The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Metro Boston, seeks a Housing and Land Use Planner and Policy Analyst to help achieve the goals of its long-range smart growth regional plan, MetroFuture . In large part, the Planner and Policy Analyst will work to implement the Metro Boston Sustainable Communities (MBSC) program, which was initiated when MAPC received one of the first Regional Planning Grants awarded by the Obama Administration. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment to build a more sustainable and equitable future for metropolitan Boston. For further details on MAPC and MetroFuture see www.mapc.org , and for the MBSC specifically, see http://www.mapc.org/sustainablecommunities.
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Essential Functions/Duties of the Position
The Planner and Policy Analyst will work closely with other staff at MAPC, state agencies, local officials, community groups, businesses, and institutions. Projects would include:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Strong understanding of plan-making, public policy analysis, political decision-making, and/or project evaluation; Knowledge of the real estate development process, ability to evaluate residential or commercial sites and projects, or hands-on experience with housing production; Understanding of local, state, and federal government programs and processes (Massachusetts experience preferred, but not essential); Ability to analyze data and discern trends in fields such as demography, real estate, local markets, impact analysis, and government finance; Ability to work with the public and articulate planning, policy and, specifically housing issues to a wide variety of audiences; Ability to function as a mediator or facilitator when public and private or community interests conflict; Ability to work with people in a wide variety of settings, from diverse urban neighborhoods to largely rural exurban communities;
- Designing new policies and programs to preserve and create affordable and mixed-income housing in Metro Boston, and to encourage a more sustainable pattern of growth;
- Researching and advocating for greater equity throughout Metro Boston in regard to housing and other land use issues;
- Helping cities and towns to develop new plans, zoning, permitting, programs, and other implementation strategies to achieve affordable housing, fair housing, and sustainable development goals;
- Identifying, evaluating, and strategizing to remove local and state-level policy barriers to affordable housing and sustainable development;
- Building coalitions, achieving consensus, mediating disputes, educating the public, conducting research, producing written documents, and speaking publicly in regard to smart growth issues;
- Conducting other activities to implement MetroFuture and MBSC.
- Masters degree in planning, policy, or related field, or at least 3 years professional experience in housing or land use;
- Demonstrated history of entrepreneurial work ethic and ability to manage projects to completion;
- Great interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail; and
- Literacy in computer software including Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel; GIS software skill a plus.
Compensation and benefits
Full time position with excellent state employee benefits package. Salary dependent upon qualifications. All candidates must have a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region and legal authorization (citizenship or visa) to work in the USA. Position open until filled. Review of applications to begin March 30, 2012. APPLY ONLINE on MAPC Web site at link shown there, and please attach cover letter and resume. MAPC is an EOE/ AA employer. Candidates of color are encouraged to apply. Posted 3/7/12. Thomas E. Hauenstein, Manager of Human Resources.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council - 2 years ago