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Town of Stow
Stow Town Building
380 Great Road
Stow, Massachusetts 01775
(978) 897-4515 Fax (978) 897-4534

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Town of Stow
Planning Department

Position Title                 Assistant Planner/GIS Administrator
Employment Status      Full Time
Hours                             37.5 hrs./week (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
Compensation               $49,381 – $52,314 (Step Grade)
Employment Benefits   Town of Stow
Supervisor                     Town Planner
Application Deadline    May 4, 2016


Position Purpose
The Town of Stow (pop. 6,747) is a growing residential community, known regionally for its orchards, golf courses and open spaces.  Through its commitment to planning, Stow retains an appreciation for the balance between development and community character - always mindful of the Town’s rural, agricultural history.
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The Planning Department seeks a full time, team oriented Assistant Planner/GIS Administrator to support advancement and implementation of the Town’s evolving community vision.  The Assistant Planner / GIS Administrator will report to the Town Planner and support the Planning Board in coordinating the review of municipal planning and zoning programs under the provisions of M.G.L. Ch.40A, the Town of Stow Zoning Bylaw and the Planning Board’s Rules and Regulations. The ideal candidate is an organized administrator, analytical and detail oriented, yet able to communicate effectively with Town committees and the public.  The Assistant Planner / GIS Administrator will spend approximately 75% of his/her time conducting research for planning efforts, reviewing projects and zoning bylaw and regulation updates, as well as supporting ongoing implementation efforts for Town projects and plans. Approximately 25% of time will be allocated to maintaining and updating the town’s GIS system, including ongoing maintenance of the GIS database, organizing and creating new data sets, and supporting Town Departments as needed with mapping and spatial data management. The Assistant Planner / GIS Administrator will rely on a high degree of accuracy and organizational skill to maintain records, budgets, and deadlines associated with various notice requirements and Planning Board procedures.  The position requires responding to daily inquiries with the public, assisting town Departments and regional organizations and supporting the Planning Board during public meetings and hearings. The Assistant Planner position demands professionalism, responsibility, and tact.  The ability to communicate effectively through writing, public speaking, and social media formats is essential.

Essential Planning Functions
The essential functions and duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assists residents and petitioners with applications and interpretation of issues related to planning and zoning policies and procedures under the direction of the Town Planner.
  • Accepts filing of all Petitions and Applications to the Planning Board.  Solicits engineering review and coordinates aspects of follow up application review.
  • Provides supportive research and analysis regarding various Town and regional planning efforts associated with the Planning Board’s priority work plan
  • Supports and contributes to team atmosphere of Town Department staff
  • Develops and implements outreach strategies around Town Planning efforts
  • Attends evening board meetings and prepares meeting minutes; attends sub-committee meetings and provides administrative support, as needed
  • Maintains Land Use records database
  • Regularly maintains website and social media platforms, including planning blog  and Facebook page
Essential GIS Administrator Functions
  • Design and maintain geographic map layers and attribute information utilizing ESRI software
  • Develop, update and maintain GIS data sets, including various resource areas and public/utility infrastructure
  • Maintain ongoing catalog of data collected via geo-locational devices
  • Provide basic support to GIS users in Stow Town Departments
  • Digitize hard copy plans for compatibility with ArcMap software
  • Perform analyses of geographic data and provide map displays to support reporting and decision making needs within Town government
Recommended Qualifications
Education, Training and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning or related field and 3-5 years related experience; or  Master’s degree in urban/regional planning or related field, and 1 -2 years related experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform essential functions of the position. Experience with applicable Massachusetts planning laws and regulations preferred.

