Other tasks as assigned

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate will be/have:

  • Strong project management skills
  • Transportation planning experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills to handle multiple assignments simultaneously on-time
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Outcome-oriented, with strategic execution and good follow through to deliver on assignments
  • Ability to work within government structure and protocol
  • Ability to work independently, while maintaining strong working relationships with supervisors, staff, elected officials, committee members, consultants, and members of the public
  • Knowledge of regional government and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) is a plus
  • GIS skills a plus


S/he should have five to seven years of relevant work experience that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability to perform the job.

The ideal candidate will have a high level of proficiency in:

  • Spoken and written English
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Information technology and information systems

The ideal candidate will be quick on his or her feet, be an innovative and creative thinker, and be highly motivated, affable, and reliable.

Salary and Benefits

Title to be determined commensurate with experience, and corresponding salary of $55,000-$80,000, depending on qualifications.

WestCOG offers a competitive benefits package including: health and dental insurance; retirement contributions; vacation time; personal time; sick time; flexible work schedules; telecommuting opportunities; and employer-paid professional accreditations, memberships and conferences.

This position provides an opportunity to work in a collaborative, supportive, and motivating work environment. The employee will be stationed in WestCOG’s office located in Sandy Hook, CT. This area of Connecticut combines the rural charm of a small New England town with the sophistication and amenities of metropolitan suburbs and offers:

  • High quality of life
  • Close access to major cities, universities, world-class healthcare, cultural and recreational attractions
  • Excellent school systems
  • Access to recreational trails and many leisure activities

Applying for the Position

To be considered, applicants must have a driver’s license, access to reliable transportation, and be legally able to work in the United States.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Mr. Francis R. Pickering, Executive Director at Selected candidates may be asked to provide additional information or to appear for a personal interview. This position will remain open until filled or closed.

WestCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.