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OVERVIEW

Our ever-evolving regional planning organization, seeks an individual to perform technical & professional work in municipal land use, subdivisions, site plan review, and community resilience planning assistance. Minimum qualifications include:

 

  • B.A. or B.S. in regional or community planning, environmental science, rural and urban design, landscape architecture, land use planning, geography, or related planning field. Demonstrated knowledge of the planning board review process desired. Masters preferred. Pending graduation considered.

  • Effective written communication, public presentation, and people skills, experience in social media and web design a plus;

  • Experience or knowledge of the Planning Board review processes desired;

  • Familiarity with GIS mapping and data systems

  • Strong organization and prioritization skills, ability to work independently;

  • Strong research and analytical skills;

  • Knowledge of Maine and federal funding opportunities; and,

  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed.


Applications will be received on a rolling basis until filled. Please submit resume and cover letter to Mathew Eddy at meddy@midcoastcog.com


POSITION SUMMARY

The Midcoast Council of Governments (MCOG) Planner performs technical and professional work by providing land use planning guidance, comprehensive planning analysis, and sustainable and resiliency planning assistance in coordination with and at the direction of the Executive Director and staff. The Planner provides technical assistance, research, and communications on topics including, but not limited to, community development, direct community assistance, land use planning and sustainability/resiliency and planning for the Midcoast region (Brunswick north to Belfast).


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The planner will assist the Senior Planner in supporting communities engaged in developing comprehensive plans. Support may include but is not limited to, acting as a liaison between the Maine Planning Assistance Program and the municipality; reviewing and editing draft documents; and/or attending meetings to provide technical assistance and support to municipal comp. plan committees.

  • The planner will assist communities in climate resiliency-related issues, with a focus on coastal resilience, stormwater management, shellfish management and coastal hazards mitigation.

  • The planner shall, when directed, provide direct planning board assistance in subdivision, site plan, and other local review processes.

  • The individual must demonstrate an ability to work on a local, subregional, or regional level. Within that context, the individual shall build relationships with key municipal, subregional and regional officials, assisting MCOG in the development of a collaborative network.

  • The individual shall have the capacity or experience to provide direct planning assistance by contract to a member community.

  • Researches and analyzes economic, community, land use, environmental, and/or transportation data for use by MCOG, its’ member communities, businesses, non-profits, and regional partners.

  • The individual will, under the direction of staff, provide direct technical assistance to member communities. This includes assisting with public meetings, workshops, conferences, or other meetings, as requested.

  • Performs related work as required and at the direction of the Executive Director.

  • Responds to in-person, phone, email, or other routine inquiries for information. Assist the communications engagement specialist with MCOG communications and website updates.


GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Be committed to the mission of local and regional planning.

  • Perform time sensitive tasks with accuracy within deadlines.

  • Be able to work on and manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.

  • Possess effective written communication, public presentation, and interpersonal skills.

  • Be a self-starter and be able to work with a minimum amount of supervision.

  • Be punctual with scheduled work and use time at work efficiently.

  • Be able to work harmoniously with staff, board members, and the public.

  • Perform duties in a conscientious and cooperative manner.

  • Be neat and maintain a professional appearance.

  • Possess a valid Maine driver’s license.

  • Maintain confidence by keeping information concerning employees, personnel issues and County operations confidential.

  • Demonstrate professional growth and enhancement of technical skills to support changing organizational needs.

  • Be able to take on added responsibilities as the organization’s goals evolve and expand.


WORK ENVIRONMENT

The breadth and scale of the MCOG region requires us to work in hybrid fashion, utilizing electronic communication as much as possible. In-office work is minimized in exchange for work at home, in the field, or at local or regional meetings. This requires the ability to be self-motivated and organized, the ability to work on one’s own, and requires effective communication across multiple platforms. Where electronic communication is not possible with community members, travel to the community is expected. Within these parameters, MCOG works an 8-4, 40-hour week, with flexibility built into evening meeting requirements. 


QUALIFICATIONS

Experience and Skill Requirements: The following experience and skills are considered essential:


  • Demonstrated commitment (through academic pursuit or work experience) to land use, environmental, sustainability/resiliency, or community planning a must.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of GIS software and Microsoft Office desired.

  • Professional experience directly related to essential duties and responsibilities is highly considered.

  • Effective written communication, public presentation, and interpersonal skills.

  • Education and work experience related to subdivision, site plan, and other local review processes.

  • Experience with social media a plus.

  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills.

  • Strong research and analytical skills.

  • Knowledge of Maine and federal funding programs.

  • Ability to work flexible hours on occasion, which may include attending early morning or evening meetings.

  • Knowledge of Midcoast Maine preferred.


Education Requirements: The following education requirements are considered essential:

  • B.A. or B.S. in regional or community planning; environmental science; rural or urban design; landscape architecture; geography; land use planning, or a related field preferred. Master’s preferred. Pending graduation at either level considered.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for prolonged periods of time, talk, hear, and use hands, fingers or voice activation to operate a standard computer keyboard and mouse. The employee is expected to conduct and participate in site walks. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Equal Opportunity Employer. MCOG believes that no one should be discriminated against because of their differences, such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religion or sexual orientation. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law. MCOG is committed to providing veteran employment opportunities to our service men and women. Personnel rules are available on request.


Salary Range: $45,000-55,000; 100% Health Benefits; flexible schedule and remote working available

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