Knowledge, Ability and Skills
  • Knowledge of general urban/regional planning theory and practice
  • Knowledge of municipal planning and public notice requirements, including applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations, particularly Ch. 40A – MA State Zoning Act
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering and development plans.
  • Manage multiple and varied planning projects and processes with strong attention to detail,  including but not limited to coordinating public meetings, developing surveys, analyzing and communicating qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Able to cultivate positive relationships with various town and regional departments and agencies, as well as members of the public
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills (customer service skills)
  • Knowledge of office practices and procedures and the ability to organize time, work and accurate records independently.  
  • Skilled in computer usage including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Power Point etc.) and other data base programs used by the Town
  • Familiarity/ability to work with social media platforms, including Facebook, blog platforms, etc.
  • Experience with ESRI’s ArcGIS software, including creation and editing of datasets, digitization, map production, and database management
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a hard copy of cover letter, resume, and completed Town of Stow employment application to Karen Kelleher, Town Planner, at 380 Great Road, Stow, MA 01775 by Friday, May 4th at 4pm. Electronic materials can be sent to planning@stow-ma.gov with Assistant Planner/GIS Administrator in the subject line. Employment Applications can be found at the link below.

Posted: March 31, 2016

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Town of Stow
Planning Department

Position Title                         Administrative Assistant
Employment Status              Part Time
Hours                                     15 hrs./week
Compensation                       $18.99 – $20.19/hr. (Step Grade)
Supervisor                             Town Planner
Application Deadline            May 4, 2016


Position Purpose
The Town of Stow (pop. 6,747) is a growing residential community, known regionally for its orchards, golf courses and open spaces.  Through its commitment to planning, Stow retains an appreciation for the balance between development and community character - always mindful of the Town’s rural, agricultural history.
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The Town of Stow Planning Board seeks an Administrative Assistant to support the operations of the Planning Board and Department through clerical administration.  The Administrative Assistant will assist the Town Planner and Assistant Planner / GIS Administrator with public inquiries into land use topics, office records management, as well as timely filing of notices, decisions and other regulatory processes in accordance with M.G.L Ch.40A and other applicable regulations. The position requires a high degree of accuracy in organizational and office skills to ensure that legal requirements for public notifications and requirements of the Planning Board are met.  The Administrative Assistant is responsible for maintaining and improving upon the efficiency and effectiveness of the Planning Department’s daily operation.  

Professional Expectations
Performs a variety of duties requiring a working knowledge of departmental operations, an eye for organization and accuracy in all Department functions and initiative to perform duties and complete assigned tasks.

Job Environment
Work is performed under typical office conditions.  Attends evening Planning Board Meetings as assigned.  May attend evening sub-committee meetings as assigned. Operates computer, printer, plotter, facsimile machine, copier, calculator, telephone and other standard office equipment.

Makes frequent contact with the general public, other Town departments, boards and committees, builders, developers, attorneys, and local businesses.  Contacts are in person, in writing, and by telephone and involve an information exchange and dialogue. Has access to department-related confidential information, including Executive Session minutes.

Essential Functions
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements or duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
  • Accepts filing of all Petitions and Applications to the Planning Board.  Distributes applicant materials to other Town Boards and Departments for review, tracks review comments;
  • Schedules Public Hearings; prepares and sends all legal notices to newspaper and mails notices to all concerned parties and abutters in accordance with statuary requirements
  • Compiles Attorney General submission packet for approval of Zoning Bylaw Amendments.
  • Prepares agendas and background materials on agenda items, posts required public notices.  
  • Attends evening board meetings as needed and prepares meeting minutes
  •     Attends sub-committee meetings and provides administrative support, as needed
  •      Maintains all department files, records and library.
  •     Monitors expense budget.  Prepares deposit and bills payable to the Treasurer’s Office.
  •      Manages consultant fee accounts.  Coordinates required Fee Deposit with the Town’s Consultant; invoices developer for services rendered; prepares monthly statements for past due accounts.
  •      Orders and maintains office supplies.
  •     Maintains Land Use database.
Recommended Qualifications
Education, Training and Experience
1 – 3 years of experience in Administrative capacity.  Experience in municipal planning office, including experience working within the legal requirements of M.G.L Ch.40A preferred.

Knowledge, Ability and Skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of municipal planning and public notice requirements
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills
  •       Ability to listen and respond appropriately in a customer service atmosphere
  •      Ability to maintain detailed and accurate records.  
  •       Knowledge of office practices and procedures and the ability to organize time and work independently.  
  •       Ability to deal appropriately and effectively with the public, Town departments and land use boards from other towns.  
  •       Ability to manage multiple and varied projects with strong attention to detail
  •       Skilled in computer usage including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point etc.)
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a hard copy of cover letter, resume, and completed Town of Stow employment application to Karen Kelleher, Town Planner, at 380 Great Road, Stow, MA 01775 by Friday, May 4th at 4pm. Employment Applications can be found at the link below.

