The town of Saugus is seeking a full-time Planning and Development Director. This position serves as the town’s point of contact and manager for all: shorter term, intermediate and longer-range master planning. Responsibilities include: land use planning; energy, housing and open space projects and initiatives; infrastructure needs assessments; and coordination of efforts to attract desired economic development. Duties also include developing sound approaches to development; assessing proposals for growth; making recommendations for land-use development zoning bylaw changes. The Director will be expected to develop and/or obtain strategic land-use planning tools, as well as, housing studies. The Director will assist in the review and evaluation of development proposals and will provide input for specific planning and development issues. The Director will seek, prepare, and administer grant applications, and will perform other related planning and community development assignments. The position will be required to oversee, supervise and direct the Town Planner and other staff as may be added. This highly visible position assists and advises various elected and appointed groups, boards and commissions. The person selected will have a thorough understanding of public policy and the operations of municipal government. This position reports directly to the Town Manager. Salary range is $75,000 to $95,000 negotiated based on educational level attained and degree of relevant professional experience.


Minimum five years of planning and community development or relevant economic experience

Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred in planning, community development, public administration or closely related field.