Senior Planner – Town of Burlington

Reporting directly to the Director of Planning, the Senior Planner’s responsibilities include coordinating interdepartmental review of subdivision, site plan and special permit development applications; responding to public inquiries about matters under the Planning Board jurisdiction; and assisting with long range planning activities.

Examples of work include:

  • Oversees daily permitting activities and correspondence between applicants, departments, committees and Planning Board.
  • Attends Planning Board meetings, prepares meeting agenda and staff report; files notices of Planning Board decisions;
  • Receives and processes applications and plans in accordance with applicable laws, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Reviews plans and specifications for compliance with municipal regulations.
  • Monitors the progress of approved projects for completion deadlines.
  • Participates in the preparation of amendments to the zoning bylaw, subdivision rules and regulations, and site plan rules and regulations.
  • Works with the Planning Director to undertake comprehensive planning studies or specific strategic planning studies. Prepares grant applications in pursuit of goals identified in such studies.
  • Coordinates workshops and forums to facilitate public involvement for planning initiatives.
  • Provides technical advice to Town staff, Boards, Committees, and the public.
  • Supervises the Assistant Planner in the coordination of the interdepartmental review of subdivision development applications, special permits, site plans, site plan waivers and lots not requiring approval.
  • Any other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications: Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, or other planning related field (Master’s degree preferred) and 4 years professional planning experience; a minimum of 2 years municipal planning experience preferred. Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) desired. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill: Position requires working knowledge of municipal operations. Working knowledge of fundamental concepts and familiarity with the practical and regulatory application of planning, development and land use principles particularly as applied to Massachusetts land use laws. Excellent interpersonal & organizational skills, and the ability to work well with the public.

Preferable skills: Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, and Geographic Information Systems, and cloud-based permitting software.

This position is full-time (35 hours per week) within Grade 12 of the Administrative & Professional compensation plan. Starting salary DOE, and includes comprehensive benefits. Apply at (preferred). Alternatively, applications may be obtained at Town Hall or at and directed to:

Joanne Faust, Human Resources Director
Town of Burlington
29 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803

Applications received by 12:00pm November 14, 2022 will receive first consideration. Position will remain open until filled.