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LTA Planner - Zoning Specialist (LTAP067)
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Chicago, IL
Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP067)
Assistant / Associate Planner – Zoning Specialist

Company/Agency: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Job Category: Assistant Planner or Associate Planner
Experience Required: Up to 2 years for the Assistant Planner level; 2 to4 years for the Associate Planner level
Salary Range: Commensurate with level hired

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a full-time employee to help implement the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, with a specialty in zoning. This position will be filled at the Assistant or the Associate level. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CMAP was created in 2005 to integrate planning for land use and transportation in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. On October 13, 2010, CMAP released GO TO 2040, the region’s long-range comprehensive plan. The agency is now focused on implementing the plan, which includes technical assistance to local governments as a major activity. For more information on GO TO 2040, visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/2040.

Position Description
The LTA program was initiated in spring 2011 to create new resources for technical assistance and coordinate with existing technical assistance activities. It is designed to result in a series of innovative local projects in the Chicago region that support livability principles, implement GO TO 2040, and build capacity in local communities. Over 80 projects have been completed to date, with 50 underway and more under consideration. Projects include comprehensive plans, corridor or subarea plans, zoning revisions, studies of special topics such as housing or economic development, and similar planning activities. This program requires travel throughout the region; candidates must have the ability and willingness to work with communities across the region. For more information on the LTA program, please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/lta.

Qualifications and Skills
CMAP will recruit a planner at the Assistant or Associate level with the knowledge, experience, and skills to assist in the implementation of local technical assistance projects, focusing on the intersection between housing, land use, and transportation. This position is specifically expected to assist with several ongoing and upcoming projects that focus on zoning ordinances and other development regulations, though the responsibilities of the position will not be limited to zoning work.

General qualifications and skills for the position include:
• Knowledge of local planning practice in northeastern Illinois, including plan and ordinance preparation, development review, and the role of appointed and elected officials.
• Understanding of the links between transportation, land use, housing, economic development, environment and natural resources, and community development.
• Ability to provide technical assistance, conduct training and workshops, and develop innovative, collaborative solutions to build local capacity.
• Experience working with elected officials and local government staff in designing and implementing policies, strategies, and regulatory approaches that support sustainability and address socioeconomic inequities.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Interest and ability to interact with partner agencies, local governments, and the general public.
• Ability to manage and contribute to complex projects and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Beyond these general qualifications, candidates should demonstrate experience and interest in zoning ordinances, codes, and other development regulations, including the qualifications described below:
• Experience in reviewing, assessing, revising, and writing zoning ordinances and other local codes and development regulations.
• Experience with regulatory mechanisms that support sustainable planning concepts like mixed-use development, parking management strategies, conservation design, and similar concepts.
• Familiarity with innovative zoning techniques such as hybrid or form-based codes, as well as the LEED-ND rating system.
• Ability to use graphics programs (such as Adobe Creative Suite, Trimble SketchUp, and ArcGIS) to create visuals for inclusion in development regulations.

It is understood that candidates for the Assistant position may have limited work experience, but they should demonstrate strong interest in and familiarity with zoning and similar topics.

Education and/or Experience
A Bachelor's degree in Planning or a related discipline is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred. At least 2 to 4 years of work experience in planning is required for the Associate level. Assistant level positions are typically filled by candidates with up to 2 years of experience.

Contact Information
Send your resume with contact information and Job Code LTAP067 to:
Email: hresources@cmap.illinois.gov

Mail: Human Resources
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606

Emailed resumes will receive an auto receipt. We do not send receipts for mailed resumes. Position open until filled. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted 9/18/2014
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Planner
Community Development Department
Village of Roselle, IL
The Village of Roselle, IL (population 22,763) seeks a full-time Planner for the Community Development Department. Roselle is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. This professional staff position assists the Director of Community Development with all aspects of the Village planning and community development process, including the comprehensive plan, zoning, subdivisions, and annexations. This position also serves as a key staff technician, exercising independent technical and professional judgment related to plan reviews, land use management, and economic development activities.

Major responsibilities include staff support to the Planning & Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and processing petitions submitted by developers and members of the general public for redevelopment projects, annexations, subdivisions, re-zonings, special projects and zoning variances. Ideal candidates will possess 2 to 3 years of municipal planning experience with report preparation background and GIS experience. Strong written and oral communications skills are essential. Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or public administration, or related field required. The ideal candidate shall have a Master’s degree in a planning or public administration related field.

