Town Planner – Town of Kingston

The Town of Kingston is hiring an experienced Planner with professional experience in comprehensive community planning, in administering land use planning, zoning and regulatory controls, and coordinating both short-range and long-range plans of the community. This full-time position will put you at the center of Kingston’s economic growth.


Full Job Description:


  • Analyze development plans and impact and prepare maps using the GIS system (ArcGIS 10x); works with town departments to develop methods to streamline the permit process and share information. 
  • Coordinates a variety of grant programs; supervises funded planning and community development grant programs; coordinates the preparation and review of all related community development grant applications and provides reports on such applications to the Community Development Director and Town Administrator.
  • Provides leadership and direction in developing and implementing the town’s Comprehensive Plan through inventory analysis and proposals and coordinates the comprehensive program with the outside entities. Relates to and advises on the town’s open space program.  Coordinates various town plans and programs for utilization of land and facilities and relates those to proposals of private individuals.
  • Provides technical assistance to citizens, landowners, developers, attorneys, engineers and other interested persons regarding planning or subdivision of land, commercial plans, and industrial development in Kingston.

Salary: 10 Steps. Part of the Wage and Personnel Bylaw: FY22 Annual salary range $61,564 – $99,768 

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree; a minimum of seven years of municipal, local government planning experience, preferably; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

 Special Requirements; Valid Class D Motor Vehicle Driver’s license; American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) certification preferred. Ability to attend night and weekend meetings as needed.

 Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

 Knowledge: Must obtain a thorough knowledge of MGL Chapter 40A and 41, Zoning and Subdivision Control, housing requirements, and other relevant planning and land use control regulations.  Extensive knowledge of planning programs and processes.  Working knowledge of personal computers, Power Point, spread sheet programs, word processing, and GIS applications.  Knowledge of the economic, sociological and environmental aspects of planning, housing and community development; familiarity with available federal and state grant programs.

Abilities: Ability to prepare annual budgets; ability to plan, organize and direct the preparation of comprehensive research studies, analyze problems, prepare reports and formulate recommendations concerning planning and community development; ability to speak and write effectively; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with town employees, local, state and federal officials, real estate developers, land use planners, civil engineers, board/committee members, officials and the general public; ability to show imagination, innovation and judgment relating to planning and community development programs and proposals. Ability to read and understand a variety of building site plans and maps. 

Skills: Excellent public relations and customer service skills; proficient written and oral communication skills.  

To Apply:

Submit your résumé and cover letter with salary expectations. Application materials can be emailed to

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis and preference to those applying before May 28, 2021.