Housing & Zoning Agent

Town of Westwood

The town of Westwood seeks qualified applicants for the position of Housing & Zoning Agent (HZA). The purpose of this position is to perform professional, technical and administrative work in the areas of both Housing and Zoning. The successful candidate will possess professional expertise, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills to accomplish varied functions that range in nature from routine to complex.

Housing Function

The HZA provides advocacy, support, coordination and records management to the Housing Partnership and the Fair Housing Committee, and provides direction and guidance to all residents in need of housing assistance. The Agent is responsible for the development and support of all public housing programs, and for ensuring that the town encourages the provision of a variety of housing types to meet the needs of all sectors of Westwood’s population. They are charged with enforcing policies to ensure that the town maintains a minimum of 10% of all dwelling units as affordable housing options for qualifying households.

Zoning Function

The HZA is responsible for the management and processing of all requests for variances and special permits pursuant to various sections of the Westwood zoning bylaw. The Agent is also responsible for the management and processing of appeals made in association with decisions of town staff, boards or commissions relative to actions under, or enforcement of, the zoning bylaw.

The Agent represents the town during informal meetings with the general public, attorneys, and developers; explains provisions of the zoning bylaw, rules and regulations, and application processes; and assists public in determining which applications and permits are required.


Bachelor’s degree in public policy/administration, political science, business or a related field; three years’ progressive experience in an administrative capacity in public service; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. The Housing & Zoning Agent shall be certified as a Mass Public Housing Agent (MPHA) of a DHCD-approved MPHA Certification Program within twelve months of hire. Massachusetts Class D motor vehicle operator’s license required.

Salary and Benefits

This is a 40-hour per week, benefit-eligible position with a salary range of $61,524 – $76,835 in ten steps.  Opportunity for salary growth and pension together with an attractive benefit package.

Apply:  www.townhall.westwood.ma.us and click on “Jobs”