Regional Land Use Planner I/II – Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

Title: Regional Land Use Planner I/II

category: Full Time Professional (Exempt)

supervisor: The Regional Land Use Planner I/II works under the supervision of the Executive Director.

salary range: Salary range $55,000 to $75,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Functions:  Employee primarily engages in technical planning support work to advance a variety of local and regional land use initiatives and projects in housing, economic development, and sustainability planning.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Interprets and applies applicable local and State bylaws, ordinances, and policies
  • Assists with updates to Master Plans, Housing Plans, Economic Development Plans, Open Space and Recreation Plans, and similar local and regional plans
  • Develops and helps advance short- and long-range implementation and action plans
  • Conducts extensive research in specific or general project areas relative to housing, economic development, land use, and sustainability
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence
  • Develops strategies to promote economic and community development or efficient land use consistent with community goals
  • Recommends priorities, schedules, and funding sources to implement plans
  • Writes, or assists in writing, a variety of bylaws, ordinances, and policies including zoning codes, subdivision codes, and other land use regulations
  • Creates, or assists in developing, literature in clear, concise language for public use such as handbooks, guides, manuals, or presentations
  • Assist in the creation of public forums, workshops, and other digital and in-person community engagement events, supporting inclusive and equitable outreach, and synthesizing public input on zoning, housing, or other plans and reports
  • Attends evening and weekend meetings
  • Interface with the public, and local and state officials relative to technical issues, including as primary representative of agency
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to the public, as well as to local, state and federal officials, the business community and advocacy groups
  • Maintain effective working relationships with local communities, regional, state and federal agencies, advocacy groups, consultants, the business community and the public
  • Participate in or facilitate technical committees, advisory committees, working groups and task forces, as appropriate.
  • Maintain current knowledge concerning local, state and federal planning requirements, practices, policies and processes.
  • Perform technical research, data collection, and analysis for reports and presentations
  • Assist with grant research and application preparation and administration
  • May manage project budgets and project teams

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Skills

  • Well-developed knowledge of planning principles and practices
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more planning specialization, such as land use planning/zoning, environmental planning, housing, or economic development
  • Knowledge of housing analysis, economic development, land use, transportation, sustainable development, and other planning techniques and strategies
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection
  • Strong technical, writing, and oral communication and public presentation skills
  • Knowledge of statistical and data analytics
  • Knowledge of computer programs and applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, econometric modeling, and database management
  • Familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis software programs and applications
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to work effectively with community groups and government officials, especially local elected and appointed officials
  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops
  • Ability to implement or assist with public participation strategies, work with diverse and hard-to-reach communities, and comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed

Education and Experience

Candidates must have either a Bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy/management, urban design/architecture, business, public administration, or a closely related field and at least 3 years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree in one of the above listed fields plus at least 2 years of relevant experience. A Master’s degree and/or significant additional experience is required for the Planner II position.

Licenses, Certifications, and Equipment

  • A valid driver’s license is required
  • AICP certification preferred but not required

Send cover letter and resume to Jennifer Raitt at