Assistant City Planner

Maine’s premier City to work and live is becoming Maine’s premier municipal employer - welcome to Biddeford, Maine, where citizens are proud of their community and employees thrive!

The City of Biddeford, dubbed as Maine’s most resurgent city, is seeking dynamic people to join our award-winning team of professionals. As an employee in Maine’s youngest community , you can become part of a team that is guiding its economic revival. You will need to be highly motivated, talented, with a strong desire to make a difference in the daily lives of citizens.

Biddeford is conveniently situated 15 miles south of Portland and 90 miles north of Boston. Just a few miles east of the city center lies a magnificent coastline with long stretches of sandy beaches framed by rocky promontories. Biddeford has experienced exceptional renewal and has a nationally-recognized creative downtown community, recently exemplified in the Heart of Biddeford’s selection as a 2022 recipient of the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA). Additionally, Food & Wine Magazine recently ranked Biddeford’s food scene as among America’s best. The City has been proactive in working with the private sector to stimulate more than $100 million in private investments over the last decade, with an additional $200 million of new, mixed-use private investment, including just over 1,100 residential units to be developed in the near term. 

The City of Biddeford greatly values employee wellness and work/life balance. Many of our positions, including all positions in City Hall, have a four-day, 36 hour work week (Fridays off!) with flexible scheduling and remote opportunities one day per week.

The Assistant City Planner, under the guidance of the City Planner, will be responsible for multiple duties, of which the following will be priority:

  • Administering the City’s land use regulations through the development review process including subdivision, site plan, and municipal shore land zoning review
  • Assisting in the completion of Biddeford’s Comprehensive Plan, and its subsequent implementation through amendments to Biddeford’s land use regulations, notably around climate change adaptation and mitigation, conservation of significant natural resources, promotion of walkable and transit-oriented development, and in support of new housing creation
  • Staffing the Planning Board, Staff Review Committee, and the Conservation Commission

Municipal land use experience in Maine is preferred but not necessary. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong communication and data analysis skills as well as a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal land use planning and zoning, including ordinances, processes, and regulations. Experience in or knowledge of subdivision or site plan review is a plus.

A Bachelor’s Degree in land use planning, urban planning or a Master’s degree in urban planning or related field and/or AICP certification is preferred.

Experience:

  • Subdivision/Site Plan Review: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Municipal Land Use Planning/Zoning: 1 year (Preferred)

License/Certification:

  • AICP Certification (Preferred)

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Biddeford’s mission is to cultivate and sustain a diverse, inclusive, equitable, welcoming, and belonging-based workplace where employees actively practice solidarity for the greater good of the work environment and employee experience.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the City of Biddeford shall employ, develop, and work to maintain the best qualified person(s) available without discrimination to: age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, dimensions of gender, disability, citizenship, veterans’ status, ancestry, national origin, and/or political affiliation or any other status protected by law.

Equitable access to services and employment is available and those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to this application and/or the interview process should notify the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator at 207.286.0589.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 - $75,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • No weekends

Education:

  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and any relevant certifications to:

205 Main Street

Biddeford, ME, 04005

OR

Email to: diana.depaolo@biddefordmaine.org

Please go to biddefordmaine.org/apply to fill out our online application or apply through Indeed. We will begin reviewing resumes on Tuesday, December 26th.