Regional Land Use Planner I/II – Northern Middlesex COG

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, and Open Space and Recreation 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
  • 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 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 and analysis and prepare reports and presentations
  • Assist with grant research and application preparation and administration
  • 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 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, economic development 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

The position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Raitt, Candidates selected to interview may be asked to submit a sample of relevant writing or work product. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the US and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. NMCOG participates in E-Verify, which is a federal program that helps us to determine work eligibility in the United States.

NMCOG offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits and a flexible, hybrid work environment. NMCOG is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.