CITY OF BROCKTON
The primary purpose of the position is to be responsible for the effective management, administration and coordination of all operations within the Department for the fiscal and financial affairs of the Department and the management, administration and control of all personnel assigned to the Department. Responsible to perform complex administrative and professional work in program management, planning and regulatory work in the Planning Department, focusing on vibrant commercial neighborhoods and a thriving business community for the City of Brockton, performs all other related work.
Performs varied and responsible duties requiring a thorough working knowledge of departmental operations and the exercise of judgment and initiative to carry out assignments independently, analyze situations and conditions, and determine appropriate course of action from among many alternatives. Supervises the staff of the Planning Department.
Works for the Mayor independently, following department policies and appropriate professional standards. Resolves procedural problems independently.
Responsible to direct, assign and reassign all personnel within the Department in accordance with any collective bargaining agreements, civil service regulations and/or City Ordinances.
Responsible for the efficient coordination and implementation of the City’s economic development and planning.
To advise the Mayor and City Council on all matters that are within the scope of the Department’s activities and functions.
Responsible for the preparation of the department’s annual budget and for the administration City’s personnel, rules and orders within the department.
Provide assistance to the Planning Board on land use applications to ensure that such applications are consistent with applicable rules and regulations relating to planning.
Provide the City with, and from time to time, amend Comprehensive Plans for land use, public and private transpiration and parking, open space, recreation, urban renewal, telecommunications and utility services, and economic development, for the future development and preservation of City resources consistent with its physical, social and economic requirements and the health, safety and welfare of its inhabitants.
Coordinate the City’s planning and economic development functions with other local, regional and state plans and programs.
Monitor systems development changes applying to subdivision and propose modifications thereto.
Coordinate the City’s planning and economic development functions with other local, regional and state agencies, departments and entities, including the Brockton 21st Century Corporation.
Supervise the work of consultants hired to assist the department.
Revise and amend, when appropriate, rules and regulations and procedures relevant to the proper operation of the Department and the implementation of Comprehensive Plans.
Assist with and monitor grant applications.
Report to the Mayor, on a regular basis, the current objectives and programs of the Department and the activities of the Department with regard to those objectives and programs.
Provide planning and Economic development services and programs to the residents, the business Economic, the non-profit and the other institutions of the City.
Facilitate and maximize meaningful input to City Boards and officials from Brockton citizens, civic associations and neighborhood organizations.
Perform such other duties as may be assigned to the Department by the Mayor or the City Council.
Administrative duties related to community and economic development of the City of Brockton.
Advise and assist in the administration and updating of municipal planning and zoning, in timely and continuing consultation with the public and private agencies and committees that have jurisdiction over the use or regulation of real property within the City. Municipal planning shall include the creation, the review, the revision and the implementation of Comprehensive Plans for open space, land use, for public and private transportation and parking , for telecommunications and utility services, for recreation, for the utilization of City resources, particularly with respect to housing, business and commercial development and redevelopment, and for the careful study, and when necessary, the preparation of plans of the resources, possibilities and needs of the City.
Assist the Planning Board with implementation of the Subdivision Control law and shall provide administrative and professional assistance to the Planning Board.
Assist the Planning Board with a.) The performance and discharge of the creation, review and amendment of Comprehensive Plans in accordance with G.L.c.41; b.) Review, amendment and implementation of subdivision regulations under G.L.c. 41 Sec 81Q; c.) Review and report on Urban Renewal Plans under G.L.c. 41, Sec 121A and d.) Review and report on matters specified in or when required under the Zoning By-Law.
Recommend modifications and amendments to the economic development, redevelopment and renewal policies of the City.
Initiate policies and programs for the promotion and enhancement of existing business and commercial areas, subject to the approval thereof by the Mayor and the City Council.
Assist in the implementation of such policies and programs.
Maintain a current Economic Development portfolio and a list of all completed projects, all projects in process and all projects awaiting implementation.
Maintain contact data base of businesses, institutions and non-profits for the City.
Represents the City regarding changing regulatory issues that arise from time to time that affect City commercial areas. Work with commercial property owners to identify business opportunities.
Assist residents in communicating needs and concerns regarding the livability and vitality of their neighborhoods to existing or proposed businesses, commercial property owners, and/or new commercial development applicants.
Assist individual businesses, institutions, and non-profits to become more integrated into the community (orchestrating neighborhood meetings as issues arise, awareness of nonprofit and community needs, etc.).
Assist individual businesses, institutions, and non-profits seeking assistance via various agencies, individual mentoring from other businesses or industry experts, as appropriate; seek financial assistance from local, state, federal, and private-sector sources, as appropriate.
Prepare reports and studies, collect data on various economic development issues such as localized retail needs, demographics and other data; answer questions from the public by telephone or in person.
Develop written materials and reports related to Economic Development for public education.
Manage communication of community events via email, website and other media services.
Perform similar or related department work as required or as situation dictates and as assigned by the Mayor.
Work is performed under typical office conditions. The workload is relatively stable, but can fluctuate based on project deadlines; the employee attends occasional evening meetings and weekend events. Operates an automobile, computer, camera, slide projector, scanner, printer, facsimile machine, copier, calculator, typewriter, and other standard office equipment. Makes frequent contacts with other city 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 could result in loss of department services, and have serious legal ramifications.
Bachelor’s Degree in urban studies, planning, communications, business or a related field is required; a Master’s Degree is helpful; five to ten years of progressively responsible supervisory/management experiences in planning, zoning, economic development, community development, redevelopment, housing, and permitting.
Valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
Knowledge of the regional business sector, land use regulations, policies and funding sources, project management, public processes and community interaction. Knowledge of leveraging and receiving public grants, business recruitment, conducting research related to retail districts, social media applications is a plus.
Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary or interdepartmental team or independently, conduct independent research and analyze and prepare planning studies, write reports, communicate orally, and make public presentations. Ability to write reports and communicate orally, conduct public meetings and presentations, analytical, and planning/organizational skills.
Skill in vector-based computer programs such as Adobe products, GIS, and/or CAD a plus. Skill in developing and maintaining working relationships with a wide range of stakeholder groups within residential, commercial, cultural, government and non-profit sectors.
Salary $ 92,166-$102,771, 5 step position, step increases on anniversary date of hire until reach maximum step, position includes medical & other fringe benefits.
Brockton requires residency within 1 year of employment. AA/EEO.
Send a cover letter, resume, copy of valid MA Drivers License, & copy of driving record from MA Registry of Motor Vehicles to Maureen Cruise, Director of Personnel, City of Brockton, 45 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301. Position open until filled. Full job description is available upon request or on City of Brockton website at www.brockton.ma.us.
Per City Ordinance, appointed by Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council and shall serve a term of five (5) years.