Planner – Regional Transportation & Energy Coordinator – Windham Regional Commission

The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) seeks a highly skilled, self-motivated, full-time (37.5 hrs/wk) Planner with a transportation and energy emphasis to work with a team of dedicated professionals, volunteer Commissioners, and municipal officials.  This planner works directly with the Executive Director to coordinate the WRC’s transportation and energy programs in collaboration with colleagues and Commissioners.  The position is ideal for a planner who is interested in addressing climate change by both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and planning for system adaptation and resilience, while also using the transportation and energy platforms to build community, sense of place, and economic opportunity.

Transportation tasks include updating and implementing the regional transportation plan, regional prioritization of state transportation investments in the region, assisting with transit planning, assisting towns with bicycle and pedestrian mobility and infrastructure improvements, organizing trainings for town road foremen, and generally assisting towns in the region with transportation needs. Technical aspects of transportation planning, such as counts and infrastructure inventories, are conducted by our GIS/mapping staff.

Energy tasks include updating and implementing the comprehensive regional energy plan, assisting towns with energy planning, providing support to the region’s municipal energy committees, facilitating coordination among weatherization and efficiency programs in the region, and providing outreach and education to stakeholders about the interrelationship among land use, transportation, housing, and energy.  Much of this work is done in collaboration with a broad array of stakeholders.

Candidates should be familiar with regional and municipal planning tools (regulatory and non-regulatory), and must have excellent writing, public speaking, meeting facilitation, team building, community organizing, project development, grant writing, and project management skills. Familiarity with volunteer-based planning in rural communities is a plus.

This position requires a degree in planning or a closely related field and a minimum of three years experience in rural and/or regional planning.  A master’s degree in planning or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of required experience.  The starting salary range is between $37,000 and $45,000, depending upon qualifications.

The WRC is the regional planning commission for a 27-town area of southeastern Vermont in Windham, Bennington, and Windsor counties. Our mission is to assist towns in southeast Vermont with providing effective local governance and to work collaboratively with them to address regional issues.  Our office is located in downtown Brattleboro in a great walking environment with a variety of restaurants, services, and businesses.  Our workplace is friendly and highly flexible.  We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits.

Please email a letter of interest and resume (with references and contact information) in a single pdf to Chris Campany, Executive Director at ccampany@windhamregional.org.  This position will remain open until filled.  To learn more about the WRC, visit our website at www.windhamregional.org.  No phone calls please.  WRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.