The short story: Northfield is hiring a part-time Zoning Administrator. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in planning, environmental studies, geography or similar experience, you may want to take a look at the job description.
Comparatively, the Zoning Administrator is the small town equivalent to a city planner. The position may sound like a boring snooze, but in fact, it’s one of the Town’s more important positions when we think about potential growth and vitality. If you’re a fan of Amy Poehler’s Parks & Recreation, you’ll recall that the first person Leslie Knope turned to, on her mission to transform a construction pit into a neighborhood park, was Pawnee’s city planner, Mark Brendanawicz.
In the non-television world, Northfield was very fortunate to have had Michele Braun as our former ZA. Michele started the position with a strong interest to learn — and left as an expert. Among her many legacies is the ongoing work toward a future Dog River Park along Water Street.
Northfield has been without a ZA ever since Michele’s departure. This isn’t good news at a time when the Town has an excellent plan to implement and new planning work on the development of two downtown properties. At the present time, the Town Manager has assumed the responsibilities of the ZA. But what we really need is a dedicated staff member to pick up the day-to-day tasks while assisting the Town in the planning process.
The ZA works with colleagues on the state and regional level in addition to the Town. Michele even worked directly with FEMA and, after Irene, became a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) in the aftermath of destruction from Tropical Storm Irene. Turns out, zoning isn’t a snooze. It’s a specialized professional position requiring at least four years of higher education and, in cities, a Master’s Degree.
So read the job description and if you feel you qualify, send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Or pass along the information to a colleague or friend who may have the qualifications listed below.