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  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:06 AM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    The Town of Holliston seeks a firm with economic development expertise to assist the Economic Development Committee with the following:

    1. Seek, prepare and submit grant applications.
    2. Review of economic development proposals within the Town.
    3. Provide coordination of promotional activities such as site visits and meetings between local businesses and the Town.
    4. Coordinate the Town’s Business Grant Program.
    5. Perform other related planning and community development assignments issued by the Economic Development Committee.

    The firm must have a minimum of five (5) years economic development or related economic development experience. The fee per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) is subject to appropriation and currently not to exceed $10,000.

    Please submit a written proposal to: Travis Ahern, Town Administrator, Town of Holliston 703 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746 by May 7, 2021. Questions can be emailed here.

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:51 PM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    LDS Consulting Group, LLC, a multi-disciplinary firm focusing on developing and preserving housing. We are growing with large housing planning studies in the pipeline (Cape and western MA), feasibility study work and a growing affordable home monitoring service.  We need a person who can provide part-time services such as inventorying and mapping property, Registry research and demographic research. We will provide all the training necessary for this position. The hours may increase over the summer but there will always be steady work throughout the year. Much of it can be performed online, but some of it requires in person visits.

    Please contact Lynne D. Sweet, principal, for additional details:  ldsweet@ldsconsultinggroup.com or 781-943-3963.

  • Monday, March 15, 2021 4:13 PM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    MASCO (Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization) is hiring a Sr. Transportation Planner. This is an opportunity for a hands-on, multi-modal planner to contribute to transportation strategies, studies and designs for Longwood. The position also supervises one of the region’s first Transportation Management Associations, CommuteWorks which provides innovative travel demand management programs.

    The right candidate will be a highly motivated, mission- and values-driven planner committed to customer service, has an operational focus, and is able to manage sophisticated projects leveraging strong analytical and communications skills. This visible role requires successful stakeholder engagement and relationship management across a diverse constituency— from executives of institutions to public sector leaders, to employees and residents.

    Notable Responsibilities:

    • Serve as lead planner for master programming and technical assistance efforts to meet institutional needs for parking and multimodal transportation .
    • Perform regional and district-level studies of transportation infrastructures to support emergency vehicle, patient, visitor and employee access needs.
    • Lead initiatives to improve walking, biking, transit, micro-mobility, shared mobility, and vehicular access.
    • Assist in project implementation by working collaboratively with members and public agencies to achieve political support and funding.
    • Manage the work of transportation planner and engineering consultants.
    • Assist in development of policy positions, advocacy strategies and materials .
    • Communicate transportation-related interests with several boards and serve as a liaison to transportation agencies at the local and state levels.
    • Work with other planners to incorporate aspects of the transportation systems with other area plans. 


    Notable Qualifications:

    • Minimum 5 years relevant experience and bachelor’s degree in related field; master’s degree preferred.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications. 
    • Knowledge of city and state transportation project development, planning and funding processes. 
    • Excellent analytical, presentation, communication, and organizational skills.
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
    • Patience and flexibility to meet demands of a changing environment.
    • Ability to handle information with diplomacy and confidentiality. 

    See MASCO website www.masco.org/about/careers to apply.


  • Friday, March 12, 2021 9:52 AM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    Sasaki is seeking applications for an entry level planner with 0-3 years of relevant experience in our Boston, MA office. Sasaki is a planning and design firm of 300+ professionals. At present, the Sasaki office is working remotely due to COVID, but this position will be expected to transition to working from the Boston office in 2022.

    The successful candidate will become an integral member of Sasaki's Planning and Urban Design practice, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams on research, graphics, and writing for planning, space programming, and design projects, both domestically and internationally. Applicants should have strong research, analysis, and communication skills (verbal, graphic, and written) and an eagerness to learn. The entry level planner will work across markets and on a variety of project types-for both the private and public sectors-including college and university campuses, urban/mixed use districts, corporate employment campuses, resilience planning, and community plans.

