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NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: April 30, 2021
RESUME, LETTER OF INTEREST, AND WRITING SAMPLE REQUESTED BY: 06/02/21 POSITION IS CONSIDERED OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Community Development Department
Job Title: Associate Zoning Planner
Job Code: M588-724
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.50 per wk. Generally Mon 8:30am-8:00pm, Tues-Thurs 8:30am-5:00pm, Fri 8:30pm-12:00pm. Attend after-hours meetings including Planning Board meetings (held most Tues evenings), City Council and advisory committee hearings & community meetings as needed

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Community Development Department (CDD) is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. Encompassing the Housing, Economic Development, Community Planning, Zoning and Development, and Environmental and Transportation Planning divisions, CDD's mission is to foster a livable, sustainable, just, and equitable community. CDD engages and collaborates with community partners, other government agencies, and residents to make Cambridge a desirable place to live, work, learn, play, and innovate.

Working within the Division of Zoning and Development (Z&D) of CDD, this Zoning Associate Planner position is a great professional opportunity for someone with a strong interest in zoning and land use regulation to develop their knowledge and skills in an active planning office that engages with a wide range of contemporary urban development issues.  More information about Z&D is available on the Division's webpage at http://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/zoninganddevelopment.

Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Zoning and Development, specific activities of the Zoning Associate Planner include but are not limited to the following:

  • Developing and analyzing zoning ordinances on a range of complex land use and urban development topics - recent topics have included new standards for climate resilience, incentives to increase the production of affordable housing, and more flexible regulations to support retail uses and home occupations.
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams, which may include planners specializing in urban design, transportation, environmental sustainability, housing, and economic development, as well as staff in other City departments, to advance zoning policy initiatives and coordinate development review.
  • Reviewing and analyzing amendments to the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance proposed by residents, property owners, City officials, and others.
  • Preparing written reports and oral presentations for a range of audiences including the City administration, City Council, Planning Board, advisory committees, and community groups.
  • Providing information and advice on land use and zoning matters to other City staff, residents, business owners, property owners and developers, community groups, City Council, Planning Board, and others as needed.
  • Participating in the review of major development proposals.
  • Initiating, managing, and coordinating various zoning studies and outreach initiatives led by Z&D.
  • Additional projects based on the applicant's skills and interests and the division's needs.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • A bachelor's degree in urban planning, real estate, architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, government administration, or related field with a minimum of 4 years directly relevant professional experience. A Master's Degree in a related field may be substituted for 2 years of experience. In exceptional instances, specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for part of the educational requirement
  • Professional and/or volunteer experience or advanced coursework in the comprehension and application of zoning codes.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Experience in collaborative, team-based project work, both in leading and supporting roles.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of Department staff, other City employees, and members of the public in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to prioritize workloads, multitask and meet deadlines while working with a broad range of individuals in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and develop creative regulatory approaches to complex issues within the legal framework of zoning.
  • High level of motivation and detail-oriented skills.
  • Overall computer proficiency including general office applications (Microsoft Office suite) and ability to learn more advanced applications.
  • 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.

An ideal candidate would also have the following qualities:

  • Genuine desire to study challenging and current issues in urban development through the application of zoning and land use regulations.
  • Understanding of planning and urban development issues particularly relevant to Cambridge and how they are affected by zoning, including social and environmental justice, housing affordability, and climate change.
  • Direct experience in developing and/or analyzing proposed zoning ordinances or by-laws.
  • Knowledge and direct experience in sustainable design and development codes and practices.
  • Lived experience in a dense, walkable urban realm with similar characteristics and challenges as those in the City of Cambridge.

 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involved is primarily indoors in a professional office setting, although some work may be outdoors at project sites. Work involves frequent evening meetings with the possibility of a flexible schedule to accommodate those meetings.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work involves meetings that sometimes require traveling to and through the City to meeting and project locations.

BENEFITS:  

  • Competitive Health, Dental and Vision benefits
  • Vacation and Sick leave eligible
  • Sick Incentive Pay Eligible
  • 3 Personal days
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Management Allowance, $2500 per year

 

 

 

 

RATE: $62,338 - $88,021/year

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

All applicants must submit a resume, letter of interest, and a written sample or excerpt from a work product (professional-, academic, or volunteer-related) related to issues of zoning, no more than four pages (including any charts, images or diagrams), accompanied by a brief statement explaining why the material was prepared and your role in its preparation to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Internal applicants submit a job bidding form along with 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest.  Resume, letter of interest, and writing sample requested by 06/02/2021. 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.

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