Director of Planning and Development – Town of Mansfield, CT

The Town of Mansfield, CT, is seeking an innovative, dynamic, business-minded, and experienced professional to serve as the Director of the Planning and Development. This position leads policy and program development and implementation for a wide range of planning, zoning, community development and economic development activities. The position is multi-faceted, requiring advanced professional planning experience and extensive knowledge of municipal planning, resource conservation, community development and economic development principles and best practices. This position requires collaboration with a multitude of stakeholders including residents, property owners, businesses and prospective developers; advocacy organizations and partner agencies such as the Mansfield Downtown Partnership; universities and other local institutions; adjoining communities; and various state and regional agencies. The Director of Planning and Development is a member of the senior management team and reports directly to the Town Manager.

The Planning and Development Department directly oversees thee full-time staff: Senior Planner/Inland Wetlands Agent, Planner I/Zoning Enforcement Agent, and an Administrative Assistant. The Department routinely works closely with several other municipal departments, including the Human Services, Public Works, and the Building & Housing Inspection Departments on cross-disciplinary projects and    activities. The selected candidate will help shape the vision and provide key leadership to ensure that the Town achieves its bold land use and economic development goals. The selected candidate will be expected to maintain our tradition of excellent public service.

The Total Compensation  

The annual salary range is $91,000-$127,000 and the hiring rate of pay will depend upon the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. The Town of Mansfield provides an extremely competitive benefits package. Mansfield participates in the Connecticut    Municipal Retirement System (CMERS), a defined pension plan, a variety of other ancillary benefits such as medical, vision, dental, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, tuition assistance, paid vacation and holidays. The preferred candidate will be subject to a background and reference check.

What You Bring

Candidates should possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning or a related field supplemented by a master’s degree in planning, public  administration, or a related field and at least six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience in land use planning or community development activities. A minimum three (3) years of supervisory and/or leadership experience is required. Consideration may be given to additional relevant professional experience as a substitute for the preferred educational qualifications. Certification as a Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or the ability to achieve within one year is required. Demonstrated experience overseeing initiatives and activities related to preparing budgets, interpreting plan sets, collecting and analyzing data, stakeholder engagement, comprehensive knowledge of community planning and development activities, and exceptional written and oral communication skills are particularly desirable qualities.

Application Process
Interested applicants must submit an application including a resume and letter of interest online at
Application deadline is Friday, June 17, 2022 at 12:00 pm. Specific questions about the position or recruitment process may be directed to

The Town of Mansfield is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider with a deep commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in its workforce.