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Front End Web Developer

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)


The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Boston, seeks a Front End Web Developer to join the Digital Services Group, housed within the Data Services Department, a team of 12+ planners, analysts, researchers, programmers, and IT professionals dedicated to using data and technology to support informed decision-making. The Front End Web Developer will support the Digital Services Group in front end design and web development of open-source, public sector web applications related to regional planning, municipal operations, and civic engagement.

MAPC’s Data Services Department has a long history of using technology to drive informed decisions across the region. If selected for the position you will work in a collaborative, respectful environment using modern web technologies and frameworks, and leading user-centered design processes. As part of a small, interdisciplinary group, you will be involved in all aspects of the product delivery cycle.

As MAPC’s Front End Developer, you will contribute frontend design and development to a growing portfolio of web applications that streamline municipal operations, make complex data visual and easy to interpret, and support informed decision-making at the policy and individual level across many topic areas (housing, transportation, clean energy, open data policy, economic development). Our ongoing work can be viewed at or at

Duties include: Design and build data-driven web services within a multidisciplinary teamCollaborate with government staff and municipal planning professionals to invent, implement and deploy systems and improvements to existing technology. Drive ideas from concept to production: from sketches and wireframing to implementation and launch to production. Work with a multidisciplinary team to design and implement clear, accessible (A11Y) user interfaces for web applications using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Qualifications include: Experience designing consumer-facing web services for use by diverse audiences; Proficiency in JavaScript and CSS; Some experience with any front-end framework such as Angular, React, Backbone, or Ember; Deep understanding of web and mobile user interface design and best practices. Preferred: Proficiency in Javascript Data Visualization libraries (d3.js, 3.js); Experience with Cartographic Design Principles. Bachelor’s Degree in Technology, Interactive Design, Human Computer Interaction, Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Studies or a related field strongly preferred.

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full time position (37.5 hours/week). The starting salary ranges from $60,000 to $70,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits. MAPC’s workplace and our benefits are designed to provide a sustainable, healthy relationship with your work, including flexible time, remote working policy, and a family-friendly environment.

How to apply: The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Those who are interviewed will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a writing sample or other relevant work product. SEE COMPLETE JOB AD AT: (Jobs at MAPC) AND APPLY ON LINE AT LINK SHOWN THERE. Please attach a link to a personal project or a group project you’ve contributed to along with attached source code you’ve worked on or the GitHub repo. Additionally, you may include links to your GitHub account and a design portfolio. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. MAPC takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply. Thomas E. Hauenstein, Manager of Operations. Posted 2-21-17.