The town of Westford seeks qualified candidates for a full-time Town Planner who ensures the transparency and efficiency of the overall permitting process in a busy and fast-paced environment. Working under the general direction of the Director of Land Use Management, this benefitted exempt position provides professional, technical, and administrative assistance to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, the Land Use Management Department, the Town Manager’s Office, and other boards and committees as required. Reviews and makes recommendations on development proposals to ensure consistency with the town’s zoning bylaw, general bylaws, master plan, and any applicable rules, regulations, and policies. Coordinates, facilitates, and attends all meetings of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, and related committees or subcommittees. Develops and/or updates the zoning bylaw, general bylaws, and applicable rules and regulations regarding community development. The Town Planner is the primary point of contact for all questions or matters relating to the development of land in Westford. A minimum of five years of experience (public or private sector or combination thereof) in land use permitting is required, preferably in Massachusetts. Must be familiar with and have knowledge of local zoning bylaws, regulations, and applicable state statutes including Mass. Gen. Laws Ch.40A, 40B, and 41, and be able to read plans (plot plans, subdivision plans, site plans, etc.). Position requires exceptional written and verbal skills, including superior customer service with residents, applicants, attorneys, engineers, surveyors, co-workers, etc. Position requires high levels of organization, documentation, time-management, customer service, integrity, and attention to detail. A bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field is required. Master’s degree preferred. AICP certification desirable. Must have a valid driver’s license. The starting salary range is from $76,693 to $80,578 per year, depending on qualifications and experience. (The full salary range is from $76,693 to $92,507.) Prospective candidates are encouraged to review the job description before applying. Please submit application materials by Friday, March 12.

Please submit resume, cover letter and writing samples to: or send to:

Westford Town Hall

Pam Hicks, Director of Human Resources

55 Main Street

Westford, MA 01886 

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