Executive Director, Land Use Planning Commission

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Application closes: No close date



Opening Date:

September 10, 2019

Closing Date:

When Filled




Position Type:

Permanent Full Time



86 Appointed

$80,662.40 - $117,873.60 annual salary

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is seeking candidates to fill an Executive Director, Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) position in Augusta.

Brief Job Description:  This is an appointed position, which serves as the principal administrative, operational and executive employee of the Land Use Planning Commission, reporting directly to both the LUPC Commission and the Director of the Bureau of Resource Information and Land Use Planning.  The LUPC provides land use planning, zoning, permitting, and resource protection in the LUPC’s unique and sparsely populated service area that covers almost half of the land area of Maine, including the Unorganized Territories (UT) of the State as well as certain towns and plantations that do not provide their own land use services.  The Executive Director is responsible for managing all aspects of the Land Use Planning Commission, including but not limited to:

  • Leading the staff team to promote a culture of excellence in providing services to the Commissioners and the public.
  • Collaborating inside and outside the organization to provide leadership on land use policy.
  • Making recommendations to and administering the Commission’s planning, zoning and rulemaking functions, and its permitting and enforcement programs to extend sound land use planning, zoning, and resource protection to the UT.
  • Setting priorities for and regularly reviewing the permitting program to ensure that the Commission’s process and decisions are fair, transparent and legally sound.
  • Setting priorities for and regularly reviewing the planning program to ensure that planning activities are in alignment with the Commission’s policy priorities and are thorough, collaborative and well-executed.
  • Coordinating with the Commission chair and other LUPC Commissioners as needed to establish the Commission’s schedule and priorities and to assist Commissioners in the review of matters that come before the Commission.
  • Promoting open communication with stakeholders, UT residents and property owners, nearby municipalities, and county officials through extensive and continuous outreach.
  • Preparing reports and testimony for the legislature and appearing before legislative committees, in coordination with, and as requested by, the DACF Commissioner.
  • Working with other DACF and LUPC administrative staff to oversee the Commission’s biennial budget, facilities, meetings and operations.
  • Administrating contracts, grants, and special projects taken on the LUPC.
  • Directly supervising one administrative and two managerial employees and personnel oversight of the staff of 20.
  • Working with the DACF Communications Director to provide timely, helpful information to the media and the public that also improves the LUPC’s public image.
  • Responding to public and legislative inquiries.


The position involves occasional travel and potential for extended work schedule.


The successful candidate must demonstrate: 

  • Track record of collaboration and outreach
  • Knowledge of land use issues germane to deeply rural areas with high natural resource values and working landscapes
  • Ability to administer land use planning, zoning, permitting, and enforcement programs
  • Knowledge of zoning and land use principles
  • Ability to manage staff and budget
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Ability to exercise initiative and judgement in developing and interpreting policies, procedures and regulations
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, subordinates, public officials, stakeholders and the public
  • Knowledge of State and federal laws and rules governing land use and development that intersect with Commission activities
  • Knowledge of legislative and rule-making processes

Preference will be given to candidates with the following skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of Land Use Planning Commission laws, rules, and policies
  • Knowledge of administrative law and policy
  • Education and/or experience related to land use planning and permitting
  • Experience managing stakeholder groups
  • Advanced degree



Candidates interested in this position need to complete and submit an online State of Maine Application, detailed Resume and Cover Letter at http://www.maine.gov/nrsc/jobs/index.shtml


If you are unable to apply online, Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at (207) 624-6370 or by accessing the NRSC website at http://www.maine.gov/nrsc/jobs/application.shtml.

Paper applications can be emailed to Noreen.Hart@maine.gov or faxed to 207-287-2216


Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 20.17% of pay, Employee Pays: 1.15% of pay
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)

Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution=$392.49biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.