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Senior Planner

Burlington, MA
A vibrant community has long been the cornerstone of the identity of the Town.  The Town of Burlington seeks qualified candidates interested in the position of Senior Planner and becoming a part of our talented planning department. Working directly under the Planning Director, the Senior Planner manages the land use permitting program and assists the Director with all long-range planning initiatives. Specifically, the Senior Planner will:
  • Oversee the review process for Site Plans, Subdivisions, Special Permits and related matters;
  • Supervise the Planner/Development Coordinator and Assistant Planner regarding matters of permitting;
  • Manage and assist in long-range planning efforts and special projects of the department;
  • Communicate with consultants;
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications and occasionally provide support to other land use committees of Town Meeting

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and motivated professional who enjoys working with a team of planners, enjoys public service and who has the capacity to build trust, excellent communications skills, honesty, flexibility, and a proven ability to develop and maintain lasting relationships.

Conveniently located 14 miles northwest of Boston and easily accessible from Route 95/128 and Route 3, Burlington is currently home to a robust and diverse collection of commercial enterprises within the retail, life science, technology, and medical sectors. Approximately 150,000 people per day flock to the Town to work, eat, shop, play or take advantage of the numerous outdoor recreation areas. Burlington is home to over 26,000 residents, 1,500 corporations and is served by both MBTA and LRTA bus lines which provide a connection to the regional rapid transit system at Alewife.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, or other planning related field, and 4 years professional planning experience; a minimum of 2 years municipal planning experience preferred
  • Experience with managing permitting workflows and preparing permitting decisions
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public and experience with public meetings
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems and cloud-based permitting software
Compensation & Benefits:
  • Pay range starts at $73,668 to a max rate of $100,447. Starting rate is competitive and dependent upon experience. Salary is within Grade 12, of the Administrative & Professional Compensation Plan, offering annual increases via step system.
  • Exceptional Health & Dental Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (3 weeks of vacation, 12 annual sick days, 3 personal, and 13 holidays)
  • Pension Plan, Deferred Compensation Match, Eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Position will remain open until filled.
Methods to apply for this position:
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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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