City of South Portland - Community Planner





The City of South Portland is excited to recruit a Community Planner in the Planning Division. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic community on current and long range policy, including preparing the Comprehensive Plan update, implementing the newly-adopted One Climate Future plan, and updating/modernizing the City’s zoning and subdivision ordinances. The Division exists within the Planning & Development Department, and works closely with the Code and Economic Development divisions, as well as the Sustainability Office and other city departments.


South Portland is Maine’s fourth largest city with 25,500 residents and a large workday population. Sharing Casco Bay with the City of Portland, South Portland has a rich and dynamic employment base anchored by an industrial waterfront, major distribution and manufacturing operations, the State’s largest retail mall, globally-competitive high-tech firms, and Southern Maine Community College.


This position is responsible for implementing the Comprehensive Plan, as well as administering the zoning, subdivision, and related ordinances. The Community Planner will work with the Planning Director on master planning, promoting high-quality development projects, managing natural and historic resources, and ensuring an equitable and transparent development process. South Portland is a leader in sustainable development and is undertaking a Comprehensive Plan update, and this position will be deeply involved in both efforts.


This position requires expertise in development, land use, facilitating public hearings and engagement, and long range planning. The role participates in regular evening meetings, and will coordinate heavily with other agencies, staff, professional and amateur developers, as well the City Council, Boards, Committees, Commissions, and the public. A successful candidate will exercise considerable independent judgment and must have strong written and oral communications skills. Full details on the requirements and qualifications for the position are provided in the job description available at: 


The City is proud of its talented and dedicated workforce; we offer a competitive pay and robust benefits, including generous matched retirement options; an excellent health plan with affordable family coverage; income and disability insurance options; flexible spending accounts; a full complement of paid time off, and more. The City also offers “payment-in-lieu” of health insurance, tuition reimbursement, an acclaimed wellness program, and is highly committed to professional development. We provide employees a positive, family-friendly workplace, with the support and tools needed to grow a successful career. 


Bachelor’s Degree in land use planning, urban planning or a closely related field is required. Master’s degree in urban planning or related field is preferred. Candidates must have three (3) or more years of relevant professional municipal planning or related experience. Must possess and maintain a valid Maine Class “C” driver’s license.


Starting salary range for this position is $56,413 - $64,291.


Applications will be accepted until Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:30pm.  


To apply, email a cover letter and resume to


You may also mail application materials to:

City of South Portland

Karla Giglio, Human Resources Specialist

25 Cottage Road

P. O. Box 9422

South Portland, ME  04116-9422


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