The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks candidates for the position of Regional Housing and Land Use Planner II to join the agency’s Housing Working Group within the Land Use Department. The Planner II will work on a wide range of projects requiring skills in data collection and analysis and knowledge of state housing policy and programming, zoning, displacement risk and mitigation, and community engagement. Familiarity with residential and Affordable Housing development is a plus. This individual will manage some projects and contribute to others, including Housing Production Plans, housing elements of master plans, research projects, rezoning efforts, and more. The Planner II will report to the Chief of Housing and Neighborhood Development.
This is an opportunity to work as part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative team of professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for Metro Boston.
MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for a more sustainable and equitable future, which was adopted in 2008. We are currently finalizing a successor regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together, which we expect to complete in Fall 2021. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.
MAPC has been operating remotely through the pandemic, but people are now beginning to return to the office. We anticipate the office will reopen fully only when the metrics we are following indicate it is safe to do so. At that time, we expect that most staff will be working on a hybrid schedule, combining time in the office with remote work.
MAPC strongly supports the professional development of each and every staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region. We encourage all our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times.
This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for everyone who lives and works in Greater Boston. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and MetroCommon, please visit www.mapc.org.
Examples of Duties
- Contribute to master plans, citywide housing plans, rezoning efforts, equitable development processes, strategic plans for local committees and other entities, and other projects
- Manage town-wide housing plans, research studies, and other projects depending on experience and expertise
- Conduct research and data analysis, such as housing market analyses, assessment of housing needs, and audits of local tools
- Use data-driven methodologies to assess development constraints and identify opportunities
- Prepare memos, reports, presentations, and other materials to support planning efforts and public processes
- Develop and facilitate public forums, workshops, and other digital and in-person community engagement events
- Develop content and materials to raise awareness of housing challenges and advocate for local housing policies and best practices
- Remain informed about current planning issues, resources, policies, and programs
Evening events, occasional weekend events, and local travel are a responsibility for this position. MAPC does not require that you have a vehicle; however, you must have a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC provides support for travel, including a Zipcar account and BlueBikes membership.
Candidates must have either a Master’s degree pertaining to urban/regional planning, economic development, affordable housing, real estate development, public policy/management, urban design/architecture or closely related field and at least 2 years of relevant job experience, or a Bachelor’s degree plus at least 3 years of relevant professional experience.
Successful candidates for this position will demonstrate all or most of the following:
- Knowledge and understanding of current best planning practices related to housing planning; residential zoning and permitting; and federal, state, and local policy and programming, such as M.G.L. Chapter 40B and 40R, the Community Preservation Act, HOME, and CDBG
- Knowledge of and experience with Affordable Housing development, subsidy and finance programs, and financial pro forma are beneficial but not required
- Ability to organize and analyze large quantitative data sets to draw conclusions in demographic, real estate, and other areas
- Ability to use GIS effectively is a plus
- Strong research, writing, and communication skills
- Strong design skills, including boards, presentations, and infographics
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse audience of community groups, government officials (especially local elected and appointed officials), and other key stakeholders, in both urban and suburban settings
- Community engagement skills, including with facilitation and public process
- Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting with colleagues as well as external partners
- Ability to work independently and manage projects of small to medium scale
Compensation and Benefits:
The salary ranges from $60,000 – $70,000, depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.
How to Apply:
Apply online at www.mapc.org/jobs. The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a sample of relevant writing or work product. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC participates in E-Verify, which is a federal program that helps us to determine work eligibility in the United States.
MAPC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We believe that a staff with a range of perspectives, experiences, and skillsets strengthens our work. We are committed to building a more equitable workplace that allows staff with diverse backgrounds and identities to thrive, grow, and lead. For more information on MAPC’s culture of equity, see our Equity at MAPC page.