Posted 3.31.2016



Click here for Stow Employment Application
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Volunteer Opportunities
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Notice of Vacancy
Randall Building Committee
Two Resident Members At Large
 

Objective:  The Randall Building Committee is a committee composed of two Library Trustees, one Selectman, one member of the Finance Committee, one member of the Capital Planning Committee, and two Members at Large.  The charge of the committee is to oversee the pre-design process for a renovation of the historical section of the Randall Building.
 

Responsibilities Include:
· Manage and oversee the pre-design process:  evaluate prospective design consultants and recommend a preferred consultant for hire.
· Develop more than one conceptual design option.
· Include cost estimates for the options
· Hold public forums for input from residents
· Recommend to Town Meeting the most efficient design, including cost estimates, that meet the Town’s needs for a renovated Randall Library.

Qualifications:
A commitment of time and attendance at regular meetings
Excellent Communication and organizational skills
A registered voter of Stow
 
Term:  Appointment by the Randall Library Trustees to a term through the end of the fiscal year (June 30) in which the committee presents its design recommendations to Town Meeting.

Application:  The Randall Library Trustees will accept applications until 5:00 pm on January 15, 2016.  Interested residents should submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Randall Library, 19 Crescent Street, Stow, 01775

Posted January 12, 2016

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ANCIENT DOCUMENTS COMMITTEE
One Member for Unexpired Five Year Term.
Term Expiring in 2017
        
Duties:  To assist the town clerk in the acquisition, preservation, indexing and care of all Town records, both current and ancient.

Qualifications:  Registered voter of Stow.  Interest in ancient documents helpful, but not necessary.

Term:  Appointment by Moderator, with the approval of the Town Clerk, for term as noted above.

Application:  Contact Moderator David Walrath no later than 5 p.m. April 25, 2014.

Posted April 9, 2014
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CEMETERY COMMITTEE
One Member

Duties:  Management and care of the Town's cemeteries and burial grounds; establishment of rules and regulations; appointment of such employees as are necessary to maintain the cemeteries.

Qualifications:  Registered voter of Stow.

Term:  Appointment by the Board of Selectmen to fill a three-year term ending June 30, 2016.

Application:  The Board of Selectmen will be accepting applications until the position is filled.

Posted July 12, 2013

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CABLE LICENSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
One Member

Duties:  The Cable Licensing Advisory Committee performs the following functions:

  • Monitors the quality of the video cable system in Stow
  • Monitors compliance by the cable company with its license and other laws
  • Interfaces with the Massachusetts cable television department (DTE)
  • Interfaces with the Stow cable provider (Comcast and Verizon)
  • Serves as liaison between Stow consumers and the cable company
  • Acting for the Selectmen, the Committee runs the formal selection process for a licensee, initial as well as renewal, each 10 years, and writes all applicable documents (licenses, etc.)
Qualifications:  Registered voter of Stow.

Term:  To fulfill an unexpired three-year term ending June 30, 2018.  

Application:  The Board of Selectmen will accept letters of application until the position is filled.  Send applications to Selectmen’s Office, Town Building, 380 Great Road, Stow, 01775 or selectmen@stow-ma.gov.

Posted July 2, 2015
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NOTICE OF VACANCIES

CAPITAL PLANNING COMMITTEE

One Member for Three Years
Three Associate Members for One Year

Duties:  To study, with the Town Administrator, proposed capital outlays involving the acquisition
Of land or any expenditures of $10,000 or more, having a useful life of at least three years.   
Preparation of an annual report containing a budget of such capital outlays and a capital program for the following four years.

Qualifications:  Registered voter of the Town.  Those to be appointed by the Moderator shall not be  employed by nor serve as officers of the Town.

Term:  Appointment by the Moderator, voting member term to expire at the conclusion of the 2018 Annual Town Meeting.     
    Associate member terms to expire at the conclusion of the    2016 Annual Town Meeting.

