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Planning Director

Burlington, MA
The Town of Burlington seeks a Planning Director, to oversee the Planning Department and Senior Planner in performing a wide variety of tasks, with the opportunity to work on a diverse array of planning initiatives.

Examples of work include:
  • Works under the policy direction of the Planning Board.
  • The Planning Director manages and supervises the Planning Department employees.
  • Performs highly responsible duties of a complex nature and exercises extensive independent judgment.
  • Makes frequent contacts with town boards and departments, developers and other real estate interests, local and regional and state officials, and the general public requiring perceptiveness and discretion. 
  • Oversees an extensive program of current and comprehensive planning;  prepares and administers the departmental budget;  initiates, prepares and present application for grants and administers grants received;  supervises and manages department personnel;  designs work programs and assigns subordinates to projects;  monitors progress on projects and reviews products upon completion;  monitors consultant contracts;  interview and evaluate consultants for the Planning Board.
  • Oversees administration of the subdivision control law and other zoning bylaw provisions such as special permits and site plans.
  • Reviews major development proposals for a variety of impacts on the community including the impact on environment, transportation, economy, and municipal service delivery;  prepares and submits reports on potential developments and other planning issues;  advises the Planning Board and other town officials on issues related to planning and development.
  • Participates in planning activities related to issues such as affordable housing, transportation, economic development, and environmental preservation; confers with local, state and federal officials; makes presentations and represents the department to the public and applicable state and regional agencies.
  • Any other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in Planning, Geography, or Public Administration and 5 years professional planning experience, a minimum of 3 years municipal planning experience including supervisory and administrative experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) desired.

This position is full-time (35 hours per week). This position is within Grade 15 of the Administrative & Professional compensation plan, with comprehensive benefits.

Applications received by 4:00pm September 22, 2022 will receive first consideration.
Methods to apply for this position:
Click on the Apply Now button (preferred)
Send letter of interest, resume, and application to:
     Joanne M. Faust, SPHR
     Human Resources Director
     Town of Burlington
     29 Center Street
     Burlington, MA  01803
The Town of Burlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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