Municipal & Regional Planner / Senior Planner

Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA)

St. Johnsbury, VT United States

The Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) seeks a highly skilled, self-motivated, full-time Planner or Senior Planner with a municipal and regional planning background and desire to work in a rural context with a team of dedicated professionals, NVDA Commissioners, and municipal officials. This planner works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director in support of regional plan development and strategic implementation, town plan and bylaw development, and the leadership and administration of special projects in support thereof. This is grassroots planning, requiring the ability and enthusiasm to work directly with the public, volunteer planning commissions, and town staff. The majority of towns with which we work have no professional planning staff and limited administrative capacity. Knowledge of planning areas is necessarily broad, and includes land use and working landscapes, community and economic development, natural resources and water quality, transportation, hazard mitigation, climate resilience and adaptation, energy (efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction, and renewable energy siting), and diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.

Job tasks include supporting a major regional plan update with colleagues and Commissioners, providing planning and bylaw assistance to towns, advising towns on the implementation of their plans and administration of bylaws, and exploring creative solutions to fund and execute plan implementation. Must be able to independently manage multiple projects at any given time. Candidates should be familiar with regional and municipal planning tools (regulatory and nonregulatory), and must have excellent writing, public speaking, meeting facilitation, team building, inclusive public engagement, community organizing, project development, grant writing, and project management skills. Familiarity with planning in rural communities is a plus.

The position requires a degree in planning or a closely related field (including landscape architecture, geography, etc.) and a minimum of 2 - 4 years’ experience in rural municipal and/or regional planning, including at least one year’s experience in staff supervision or as a project manager, or the equivalent experience in the administration and implementation of adopted policies and objectives. A master’s degree in planning or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of required experience. Candidates should also demonstrate experience working with complex regulations and issues.

Our office is located in St. Johnsbury – a community with vibrant downtown. Our workplace is friendly and highly flexible in terms of both workday and location. We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits. The expected annual salary range for this position is between $45,000 and $55,000 depending upon experience.

Please email a letter of interest and resume (with references and contact information) in a single pdf to David Snedeker, Executive Director at This position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please. NVDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$45,000 - $55,000

Contact Information

David Snedeker
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