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Economic Development Planner II

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks candidates for the position of Economic Development Planner II. The Planner will work on a wide variety of projects in local communities, with a particular focus on sustainable and equitable economic development, covering such topics as commercial/industrial real estate development, job creation, and workforce issues. This includes helping cities and towns develop plans, zoning, land use and other policies, and conducting site, market and feasibility analyses, and similar functions, to advance economic development and ensure an equitable recovery in communities hard-hit by the COVID pandemic and recession.  MAPC aims at to support economic development that is sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient. The Planner will also help to evaluate and improve state laws, regulations, policies, and programs consistent with these values. The Planner will work closely with state agencies, local officials, community groups, businesses, and institutions.

About MAPC

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 our regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.

MAPC has 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 or MetroCommon2050, please visit www.mapc.org.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

  • Assist cities and towns in evaluating options and actions to undertake to spur economic recovery from COVID19, including securing state and federal recovery funds. Help municipalities to design projects and programs that may be funded by the US Economic Development Administration, as well as other funders;
  • Help cities and towns to develop plans, policies, zoning, permitting procedures, and programs to achieve economic development that is sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient;
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret economic and demographic data;
  • Conduct market and feasibility analyses to understand the potential for new commercial, industrial, retail, residential, and mixed-use development, especially in transit-oriented locations;
  • Help build the capacity of local stakeholders – including local governments, chambers of commerce, and businesses – to pursue such opportunities where they will advance sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient development;
  • In close concert with the MAPC Economic Development team, assist in the development of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, issued every five years and updated annually under MAPC’s designation as lead agency for the federal Economic Development District for Greater Boston;
  • Support municipal and regional strategies to advance workforce development goals, with a focus on small business issues, quality employment, living wage career pathways, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation tools for BIPOC and lower-income individuals;
  • Evaluate ways to improve state and federal laws, regulations, policies, and programs to encourage smart growth and regional collaboration;
  • Participate in developing and implementing interdisciplinary projects to advance equitable economic development, through partnerships with other MAPC staff (e.g., Housing, Arts & Culture, and Public Health staff), as well as state agencies and external advocates and stakeholders;
  • Acting as the project manager on projects that may require contributions from multiple staff, draft, review and integrate others’ contributions in a manner that assures coherence of the final product prior to public release;
  • Speak in public about MAPC projects and programs, and sustainable and equitable economic development and other land use issues; and,
  • Conduct other planning activities as assigned to implement our new regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together.

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 MBTA passes, a Zipcar account, and BlueBikes membership.
Qualifications

Candidates for this position must have either a Bachelor’s degree with a major in planning, public policy/administration, economic development, or a closely related field and at least 3 years of relevant job experience; OR a Master’s degree in one of these fields plus at least 2 year of relevant professional experience.

Successful candidates for this position will demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community groups, government officials, and other key stakeholders, especially local elected and appointed officials;
  • Experience providing professional planning and/or economic development assistance to local governments;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting with colleagues as well as external partners;
  • Knowledge and understanding of real estate development, ability to evaluate residential or commercial sites and projects, or experience with development and finance tools, such as state and federal financing mechanisms; experience working on market analyses, development pro formas, or feasibility analyses is a plus;
  • Familiarity with key economic development laws, regulations, programs, and tools of federal, state and/or local government;
  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills, including ability to interpret data and to use GIS effectively;
  • Strong skills and abilities in public process, facilitation, and collaboration;
  • Knowledge and understanding of workforce development strategies, with a particular emphasis on lower-income individuals, (experience with specific strategies to build small businesses or to encourage entrepreneurship, living wages, quality employment, and wealth creation is also a plus); and,
  • Ability to advocate for sustainable land use practices and greater equity throughout Metro Boston, especially in housing, employment, and other issues.

Per MAPC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, the selected candidate is required to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations, as defined by the CDC, by the agreed upon start date. See COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots | CDC.

Compensation and Benefits
The salary ranges from $60,000 – $70,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Master’s Degree, AICP Certification, and additional experience a plus for the high end of the salary range.   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. 

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