City of Boston

Manager of Projects & Planning

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Reporting to the Community Preservation Director, the Manager of Projects and Planning (MPP) will help manage the monitoring of affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space and recreation projects with the City of Boston Community Preservation Office. The CPA MPP will ​work closely with the CPA Director to create planning strategies and help implement new initiatives proposed by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) and the CPA Office.

The aim is to accomplish the objectives outlined in the annual Community Preservation Plan which will bring positive impacts to Boston's residents and neighborhoods. The MPP will participate as a member of a small, highly functioning, multi-disciplinary team advancing the policies, procedures, and mission of the Community Preservation Act.

 About Community Preservation Act (CPA):

The City of Boston receives more than $25 million annually from the Community Preservation Act (CPA) to fund affordable housing, open space and recreation, and historic preservation.

The CPA funds will support Boston's goal of becoming the most livable city in the nation by working with communities to build strong neighborhoods. This will align with the City's numerous agencies, departments, and planning documents. The strategic investment of these new public resources will prioritize equity, public access, and meeting the needs of underserved communities. Additionally, coordination with City agencies will guide decision-making for CPA projects.

In November 2016, 74% of Boston voters approved the Community Preservation Act (CPA) by voting “yes” on Ballot Question 5. By adopting the CPA, the City has created a Community Preservation Fund. The City finances this fund in part by a 1% property tax-based surcharge on residential and business property tax bills, beginning in July 2017. Since 2018, the City has used funds from the grant program to support historic preservation, affordable housing, and open space and recreation projects.

A nine-member Community Preservation Committee (CPC) reviews all applications. By law, five members represent City commissions and boards. The City Council chooses four at-large members from the general public. All members must be Boston residents for the duration of their three-year term. Members may serve for a maximum of two terms. The Community Preservation Committee recommends a slate of projects to the Mayor. The Mayor sends the recommendations to the City Council for a public hearing and final vote.


  • Assist with the day-to-day monitoring and internal operations of affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space and recreation projects with the City of Boston Community Preservation Office.
  • Deliver project management support and supervision by working closely with the  Project Managers and Consultants to ensure fiscal monitoring of the projects, such as site inspections, ensuring compliance with scoping, project reporting, and reviewing and approving. invoices. Helping to identify potential areas of risk factors.
  • Remain abreast of all CPA Grant Agreements and Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) requirements to communicate appropriately with the CPA Director when grant agreements or MOA amendments are needed.
  • Monitor and manage the Conservation Restriction (CR) and Preservation Restriction (PR) process for CPA acquisition projects with Director and Project Managers.
  • Identify and engage CPA Project Managers and Consultants in the development and documentation of resources needed to improve project management duties.
  • Collaborate with the CPA Director to create planning strategies and help implement new initiatives proposed by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) and CPA Office.
  • Work on potential diversity and inclusion initiatives and resources during the application and project planning stages that will provide positive outcomes for the CPA Office and potential applicants.
  • Help implement pilot initiatives within the CPA Office.
  • Serves as the lead project liaison to city and state agencies under the Director’s management. 
  • Works with the CPA Office to develop information and materials for internal use and public distribution.
  •  Attends CPC public hearings and meetings to provide project summary reports,  presentation materials, and final project recommendations to the Committee, Mayor, and City Council.
  • Provides assistance during the extended hours and crunch periods in the CPA funding round cycle, when the workload is heaviest, including work on evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Attend CPA workshops, meetings, and events to highlight funded projects and planning initiatives during community engagement periods.
  • Performs related work as needed.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional management and project management experience of which one (1) year was in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
  • B.A./B.S. in communications, community planning, development, government, landscape or historic architecture, public policy, business administration, architecture, or other related fields is strongly preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • A master’s degree in the above-listed fields or a related field is highly preferred and may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take charge as needed.
  • Strong negotiation, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of historic preservation planning, landscape architecture planning & design, and affordable housing development is a plus.
  • Proven leadership experience at the local level professionally or as a volunteer.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications (MS Word, Excel, and Google Drive).
  • Strong writing and presentation skills; able to share information in a direct and user-friendly manner; demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with Boston neighborhoods; experience working across race, community, age, and class lines.
  • Ability to respond quickly in a fast-paced environment when needed and manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with diverse community groups and colleagues in the City of Boston.
  • Good public speaking, presentation, and meeting facilitation skills, including the ability to conduct community meetings.
  • Must be able to attend occasional meetings and events on evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

 Boston Residency Required

Terms: Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Non-Union/MM2-9
Hours Per Week: 35 


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