Senior Regional Land Use Planner

Senior Regional Land Use Planner

  • Full Time
  • Boston

Website Metropolitan Area Planning Council

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks a Senior Regional Land Use Planner, who will work on a wide variety of local and regional projects in Greater Boston, with a particular focus on plans and regulatory changes that will have “impacts on the ground”, that are equity-oriented, that focus on intermunicipal actions, and that promote housing and economic development in appropriate locations, while preserving the region’s natural resources. MAPC aims at to support land use that is sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient.  The Senior Regional Land Use Planner will also help to evaluate and improve state laws, regulations, policies, and programs consistent with these values. The Senior 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.

The MAPC office has fully reopened.  MAPC staff will be expected to come into the office at least two days per week, on average.

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 


Responsibilities (including but not limited to) 

  • Advise various levels of government on policies and best practices; 
  • Help cities and towns to develop plans, policies, zoning, permitting procedures, and programs to achieve housing and economic development that is sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient;
  • Draft plans and policies, including zoning bylaws/ordinances;
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret housing, economic, open space, and demographic data;
  • Research and prepare reports, studies, testimony, and presentations; 
  • Remain informed about current planning issues, resources, and programs; 
  • Review legislation and regulatory changes at the state and federal levels; 
  • Advocate for public policies and actions;
  • Help build the capacity of local stakeholders – including local governments and non-profit organizations – to pursue such opportunities where they will advance sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient development;
  • Take a lead role on more complex planning and recovery projects, some of which may be interdisciplinary, at times overseeing housing staff, economic development staff, data services staff, public engagement specialists, or other specialized MAPC staff; 
  • Act as the project manager, on projects that may require contributions from multiple staff, to draft, review and integrate others’ contributions to assure coherence of the final product prior to public release;
  • Develop new ideas and concepts in response to a changing context and to increase the relevance and impact of MAPC’s planning and policy work; innovating and developing actionable concepts that take into account the region’s opportunities and challenges will be key elements of the Senior Planner’s role;
  • Speak in public about MAPC projects and programs, and sustainable and equitable development and other land use issues; 
  • Interact with environmental, economic development, transportation, housing and community development organizations, state agencies, and the public; 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.


Candidates for this position must have either a Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, public policy/administration, housing/economic development, or a closely related field and at least 7 years of relevant job experience, OR a Master’s degree plus 5 years of relevant job experience. 

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

  • Familiarity with federal, state and local land use policy issues, laws, and regulations, as well as with state programs such as Expedited Permitting, Smart Growth Zoning, Compact Neighborhoods, etc.;
  • Expertise in, and knowledge of, current best planning practices related to master planning, land use, economic development, open space and housing planning;
  • Experience in bylaw/ordinance preparation to promote smart growth, including land use, as well open space;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community groups, government officials, and other key stakeholders, especially local elected and appointed officials;
  • Experience providing professional planning assistance to local governments, showing advancement to progressively more complex projects over time;
  • Experience in supervising other staff working on complex economic development planning projects;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting with colleagues as well as external partners;
  • 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; and
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient development,. 

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 $75,000 – $85,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Master’s Degree, AICP Certification, and additional experience a plus for higher 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 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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