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🔗Associate Zoning Planner

  • Full Time
  • Cambridge, MA
  • 64545 USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Community Development Department
  • Job Reference #: M588-729
  • Job Summary: This Associate Planner position is within the Division of Zoning and Development (Z&D) of CDD. You should be a self-motivated professional with a strong interest in zoning and land use regulation who want to develop your knowledge and skills in a bus
  • Job Qualifications:

    Education & Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, real estate, architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, public administration, or related field AND four (4) years of relevant work experience. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields may substitute for up to two (2) years of required experience.
    • Experience in collaborative, team-based project work, both in leading and supporting roles

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Detailed understanding of zoning codes or similar land use regulations, based on professional and/or volunteer experience or advanced coursework involving their direct study and/or use
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
    • Computer Proficiency:  General office applications (Microsoft Office suite) and ability to learn more advanced applications
    • Demonstrated ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies
    • Ability to communicate with people from all backgrounds in a courteous, compassionate, and professional manner
    • Ability to prioritize workloads, multitask and meet deadlines while working with a broad range of individuals in a fast-paced environment
    • 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


    • Genuine motivation to apply zoning and land use regulations to current challenges in urban development
    • Understanding of planning and urban development issues relevant to Cambridge, including social and environmental justice, housing affordability, and climate change
    • Direct experience in developing and/or analyzing proposed zoning ordinances or by-laws in a professional or academic context
    • Ability to break down complex technical problems, then propose detailed and practical solutions
    • Experience with codes, guidelines, and/or practices related to sustainable and equitable urban development
    • Lived experience in a dense, diverse, walkable urban realm with similar characteristics and challenges as those in the City of Cambridge
  • How to Apply:

    Submit your resume and cover letter via email to or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.  Resume and cover letter requested by 11/10/22.  Position will remain open until filled.

    In cover letter, explain why you are interested in this specific position.

    Provide a written sample or excerpt from a work product (professional, academic, or volunteer related) on a topic related to zoning, no more than four pages (including any charts, images, or diagrams), with a brief introduction explaining why the material was prepared and your role in its preparation.

  • Job benefits: Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance; Vacation and Sick leave eligible; Sick Incentive Pay Eligible; 3 Personal days; 14 Paid Holidays; Management Allowance, $2,700/year; City employee transportation benefits (T-Pass reimbursement Bluebikes membership, EZRide Shuttle)
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Work involves meetings that sometimes require traveling to and through the City to meeting and project locations. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals to perform essential work functions comfortably.
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  • Application Fax #: (617) 349-4312
  • Application Address: Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139.

Website City of Cambridge

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

Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Zoning and Development, the Associate Zoning Planner will support the work of Z&D in the following ways:

  • Studying zoning changes that will advance Cambridge’s planning and policy goals
  • Reviewing proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and advising the City Council and Planning Board
  • Coordinating the review of major urban development projects, working with staff in other program areas like urban design and transportation
  • Staffing the Planning Board and other committees
  • Supporting Cambridge’s long-range planning initiatives
  • Collaborating on zoning initiatives with City staff and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
  • Advising other City departments on matters related to zoning and development
  • Educating and informing the public, including residents, property owners, businesses, developers, and design professionals, about zoning
  • Additional responsibilities based on the needs of the division, department, or City

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

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is primarily indoors in a professional office setting, although some work may be at other indoor or outdoor locations in Cambridge. This position may be eligible for hybrid work under the City’s new Telework Policy, depending on operational needs.