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Planning Director

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Town of Lexington

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Planning Director

Town of Lexington



Job #668216301

The Town of Lexington seeks qualified applicants for the full-time position of Planning Director in the Land Use, Health and Development Department. Under the general supervision of the Assistant Town Manager for Development and the general guidance of the Planning Board, this position is responsible for planning and directing the operations of the Planning Office, including the management of research, analyses, and reports as well as developing policy drafts and proposals for the Planning Board. Provides direct supervision to three full-time employees. Qualified applicants will have a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or a related field as well as ten years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal or regional planning or community or economic development, including six years of administrative or supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. American Institute of Certified Planners credential desired. Anticipated hiring range: $86,041-$97,246. A Town application form (required), cover letter and resume must be submitted to: Town of Lexington, Human Resources Department, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420 no later than Friday, June 8, 2018. A complete job description and the Town’s application form are available online at: ~~~ GENERAL PURPOSE Responsible for managing the operations of the Planning Office to include the short and long range planning of development and implementation of Town land. SUPERVISION RECEIVED Reports to the Assistant Town Manager for Development, and works under the general guidance of the Planning Board. SUPERVISION EXERCISED Supervise three (3) full-time-equivalent employees in such position titles as Assistant Planning Director, Department Clerk, and Planner. Functional supervision of a Regional Housing Specialist. Supervisory activities include establishing work procedures and performance, providing performance feedback, conducting formal performance reviews, hiring and orientation of new employees, scheduling work hours and granting time off, and assigning and reviewing work. Oversees work done by contractors working for the Department, and may occasionally supervise volunteer workers and interns. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Plan, direct, evaluate and exercise general supervision over the work of the entire Planning Office to include the management of research, analyses, reports, and policy drafts and proposals to the Planning Board, record keeping, and the publishing of planning studies. Develop, manage and monitor annual operating budget and capital improvement plan. Administer Planning Board policy and enforce departmental rules, regulations, work methods, and procedures. Serve as principal professional adviser and resource on planning and development issues for the Planning Board. Schedule items for action at Board meetings, prepare presentations, and prepare analyses and drafts of reports or recommendations which the Board makes to Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen, and the Board of Appeals. Responsible for drafting and filing reports to government bodies or agencies under State law and Town Bylaws. Draft articles for warrant for Town Meeting, draft amendments to Zoning Bylaw and Development Regulations, serve as technical resource during Town Meeting debate. Work with the Assistant Town Manager for Development to propose and negotiate conditions to be imposed on proposed land developments, such as developer financed public infrastructure, affordable housing, donations of land, or cash contributions to the Town. Assist Town Counsel in the preparation of materials involving development litigation. May be called to testify as expert witness. May participate in negotiations on settlement offers dealing with litigation dealing with land development. Recommend changes in the fee structure for the publications and services the Department provides. Prepare grant applications for the Town for Federal or State grants. Work with Regional Housing Services Office to maintain and monitor affordable housing units in Town and develop Town housing policies. Work with the Economic Development Director to enhance economic development opportunities through regulatory change and other tools. Actively participate as a member of the Department management team. Work collaboratively to set the direction for the municipal organization, continually improve Town services, and appropriately allocate organizational resources across Town departments. QUALIFICATIONS Experience and Training Guidelines Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning or related field, and ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal planning, regional planning, or community or economic development, including six (6) years of administrative or supervisory responsibility; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. American Institute of Certified Planners credential desired. Knowledge of: Operations, services and activities of a municipal planning and development function. Principles and practices of planning and development program administration; application of economic development theory to urban issues; short and long-term planning methods; program development; administration and evaluation; project management; staff supervision, training and performance management; and municipal budget preparation and administration. Housing, transportation, environmental policy and planning methods and best practices. Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations. Geographic Information Systems. Microsoft Office and spreadsheets. Ability to: Lead and direct the operations, services and activities of a municipal planning office. Develop and administer Planning Office goals, objectives, and procedures. Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of staff; select, supervise, train, evaluate, and discipline; delegate authority and responsibility. Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques. Identify and respond to community, staff, Planning Board and Board of Selectmen issues, concerns and needs. Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and recommend courses of action. Prepare and administer budgets; prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, laws and regulations. Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following: standing or sitting for extended periods of time operating office equipment including computer, copier and telephone traveling to various work locations. Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for: making observations communicating with others reading and writing answering questions speaking in a clear and audible voice. Maintain mental capacity that permits: making sound decisions and using good judgment demonstrating intellectual capabilities estimating time and materials needed for projects evaluating the effectiveness of programs and personnel recommending effective policies and procedures prioritizing and assigning work activities analyzing and interpreting data and trends performing mathematical and statistical computations communicating clearly responding to questions. Effectively handle a work environment and conditions that involve: working closely with others working with the public working outside of normal office hours, as required. TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED Office equipment (personal computer, telephone, calculator, copier, facsimile, etc.), and passenger vehicle, G.I.S. and drafting equipment. PHYSICAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, talk, hear, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with arms and hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, the ability to adjust focus and distinguish colors. WORK ENVIRONMENT Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required to visit undeveloped sites or those under construction. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the field. SELECTION GUIDELINES Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Updated 05/17/2018

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