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BERKSHIRE REGIONAL PLANNING | Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Community Services and Planning Program Manager - Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), Pittsfield MA. This is a upper level position with a regional public agency.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is looking for a unique individual in a new upper level position as Community Services and Planning Program Manager.  This position would lead efforts to work with the cities and towns of Berkshire County Massachusetts to build collaborative relationships to improve the delivery of high quality municipal services in a cost-effective way. The primary duties include conducting program development and management, research, analysis, and technical assistance in the areas of service sharing, cooperative purchasing, local government service, and comprehensive planning.  

Why work in Berkshire County? 

Berkshire County has a worldwide reputation for cultural organizations as the home to Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, the Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Norman Rockwell Museum, as well as three major professional summer theater organizations and many smaller cultural venues.  The County is also valued as a center of outdoor recreation with over 203,000 acres of protected land, most accessible to the public for outdoor recreational use, lakes and rivers for fishing, boating and swimming, and an everexpanding county-wide bike trail (part of US Bike Route 7). The County offers hundreds of miles of trails, including 89 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic rail.  There are multiple downhill and crosscountry skiing venues in and around the county and many miles of now mobile trails to provide great winter recreational opportunities.  Housing prices are affordable.

Why work for the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission? 

 As a regional planning agency, BRPC serves as a voice for the 32 Berkshire County municipalities.  The county has no formal county government.  BRPC is a focal point for the discussion and evaluation of areawide, intermunicipal problems and needs, as well as a nexus  for the development of collaborative solutions. While some shared service agreements are in place, most Berkshire municipalities provide their own services. Increasingly, however, BRPC’s assistance is requested to either assist in developing shared services conducted at the municipal level or through countywide efforts based at BRPC. With 22 fulltime employees, BRPC is small enough to allow someone to establish and maintain connections with all staff but large enough to provide expert support to other staff from land use, transportation, public health, energy and environment, community and economic development professional colleagues. 

Why this position is for you?  Do you like to do both planning and implementation?  Do you like innovative solutions and creative problem solving?  Are you good at taking concepts and turning them into reality?  This position presents a challenging opportunity to use those skills and interests to build a Community Services 
Program.  This position offers the opportunity for someone who has been in the field for at least 5 years to grow professionally. 


Minimum requirements:  Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, Planning or equivalent field from an accredited college or university with at least five years of directly related increasingly responsible experience, preferably at the local or regional level, or equivalent combination of experience and 
training.  Dual Planning and Public Administration degrees preferred.  Candidate must have valid driver’s license and access to private vehicle. 

Position open until filled. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer employer.

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The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is established under Chapter 40B of the Massachusetts General Laws and, as such, is the official area-wide planning agency in Berkshire County with comprehensive planning responsibilities which include land use, transportation, economic development, and environmental management. The Commission, composed of one Delegate and one Alternate from each member community, as well as a commission staff, is required to study the problems, needs, and resources of the region and to make recommendations for physical, social, governmental, and economic improvements in the Berkshires. BRPC is responsible for regional review procedures required by numerous federal and state programs. In addition, BRPC has been designated a regional depository for the U.S. Census. BRPC also has major transportation planning responsibilities mandated by federal law.

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