Senior Land Use Planner

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) serves Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties and seeks to fill the position of the Senior Land Use Planner.  

The Senior Land Use Planner directs the agency's growth management/comprehensive planning/land use/ordinance program and is the primary contact for planning assistance for the AVCOG region. The Senior Planner provides technical assistance in land use related matters to planning boards and code enforcement officers. Serves as the lead staff person in developing and implementing the comprehensive planning and land use planning programs and implements state contracts and local fee-for-service agreements for comprehensive plans and land use ordinances.  Serves as Agency's Growth Management coordinator for the State contracts on growth management and technical assistance. 

 •    Takes lead role in providing comprehensive and land use planning technical assistance to municipalities including land use ordinances and shoreland zoning. Writes and presents zoning, shoreland zoning, subdivisions and other land use ordinances. 

    Conducts detailed reviews of municipal land use ordinances; undertakes substantial revisions to existing land use ordinances; formulates new land use ordinances; serves as a technical resource at public hearings to explain proposed ordinances; compiles general or specific information for short-term and long-term planning.  

    Provides interpretation of state land use/development laws; provides educational materials; reviews prepared ordinances or documents; reviews the texts of existing ordinances; prepares information opinions on the interpretation of ordinances or codes; and advises board members or municipal officials on proper ordinance administration.  

    Maintains knowledge of land use issues within the region and state and acts as a liaison between local, state and federal agencies. Organizes and instructs planning workshops for municipalities, planning boards, CEO’s and others. Participates in workshops and conferences as needed.  

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in urban or regional planning or related field, and three years’ experience in urban and regional planning, or any equivalent combination of education and experience. excellent communication skills with the ability to work effectively with municipal officials, boards, committees and the public; working knowledge of Maine land use laws including zoning, shoreland zoning, subdivision, and growth management/comprehensive planning. MS Office experience required and ESRI ArcGIS preferred. Excellent organizational, writing, communication, problem-solving, consensus-building, and process skills are essential.  This position requires travel to attend meetings, including some evening meetings and use of personal vehicle (mileage reimbursable).

The starting salary is between $65,000-75,000 and is dependent on experience and qualifications.  We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits to include medical insurance, health savings account with company contribution, health reimbursement account with deductible reimbursement; dental and vision insurance; life and voluntary disability insurance; medical and dependent care flexible spending; member of Maine Public Employees Retirement System; paid time off including vacation and sick time, 13 paid holidays. AVCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Submit cover letter and resume to avcog@avcog.org or by mail :

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
125 Manley Road

Auburn, ME 04210

Equal Opportunity Employer