The town of Dedham is a vibrant community bordering Boston and possessing numerous natural resources, thriving retail districts, strong neighborhood identities, rich history, and robust civic engagement. Dedham has an opening for a Town Planner to work on all aspects of municipal planning, zoning, site planning, growth management, community development, and subdivision matters—and to support the work of the elected Planning Board.

We are seeking a highly skilled planning professional to oversee the special permit and site plan and subdivision review processes, and to participate in the preparation of zoning text amendments for consideration at town meeting. The planner is responsible for providing technical assistance and other guidance, as needed, to the general public, developers, attorneys and other land use professionals, as well as to other town boards, commissions, and committees.

The planner will represent the land use and zoning policies and procedures of the town in coordination with elected and appointed town officials and staff from other town department, as well as in coordination with officials and employees from other municipalities and state and federal agencies.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications. Dedham offers competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and provides a great opportunity to be part of the town’s leadership.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in planning or related field and five or more years in progressively responsible experience working with a municipal or public-sector planning agency or community development entity—preferably in Massachusetts—or an equivalent combination of education and experience; master’s degree and/or AIPC certification strongly preferred;

Extensive interest in and experience with developing and implementing community programs and initiatives and working with neighborhood, civic and business associations;

Demonstrated successful experience in securing financial and/or technical assistance grants for municipal planning projects is desirable.

Special Requirements

As this is an exempt salaried position, the workweek will sometimes exceed the standard 37.5 hours per week. Attendance at scheduled board meetings is required. Some may be outside of normal working hours.

The Town Planner must possess a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, including making public presentations
  • Demonstrated successful, collaborative problem-solving and project management skills
  • Ability to take initiative and operate without daily supervision
  • The ability to maintain detailed and extensive records, prepare reports, and work effectively to meet deadlines
  • Interest and ability in providing excellent customer service and working in a busy office with frequent interruptions.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to Linda Ingram at with the subject line, “Town Planner Search.” Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected.

Dedham is an equal opportunity employer. We support diversity of the workplace and encourage all interested applicants to apply.