Regional Arts & Culture Planner- MAPC, Boston

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks candidates for the position of Regional Arts & Culture Planner to serve as a key member of our Arts & Culture (A&C) Department. The Planner will staff planning projects and research efforts that advance the department’s current priorities: building municipal capacity to work with artists and support the creative and cultural economy, integrating arts and culture into COVID recovery and climate resiliency initiatives, and promoting a more welcoming and inclusive region through arts, culture, and heritage. The planner will have opportunities to manage and staff project work in established work areas and develop new projects in alignment with the department’s priorities and the priorities identified in MetroCommon2050, the regional land use and policy plan.

The A&C Department is a five-person team of planners and arts & culture staff dedicated to expanding local capacity, supportive policies and investments in arts and culture and to ensuring that cultural inclusion, equity, and justice underpin arts and culture planning and community development.  The Planner will report to the Director of Arts & Culture and support work that advances the department’s goal to foster municipal and state planning and policy conditions that enable arts and culture to thrive.
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Examples of Duties
Manage and/or staff arts, culture, heritage, and creative economy planning projects in collaboration with fellow MAPC planners, municipalities, and community stakeholders; these projects will include scoping, public engagement, facilitation, event planning, research, writing, as well as designing local zoning, permitting procedures, programs, and funding;
Implement and expand approaches to cultural inclusion, equity and justice in planning practice, including inclusive engagement strategies, relationship building with artists of color, partnerships with organizations serving communities of color, using storytelling to illuminate injustice, and examining legacies of injustice in planning; 
Design and execute workshops and trainings on arts, culture, heritage, and related topics for planners, community developers, community organizers, volunteer boards and committees, and artists;

Typical Qualifications
Candidates must have a minimum of three years of relevant professional and/or academic experience in any of the following areas: community development, urban studies, city, town, or regional planning, urban design, historic preservation, arts administration, architecture, curation, socially engaged art, public art, or other related disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates whose interests and background combine arts and culture with another area of expertise related to urban planning or community development. Experience working directly with other artists, non-profit organizations, community-based groups, and local government is desired.

The salary ranges from $58,000 to $68,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

How to Apply: 
 Apply online at The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a sample of relevant writing or work product. 


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