The Town of Milton seeks an experienced and dutiful Planning and Economic Development (PED) Director to help Milton achieve the creation of a vibrant community that strikes the right balance between economic development, sustainable growth, natural resources protection, and a high quality of life. The position is multi-faceted, requiring advanced professional planning experience and a wide breadth of knowledge of municipal comprehensive planning, economic development, and federal and state planning law.
The PED Director is appointed by the Selectboard and works independently under the general direction of the Town Manager and direct supervision of the Director of Human Resources and Administration. The PED Director supervises the divisions of Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development. These divisions are staffed by a team of four exempt and non-exempt (union) employees, including the Director, a Town Planner, Zoning Administrator, and Planning Assistant. The Director is expected to work collaboratively and effectively with other departments as part of a strong interdisciplinary and leadership team.
With an annual budget of $325,000, the department stewards the Town’s long-term plan and development regulations. The position requires significant contact, communication, and coordination with town boards and commissions, volunteer groups, municipal representatives, and regional and state organizations and agencies. The department is open and staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The team principally spends its time helping dynamic residents, commercial enterprises, engineers, developers, manufacturers, social sector non-profits, energy generators, working farms, and natural resource stewards achieve their goals within the bounds of the Town’s regulations, policies, and goals.
The department directly supports four standing municipal boards – the Planning Commission, the Development Review Board, the Economic Development Commission, and the Conservation Commission – as well as occasional ad hoc committees. These citizen volunteers work to advance the Town’s vision at more than 100 meetings annually. The Director is solely responsible for staffing the Economic Development Commission and Conservation Commission. He or she will also co-staff the Planning Commission with the Town Planner and will occasionally work on development review projects and attend some Development Review Board meetings. The Director indirectly supports the Selectboard and other community stakeholders. The Director will attend meetings and events throughout the community and region, and attendance at a substantial number of evening meetings and some weekend meetings will be required. The Director may be appointed to represent the Town at various regional bodies, such as the Regional Planning Commission’s Planning Advisory Committee, so some travel will be required.
The Director oversees the implementation of Milton’s Comprehensive Plan, updates and edits Milton’s Unified Development Regulations, and promotes community and economic development by fulfilling the objectives in Milton’s Economic Development Strategy and other Town plans. Other routine responsibilities include annual budgeting, volunteer training, workflow reporting, performance management, policy review, professional service contract administration, and grant writing.
Additional details and an employment application are available at www.miltonvt.gov/employment.
The Town of Milton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.