Application: The Town Moderator will accept applications until 5 p.m., September 26, 2015 or until the position is filled.
                stowmoderator@stow-ma.gov



Posted September 16, 2015


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Registrar of Voters
One Three Year Term Expiring May 2018

Duties: Registrars are responsible for the entire voter registration process, maintaining registration records, and for sending certain records to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Registrars prepare the street list, annual register of voters, and the voting lists.

Qualifications: Registered voter in Stow. Member of either the Republican or Democratic party for at least the previous two years.  Must hold no other public office by public election or by appointment of the Selectmen.  

Term:  appointment by the Board of Selectmen. One three year term expiring 2018.

Application: Letters of application will be accepted by the Selectmen’s office until 5 p.m. August 28, 2015 or until the position is filled.


Posted: August 14, 2015




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STOW CULTURAL COUNCIL
The Stow Cultural Council is seeking one Member to be in place for the next funding cycle.


Duties:  Stow’s Cultural Council Program, administered at the state level by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, receives state funds and grants to distribute to projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.

Council members meet annually to review applications from individuals, schools, and organizations and decide how to fund the proposals, which include field trips, after school programs, concerts and festivals.

Qualifications:  Registered voter of Stow. Interest in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Ability to commit time to grant review process and willingness to be involved in other duties pertaining to local cultural needs.

Term:  Members appointed by the Selectmen to serve three-year terms

Application:  The Board of Selectmen will be accepting applications the position isfilled. If you are interested, please contact the Selectmen’s Office at selectmen@stow-ma.gov or 978-897-4515.

Posted November 30, 2015


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Election officers/Workers

Duties: Election officers/workers are responsible for working at the polls during elections and working if there is a recount. The warden, clerk, and checkers must be available until the polls close and the tallying voters checked in and checked out is complete, usually between 6 a.m and 10 p.m.  Those workers counting the ballots must be available from 7:30 p.m until the tallying is complete, usually completed by 10:30 p.m. but could be later. Election officers must follow certain guidelines in Massachusetts General Laws. They report to the Chief Election Officer. Election workers must attend at least one training workshop per year.

Qualifications: Registered voter.  Members of Republican and Democratic parties are considered first, per Mass. General Law.

Term:  annual appointment by the Board of Selectmen.

Application: Contact Linda Hathaway, Town Clerk and Chief Election Official, at the Town Clerk’s office until 4 p.m. September 1, 2015 or until the positions are filled.   Letter of interest, phone call, 978-897-5034 or email townclerk@stow-ma.gov 
posted August 14, 2015

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FINANCE COMMITTEE

Five Associate Members for One Year Term, expiring May 2016

Duties:  Reviews budgets and warrant articles to be presented at town meeting in order to make recommendations to the voters, balancing requests with the Town's ability to pay, and considers requests for transfer from the Reserve Fund.

Qualifications:  Registered voter of Stow. ~Interest in and time to serve the Town. ~Willingness to attend other departmental meetings. The desirable qualities for associate members are voters who are comfortable around numbers and are detail-oriented.

Term:  Appointment by Moderator for terms to expire at the conclusion of town meeting as noted above.
Application:  The Town Moderator will accept applications until 5 p.m.,  August 28, 2015 or until the positions are filled.   stowmoderator@stow-ma.gov 


Posted August 14, 2015


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NOTICE OF VACANCY

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Stow Representative

Duties:  Represent Town of Stow interests on the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), a regional planning agency promoting sustainable growth and inter-local cooperation in planning across the metropolitan Boston region.  Attend monthly meetings and any special meetings.  Meet with Stow Board of Selectmen to provide updates when needed.

Qualifications:  Registered voter of Stow.  Interest and/or experience in planning, housing, land use and other issues relating to the region’s physical, social, and economic conditions

Term:  Appointment by the Board of Selectmen to complete an unexpired three-year term ending June 30, 2017.

Application:  The Board of Selectmen will be accepting applications until the position is filled.

Posted January 29, 2016


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MUNICIPAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST
One member

Duties: Create and preserve affordable housing in Stow for the benefit of low- and moderate-income households, pursuant to MGL Chapter 44, section 55c and Chapter 109 of the Acts of 2006. Accept, invest and spend funds in the Trust’s care; buy sell, hold, and manage real property.