    Core Qualifications

    The list below describes the optimal qualifications of the entry level planner to meet typical project needs. We encourage people to apply for the position if they meet most of these attributes:

    • Curiosity and enthusiasm for working across a variety of client and project types. At present, the new team member is anticipated to spend at least half time on campus planning.
    • Clear graphic communication and storytelling (informational graphics production; layout for presentations, reports, and engagement materials; mapping and 2D diagrams)
    • Knowledge of and comfort with Adobe Suite workflow (AI, INDD) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Strong written and verbal communication (planning reports, memoranda, and day-to-day communication)
    • Quantitative and qualitative analysis skills to support data-informed planning processes
    • Ability to research and synthesize complex planning concepts
    • Master’s degree in planning or a related field OR a Bachelor’s degree in planning or related field with a preference for one to two years of relevant experience


    Additional Valued Skills and Characteristics

    Planners at Sasaki share a common set of core competencies, but also have a range of complementary strengths and interests. The list below describes some additional skills and characteristics desirable:

    • Organizational and management skills, with attention to detail
    • Experience working as a part of an interdisciplinary design team in an office setting
    • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
    • Experience with community engagement processes and public speaking
    • Familiarity with spatial analysis workflow and software (ArcGIS)
    • Proficiency with languages spoken in frequent project locations (Spanish and Chinese)
    • Unique superpower that we haven’t thought to ask about, but that will make an impact on our projects and practice
    • Degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or another design field

    See website for complete instructions www.sasaki.com .

    Interested applicants must provide the following:

    • Cover letter. In your cover letter, we encourage applicants to speak to experiences and core values that influence your planning perspective.
    • Resume
    • Writing sample
    • Work samples or portfolio that include examples of visual communication (diagrams, maps, infographics, etc.) and data analysis. For any team projects included in work samples, applicants should clearly describe your role on the project.

    Interested applicants should submit their materials through the Sasaki Web Portal (www.sasaki.com/careers/). Applications are encouraged by March 31 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis for interviews. Start dates will be determined in conversation with selected applicants. Graduating students are encouraged to apply.

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:24 AM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates is seeking a junior transportation planner for its Boston office to support the firm’s nationally recognized work in planning for more equitable and livable communities. A strong interest in and some understanding of transportation planning or policy is a must.

    Nelson\Nygaard has led the transportation planning field with our values and innovation. We’ve always been guided by the principle of putting people first—designing transportation systems for people, not just cars. 

    Qualifications and Requirements

    • Passion for sustainable transportation planning
    • Is an inquisitive self-starter and a natural problem solver
    • Understands the connection between transportation and equity and is committed to incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion into their work
    • Is interested in working with our diverse clients and communities across the U.S. and Canada to create more equitable, livable, and sustainable mobility systems
    Candidates Must Have One of the Following Prerequisites
    • A master’s degree in planning or an equivalent degree with a specialization in transportation planning and 0-2 years of relevant experience, OR
    • A bachelor’s degree in a related field and 1-3 years of experience in transportation planning; other relevant degrees and concentrations include, but are not limited to, civil/traffic engineering, transportation operations, urban/city/regional planning, public health, urban design, geography, and landscape architecture

    The ideal candidate will demonstrate skills in at least three of the following areas:
    • Excellent skills in writing and storytelling, oral presentation, data analysis, and/or problem solving
    • Experience incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion into academic and/or professional work
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Experience with mapping platforms (GIS), graphics (Illustrator, InDesign, SketchUp), modeling (Synchro, TransCAD), and/or database analysis (R, Python)
    • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and communicate effectively with project managers, colleagues, and project partners
    • Proficiency in Spanish or other foreign language
    See website for full application information
    Application deadline is Friday, March 26th.
  • Tuesday, March 09, 2021 3:37 PM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    Dodson & Flinker, Landscape Architecture & Planning in Florence, MA, has has an opening for a planner/urban designer with 0-4 years of experience. We are looking for a creative, thoughtful, and well-organized person, with strong visual, verbal, and written communication skills, and an ability to work both independently and within a team. Applicants should have interests and skills that range from large-scale planning to site planning and should be excited to live and work in Western Mass.. Though the firm’s primary practice is in landscape architecture, this position is for a planner comfortable with research, writing, mapping, and quantitative analysis.

    Qualifications:

    • Graduate or undergraduate degree in planning, urban design, landscape architecture, ecological design, or a related field, with experience planning
    • Knowledge of planning principles and methods
    • Subject matter knowledge/experience in one or more of the following areas preferred: zoning (including form-based codes), climate resilience, economic development, housing
    • Strong communication skills including writing, speaking, and listening, with the ability to facilitate discussions at public meetings, interact with clients, work collaboratively on planning and urban design, projects, and write at a professional level
    • Strong ability to communicate ideas visually 
    • Proficiency in ArcGIS, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp, Microsoft Office. Experience with AutoCad, Rhino 3D, Revit, and rendering software would be beneficial but not required.
    • Ability to work independently, take direction, manage time & solve problems
    • Experience working in a professional office setting

    Duties include:

    • Assist principal and senior associates on a range of projects
    • Conduct mapping and analysis using ArcGIS
    • Write and compile reports including graphic design and layout
    • Create graphics for planning and design projects.
    • Collect and analyze data
    • Review and revise development regulations (zoning, subdivision regulations, etc.)
    • Attend and help facilitate meetings and workshops
    • Create digital and physical models
    • Help with the day-to-day tasks of running a small office

    This position will be remote to start. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. We welcome candidates from all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but we anticipate scheduling the first round of interviews during the week of March 29, 2021.

