Town Planner

Town of Gorham

Gorham, ME United States

The Town of Gorham (pop. 17,651 )seeks a full-time Town Planner to join the Community Development Team. The Town of Gorham is located in the greater Portland area and has been the fastest growing municipality in the State of Maine. The Planner will perform a variety of professional planning roles for the Town.

Position Purpose

This is a highly skilled and professional position working under the general supervision of the Director of Community Development. The individual in this position works closely with the Town Manager, Code Enforcement Officer, other staff, and various boards and committees, such as the Planning Board, Gorham Economic Development Corporation and other committees, in providing professional guidance in support of the Town's planning, zoning, and development efforts.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

(Illustrative Only)

The essential job functions and duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Performs technical planning tasks, including comprehensive planning, existing and future land use planning, community facilities planning, parks and recreational planning, neighborhood analysis, watershed/stormwater planning, traffic and parking studies, and public improvement programming.
  • Facilitates Planning Department review of projects, plans, and proposals proceeding through site plan, subdivision, and all other Land Use and Development Code reviews. Duties include preparing staff notes, findings-of-fact, and other duties associated as part of the review process.
  • Drafts ordinances and policies. Articulates Town policies to the media or members of the public.
  • Identifies grant opportunities and prepares grant proposals, as well as research, deliver and aid in the implementation of grants.
  • Prepares periodic and annual reports on growth monitoring, conformance monitoring, and other related activities.
  • Attends meetings during and outside normal working hours as needed.
  • Provides professional advice and technical assistance to various Town Boards and Committees including, but not limited to, Planning Board, Economic Development Corporation, Gorham Conservation Commission, and Comprehensive Plan Update Committee.
  • Assists Director of Community Services and Town Manager with strategic planning efforts.
  • Assists Director of Community Development with oversight of the Town's peer review professionals as related to the Town's Planning Department review process and the post approval construction process.
  • Assists Director of Community Development in oversight of Planning and Code Enforcement activities and personnel as needed.
  • Represents the Town at regional, state, and federal levels of government, as requested by the Director of Community Development.
  • Coordinates with the Stormwater Compliance Officer/GIS Technician as needed. Assists with Storm Water Ordinance requirements regarding compliance with Maine's Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems General Permit at the direction of the Community Development Director.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


Education, Training, and Experience:

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in planning, community or economic development, public administration, or related field required. Master's degree in one of the aforementioned fields preferred. A minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in the management of a public sector office required. Knowledge of G.I.S. is desirable. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of community planning and zoning, economic development, and land use issues and controls.
  • Demonstrated experience in intergovernmental relations working with appropriate local, regional, state, and federal jurisdictions and agencies in a constructive manner.
  • Strong public relations skills with the ability to clearly and concisely articulate the Town's policy positions to the media and citizens.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to speak in public, including conducting presentations and facilitating group meetings.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to evaluate the implementation of policy actions and alternatives.
  • Intermediate to advanced PC skill and proficiency, including use of Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Vision software and geographic information systems (GIS). Comfortable using technology common to the field, such as smartphones, tablets, and GPS devices.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new software programs as needed.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and management.
  • Ability to deliver exceptional customer service to a diverse customer base and consistently project a positive image of the Town.
  • Ability and willingness to display a high level of respect and professionalism in the workplace at all times.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to organize and prioritize a heavy workload, meet deadlines, and successfully manage multiple concurrent short-term and long-term municipal projects and initiatives.
  • Adaptable to changing organizational needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
  • Ability to consistently work a full week and work extended hours under moderate to high stress, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends as needed to accomplish objectives.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships, work cooperatively, and interact appropriately with municipal officials, Director of Community Development, Town Manager, other Town employees, committees, vendors, business owners, developers, the general public, and outside agencies.
  • Proven problem-solving skills with the ability to resolve complex issues in a creative, calm, respectful, and positive manner.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information and exercise considerable tact in the handling of sensitive matters.
  • Ability and willingness to conduct business in an ethical manner at all times and maintain a positive attitude and commitment to the goals and philosophy of the Town.
  • Willingness to pursue professional development opportunities with the ability to successfully complete any necessary training.
  • Must hold a valid driver's license and be insurable in a normal risk pool.
  • Ability to transport self to off-site meetings, workshops, and trainings as needed.
  • Ability to perform all essential functions of the position.
Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Jessica Hughes
75 South Street, Suite 1
Gorham, ME
United States
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