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🔗Senior Preservation Planner

  • Full Time
  • Brookline, MA
  • 88,000-93,000 USD / Year
  • Department: Town of Brookline Department of Planning & Community Development
  • Job Summary: The Town of Brookline is accepting applications for a Senior Preservation Planner to perform complex administrative and professional work in administering the Town’s Local Historic District and Demolition Delay bylaws.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of experience in historic preservation or related field; Master’s degree highly desirable; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Working knowledge of state and federal regulations pertaining to historic preservation, architectural history, and the cultural and landscape resources of historic preservation planning. Valid driver’s license required.

    Ideal candidates have a strong interest in historic preservation, a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with property owners and local/state/federal agencies, strong problem-solving abilities, and are capable of training preservation planners in related local regulatory processes, historic assets and cultural history in Brookline, and regulations and standards for available state and federal grants.

  • How to Apply:

    Please submit a formal application through the Town of Brookline’s official job portal. (

  • Job benefits: Hybrid Schedule, 4 Weeks Vacation, Generous Benefits
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Administrative work is performed under typical office conditions; the noise level is moderate. Makes frequent site visits with occasional exposure to weather extremes. Attends frequent evening meetings. Operates an automobile, computer, camera, slide projector, scanner, printer, facsimile machine, copier, calculator, typewriter, and other standard office equipment. Makes frequent contacts with other town departments/boards/committees, other local agencies, governmental agencies, the media, property owners, and the general public. Contacts are in person, in writing, and by telephone and require persuasiveness, resourcefulness, and discretion to influence the behavior of others. Has access to department-related confidential information. Errors in judgment or omissions could result in loss of department services, and have serious legal ramifications.
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Website Town of Brookline

The Department of Planning and Community Development is responsible for the Town's planning initiatives and programs relative to land use regulations, historic preservation, housing, economic development, CDBG/HOME and Community Preservation Act grants, and long-term projects to advance the priorities of the Select Board. The Planning Department consists of three divisions: Housing & Community Planning, Economic Development and Long-Term Planning, and Regulatory Planning.

-Administers the Town’s Local Historic District by-law. Processes applications for review   by the Commission. Reviews plans for all exterior renovations to buildings within local historic district. Works with the Building Department to ensure compliance with all regulations. Prepares materials for public hearings.
-Sets equity goals and work priorities for the division in coordination with the larger departmental-based equity goals.
-Proposes policy or process changes that supports the goals of the Preservation Commission, Department and the Select Board.
-Administers the town’s Demolition Delay by-law. Reviews all requests for demolition in town and determines significance. Prepares reports for public hearings. Works in cooperation with owners to develop and implement alternatives to demolition.
-Participates in the design review of National and State Register properties as needed.
-Consults with other town departments including Planning, Economic Development, –Housing, Conservation, Park & Open Space, Engineering, Cemetery Trustees, etc. on design review and development projects.
Initiates and prepares determination for eligibility for National Register listing.

Please see the job posting on the town’s website for the full list of duties.