Regional Housing & Land Use Planner
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks candidates for the position of Regional Housing + Land Use Planner to join the agency’s Housing Working Group within the Land Use Department. The ideal candidate has a passion for housing as a tool to advance equity and to create great places. This individual will collaborate with the Chief Housing Planner and other staff to expand housing choice and opportunity in the Metro Boston region through housing production, preservation, master planning, equitable transit-oriented development, zoning, urban design, and other initiatives. The Planner will also work from time to time on more general land use projects, such as, but not limited to, planning for open space and recreation, economic development, commercial corridors, waterfront, and hazard mitigation.
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 Metro Boston.
The primary tasks of the Regional Housing + Land Use Planner will include:
- Preparation of local Housing Production Plans, housing elements of Master Plans, urban neighborhood plans, town center plans, equitable transit-oriented development plans, and others
- Drafting zoning, permitting procedures, and design guidelines
- Researching and preparing reports, studies, and presentations on best practices pertaining to housing, housing market trends, public policies and programs, housing impacts, development barriers, and the like
- Organizing workshops and educational events for the public; designing and giving public presentations; facilitating public discussions
- Working in partnership with local governments, the development community, community-based organizations, academic institutions, and others active in the housing field
- Remaining informed about current housing-related planning issues, resources, and programs
- Updating portions ofMetroFuture, the regional plan for Metro Boston, which was adopted in 2008 and is currently undergoing review
Evening meetings, occasional weekend meetings, and local travel are a responsibility for this position.
The ideal candidate for Regional Housing + Land Use Planner will have:
- A Master’s degree in urban/regional planning, public policy/management, urban design/architecture, or a closely related field and 1-2 years of relevant professional experience, or a Bachelor’s degree with at least 4 years of relevant professional experience;
Successful candidates for this position will demonstrate all or most of the following:
- Experience + Knowledge
- Experience developing a range of municipal and multi-municipal plans; experience with Housing Production Plans in Massachusetts is a plus
- Experience drafting zoning, permitting procedures, and policies to create and preserve affordable and mixed-income housing
- Knowledge of housing production and preservation best practices, affordable housing policies, and relevant state and federal legislation and programs (e.g., M.G.L. Chapter 40B, Smart Growth Zoning, and Compact Neighborhoods); familiarity with Fair Housing issues across a range of protected classes is a plus
- Strong research skills and ability to work with large quantitative data sets to discern trends in demography, real estate, real estate markets, etc.;
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local land use policy issues, laws, regulations, and programs, as well as best planning practices related to master planning and other local planning activities;
- Ability to identify, evaluate, and strategize to overcome political and economic barriers to various forms of sustainable development, e.g., affordable housing, mixed-use development, and eTOD
- Ability to write coherent documents ranging from technical reports to public flyers
- Strong verbal communication and facilitation skills, including experience engaging with a range of stakeholders and audiences; the ability to articulate complex planning and policy issues to the public; the ability to build coalitions, achieve consensus, and resolve disputes in community engagement and public policy situations
- Strong visual communication skills, including designing presentations, boards, infographics, maps, renderings, and other design elements
- Interpersonal Skills
- Ability to work in a team and collaborate on project work
- Ability to establish, maintain, and expand productive relationships with relevant state housing agencies, not-for-profit and quasi-government housing organizations, the development community, community organizations, and others in the housing field
- Ability to work effectively with the public, community groups, and government officials, especially local elected and appointed officials
- Ability to design, develop, and maintain online toolkits and use social media to promote planning processes is a plus
- Organization + Time Management
- Ability to manage a workload consisting of multiple and varied projects
- Ability to work according to a predetermined timeline and meet deadlines as needed
- Equity Commitment
- Ability and interest in advocating for greater equity throughout Metro Boston, especially in the housing field
MAPC, established by statute in 1963, is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston, an area of 3.2 million people with 101 cities and towns. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities. In addition to our local and regional planning work, MAPC maintains an active effort to influence public policy, program design, and spending priorities on the state and federal levels.
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, and by the agency’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2014. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and the Strategic Plan, visit https://www.mapc.org/about-mapc/work-plans-strategic-plan/ and https://www.mapc.org/get-involved/metrofuture-our-regional-plan/.
Compensation and Benefits
The starting salary ranges from $55,000 to $65,000, depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits, as well as a flexible and supportive work environment.
Apply online at www.mapc.org. Please attach a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. 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.