Town of Amherst, Senior Level Planner



The Town of Amherst, New York seeks a skilled and experienced land use planner to join its Planning Department and manage the community planning division.  The Amherst Planning Department consists of four divisions whose staff performs a range of planning activities including development review, long-range planning, community development, and landscape architecture. The community planning division is responsible for maintaining the Town’s comprehensive plan, overseeing its associated studies, and executing related public engagement activities.  

Amherst is a vibrant community of nearly 125,000 residents and is the premier suburb of the City of Buffalo in Western New York. Over the course of the past several decades Amherst has undergone major changes that have reshaped its role in the regional economy. After a history as a rural-agricultural community, and then as a first ring residential suburb, the Town has evolved into a community with a diverse economy that includes over 103,000 jobs in a variety of businesses including two colleges and the North Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Due to its outstanding environment, educational opportunities, excellent services and public safety, Amherst remains the community of choice for families. This record of excellence has, in large part, been the result of a strong commitment to community planning. Under the direction of the Planning Director and Assistant Director, the Associate Planner will manage the Town’s community planning division and associated initiatives; these will include comprehensive planning, preparation of development regulations, transportation planning, capital improvements programming, and community monitoring. 

Example of Duties:

Ø Provides project management for long-range and comprehensive planning projects;

Ø Formulates research design necessary to meet a variety of objectives;

Ø Executes complex data and information collection programs, analyzes various forms of data and reports results;

Ø Takes a lead in developing and maintaining a community monitoring program;

Ø Researches and reports on demographic, development, transportation, and other trends in the community and region; 

Ø Independently employs software such as ArcGIS, MicroSoft Office, InDesign, and Sketch-up to preform analyses and prepare planning reports  

Ø Prepares reports on planning subjects to meet agency requirements;

Ø Evaluates and reports on research results of other agencies;

Ø Represents the agency at a variety of meetings with public and private officials as a representative of the Director;

Ø Manages project personnel as assigned, assigns and monitors work projects to subordinate staff, making adaptations where required and setting and maintaining schedules;

Ø Assists in the preparation of complex capital programs to meet community needs;

Ø Meets with stakeholders and authorities on planning matters;

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have graduated from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in city, urban or regional planning, public administration, environmental studies, political science, sociology, municipal government, economics, geography, architecture or landscape architecture, or closely related field, or a Bachelor’s Degree including a minimum of thirty-two (32) semester hours of courses directly related to the above fields;  and in addition, possess one of the following:

Ø Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four (4) year college or university with a Master’s Degree in city, urban or regional planning, landscape, architecture or related field, and two (2) years of experience in city, county or regional planning, at least one (1) year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; or:

Ø Four (4) years of experience in city, county or regional planning, at least one (1) year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; or:

Ø An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A), and (B).

AICP Preferred


Land Use Planning


SALARY RANGE: $51,619-$78,359


Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume to the contact listed below by July 16, 2018


Address:                 Robert McCarthy, Director of Human Resource

                                   Town of Amherst

                                    5583 Main Street

                                    Williamsville, NY  14221

                                    United States