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TOWN PLANNER (Open Positions: 1)



Location: Planning Department, Falmouth, MA 02540
Department: PLANNING BOARD
Division: None
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Hour Per Week: 40
Details: $39.48 - $51.53/hr.
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Job Description

The Town of Falmouth is currently recruiting for the position of Town Planner. This position is responsible for providing professional, administrative, technical, supervisory, policy direction and overall management of Planning Department and other land use and community development related functions within the Town. Oversees management of the Planning Department.  Plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed. Prepares and monitors department budget. Coordinates department activities with other departments as needed. Provides leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range plans and projects; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies.  Serves as an advisor and administrator to the Planning Board. Attends all Planning Board meetings. Produces technically sound and legally tenable recommendations and opinions for the Planning Board and other land use agencies on regulatory matters; prepares staff reports, drafts motions and files motions in a timely manner to avoid procedural defects. Provides information and recommendations to, and solicits input from, the Planning Board, subcommittees to the Planning Board, Select Board and other town committees that address land use and economic development matters. Coordinates the development and analysis of all planning activities relating to land use and community development. Promotes economic development consistent with applicable land use regulations, the Local Comprehensive Plan and other applicable land use plans. Prepares reports and assists the town with planning and land use related decisions, representing the interest of the town and implementing policies of the Planning Board, Select Board and applicable laws, bylaws, and regulations. Provides technical support to staff members for C.40B applications including Local Initiative Projects, project eligibility letters, review of deed riders, refinancing requests. Frequent contact with DHCD, MassHousing and other public or private housing interests as needed. Responds to inquiries from the general public, attorneys, engineers, and land surveyors on town zoning bylaws, subdivision rules and regulations and other relevant procedures. Periodically reviews zoning by laws and recommends changes and improvements. Coordinates review of development proposals with building, zoning, planning, health, conservation, utility and engineering departments; confers with developers, engineers, attorneys, citizen groups and other interested parties to discuss potential development proposals; acts as a facilitator between applicants and town departments; acts as the liaison to the Cape Cod Commission; reviews all DRIs; reviews and monitors MEPA/NEPA projects on behalf of the town; promotes efficient review and appropriate regulatory decisions consistent with the goals of the Town as expressed in land use plans, applicable regulations and the goals of the Planning Board and Select Board. Issues RFPs and administers resulting contracts for design/build projects using Federal Highway/MPO funds, specialized studies, and technical consultants; Represents the town on various boards, committees and projects as assigned and serves in a liaison capacity to town committees as assigned. Provides litigation support to town boards, commissions, committees, and Town Department Heads on a broad range of technical planning and community development issues. Administers local/state/federal grant-in-aid awards including Small Cities CDBG, Public Works Economic Development, PARC/LAND. Represents the interests of the town before state and regional agencies regarding public facilities and grant applications. Develops information using GIS software for boards and committees and special study groups; oversees the administration of the planning/community development web page. Supports the goals of the Planning Board and the Town Manager through creative problem solving, decision making, a commitment to customer service, and by taking initiative to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department.  Provides instruction and mentoring to subordinate employees. Provides advice and support to supervisors. Performs similar or related work as required, or as situation dictates and as assigned by the Town Manager. Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, urban planning, economic development, or related field, and 5-7 years of increasingly responsible experience in planning, regional planning or community or economic development, including considerable administrative and supervisory responsibility; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience functioning as a member of a management team. Thorough knowledge of Massachusetts land use laws and attendant regulations; working knowledge of federal land use laws; gains through on the job learning, thorough knowledge of local zoning bylaws, regulations, and planning procedures; knowledge of planning, housing, and environmental issues; knowledge of GIS. Ability to comprehend development pro-forma, appraisals, loan underwriting especially in relation to affordable housing. Knowledge of MA procurement laws. Knowledge of capital budgeting at the state and local level, Knowledge of Federal and state grant-in-aid programs. Knowledge of mediation techniques. Ability to work independently, conduct independent research and analyze and interpret results; ability to prepare reports and formulate recommendations; ability to draft decisions, regulations, and bylaw amendments; ability to become familiar with and effectively apply local zoning by-laws; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with local officials and the general public; ability to interact tactfully with developers; ability to prioritize responsibilities; ability to lead and collaborate across multiple community development divisions.


Job Responsibilities

Provides professional, administrative, technical, supervisory, policy direction and overall management of Planning Department and other land use and community development related functions within the Town.

Oversees management of the Planning Department.  Plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.  Prepares and monitors department budget.  Coordinates department activities with other departments as needed.

