Job Opening: Senior Planner, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission(BRPC)

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. This position is directed towards local and regional land use planning, comprehensive planning, regional municipal services and related work. The Senior Planner serves as 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 be responsible for providing support to 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 plans and other technical documents, analyzing and preparing zoning bylaws and ordinances, and interacting with community leaders and the public.

As a regional planning agency, the BRPC prepares regional and community plans and works to implement them. BRPC also provides direct technical assistance to its 32 member municipalities with economic, housing and community development items and projects.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a high level basic planning skill set, strong analytic and writing capabilities, ability to complete assignments successfully and demonstrate strong ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people. A strong background with computer software applications is required, especially 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, 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. May be filled at the Planner level which requires a Master’s degree in planning or closely related field and no experience or a Bachelor’s degree and two years of directly relevant experience.

Starting salary range for Senior Planner is $53,900 – 65,446 (for Planner level - $48,283 – 54,652) with very attractive benefits package. Minimum work week is 35 hours per week with flex time available.

Submit the following items to, by e-mail only: resume, and a two page writing sample. (Please limit your writing submission to no longer than 2 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.