The salary range for the position is $52,300-$73,063 and the Village offers comprehensive benefits. Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Submit a cover letter, resume, application and salary history to: Administration, Village of Roselle, 31 S. Prospect, Roselle, Illinois 60172, or email to roselle@roselle.il.us. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received, with a deadline of 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 26, 2014. Please refer to the Village’s website at www.roselle.il.us for a complete job description and to download a copy of the Village’s employment application.
Posted 9/12/2014
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Community Development Director
Community Development Department
Buffalo Grove, IL
BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS (pop. 41,496) seeks its first Community Development Director.

Under the direction of the Deputy Village Manager, this is a highly professional position that is responsible for the successful direction of the newly created Community Development Department. Responsibilities include supervising the economic development, planning, and building & zoning functions of the Village and requires highly technical and administrative work in urban planning. Directs and participates in the preparation of studies, plans, and projections dealing with land use, population, community facilities, transportation, housing, and similar factors affecting the development of the Village. Responsible for assisting with the formulation and implementation of the Village's economic development strategy, as well as the oversight of the permitting and inspection services the Village provides. Supervises the Village Planner and the Building Commissioner.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in urban or regional planning, or a related field; masters degree and AICP preferred; and a minimum of 6 years of experience in urban planning at the professional level. Must process thorough and demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of urban planning and zoning.

Salary is $115,000 +/- and competitive benefits. Residency is not required, yet a high level of community involvement is expected. Must be available for occasional night and weekend meetings and events.

Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by October 15, 2014 to: Mr. Arthur Malinowski, Jr., Director of Human Resources at hr@vbg.org Faxed, mailed or hand delivered applications and/or resumes will not be accepted. Please indicate Community Development Director in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled, with the initial review of applicants expected to occur during the week of October 20, 2014.
Posted 9/12/2014
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City Planner
Community Development Department
City of Geneva, IL
The City of Geneva, Illinois, a vibrant historic city of 21,500 located 40 miles west of Chicago, is seeking a City Planner. The primary duties of the City Planner are to: (1) coordinate the review of proposed site plans, subdivisions, zoning amendments, and special use requests; (2) serve as the primary staff liaison to the Plan Commission; (3) prepare amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan and development regulations; (4) conduct research; (5) prepare reports and make presentations on plans and projects to the Plan Commission and City Council; (6) provide advice and guidance on plans and projects to applicants seeking approval of development plans; (7) update the Community Development Department webpage using the city’s content management software; and (8) prepare maps, charts, sketches and plans pertaining to development proposals and long-range planning projects.

Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in urban planning or a related field and three to four years of progressively responsible related experience, or any combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Requires excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to maintain effective working relationships with residents, property owners, developers, city advisory commissions, City Council, and other city staff. Also requires and understanding of the principles and practices of comprehensive city planning, zoning, and development review processes. Strong project management, time management, and problem solving skills are a must. An ability to use computers and various software applications including Microsoft Office Suite, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, and ESRI ArcGIS is also required.

The salary range for the position is $62,787 - $76,080 annually. Please send a completed job application, resume, and three professional references to: Lisa Jepson, Human Resources Manager, City of Geneva, 22 South First Street, Geneva, Illinois, 60134 by Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Job applications are available at www.geneva.il.us . Resumes will not be accepted without a completed application. Applications will not be accepted via facsimile.

Please contact Human Resources at (630) 232-0867 or via email at ljepson@geneva.il.us for further information.

The City of Geneva is an equal employment opportunity employer.
Posted 9/4/2014
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Community and Economic Development Coordinator
Village of Forsyth, IL
The Village of Forsyth (3,490) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Community and Economic Development Coordinator.

Job duties include, but are not limited to, serving as Zoning Official and Plat Officer for the Village, providing staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission, providing administrative oversight of building inspection and code enforcement activities, and performing economic development activities, including business attraction, expansion, and retention activities.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in city/urban, land use, or regional planning, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, public or business administration, political science, economics, finance, marketing, or a closely related field; three (3) years experience in community development, economic development, planning, or a closely related field; or, any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Starting salary is $50,000-$55,000, DOQ/E, plus benefits.

Please submit cover letter and résumé to dstrohl@forsythvillage.us or to Village Administrator, Village of Forsyth, 301 S. Route 51, Forsyth, IL, 62535. Position open until filled.
Posted 8/20/2014
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Planning Intern
Farr Associates
Chicago, IL
Farr Associates is an architecture, planning, and urban design firm located in Chicago, Illinois, dedicated to creating sustainable urban places. Within the firm there is an architecture studio and a planning studio. Work in the planning studio includes planning for neighborhoods, downtowns and corridors, sustainability consulting, urban design, and zoning codes.

Job Description:
The Planning Intern will support the members of the planning studio with various tasks including creation of maps and graphics, document editing, creation of presentation and meeting materials, research, and administrative tasks as necessary. The work environment is fast-paced with short deadlines. The successful applicant must have excellent organization skills and attention to detail.

