Senior Planner or Planner – Community Planning

Organization: Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Posted: January 4, 2023 | Closing: March 31, 2023

Job Description

The primary focus of this position is housing planning, specifically working with municipalities to promote housing development readiness, identifying housing needs and opportunities, recommending ways to address those needs, and implementing measures to promote housing development. In addition, this position would participate in a larger effort to advocate for and advance housing initiatives in Berkshire County and Western Massachusetts.

A Senior Planner is a staff lead person for multiple complex planning projects. Responsibilities include program/project development, grant writing and preparation, development of scopes of work and budgets, project implementation, project and contract management, leadership of project teams, technical planning services, and supervision of project staff.

While intended to be housing focused, this position would be a key member of the Community Planning team and would also be involved in local and regional land use planning, comprehensive planning, regional municipal services, and related work. The selected candidate will lead a wide range of community and regional planning activities. Work involves researching and analyzing land use, environmental and socio-economic information and data, generating, writing and producing reports, plans and other technical documents, analyzing and preparing zoning bylaws and ordinances, and interacting with community leaders and the public.

The Berkshires offer a high quality of life for those who value outdoor recreation, cultural amenities, and a strong sense of community. The BRPC prepares and implements regional and community plans and provides direct technical assistance to its 32 member municipalities with housing, economic, land use, environmental, transportation, public health, and community development items.

The successful candidate is a problem solver, who can identify and assess needs or opportunities and identify and initiate ways to solve problems or seize opportunities. The candidate must be committed to planning and demonstrate a high-level basic planning skill set, strong analytic and writing capabilities, and demonstrate a strong ability to effortlessly communicate and work collaboratively with a wide range of people. Must work within the MS Office platform.

The starting salary range for a Senior Planner is $58,697 – $68,805 (for Planner level – $49,894 – $56,475) with a very attractive benefits package. The minimum work week is 35 hours per week with flex time available. BRPC’s telework policy requires employees to be in-office a minimum of 2 days per week, after the orientation period, with the rest of the time permitted through telework. More details on website under Employment.

How to Apply

Submit the following items to, by e-mail only: cover letter, resume, and a two-page writing sample. Please include the phrase Senior Planner (or Planner) – Community Planning in the subject line of your e-mail. (Please limit your writing submission to no longer than 2 pages, even if it needs to be an excerpt.) No telephone calls. The position is available immediately and open until filled. A position description and information about BRPC are available at Employment & Internship Opportunities – Berkshire Regional Planning Commission ( EOE/Smoke- and Drug-free Workplace.

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