Employment Opportunities

Planning Administrator
Department: Planning & Development Department
Contact Name: Human Resources
Contact Email: jobs@cambridge-housing.org
Date Posted: 12/19/2017
Posting Expires: 1/11/2018
Position Description:


Planning Administrator

The Cambridge Housing Authority seeks qualified applicants for the above position. Reporting to the Director of Planning and Development or his/her designee, the incumbent will be responsible for various planning tasks associated with modernization, new development and redevelopment of public/affordable housing in Cambridge.  Responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to, management of capital improvement projects, oversight of consulting architects and engineers, as well as other consultants. This individual will also review potential new development sites, coordinate acquisition activities, and provide review and guidance for financial and design aspects of new unit production activities.

The successful applicant will possess a relevant degree, coupled with demonstrable project management experience. Masters degree in planning, public administration or architecture preferred. This professional must also possess skills which enable him/her to create and maintain effective working relationships with peers, residents, consultants and funding agencies. Strong organizational and communication skills are necessary. Experience with mixed finance of affordable housing would be considered a plus. (See Position Description)

The primary purpose of this position is to direct the planning tasks associated with modernization, new development, and redevelopment of public housing at the Cambridge Housing Authority (“CHA” or “Authority”). This position works in conjunction with other Planning Administrator(s), and supervises the Assistant Planner(s) and Planning Inspector.

Position Qualifications:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in and experience in program administration, contract administration, or housing planning is required; Master’s degree in planning, business administration, real estate development, public administration, or architecture is preferred. Must have valid Massachusetts driver’s license and be insurable under CHA policies. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.



Technical Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have strong computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, and MS Outlook). Incumbent also should be capable of using financial, accounting, and file management software. Ability to learn other computer software programs may be required by assigned tasks.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position.  This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Implements the planning phases of modernization, new development, and redevelopment programs, as may from time to time be established by the CHA; utilizes available State and Federal programs to meet the housing needs of low-income persons in the City of Cambridge
  • Prepares proposals and applications for funding under Federal, State, and local programs
  • Undertakes planning studies and data collection/analysis efforts as necessary for the effective implementation of CHA policies and programs
  • Represents the CHA in meetings and discussions with funding agencies, city officials, and tenant/citizen groups in conjunction with modernization, development, and redevelopment activities.

               Design and management of projects:

  • Prepares recommendations on the scope of projects for the Director of Planning and Development
  • Solicits, selects, and provides administrative services to architects and engineers
  • Maintains records documenting the progress of the project
  • Communicates with funding agencies
  • Coordinates work with tenant councils, managers, various citizen groups, and staff in other CHA departments
  • Coordinates site selection for new development projects
  • Reviews reports, information, and schematic and construction plans and specifications
  • Performs other related duties as assigned 

Application Procedure:

Please send cover letter and resume to:      Cambridge Housing Authority

                                                                             362 Green Street

                                                                             Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                             Attn: Human Resources Department


Electronic submissions may be made to:  jobs@cambridge-housing.org

Please reference position title in subject line. Resume and over letter must be an attachment and not included in body of email. 

It is the policy of the Cambridge Housing Authority to give preference in employment to Section 3- eligible individuals.  The Cambridge Housing Authority is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.  Minorities, handicapped and others are encouraged to apply.


TDD 1-800-545-1833, x 112

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Pay Grade:




About Cha:

The Agency offers a competitive benefits program including health insurance through the Group Insurance Commission, FSA’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield dental insurance, the State Retirement System, additional voluntary benefits, and MBTA Corporate T-Pass Program.

Job Type:

Full Time