Job Location: Washington County, Maine.  Hybrid work model based out of our Machias or Calais offices.

Start date: ASAP

Sunrise County Economic Council’s (SCEC) mission is to create jobs and prosperity in Washington County, Maine. The Community Planner promotes this mission by working with Washington County communities and organizations on planning, funding, and development opportunities for community resilience and other infrastructure projects and by helping to further SCEC’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. This position is part of the Community Development team and is supervised by the Director of Community Development.

The job duties include:

  • Supervise and participate in various planning projects such as: Comprehensive Plans, Transportation Plans, Environmental Planning, Recreation and Tourism Development, Economic Feasibility Studies, etc.
  • Assist the Community Development team in broadband and infrastructure development activities
  • Review and evaluate plans and projects for conformance to local, state, and federal regulations and standards 
  • Write, or assist in writing, a variety of ordinances and regulations relating to development controls
  • Carry out specialized planning research activities and provide technical assistance to municipalities and the county pertaining to planning, land use, and transportation
  • Work in regional program areas relating to natural/water resources planning, community development, hazard mitigation, coastal zone management and others
  • Assist towns and the county in identifying specific needs within their communities and make recommendations for possible solutions
  • Assist in the implementation of community and economic development goals, objectives, policies, strategies, and projects through identifying and securing public funding from regional, state, and federal funding opportunities
  • Coordinate and/or undertake special projects, including the design and preparation of web content, handbooks, case studies, reports, directories, newsletters, and other publications that provide information and reference materials for municipal officials, the development community and other constituents on planning, land use, and growth management

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Understanding of Maine Growth Management Act
  • Ability to accept or recognize the viewpoints of others, and work with a variety of persons from the public and private agencies
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate well, orally and in writing, to prepare written descriptions, computer graphics, maps, and summaries that effectively communicate the results of research, identified needs, and recommended actions to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to carry out directed research, gathering and analyzing facts
  • Ability to develop, organize and implement programs, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Public communication skills, including group process methods and graphic presentations
  • Experience with community organizing including coordinating regional events/activities, public relations, and education, and the ability to enlist diverse groups into the planning effort
  • Planning experience and an understanding of how municipalities operate in rural Maine
  • Willingness to participate in training and other job related professional development activities
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning within rural communities
  • Ability to use a variety of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Education & Experience

Minimum qualifications include at least three (3) years relevant experience in the planning profession and a bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field.  Exceptions to the experience requirement will be considered when the applicant can demonstrate relevant skills, perspective, and judgment developed in meeting personal and/or professional challenges and responsibilities. AICP certification is highly valued. Administrative level municipal experience is also a plus.  Knowledge of and commitment to Washington County and its economic development is strongly preferred.

SCEC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including medical insurance for employee or employee and family, dental, vision, and life insurance for employee, 403B retirement with matching employer contributions, paid time off including vacation and sick time, and 13 paid holidays.

Application Process: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references by email ([email protected]) or mail (SCEC; 7 Ames Way; Machias, ME 04654). The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2023.

Please call Jen Peters at (207) 255-0983 with any questions.

SCEC is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted January 6, 2023, 10:13 AM PST

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