Senior Planner – Community Planning, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Dynamic and motivated individual sought for Senior Planner position with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), a regional planning agency serving Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. The Berkshires offer a high quality of life for those who value outdoor recreation, cultural amenities, and a strong sense of community.

Position Description

This position involves local and regional land use planning, comprehensive planning, regional municipal services, and related work. The Senior Planner is a staff lead person for multiple complex planning projects. Responsibilities include program / project development, grant writing and grant preparation, development of scopes of work and budgets, project implementation, project and contract management, leadership of project teams, and supervision of project staff.

The selected candidate will lead a wide range of community and regional planning activities. Work involves researching and analyzing land use, environmental and socio-economic information and data; generating, writing and producing reports, plans and other technical documents; analyzing and preparing zoning bylaws and ordinances; and interacting with community leaders and the public.

The BRPC prepares and implements regional and community plans and provides direct technical assistance to its 32 member municipalities with economic, housing, and community development items.

The successful candidate is a problem solver who can identify and assess needs or opportunities, and identify and initiate ways to solve problems or seize opportunities. The candidate must demonstrate a high-level basic planning skill set, strong analytic and writing capabilities, and demonstrate strong ability to effortlessly communicate and work collaboratively with a wide range of people. Must work within the MS Office platform.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in planning or closely-related field, plus two years’ experience or bachelor’s degree with degree / coursework in planning-related subjects and 4 years of full-time experience in community, land use, housing, and economic development planning.
  • Experience analyzing and writing zoning bylaws / ordinances a plus.
  • Candidate must have valid driver’s license and access to private vehicle.

Opportunity for advancement to Program Manager. Starting salary range for Senior Planner is $57,540 – $67,449 with very attractive benefits package. Minimum work week is 35 hours per week with flex time available.

To Apply

Submit the following items to, by e-mail only: cover letter, resume, and a two-page writing sample. Please include the phrase Senior Planner – Community Planning in the subject line of your e-mail. (Please limit your writing submission to no longer than two pages, even if it needs to be an excerpt.) No telephone calls.

Position available immediately and open until filled. A position description and information about BRPC is available at

EOE/Smoke- and Drug-free Workplace. 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Only serious applicants should apply.


2020-03-12T14:16:55-04:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: Careers, Government/Public Service, Mid-Level|