Qualifications:
  • Registered voter of Stow.  
  • Applicants should share a commitment to the long-term welfare of the town and desire to increase the housing choices in Stow for its past, current, and future residents and employees.
  • Possess some of the following requisite skills and background: 1) financial and investment management; 2) law, especially real estate or municipal; 3) business or project management; 4) property or facilities management; 5) real estate transaction experience.
  • Have no appearance of or actual incompatible interest with the business of the Trust, such as a connection to current or proposed residential development in Stow.
Term:  Appointment by Board of Selectmen to complete a two-year term ending June 30, 2017.

Application: The Board of Selectmen will accept letters of application until the position is filled.

Posted July 2, 2015


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OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE
One member


Duties: Advise the Board of Selectmen, and other public and private stakeholders on the protection of the town’s open space priorities.
        Prioritize and evaluate Chapter 61 and other parcels for their significant conservation and open space values.
        Lead in the implementation and updating of the Open Space and Recreation Plan.
        Participate in monthly meeting of the Open Space Committee.

Qualifications: Registered voter of Stow.

Term: Appointment by the Board of Selectmen for an indefinite term.

Application: The Board of Selectmen will accept letters of application until the position is filled.  If you are interested, please contact the Selectmen’s Office at selectmen@stow-ma.gov or 978-897-4515.

Posted March 25, 2016


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TOWN BUILDING SPACE USE FEASIBILITY STUDY COMMITTEE
Seven members

This is a new committee.


Duties: Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Town Hall, Crescent Street Fire Station, and old Crescent Street Highway Barn for the purpose of developing recommendations for consideration by the Board of Selectmen relative to possible future uses of each building. The Feasibility Study Committee will work under the direction and control of the Town’s Facility Manager and is expected to provide the Board of Selectmen with periodic progress reports before presenting final recommendations.
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Qualifications: Registered voter of Stow.

Term: Appointment by the Board of Selectmen for an indefinite term, until final recommendations are presented.

Application: The Board of Selectmen will accept letters of application until 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  If you are interested, please contact the Selectmen’s Office at selectmen@stow-ma.gov or 978-897-4515.

Posted March 25, 2016




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VETERANS' GRAVES COMMITTEE
One Member

Duties:  Support Memorial Day Parade planning as required, including attending planning meetings, usually two (2) per year.  Ordering of flowers and wreaths (3) for the monuments at Brookside Cemetery and the War Monument at Randall Library.  Arrange to provide non-alcoholic beverages for parade participants at the end of the parade route.  Coordinate support from Stow Fire Department (Color Guard) and Police Department (traffic control).  Own responsibility for other tasks associated with Memorial Day activities which may arise.  Must be able to see duties through to completion and manage to a limited budget.  Completion of state-mandated web-based Ethics and Open Meeting by-laws training (approximately 2 hours total) is a requirement.  

Qualifications:  Registered voter, honorably discharged veteran (DD-214 required) and current resident of Stow.

Term:  Appointment by Board of Selectmen for one-year term ending June 30, 2016.

Application:  Letters of application will be accepted by the Selectmen until the position is filled.

Posted July 2, 2015




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ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Two Associate Members


Duties:  The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial board as established by state law and has specific duties and responsibilities including:

  • Hear appeals from parties aggrieved by the decision of an administration official concerning zoning issues.
  • Hear and decide applications for certain special permits as provided by the zoning bylaws.
  • Hear and decide petitions to vary specific requirements of the zoning bylaws.
  • Hear and decide applications for comprehensive permits.
Qualifications:  Registered voter of Stow. Sound independent judgment, a sense of fairness and an ability to act on the evidence (and information) as determined with reference to the applicable sections of the Town of Stow's zoning bylaws and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A, The Zoning Act.

Must be prepared to assume the position of full-time member of the Board if a vacancy occurs and subsequently the office of clerk and/or chairman.

Term:  One member to complete an unexpired five-year term ending June 30, 2020, and one member to complete an unexpired term ending June 30, 2017, upon appointment by the Board of Selectmen.

Application: The Selectmen will accept letters of application until the positions are filled.

Posted July 2, 2015

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