boston planning & development agency


    Posted Date 04/16/2019
    Job ID
    Development Review
    Grade Level
    # of Hours
    Salary Range
    $75,800 - $94,700
  • Summary

    boston planning & development agency





    Under direction of Director of Development Review, manage and coordinate the BPDA’s review of institutional growth throughout the City of Boston. The Senior Project Manager must demonstrate expertise in Boston’s Article 80 Development Review and Approval process, familiarity with Imagine Boston 2030 and local planning initiatives, and the Boston Zoning Code. Act as a fully seasoned economic development professional, typically requiring supervisory consultation only on political or sensitive administrative issues.  Serve in a lead role on small, large, and complex assignments; function as a department technical resource in specific area of project management expertise.



    The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in, but not limited to, the information listed below.


    • As assigned, manage, review, and evaluate small to large institutional proposals. Guide and coordinate passage of development proposals through design and development review process.  
    • Review institutional development proposals, including proposed use, cost, conformity with zoning requirements, traffic studies, land use studies, environmental impact, etc. Compile and prepare reports and memoranda, documenting comments to development proposals. Manage the coordination and distribution of development proposal comments to involved parties. Monitor development project timelines from initial contact with development proposals through BPDA board consideration.
    • As assigned, participate in the development and preparation of institutional master plans; meet with institution representatives to negotiate and achieve consensus; document master plans and their amendments or updates. Organize meetings with developers and architects to negotiate agreements and revisions to institutional development review and design process.
    • Coordinate the scheduling of meetings with Institutional Task Forces, Impact Advisory Groups ("IAG"), Citizen Advisory Committees ("CAC"), residents, neighborhood stakeholders, community groups, abutters, and other interested public entities to present and discuss the proposed project. Moderate and facilitate discussion; plan and implement community participation strategies to solicit useful feedback; serve as a communications link between community/citizen groups and developers.  Propose and negotiate agreements between developers or their representatives and community groups to achieve consensus and make joint recommendations on project plans.
    • Establish and cultivate effective working relationships with representatives of community groups, government, industry and other entities that have interests in the Institutional Master Plan processes.
    • Collaborate with representatives of the BRA's Legal, Urban Design and Planning Department, along with other City, State and Federal agencies or departments in the Institutional review process.
    • Manage the integration and consolidation of interests of institutions, developers, community, government, and other involved parties; develop and produce final proposal for BPDA Board presentation.
    • Manage and coordinate the execution of land disposition agreements, ground leases, licenses, developer’s kits, design guidelines and planning documents; oversee appropriate distribution and approvals.
    • Coordinate the preparation of urban design and planning proposals, including perspective drawings and other design graphics for use in negotiations with developers about building heights, density and land use.
    • Coordinate with the Department of Neighborhood Development to achieve the City’s student housing goals and collaboratively address student housing related issues in the City.
    • Develop, recommend and implement operating policies and procedures for the Institutional Development division with other members of senior staff.
    • Provide direction and technical advice and guidance to other project management staff on specific assignments.
    • Prepare reports, memoranda, recommendations and other materials for BPDA Board review.
    • Formulate and recommend project design and development policies for Boston neighborhoods.
    • May assist in construction project management and monitoring.
    • Maintain and update current knowledge of the Boston Zoning Code, economy, commercial/industrial base, neighborhoods, and institutional constituencies.
    • Perform other related duties as required.



    Work requires a Bachelor's degree in Business, City Planning, Urban Design, Architecture or equivalent.  A Master's degree is preferred.  Must have five to ten years of progressively responsible related experience in economic project management and/or urban planning. Must demonstrate expertise in Boston’s Article 80 Development Review and Approval process, familiarity with Imagine Boston 2030 and local planning initiatives, and the Boston Zoning Code. Current familiarity with Boston’s, economy, commercial, institutional and industrial bases and neighborhoods is required.


    WORK ENVIRONMENT: Normal office environment; frequent community meetings and occasional site visits.


    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Little or no exertion; occasional local travel.


    SCOPE: Provide functional advice and guidance to other project management staff.




    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed