Director of Land Use and Community Services

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Posted 5 days ago

Town of Danvers
Director of Land Use and Community Services

The Town of Danvers (pop. 27,000) seeks an experienced and energetic leader to join the Senior Management Team as the Director of Land Use and Community Services to oversee five divisions: Planning & Economic Development, Inspectional Services, Recreation, Senior & Social Services, and Health & Veterans Services.

The position reports to the Town Manager and serves on the nine-member Leadership Team.  Short-term opportunities for the position include: (1) assisting the new economic development director to grow that service area, (2) supporting planning staff and town officials as they continue to rezone areas of the downtown for redevelopment, and (3) providing leadership on several Recreation projects in planning and design.  A long-term priority will include succession planning for each Division in partnership with the Town Manager.

Responsibilities include: land use planning; housing and open space projects and initiatives; infrastructure and community needs assessments; and coordination of efforts to attract desired economic development. Duties also include developing sound approaches to conservation and development; assessing proposals for growth and preservation; making recommendations for land-use development zoning by-law changes. 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 and prepare grant applications, and will perform other related planning community development assignments.

The ideal candidate will bring a selfless attitude and creative approach to their work, possess a sense of humor along with a sense of urgency, and embrace inclusion, integrity, accountability, and positivity as core values.

A master’s degree and 5-7 years of experience desired, with coursework in urban planning, public administration, or business preferred.  Starting salary anticipated between $85,000 and $105,000, depending on experience.  This position comes with a competitive benefits package.

Applications received by March 1st will receive preference.

Cover letter and resume to: Human Resources, Town Hall, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923; or by email to:

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