Candidates must be available to work at least 24 hours per week, between 9am and 6pm. The ideal candidate has a flexible schedule and is looking for hours in excess of 24 hours per week.

This position is hourly; salary is commensurate with experience.

Job Qualifications:
Applicants must have experience in Adobe InDesign creating document layouts. The position also requires experience with GIS, and applicants must demonstrate the ability to create maps and diagrams. Preference will be given to those with knowledge of the following programs: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, GIS, Microsoft Office, and Google SketchUp. Graduate-level coursework in planning, landscape architecture, architecture, or another planning-related field OR a bachelor’s degree with 1-2 years of direct job experience is required. Candidates with 1-2 years of experience in a professional environment are also preferred.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and portfolio/work samples to Jeanette Velazquez at jeanette@farrside.com with “Planning Intern Application” in the subject line. Please indicate how many hours a week you are available to work in your cover letter. No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Posted 8/20/2014
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Senior Planner/Urban Design Associate
Farr Associates
Chicago, IL
Farr Associates is an architecture, planning, and urban design firm located in Chicago, Illinois, dedicated to creating sustainable urban places.

We want to grow and are seeking a Senior Planner/Urban Design Associate. Projects in our studio focus on master planning, site planning, urban design, zoning, and community outreach. Our projects are often a hybrid of urban planning and urban design, and we are looking for candidates who can effectively contribute in both areas. This position will project manage studio projects, as well as manage and coordinate with other associates to produce plans and graphics.

Qualifications
The chosen candidate will possess these traits:
• Degree in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, or related field.
• 7-10 years experience
• Project manager experience
• Strong design background; architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design experience is a plus.
• AICP, AIA, or RLA and LEED AP preferred
• Proficiency in Adobe Suite required. GIS, AutoCAD, and SketchUp experience are a plus.
• Someone who shares our vision for sustainable, socially-equitable, economically-viable design
• Good communication, writing, and editing skills
• Strong organization skills, including the ability to coordinate and manage internal and external teams, on multiple projects at once.

This is a full time position with competitive salary and benefits.

If interested please email resume, cover letter and portfolio or selection of work samples as a single PDF less than 10 MB to: christinab@farrside.com. In the subject line include “Senior Associate Position Application.”

No calls please.
Posted 8/18/2014
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Planner I / Assistant Planner
Engineering & Urban Services Department
City of Danville, IL
The City of Danville, IL (population 33,000) is seeking a full-time planner. Applicant must have a Bachelors Degree and at least 2 years practical experience. Under direction of the Urban Services Manager this position will perform professional level duties related to advanced planning activities and neighborhood development; prepare plans and reports for the CDBG program; work with all segments of the community including City departments, external agencies, the business community, neighborhood associations and other local stakeholders and the general public to develop plans, policies, procedures, and regulations related to community wide and neighborhood level planning and development; assist with the creation of and provide support to the City’s neighborhood associations; function as the historic preservation planner for the City and oversee the City’s Historic Preservation Program; and assist as needed with the implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and with the creation and implementation of other community plans and with various Danville Area Transportation Study (DATS) planning projects.

Full posting and application can be found at: www.cityofdanville.org/employment.html

Apply by: 9/25/2014

Posted 7/22/2014
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Policy and Program Analyst (PPA066)
Policy Division
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Chicago, IL
Job Category: Assistant or Associate

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an analyst in the Policy Development division who will specialize in analysis to support the programming of transportation improvements in the region. CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. CMAP developed and now guides the implementation of metropolitan Chicago's comprehensive regional plan, GO TO 2040, which was adopted unanimously by leaders from across the seven counties in fall 2010. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents, GO TO 2040 establishes coordinated strategies that help the region’s 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information.

Position Description
The GO TO 2040 regional comprehensive plan emphasizes the importance of making transportation investment decisions based on rigorous criteria rather than on arbitrary formulas. Since the plan was adopted, CMAP has been exploring ways to enhance transportation programming in the state and region, including the agency's own funding programs. The policy and program analyst will be responsible for developing and executing methods to identify transportation system needs and to evaluate expected project performance. The ideal candidate for this position will have strengths in quantitative and qualitative policy analysis, both of which are central to performance-based programming.

