Regional Arts and Culture Planner

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Metro Boston, seeks a Regional Arts and Culture Planner to serve as a key member of a new team focused on advancing arts and cultural goals in Greater Boston. The Planner will work with other staff at MAPC, as well as external partners, on local and regional planning projects that aim to help cities, towns, and neighborhoods become more culturally vibrant, open to artistic expression, and welcoming to people of many backgrounds. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment to build a more sustainable and equitable future for metropolitan Boston.


The Regional Arts and Culture Planner will be an important partner in the implementation of the MAPC Arts, Culture, and Planning Initiative – a cross-sector strategy to advance the arts and culture goals in MetroFuture. The Planner provides technical planning support on projects such as arts and culture planning; cultural asset mapping; creative placemaking; creative community development; cultural economic development; amendments to land use bylaws/ordinances, permitting procedures, and design guidelines with a concern for arts and culture. The Planner, in concert with other MAPC staff, will also play a role in evaluating and improving state laws, regulations, policies, and programs to strengthen the policy and planning conditions that can help arts and culture to thrive. Responsibilities include: Managing and/or staffing arts and cultural planning projects in concert with fellow MAPC planners, municipalities, and community stakeholders; these projects will include scoping, public engagement, research, as well as designing local zoning, permitting procedures, programs, and funding; Assisting with research and advocacy to improve local and state laws, regulations, policies, and programs  that can help arts and culture to thrive; Assisting with the development and delivery of art and culture-focused professional development trainings for MAPC staff and planners in the MAPC region planners.

Typical Qualifications:  Candidates must have either a Master's degree in urban/regional planning, public policy/management, arts administration, cultural planning, urban design/architecture, or a closely related field and a minimum of two years of professional experience working in the fields of arts and culture, planning, community development, and/or economic development in the public or private sector; or a bachelor's degree with a major in one of these fields and a minimum of four years of relevant professional experience.  Successful candidates will demonstrate all or most of the following: Experience providing professional planning assistance to local governments in disciplines such as arts and culture, economic development, housing, transportation, public health, environmental planning; Experience with various arts and culture fields of practice, such as: cultural planning, cultural asset mapping, creative placemaking, cultural economic development, public art, social practice art/socially engaged art; Experience working effectively with community groups and the arts and culture community, including artists, arts organizations, as well as local elected and appointed officials.

Compensation and Benefits  The starting salary ranges from $55,000 - $65,000, depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.

PLEASE SEE COMPLETE JOB AD AT: (Jobs at MAPC) AND APPLY AT LINK SHOWN THERE. A review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver's license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.  MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified persons to apply. Posted 1/5/17.  Thomas E. Hauenstein, Manager of Operations.