Associate Planner: Community Development
City of Lowell - Planning & Development

Job Order #: 16095099

Lowell, MA 01852

Full Time

35 hours per week

POSTED 1/10/2022

EXPIRES 4/10/2022

Job Description

Works within the Community Development team to support financial management of federal funds and monitoring for spending compliance. Researches new and innovative uses for federal funding to support the City?s goals for economic development, infrastructure, and green spaces, among others. Working with HUD on best practices, the Associate Planner: Community Development will maximize the impact of federal funds for City-sponsored projects. Coordinates HUD electronic systems with City?s finance programs. Also responsible for the preparation of planning documents and reports associated with various state and federal grant programs managed by the Dept. of Planning and Development (DPD), monitoring and documenting compliance with program regulations, and maintenance and preparation of financial and program accomplishment databases, as well as other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
-With the Director of Community Development and other staff, prepares Five-year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plans, and Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports for CDBG, HOME, ESG, HOPWA, and other federal/state grant programs.
-Maintains records of program activity accomplishments using HUD's Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) software.
-Supports fiscal grant management for CDBG, HOME, ESG, and other federal and grant-funded programs in City?s finance system.
-Coordinates purchase orders, budgets requests, and fiscal for Consolidated Plan funds with DPD finance staff.
-Supports HUD monitoring, grant compliance and long-range planning for the use of federal funds.
-Works with project managers in DPD and across the City to ensure effective planning for and compliance with the use of federal funds for City initiatives. This includes work on Project Delivery costs. -Research best practices in federal programs and new initiatives by peer communities.
-Develops and maintains databases, spreadsheets, GIS mapping, and other computer based reports and documentation related to state and federal grant programs.
-Assists in the annual project selection process for state and federal grant programs.
-Monitors sub-recipient and grantee activities for compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and procedures.
-Prepares semiannual and annual reports for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development documenting regulatory compliance using computer databases.
-Communicates with members of the public; may represent City at Council Meetings.
-Completes special projects as designated by supervisor or Department Head

May supervise interns and consultants. If required, carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws

Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Public Affairs, Public Policy, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master?s Degree preferred. Must demonstrate three to five years? experience in a related field with direct experience with HUD funding programs, regulatory oversight, and financial compliance. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills required. Proficient in use of computer programs for word processing, database management and spreadsheets.

Please email Shaun McCarthy at to learn more about how to apply

How To Apply

Please send resumes to Shaun McCarthy at


50 Arcand DRIVE # 2
Lowell, MA 01852

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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Per Diem Position

Not Specified

Union Position





$67,114.32 per year


  • Major Medical
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Mileage Reimbursement
  • Paid Holidays
  • Short Term Disability Leave
  • Long Term Disability Leave

Benefit Details


Shaun McCarthy


MassHire Lowell Career Center


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107 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852