boston planning & development agency
TITLE: PLANNING ASSISTANT
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: PLANNING/DOWNTOWN & NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING
The Downtown & Neighborhood 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, economic development and access to opportunity 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.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direction of the Assistant Deputy Director for Downtown & Neighborhood Planning and in collaboration with planning team members, the Planning Assistant will support Downtown & Neighborhood Planning team staff in conducting planning initiatives, preparing recommendations for the Zoning Board of Appeal, and assisting the planning team with logistics for review of projects undergoing the Article 80 process. The Planning Assistant will also contribute to the department’s goal to provide a high level of customer service for the community, other constituencies, and public agency departments by coordinating timely responses to the requests for information as they relate to the above tasks.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.
Article 80 Development Review
Work requires completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or closely related field with 1 - 2 years of experience. Prior experience in conducting or actively participating in the planning process is desirable. Work requires ability to communicate clearly in written, verbal and graphic form; and to operate effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team. Strong written and verbal communications skills are an essential requirement; strong computer graphic skills are desired. Full command of Microsoft Office programs is required. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and PowerPoint to design and assemble graphically compelling (clear) presentations and reports is highly desirable.
Normal office environment; frequent site visits and attendance at evening meetings.
Little or no exertion; occasional local travel.
SCOPE: Not applicable.
**BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**