boston planning & development agency


    Job ID
    Development Review
    Grade Level
    # of Hours
    Salary Range
    $77,300 - $99,600
  • Summary

    boston planning & development agency







    With management from the Director of Development Review, oversee the BPDA's planning for and regulating of university and hospital growth throughout the City of Boston Also, serve in a primary role on other small, large, and complex assignments, including functioning as a department resource in specific areas of project management expertise. The Senior Planner & Project Manager must demonstrate a strong urban planning background, expertise in Boston’s Article 80 Development Review and Approval process, familiarity with Imagine Boston 2030, local planning initiatives, and the Boston Zoning Code. As Senior Planner and Institutional Project Manager, operate independently in the role and once onboarded, seeksupervisory consultation only on sensitive agency and administrative issues.



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


    • As a member of the institutional review team, serve as the primary liaison to various academic and medical instiutations. 
    • Develop strong working relationships with key personnel and departments from various institutions, including government relations, real estate, facilities, and planning to understand the institutional history and collaborate oncurrent needs.
    • Coordinate meetings with stakeholders from the BPDA and various City of Boston departments to provide feedback on proposed institutional plans, projects and consistent citywide and neighborhood planning goals.
    • Participate in the development and preparation of Institutional Master Plans (IMPs).
    • Establish and cultivate effective working relationships with residents and representatives of community groups, government, industry and other entities that have interests in the IMP process.
    • Manage the coordination of Article 80 review for institutional development proposals, with particular attention to citywide and neighborhood planning goals, history of institutions’ relationship with surrounding residential neighborhoods, transportation impacts, student housing production goals, urban design guidelines, and other key planning criteria, as well as standard Article 80 Large Project Review elements.
    • Coordinate public meetings with appointed advisory bodies, residents, neighborhood stakeholders, community groups, abutters, and other interested public parties to present and discuss proposed projects. Moderate and facilitate discussions; 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 institutions or their representatives and community groups to achieve consensus on proposed plans and projects.
    • Lead the negotiation and, where applicable, implementation of community benefits agreements.
    • Prepare reports, memoranda, recommendations and other materials for BPDA Board review and presentation to the Boston Zoning Commission.
    • Collaborate with representatives of the BPDA's Legal Department and Planning Division, along with other City, State and Federal agencies or departments in the development review process.
    • 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.
    • Provide direction,technical advice and guidance to other BPDA staff on specific assignments.
    • Maintain current knowledge of the Boston Zoning Code, economy, commercial/industrial base, neighborhoods, and institutional constituencies.
    • Utilize skills in urban planning, Article 80 development review, and community engagement to participate in and lead other agency inititatives, as assigned.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.



    • Bachelors degree in City Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Business or equivalent required.  A Masters degree in similar concentrations strongly preferred.  
    • Minimum of five to ten years of progressively responsible related experience in urban planning and/or real estate project management.
    • Must demonstrate expertise in Boston’s Article 80 Development Review and Approval process, familiarity with Imagine Boston 2030, otherlocal planning initiaives, and the Boston Zoning Code.
    • Proven ability to achieve successful outcomes in multi-stakeholder processes involving complex urban planning challenges and competing perspectives.
    • Excellent writing skills, both clear and concise, necessary of position.


    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.





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