Regional Planner II / Senior Land Use Planner / Zoning Specialist

Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Boston, MA
United States
$60,000 - $75,000

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks candidates for the position of Regional Planner II/Senior Land Use Planner/Zoning Specialist within the agency's Land Use Department. In conjunction with other MAPC staff, this Planner will work on a wide variety of projects with local communities, including, but not limited to, undertaking local visioning, downtown and corridor planning, housing and economic development planning, etc., with a particular focus on amending zoning bylaws/ordinances and permitting procedures to advance sustainable development.  The Planner will assist in evaluating and improving state laws, regulations, policies, and programs to encourage smart growth and regional collaboration. The Planner will work closely with state agencies, local officials, community groups, businesses, and institutions.

About MAPC

MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston.  Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for a more sustainable and equitable future, which was adopted in 2008.  We are currently working on a successor regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together, which we expect to complete by 2020. MAPC's staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.

We encourage all of our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times.  We strongly support the professional development of each and every staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region.  This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for everyone who lives and works in Greater Boston. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and MetroCommon, please visit


  • Assist municipalities to develop visions, plans, and strategies, and to implement such plans and strategies through zoning, permitting procedures, or policy changes;
  • Research and prepare reports, studies, testimony, and presentations;
  • Organize workshops and educational events for the public;
  • Make public presentations and facilitate public discussions;
  • Remain informed about current planning issues, resources, and programs; 
  • Review legislation and regulatory changes at the state and federal levels;
  • Advocate for public policies and best practices, at various levels of government;
  • Participate in research, planning, and/or public process related to the update to the Regional Plan;
  • Interact with environmental, economic development, transportation, housing and community development organizations, state agencies, and the public; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned to advance MAPC’s mission and Regional Plan.

The Planner will work both independently and as a member of staff teams, depending upon the project, and will frequently serve as a project manager overseeing the work of other staff working on a project. Evening meetings, occasional weekend meetings, and local travel are a responsibility for this position.


Candidates must have either a Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, public policy/management, urban design/architecture or closely related field and at least 5 years of relevant job experience, or a Master’s degree plus 3 years of relevant professional experience.  Candidates will demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of current best planning practices related to master planning, visioning, downtown or corridor planning, and similar activities;
  • Topical understanding in areas such as land use, housing and economic development, and open space, as well as federal, state and local land use policy issues, laws, and regulations;
  • Experience in providing planning assistance to local government, especially by preparing bylaws/ordinances to implement municipal goals and to promote smart growth and sustainable development;
  • Experience managing staff undertaking complex land use planning projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse audience of community groups, government officials (especially local elected and appointed officials), and other key stakeholders, in both urban and suburban settings;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting with colleagues as well as external partners;
  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills, including ability to interpret data and to use GIS effectively;
  • Strong skills and abilities in public process, facilitation, and collaboration; and
  • Ability to advocate for sustainable land use practices and greater equity throughout Metro Boston, especially in housing, employment, and other issues.

Compensation and Benefits
The starting salary will range from $60,000 to $75,000 annually, depending on qualifications and experience. Master's Degree, AICP Certification, and additional experience a plus for higher salary range.  This is a full time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family friendly work environment and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our office is located in downtown Boston, in a transit-oriented and bicycle-friendly environment.

How to apply
The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. If you are interviewed, you will be asked to submit 3 references plus a writing sample.

Apply online at A review of applications will begin immediately.  The position is open until filled.  Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver's license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.

MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. 
MAPC takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply.

Published on:
March 15, 2019 - 10:43am
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