Serves as an advisor and administrator to the Planning Board. Attends all Planning Board meetings. Produces technically sound and legally tenable recommendations and opinions for the Planning Board and other land use agencies on regulatory matters; prepares staff reports, drafts motions and files motions in a timely manner to avoid procedural defects.

Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans and projects; gathers, interprets and prepares data for studies.  Provides information and recommendations to, and solicits input from, the Planning Board, subcommittees to the Planning Board, Select Board and other town committees that address land use and economic development matters.  Coordinates the development and analysis of all planning activities relating to land use and community development. Promotes economic development consistent with applicable land use regulations, the Local Comprehensive Plan and other applicable land use plans.

Prepares reports and assists the town with planning and land use related decisions, representing the interest of the town and implementing policies of the Planning Board, Select Board and applicable laws, bylaws and regulations.

Provides technical support to staff members for C.40B applications including Local Initiative Projects, project eligibility letters, review of deed riders, refinancing requests. Frequent contact with DHCD, MassHousing and other public or private housing interests as needed.

Responds to inquiries from the general public, attorneys, engineers, and land surveyors on town zoning bylaws, sub division rules and regulations and other relevant procedures.

Coordinates review of development proposals with building, zoning, planning, health, conservation, utility and engineering departments; confers with developers, engineers, attorneys, citizen groups and other interested parties to discuss potential development proposals acts as a facilitator between applicants and town departments; acts as the liaison to the Cape Cod Commission; reviews all DRIs; reviews and monitors MEPA/NEPA projects on behalf of the town; promotes efficient review and appropriate regulatory decisions consistent with the goals of the Town as expressed in land use plans, applicable regulations and the goals of the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen.

Issues RFPs and administers resulting contracts for design/build projects using Federal Highway/MPO funds, specialized studies and technical consultants; Represents the town on various boards, committees and projects as assigned and serves in a liaison capacity to town committees as assigned.

Provides litigation support to town boards, commissions, committees and Town Department Heads on a broad range of technical planning and community development issues.

Administers local/state/federal grant-in-aid awards including Small Cities CDBG, Public Works Economic Development, PARC/LAND. Represents the interests of the town before state and regional agencies regarding public facilities and grant applications.

Develops information using GIS software for boards and committees and special study groups; oversees the administration of the planning/community development web page.

Supports the goals of the Planning Board and the Town Manager through creative problem solving, decision making, a commitment to customer service, and by taking initiative to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department.  Provides instruction and mentoring to subordinate employees. Provides advice and support to supervisors.

Performs similar or related work as required, or as situation dictates and as assigned by the Town Manager.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE -

Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, urban planning, economic development, or related field, and 5-7 years of increasingly responsible experience in planning, regional planning or community or economic development, including considerable administrative and supervisory responsibility; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience functioning as a member of a management team.

KNOWLEDGE -

Thorough knowledge of Massachusetts land use laws and attendant regulations; working knowledge of federal land use laws; gains through on the job learning thorough knowledge of local zoning bylaws, regulations and planning procedures; ; knowledge of planning, housing and environmental issues; knowledge of GIS. Ability to comprehend development pro-forma, appraisals, loan underwriting especially in relation to affordable housing. Knowledge of MA procurement laws. Knowledge of capital budgeting at the state and local level, Knowledge of Federal and state grant-in-aid programs. Knowledge of mediation techniques.

ABILITY -

Ability to work independently, conduct independent research and analyze and interpret results; ability to prepare reports and formulate recommendations; ability to draft decisions, regulations, and bylaw amendments; ability to become familiar with and effectively apply local zoning by-laws; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with local officials and the general public; ability to interact tactfully with developers; ability to prioritize responsibilities; ability to lead and collaborate across multiple community development divisions.

SKILL -

Written and oral communication skills; public presentation skills; planning and organizational skills conflict resolution and mediation skills.


Physical Requirements

Minimal physical effort is generally required to perform administrative duties; moderate physical effort is required to perform field work. The employee is frequently required to speak and hear and use hands to operate equipment. Vision requirements include the ability to read and analyze documents, use a computer and operate an automobile.


Additional Information

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises multiple employees, as assigned.


Supervision

Works under the administrative direction of the Town Manager, receiving oral and written direction.  The employee also functions independently, consulting with the Town Manager or appropriate board when clarification or interpretation of policy or procedures is required.

 

Work Environment

Work is generally performed in office conditions; some field work is required to perform site visits and inspections; the employee is required to attend frequent evening meetings.

The employee operates standard office equipment and an automobile.

The employee has frequent contact with town departments, state, regional and local agencies and the general public

The employee has access to department-related legal proceedings.

Errors could result in monetary loss or legal repercussions.

Application Special Instructions

Open Until Filled with preliminary review of applications to take place 12/17/21