NOTICE OF POSTING
POSTING DATE: March 25, 2021
RESUME AND LETTER OF INTEREST REQUESTED BY 04/15/21 POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.
||Community Development Department|
||Associate Planner, Community Planning|
|Civil Service Position:
||Non Civil Service position
|Hours Per Week:
||37.50 per week plus evening meetings|
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direction of the Community Planning Director for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department (CDD), the Associate Planner will carry out neighborhood planning responsibilities as assigned. The Associate Planner will work in a team-oriented environment on a broad range of urban issues involving a wide variety of public settings and participants. Specific responsibilities include the following:
- Carry out planning processes and studies in assigned neighborhoods, such as:
- Develop neighborhood planning studies that examine and address current and future community needs while achieving citywide goals, working in collaboration with other city staff and community stakeholders.
- Manage community processes for design of new or renovated parks, plazas, streetscapes, and open spaces.
- Communicate the vision and goals from neighborhood studies with other staff.
- Implement tactical interventions to activate public space with goal of encouraging social interaction.
- Identify and implement neighborhood-based engagement strategies to assess issues and concerns, inspire interest in local planning issues, and build strong ties with the community.
- Maintain and develop on-going relationship with residents, businesses, and civic organizations; relay city/department policies and hear from the community; serve as liaison to various neighborhood committees and organizations.
- Work collaboratively with planners, other department staff, and consultants; may be assigned as lead planner on routine projects and/or work under the direction of senior planners on more complex projects.
- Engage the community through wide-reaching and inclusive engagement strategies that extend to hard-to-reach and underserved communities; facilitate dialogue and consensus-building among people with diverse interests.
- Research and review information, public input, and relevant data; apply structured and disciplined approach to formulate results and make recommendations as needed.
- Represent CDD at public events and/or make presentations to audiences that vary in size and backgrounds.
- Assist with review of sustainability-related design comments for major development projects
- Other projects as assigned.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- A Bachelor's degree in in City Planning or a related field and 5 years of relevant experience, preferably neighhorhood planning. A Master's Degree in a related field may be substituted for 2 years of experience.
- Excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills; comfortable in public forums.
- Ability to work well on interdisciplinary project teams and in community planning processes.
- Commitment to participatory, equitable, inclusive, and collaborative decision-making.
- Good judgement and excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with a diverse range of City employees, volunteer board/committee members, elected and appointed officials, and members of the public.
- Knowledge of Cambridge helpful.
- The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.
- Critical, thoughtful, and creative thinker with effective problem-solving capabilities.
- Background and/or strong interest in design.
- Value the importance of public realm and community engagement.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work involves frequent evening meetings, requiring travelling to and through the city to project locations, driving, and walking. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involved is primarily indoors in a professional office setting although some work may be outdoors at project sites. The job requires participation in evening meetings.
RATE: $62,338 – $88,021 + plus excellent benefits
Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and letter of interest requested by 4/15/21. Position will remain open until filled.
THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING A WORKFORCE CULTURE OF ANTIRACISM, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION.
CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.