The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks candidates for the position of Regional Planner II within the agency’s Land Use Department. The Department includes generalist planners, an Economic Development team, and a Housing team. This Planner would primarily focus on generalist planning efforts but may be called upon to support the housing or economic teams’ work at times. Therefore, a professional with interest and experience in economic development and/or housing is preferred. In conjunction with other MAPC staff, this Planner will work on a wide variety of projects with local communities, including, but not limited to, undertaking local visioning and master plans, downtown and corridor planning, housing and economic development planning, etc., with a particular focus on amending zoning bylaws/ordinances and permitting procedures to advance sustainable development. The Planner will assist in evaluating and improving state laws, regulations, policies, and programs to encourage smart growth and regional collaboration. The Planner will work closely with state agencies, local officials, community groups, businesses, and institutions. During the first part of 2021, it is anticipated that a main focus of work will involve economic development issues related to recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, so a planner with economic development experience, who can immediately help us expand our economic recovery efforts, is preferred.
MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for a more sustainable and equitable future, which was adopted in 2008. We are currently working on a successor regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together, which we expect to complete by 2020. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.
We encourage all of our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times. We strongly support the professional development of each and every staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for everyone who lives and works in Greater Boston. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and MetroCommon2050, please visit www.mapc.org
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, MAPC staff are currently working remotely, including all of our work with municipal partners. We have become quite proficient in conducting public outreach efforts, and in running public meetings (large and small), and frequently are exceeding our pre-COVID figures for participation in such public programs. We seek an individual who can excel in such a remote-work environment. We also anticipate that the interview process for this position will be undertaken using a Zoom platform.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Assist municipalities with studies, plans and programs designed to enhance economic recovery and to build economic resiliency to future market impacts
- Assist municipalities to develop visions, action plans, and strategies, and to implement such plans through zoning, permitting procedures, or policy changes;
- Research and prepare reports, studies, testimony, and presentations;
- Organize workshops and educational events for the public;
- Make public presentations and facilitate public discussions;
- Remain informed about current planning issues, resources, and programs;
- Review legislation and regulatory changes at the state and federal levels;
- Advocate for public policies and best practices, at various levels of government;
- Interact with environmental, economic development, transportation, housing and community development organizations, state agencies, and the public;
- Assist in the preparation of housing plans and technical development and drafting of residential zoning, such as inclusionary zoning; and
- Other responsibilities as assigned to advance MAPC’s mission and Regional Plan.
The Planner will work both independently and as a member of staff teams, depending upon the project, and will at times also serve as a project manager overseeing the work of other staff working on a project. Evening meetings, occasional weekend meetings, and local travel are a responsibility for this position.
Candidates must have either a Master’s degree pertaining to urban/regional planning, economic development, affordable housing, real estate development, public policy/management, urban design/architecture or closely related field and at least 2 years of relevant job experience, or a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant professional experience. Preferred candidates will demonstrate all or most of the following:
- Knowledge and understanding of current best planning practices related to economic recovery and resilience efforts, master planning, visioning, downtown or corridor planning, and similar activities;
- Topical understanding in areas such as land use, housing, economic development, and open space, as well as federal, state and local land use policy issues, laws, and regulations;
- Experience in providing planning assistance to local government, especially by preparing bylaws/ordinances to implement municipal goals and to promote smart growth and sustainable development;
- Experience managing projects with multi-person teams;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse audience of community groups, government officials (especially local elected and appointed officials), and other key stakeholders, in both urban and suburban settings;
- Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting with colleagues as well as external partners;
- Strong research, writing, and communication skills, including ability to interpret data and to use GIS effectively;
- Strong design skills, including boards, presentations, and infographics
- Strong skills and abilities in public process, facilitation, and collaboration;
- Experience and depth of knowledge regarding economic development and recovery efforts and programs, downtown revitalization, small business support, business retention and attraction, and workforce development programs, etc., and
- Ability to advocate for sustainable land use practices and greater equity throughout Metro Boston, especially in housing, employment, and other issues.
Additional Advantageous Skills:
- Knowledge of and experience with Affordable Housing development, subsidy and finance programs, and financial pro forma
- Proficiency in a language other than English, with preference for languages spoken in our region.
Compensation and Benefits:
The starting salary will range from $60,000 to $70,000 annually, depending on qualifications and experience. Master’s Degree, AICP Certification, and additional experience a plus for higher salary range. This is a full-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family friendly work environment and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our office is located in downtown Boston, in a transit-oriented and bicycle-friendly environment. We are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to apply:
The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. If you are interviewed, you will be asked to submit 3 references plus a writing sample.
Apply online at www.mapc.org/jobs. A review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.