Adams, Massachusetts is seeking an experienced and energetic professional who will continue Adams’ evolution from mill town to premier community in the Berkshires by leading an aggressive and visionary multi-disciplined Community Development Department that seeks to enhance our community quality of life for residents while stimulating business development. Adams is a picturesque valley town of approximately 8,500 residents in beautiful northern Berkshire County at the base of Mount Greylock, the Commonwealth’s highest peak, with easy access to the region’s wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities. With both urban and rural characteristics, it is the third largest municipality in the Berkshires featuring an attractive and compact town center with surrounding residential neighborhoods and respect for its proud history. The town is positioned to take advantage of its strategic location between the population centers of Pittsfield and North Adams with a variety of housing, small business, light industry and recreational opportunities to live, work and play.

The ideal candidate will possess the right mix of technical experience, aptitude and skills, including sufficient knowledge of community/economic development concepts, urban and regional planning principles and land use regulations/concepts; experience in policy analysis, program development/evaluation and project management; skills to identify and employ local, state, and federal programs, initiatives and financial resources available to advance the town’s community and economic development objectives. The ability to multi-task, set goals and utilize a strategic approach to planning and managing multiple, complex issues is required. An innovative spirit is sought for this position.

Successful candidates will demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills, effective grant writing experience and a collaborative approach to working with other agencies. The ability to communicate effectively to diverse groups and individuals is a must along with the capability to establish harmonious working relationships with town officials, governmental representatives, community groups, the public and the ability to supervise subordinate personnel effectively in a teamwork environment.

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning, public administration, economic development, or related field; a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in project management and/or local planning; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a combination of experience, education, communication skills and aptitude for visioning and leadership. Salary range is commensurate upon qualifications and experience. Job description and application form is available from the town of Adams website www.town.adams.ma.us or the Town Administrator’s Office, 8 Park St., Adams, MA 01220. Candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Jay R. Green, Town Administrator, Adams Town Hall, 8 Park St., Adams, MA 01220, or via email to ddunlap@town.adams.ma.us. Applications should be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 8 but position will remain open until filled. AA/EOE