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Urban Planner
RATIO Architects, Inc.
Chicago, IL

RATIO Architects, Inc. is seeking a talented and passionate Urban Planner to join our design studio in Chicago, Illinois. RATIO is committed to employing creative, self-motivated design professionals who are able to utilize current technologies to achieve design excellence. Our portfolio includes a broad range of higher education, mixed-use, corporate and civic projects in the United States, and Internationally.

  • Participate on and lead multi-disciplinary project teams completing comprehensive plans, corridor studies, revitalization plans, neighborhood plans, downtown plans, design guidelines, zoning ordinances, public workshops and urban design projects in Illinois and surrounding states.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection for analysis to incorporate into planning documents that are graphically rich.
  • Provide urban planning expertise and support to landscape architecture, architecture and historic preservation led projects.


  • 5-10 years of experience.
  • Urban Planning degree.
  • Dual degrees in some combination of architecture or landscape architecture along with urban planning preferred.
  • AICP certification or actively working toward that goal.
  • Park design experience in the Chicago area preferred.
  • Experience leading project teams in community based design processes.
  • Transit oriented development experience preferred.
  • Form based code and design guideline experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills .
  • Proficiency in full range of Adobe suite products, Microsoft Office and GIS.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD and SketchUp preferred.
  • Travel between offices.

Applicants must include electronic work samples or a link to work samples along with a resume and cover letter to be considered.

RATIO is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Please submit resume and portfolio to

Posted 4/15/2014
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Planning Intern
Community Development Department
Village of Franklin Park, IL
The Community Development Department at the Village of Franklin Park is seeking applicants for a summer internship opportunity.


The Village of Franklin Park, IL is a dynamic community of over 18,000 residents which is situated immediately west of the City of Chicago and immediately south of O’Hare International Airport. Franklin Park contains many attributes that make this a one-of-a-kind community. Specifically, Franklin Park is one of the largest manufacturing municipality’s in the state of Illinois with over 25 million square feet of industrial space. Nearly 1,000 businesses operate within the Village’s boundaries. The Village is also in a position for prime redevelopment opportunities with numerous TIF districts and renewed emphasis on the downtown area. The intern will have the opportunity to be immersed in the areas of zoning, economic development, long range planning, code enforcement and other community development related activities.

Job Responsibilities

• Assist with the development of an Industrial Corridor Study, a new Village Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code, along with other relevant planning studies
• Assist with grant composition and administration
• Assist with property research and zoning enforcement cases
• Create and maintain databases
• Assist with the Village’s Tax Increment Finance district administration
• Assist Community Development employees with other duties as assigned

Application Submission

The preferred applicant should be a student from an accredited urban and regional planning university. The applicant must fill out and turn in a completed Village Employment Application Form to Lisa Anthony, Human Resource Director, at the Village of Franklin Park. The Human Resources Department can be reached at (847) 671-8224. A resume must be submitted with the filled out application. All application documents can be sent via email to or mailed to the Village of Franklin Park Human Resources Department - 9500 W Belmont Avenue Franklin Park, IL 60131. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 PM (Central Time) Friday, May 2, 2014. Pay rate is yet to be determined.

Follow the link below to download the Village Employment Application Form – when returning the application, it is preferred to scan in all application items and submit the contents electronically.
Posted 4/15/2014
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Planning Intern
Community Development Department
Village of Romeoville, IL
The Village of Romeoville (39,175) is a southwest suburb of Chicago in Will County that has experienced exponential growth in the past decade including major residential, commercial and industrial development. The growth has allowed for a very active Community Development Department to be involved in all facets of economic development, community matters, business retention and recruitment, foreclosure mitigation, code enforcement and much more. The Community Development Department is seeking a part-time planning intern for Summer 2014. This position will assist with daily operations of the Department while managing special projects.

