boston planning & development agency
TITLE: DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNITY AND URBAN PLANNING
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: PLANNING/COMMUNITY PLANNING
The Community Planning Department works with Boston’s communities to create and implement plans that help foster the development of attractive, safe, diverse, and economically thriving places to live, work and play. The Department works at the neighborhood level in partnership with local residents, businesses, institutions, and other public departments and agencies to create community visions that look at current assets and opportunities for future growth to enhance quality of life. Planners explore the issues of land use, housing needs, open space, transportation and multimodal networks and economic development with community members. The envisioned plans, informed by the community's input, guide future development scenarios and may result in: urban design guidelines, master plans, zoning recommendations, and/or other policy changes.
Community Planning is a multidisciplinary, team-oriented, neighborhood-based department.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direction of the Director of Planning, the Deputy Director for Community amd Urban Planning will lead and coordinate the community planning staff to produce plans, guidelines and policies appropriate to the planning issues in Boston’s many neighborhoods and downtown. He/She will guide and mentor staff to work collaboratively with community, business & institutional organizations on public planning processes associated with physical planning within Boston. Additionally, the Deputy Director will collaborate with BPDA Planning and Development Review staff as well as with City, State and other community agencies and organizations to facilitate the coordination of the public planning and development review processes relating to community planning issues.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in, but not limited to, the information listed below.
Work requires completion of a Master’s degree in Urban Planning or related field, or equivalent plus 8 years of progressively responsible related experience, with expertise in community relations, planning and development. Also requires knowledge of Boston’s zoning code, familiarity with city neighborhoods and commercial districts, acquaintance with community, civic and advisory groups, and knowledge of municipal government.
Candidate should be skilled and have experience in public speaking, large group facilitation and public interaction. He/She should have the ability to facilitate community collaborations and partnerships to accomplish shared goals and objectives. Base knowledge of cultural competency, equity and outreach practices to ensure inclusive and broad public participation is also desired.
Normal office environment; some site visits, many community meetings.
Little or no exertion; some local travel.
Directly or through subordinate supervisors, manage Community Planning Staff of up to 15 employees.
**BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**
*a cover-letter must accompany all applications