    Please e-mail a cover letter (addressed to Peter Flinker), resume, and portfolio or work samples to: info@dodsonflinker.com with “Entry Level” in the subject line.  No telephone calls, please. Work samples should include professional writing, maps, and graphics.

  • Thursday, February 04, 2021 4:14 PM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    The Town of Sharon is seeking land use planning and economic development consulting services. 

    Reporting to the Town Administrator, with considerable input and guidance from the Planning Board and the Economic Development Committee (EDC), the consulting firm will provide support in completing the tasks associated with the implementation of the Imagine Sharon document.

    The consultant will:

    •    Develop action plans to address Imagine Sharon master plan goals
    •    Seek and prepare grants to support initiatives of the EDC
    •    Provide professional support to Planning Board in developing and
    •    drafting amendments to land use regulations
    •    Interact with the regional planning agency to take advantage of
    •    programs and activities

    It is anticipated that the consultant will work an average of approximately15-20 hours per week.

    A statement of qualifications and outline of experience performing similar duties for Massachusetts municipalities or on behalf of municipalities or regional planning agencies (including information/biography/resume/CV of personnel to be assigned) and a fee proposal in a separate document should be submitted to: Frederic Turkington, Town Administrator, at fturkington@townofsharon.org by 12 noon on Friday, February 19, 2021.


  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:11 PM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    The Town of Arlington is requesting proposals for Consulting Services to updated the Town's Housing Production Plan.

    A copy of the RFP outlining the requirements for submission is available online or from the Purchasing Agent at dlanzillotti@town.arlington.ma.us.

    For information contact Erin Zwirko, Asst.  Director of Planning and Community Development, at 781-316-3091 or ezwirko@town.arlington.ma.us.

    The proposal may be viewed and downloaded from the Town website https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.arlingtonma.gov/purchasing__;!!B5cixuoO7ltTeg!W8uQcJw5er4TgOTNEACQga1I5Bd6OEE9LMlHrulm3CxecLBb3QXKv7C9SuB4341oLvU$

    Proposals will be received by the Purchasing Officer, Town of Arlington, Massachusetts on or before 2:00 PM, February 3, 2021 at the Town Manager’s/Purchasing Office, Town Hall Annex 2nd floor, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476. Late proposals will not be considered. There is a drop box in the Academy Street parking lot on the side of Town Hall for bids to be submitted as Town Hall is closed to the public.

  • Tuesday, January 05, 2021 11:39 AM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    The Town of Medway seeks proposals from qualified firms to develop a MASTER PLAN consistent with the requirements of G.L. c. 41, §81D.

    Proposals must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2021, at the Office of the Town Manager, Town of Medway, Medway Town Hall, 155 Village St., Medway, MA 02053.

    To view and download the RFP, you must first register at: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.townofmedway.org/procurement/webforms/bid-contact-info__;!!B5cixuoO7ltTeg!R9xZ8IrKKYGIPBHM_hhjvI85MJCf1eG4Fcl2yNoKYOBUXeopoedGyV9_2D5E4W23iW0$

    You may also obtain a copy of the RFP by contacting the Medway Community and Economic Development Department at sohannesian@townofmedway.org or (508) 321-4890.

    NO INCOMPLETE, FAXED, ELECTRONICALLY MAILED, OR LATE PROPOSALS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Proposals may be withdrawn prior to the scheduled time for the opening of proposals. Price proposals and non-price proposals must be submitted in separate envelopes.


  • Wednesday, December 30, 2020 10:15 AM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    Governor Baker’s recent COVID relief initiatives has funding for planning! $9 million dollars has been allocated to the Local Rapid Recovery Plan (LRRP) program, which is being managed the Downtown Initiative of DHCD.

    A call for consultants has been issued through an RFR posted at COMMBUYS, the State's procurement website.

    Responses are due Fri., January 12, 2021, at 3 pm. DHCD is looking for multiple consultants to provide technical assistance to communities to plan for COVID-19 recovery.

    COMMBUYS BID #BD-21-1076-OCDDE-OCD01-57259

    https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/bidAck.sdo?bidId=BD-21-1076-OCDDE-OCD01-57259&parentUrl=activeBids

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