Primary Duties:
• Providing support to the Community Development Department staff
• Collecting, preparing and analyzing data for special planning projects
• Conducting field work for various projects
• Build a database of available properties to include photographs and detailed information
• Assist with GIS mapping and other miscellaneous GIS projects
• Assist general public with basic zoning and code interpretation

Requirements: Applicant must be working toward or have obtained at least a Bachelor Degree in Urban Planning or a related field. Candidate must demonstrate a proven interest in urban planning in a municipal government setting. Most work is performed in an office setting at a desk with a computer, but some work will entail travel throughout the community. A valid driver’s license is required. Ability to understand and interpret City policies and ordinances, prepare reports and studies and a knowledge of land use regulations, planning and zoning issues such as special use permits, variances and planned developments.

Desired Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills; strong research ability, organization and problem solving skills. The ability to work effectively in a team environment while also being able to react and problem solve with limited supervision. Working knowledge of basic planning software such as ArcView GIS, Adobe, Microsoft Office, Google Earth and internet is must.

Salary & Hours: The expected hours are 25-30 hours a week at $12/hour for period of 10-12 weeks. The Community Development Department is open Monday through Friday (minus major holidays) from 9am – 5pm. The intern’s hours can be flexible within the Department’s availability.

To Apply: Please submit a completed Village of Romeoville Employment Application with a resume and cover letter. Village of Romeoville Employment Applications can be found on the Village website. All information can be emailed to Jamie Tate at or faxed to 815-886-2724. Deadline for applicants is Friday, April 25, 2014 at 5pm.
Posted 4/13/2014
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Planning and Development Director
Community Development Department
Eau Claire County
Eau Claire, WI
Performs administrative professional planning work directing the activities of the Planning and Development Department which involves responsibility for: the efficient operation of the department; formulation of policies and procedures; coordinating the activities of all the department's functional units; establishing and maintaining liaison with other department heads, governmental officials and community groups.

Essential Functions:
-Manages assigned operations to achieve goals within budgeted funds and available personnel
-Plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments, reviews progress, directs changes in priorities, and schedules as needed to assure work is performed in a timely and efficient manner according to appropriate guidelines, procedures, and legal regulations
-Selects, supervises, and evaluates assigned staff
-Establishes work rules and performance standards, conducts or oversees performance evaluations, and initiates and implements disciplinary actions as warranted
-Resolves grievances and other sensitive human resources matters
-Provides for the training and motivation of subordinates in order to make full use of individual capabilities and to meet changing system demands
-Supervises planning, housing, community and economic development, land and water conservation, land use regulation, emergency management, recycling, land information, surveying, property listing, GIS and special projects programs
-Enforces Eau Claire County Code Title 18
-Directs and supervises the development of current and advanced planning programs
-Acts as technical advisor to and liaison between County departments and committees in plan preparation and implementation
-Directs the implementation and enforcement of all zoning, subdivision control and other land use regulations
-Provides direct staff support to Committee on Planning and Development and the County Industrial Development Agency
-Oversees, reviews, directs, and coordinates the department's grant writing and provides technical support to other departments in grant writing
-Directs the County's economic development program
-Negotiates public and private partnership agreements involving aspects of economic development
-Makes recommendations regarding the sale of public land and any financial assistance incentives
-Develops and coordinates the implementation of department policies and procedures
-Assures County compliance with Federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
-Interprets existing policies
-Monitors County operations and changing legislation to determine new or modified policies and procedures
-Provides planning leadership and direction and develops short- and long-range plans, goals, and objectives for assigned operations and assists departments in the development of their staffing plans
-Reviews and updates annual plans
-Coordinates departmental activities with other County departments and outside governmental agencies
-Prepares and justifies departmental budget, based on staffing and resource requirements, cost estimates, division objectives, and departmental goals
-Monitors departmental expenditures
-Serves as liaison between the County and other local units of government on planning related matters
-Keeps public advised on planning and development issues
-Performs other planning and community development functions and relevant work as directed
-Oversees recruitment for vacant positions in the department
-Performs other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
-Bachelor's degree in Planning, Urban Studies, or Public Administration, or a closely related field
-Five (5) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a planning agency at the municipal or county level including three (3) years of supervisory and managerial responsibilities

