The city of Watertown is a thriving community in Greater Boston’s inner core with walkable neighborhoods, strong commercial corridors, and a growing team of professional planners. The city has a strong commitment to sustainability, with the passage of an ambitious climate plan, and three new net-zero schools. Watertown has recently completed a comprehensive plan update and will be working in the coming year to update zoning and complete an area plan for Watertown Square that will improve the public realm and implement the MBTA Communities Act. Watertown has seen significant new commercial growth in recent years, particularly in the life sciences sector. The city is seeking to expand and improve open space, support small businesses, provide additional housing opportunities, build a sustainable multimodal transportation network, prioritize walkable urban design solutions, and grow upon the commitment to thoughtful long-range planning and its implementation.

In the coming year, Watertown is growing its planning team in the Department of Community Development and Planning. The team includes Planners working on current planning programs, transportation, housing, environmental protection, and arts/culture.

As a part of this team, the city of Watertown is seeking a Senior Planner for Economic Development focused on implementing the city’s economic development strategies, attracting, and retaining small businesses, and strengthening Watertown’s retail corridors and emerging industry clusters. This individual will be focusing on cultivating a culture that provides opportunities for all commercial business to thrive in the city of Watertown. Visit the city of Watertown’s employment page for further job details.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in planning or related subject; master’s degree preferred; four to six years of economic development, or planning experience; AICP desirable; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Salary: $66,041 to $81,224.26 annually, commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

To Apply: Candidates must submit a resume and/or cover letter, email to, fax: 1-617-923-8195, to be considered. We encourage applicants to review our other opportunities at

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.