Principal Planner-Community Development – City of Waltham

 Job responsibilities: Assists in the administration of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program under the supervision of the Director of Planning and Housing Supervisor.  The ability to prepare and maintain the comprehensive plans required for the CDBG program and the city. This position provides assistance to other staff of the Planning Department in preparing grant applications for conservation, recreation, economic development, and historical preservation projects. The Principal Planner is responsible for maintaining and improving upon the efficiency and effectiveness of all areas under his/her direction and control. Administers the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program under the supervision of the Planning Director and Housing Supervisor. This entails oversight of and responsibility for the following tasks undertaken with the Assistant Director of Planning. •Preparation of the Consolidated Five-Year and Annual Plans, the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and other reporting/planning documents required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for participation in the CDBG and HOME programs. This includes preparation of projected budgets for the CDBG and HOME programs for review by the Housing Director, Director of Planning and the Mayor. • Regular input of demographic, geographic and financial data for CDBG-funded projects into HUD’s Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS), as mandated by federal laws.  Supervision and approval of regular drawdowns of CDBG funds via IDIS to reimburse the City for expenses incurred by CDBG-funded projects, including management of program income from recipients of CDBG-funded home rehabilitation loans.  Regular liaison with senior staff of the Auditor’s Office and Treasurer’s Office to reconcile local and federal accounts. • Management of construction projects funded with CDBG funds, including preparation of Requests for Proposals for design consultants; review of consultants’ work; monitoring of construction; preparation of plans and specifications; and monitoring for compliance with federal labor and equal opportunity regulations. •Preparation of demographic research using survey and sampling techniques in combination with statistical and geographic analysis using Geographic Information System (GIS) to determine eligibility of potential projects for CDBG funding, compliance with HUD regulations and needs for Waltham’s low- and moderate-income residents. • Administering the on-going community participation process for the federal CDBG and HOME programs. • Provides and retrieves information to and from other municipal departments as well as State and Federal Agencies and the private sector. • Provides demographic information to other City departments and the public. • Responds to requests for information from the Mayor’s Office and the City Council. Assists staff of the Housing Department with technical aspects of the HOME program. Completes environmental reviews for CDBG & HOME Projects using HUD online and HERO system. Maintains current knowledge of profession through peer association, review of literature and attendance at seminars/workshops. Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates. Full job description available through Human Resources.

 Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or other related field; five years of municipal planning experience with a focus on the Federal Community Block Grant program; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  A valid motor vehicle operator’s license is required. Must successfully pass a Criminal Offenders Records Information (CORI) and a pre-employment physical with drug and alcohol screening.

Salary:$81,564.00 yr.  Excellent benefits   Deadline to apply: Thurs. July 29, 2021 

Qualified candidates should submit an updated City of Waltham application, resume and cover letter to: 

City of Waltham/Human Resources Dept.

119 School St./Waltham, MA. 02451

781-314-3355/fax 781-314-3358

Req 2022-06

Candidate selected must submit three written and signed letters of recommendation.  Letters may not be dated any older than two years and may not be from relatives.  Emails are acceptable providing they come directly from the author’s email.