Application deadline: April 20, 2014

Application Instructions:
Go to the webpage at
Click on the Job Opportunities tab located on the top of the page.
Posted 4/8/2014
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Planning Intern
Community Development Department
City of Wood Dale, IL
Position Description:
The City of Wood Dale is seeking a planning student who is looking to build resume skills and gain practical knowledge of urban planning in a municipal setting. Wood Dale is currently undertaking a number of exciting planning initiatives, including its first-ever TIF district, a CMAP-driven housing study, and redevelopment of the downtown area. The City has a mix of residential areas surrounded by forest preserves and golf courses, the Irving Park Road commercial corridor, and a booming industrial park fed by O’Hare Airport. City Hall is less than half a mile from the Wood Dale Metra Station on the Milwaukee District West Line, and I-290, I-355, I-90, and I-294 are all within a few miles.

Among other duties, the Planning Intern will be expected to:
• Create content for the City’s new economic development website
• Perform field work to inventory businesses, land uses, and existing conditions
• Maintain monthly reports
• Develop economic development-related databases
• Conduct statistical research
• Assist with GIS mapping
• Provide Community Development Commission and Streetscape Committee support
• Other Community and Economic Development Department duties as assigned

The position is budgeted for 180 hours or approximately 15 hours per week over the course of 12 weeks. It is intended as a true academic internship for coursework credit. Only those enrolled in or recently graduated from a university or college program of study will be considered.

• Applicants must be working toward or have obtained a bachelor's or master’s degree in urban planning or related field.
• Successful candidates will have strong Internet research and writing skills with the ability to convey information in a clear and concise manner for consumption by various users; be organized and efficient in compiling and maintaining information; and be able to problem solve with limited supervision.
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
• Working knowledge of geospatial analysis and visualization, statistics, and associated software packages such as ArcView, Adobe Creative Suite, Google SketchUp, Microsoft Office, etc.
• Knowledge of economic development tools and techniques, both theoretical and practical.
• Knowledge of land use regulations and site planning and familiarity with community planning and zoning issues such as special uses, variations and planned developments.
• Ability to understand and interpret City policies, procedures and ordinances; work within time constraints and to prioritize work; prepare plans, reports, and studies; communicate effectively; work with the public at large.

Physical Requirements/Demands
Work is performed mostly in an office setting; hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Some work is performed in the field; the employee must have the ability to operate a motor vehicle and physically navigate properties that may not have accessible pathways. The employee must sit or stand for long periods of time and perform prolonged periods of concentration such as proof reading, figure work, and reading various materials.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to talk or hear; use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Applicants must be able to work approximately 15 hours per week with flexibility offered to accommodate class schedule.

Pay Status: $10.51 per hour

Please turn in a completed application along with your resume. Applications are available at the City of Wood Dale Municipal Building, 404 N Wood Dale Rd, Wood Dale, IL 60191 and online at Résumés can be faxed to 630-766-3898, or sent via e mail to

Applications accepted until the position is filled.
Posted 4/4/2014
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Planning Intern
Community Development Department
Village of Clarendon Hills, IL
Planning Intern

The Village of Clarendon Hills (8,427) is seeking applications for the part-time position of Planning Intern. Under direction of the Director of Community Development, this position assists in the day-to-day operations of the Community Development Department while assisting with ongoing special projects.

Primary Duties:
  • Providing support to the Community Development Department’s day-to-day operations (includes permitting, Economic Development, Code Enforcement and Planning)
  • Assisting staff in collecting and preparing data for various planning projects
  • Conducting field work, collecting parcel data and searching land records
  • Preparing maps and planning reports (ArcGIS)
  • Producing sketches and renderings
  • Assisting Community Development Director at community meetings
  • Presenting report findings at community meetings
  • Researching funding sources and writing grant proposals

Requirements: Full enrollment in an accredited Masters of Planning Program or related field, or a recent graduation from an accredited Masters of Planning Program is required.

Desired Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills; strong research and analytical skills; motivated self-starter able to work independently; ability to work effectively in a team environment; flexibility and desire to work on varying planning projects

Current Salary: $15/hour for 20 - 30 hours per week. It is expected that the hired applicant will remain employed with the Village for 1-2 years.

To Apply: Resumes must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17th, 2014. All resumes can be emailed to or mailed to:

Village of Clarendon Hills
Attn: Zach Creer
1 N. Prospect Ave
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

The Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 4/1/2014
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Zoning Administrator
City of Countryside, IL
Description: The City of Countryside is seeking a Zoning Administrator in the Community Development Department. This position assists in the operation of the Community Development Department including zoning, permitting, scheduling inspections and code enforcement. Also assists the City Administrator with economic development activities including marketing and promoting the City and its programs, retaining businesses and attracting new businesses. Provides support to the Community Development Department, the Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals, the Economic Development Committee, and the Countryside Business Association.

Requirements: The Zoning Administrator meets with, explains, interprets and provides guidance regarding all zoning codes, and the zoning review process to residents, developers and new businesses; reviews and prepares staff reports for the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals; reviews building plans of all types to determine compliance with zoning and sign regulations; and assists with long range planning and economic development efforts. This position must have knowledge of business development, economic development, and municipal zoning practices, land use planning process, municipal government operations, and a working knowledge of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and zoning law. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication (verbal, written and presentation) skills. This position also requires proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel, GIS applications, data base programs, email and internet.

Educational Requirements: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in economic development, planning, business/public administration or a related field from an accredited college or university, three to five years related experience, and at least three years of progressively responsible planning and zoning experience.

Salary Range: $79,274 – $99,709 commensurate with qualifications and experience plus excellent benefits.

How to Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, five (5) year salary history, and three (3) professional references along with a completed City of Countryside Employment

Application to:

Sue Dignin
Human Resources Assistant
City of Countryside
5550 East Avenue
Countryside, IL 60525

Closing date to apply for this position:
Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014.

The City of Countryside is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted 3/27/2014
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Zoning and Land Use Administrator
Community and Economic Development Department
City of Rockford, IL
Job Description
Work involves managing functions in planning, researching, developing and managing the preparations of annexation, subdivision, zoning and planning recommendations and reports, and monitoring programs directed at planning, permitted land use, and zoning/ code compliance. Work includes supervising a staff of professional, technical, and program support staff engaged in development and redevelopment efforts, annexation agreements, zoning enforcement, zoning and subdivision review, comprehensive planning. Focus area planning and special planning programs; serves as team leader of SRT. Work also includes advising developers, contractors, individuals, not-for-profits and neighborhood groups on zoning applications, development questions, comprehensive plan issues and focus area.

Qualifications (Education & Experience):
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in urban planning, public administration or related field, and at least 3-5 years of increasingly responsible zoning enforcement administration, including demonstrated supervisory experience. Master's degree preferred. AICP Certification desired. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of training which ensures the ability to perform the work may be substituted for the required experience.

Starting Salary: $63,900.00
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:00am to 5:00pm, occasional night and weekend meetings

Resumes and Applications can be submitted to:
City of Rockford, HR Department
425 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61104
FAX: 815-967-6924

For more information please visit:

The City of Rockford is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 3/10/2014
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Marketing & Events Intern
Economic & Community Development Department
Village of Barrington, IL
The Village of Barrington is seeking a summer intern to assist in the implementation of special events, prepare marketing materials for business recruitment and provide staff assistance at the events. The successful candidate must be a self starter, be able to work independently, possess good writing skills, enjoy working with the public and have good planning and organizational skills. Interest in special event planning, marketing and advertising is a plus. Must have good computer skills and be available to work evening hours to support special events.

The internship offer is contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of a criminal background check and a pre-employment medical exam, including a drug screen.

This is a paid position, which is scheduled to work approximately 28 hours per week for 15 weeks. Interested applicants should submit an application and/or resume to:

Village of Barrington
Human Resources
200 S. Hough Street
Barrington, IL 60010

Candidates are welcome to address questions to Julie Meyer, Human Resources Coordinator, (847) 304-3415.
Posted 2/26/2014
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