Essential Functions
  • Assist with development of transportation project evaluation methods, particularly for transit projects but also highway, freight, and non-motorized projects.
  • Produce reports to document findings and recommendations.
  • Make presentations to CMAP committees and interact directly with stakeholders, which include transportation professionals and elected officials.
  • Help collect and summarize information about programming techniques in use by other agencies in the region and beyond.
  • Help carry out highway and transit system needs analyses to support long-range plan development.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • The ability to write and communicate effectively on issues of public policy and planning.
  • Excellent data management skills and the ability to collect, manipulate, and analyze large data sources in spreadsheets and databases, as well as the ability to generate and present findings from these data.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead moderately complex research projects.
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Familiarity with project evaluation tools such as Highway Capacity Software or microsimulation software is desirable.
  • Prior experience in quantitative evaluation of transit projects and/or transportation capital programming is preferred.

Education and/or Experience

  • A Master’s degree in Planning, Engineering, Economics, Public Administration or a related field is required.
  • Ability to work effectively in an environment using Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office products, with adaptability to other software.
  • Demonstrated skills with desktop computer databases, spreadsheets, and ArcGIS software.

Contact Information
Via email or U.S. mail, send your resume, cover letter with contact information, and Job Code (PPA066).

Email: hresources@cmap.illinois.gov

U.S. Mail: Human Resources
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606

Emailed resumes will receive an auto receipt. We do not send receipts for mailed resumes.
Position open until filled. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 7/22/2014
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Unpaid/Volunteer Opportunities

Various Positions
Global Site Plans
These positions are unpaid and virtual internships which can be completed from home. While we cannot guarantee opportunities for paid employment, interns will always gain first preference in our hiring processes.

To learn more and apply, visit http://globalsiteplans.com/internship. Applications close on Friday, October 17, 2014 - so apply today.
  • We are seeking environmental design blogging interns who can make a minimum 6-month commitment, contractually. As a blogger you will be able to build your personal brand on the Internet, be looked upon as an expert in your field, network within your community and be recognized widely over different mediums. Your blogs will be distributed through The Grid (Global Site Plan’s blog), Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. This a great way to gain visibility as you enter the public and private workforce, or to further develop yourself professionally.

    Qualifications:
    • 6 month or 1 year commitment, contractually;
    • 2 blogs per month (12 blogs in total for 6 months);
    • Uninteruppted Internet and computer access, must check email daily;
    • Excellent English and writing skills;
    • Passion for environmental design;
    • Access to a camera for taking local images for your blogs, or ability to partner with a local photographer;
    • Ability to work under deadlines and meet them.

    Internship Outcomes:

    • Increased knowledge and exposure to blogging career opportunities;
    • Ability to utilize WordPress blogging software - increased knowledge of functionality and features;
    • Obtain editorial feedback to improve writing skills;
    • Branding yourself on the Internet and creating exposure for job opportunities;
    • Performance based upon word count accuracy, number of revisions required of each blog and improvements over time, meeting deadlines, and following formatting according to training.

       
  • Global Site Plans is seeking a creative graphic designer to tackle a variety of infographic and data visualization design projects. The Infographics Designer will be accountable for converting research data into infographics. This role requires gathering and translating data into a format that can be presented using a compact and creative approach that is engaging, easily understood, specific, relevant and accurate.

    Qualifications:
    • 6 month or 1 year commitment, contractually;
    • Uninterrupted Internet and computer access, must check email daily;
    • Excellent design skills;
    • Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator;
    • Strong communication and quantitative skills;
    • Ability to work under deadlines and meet them;
    • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and independent worker;
    • Passion for environmental design a plus.

    Internship Outcomes:

    • Ability to work autonomously with little direction;
    • Effectively conceptualize, design and create high-quality visuals in a variety of digital formats;
    • Comprehend numerically driven or abstract concepts and convert them into appropriate, visually compelling designs under deadline and without factual error;
    • Communicate design strategy;
    • Develop infographic portfolio pieces;
    • Obtain a greater knowledge of the environmental design field.

       
  • We are seeking urban planning blogging interns who can make a minimum 6-month commitment, contractually. As a blogger you will be able to build your personal brand on the Internet, be looked upon as an expert in your field, network within your community and be recognized widely over different mediums. Your blogs will be distributed through The Grid (Global Site Plan’s blog), Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. This a great way to gain visibility as you enter the public and private workforce, or to further develop yourself professionally.

    Qualifications:
    • 6 month or 1 year commitment, contractually;
    • 2 blogs per month (12 blogs in total for 6 months);
    • Uninterrupted Internet and computer access, must check email daily;
    • Excellent English and writing skills;
    • Passion for urban planning and design;
    • Access to a camera for taking local images for your blogs, or ability to partner with a local photographer;
    • Ability to work under deadlines and meet them.

    Internship Outcomes:

    • Increased knowledge and exposure to blogging career opportunities;
    • Ability to utilize WordPress blogging software - increased knowledge of functionality and features;
    • Obtain editorial feedback to improve writing skills;
    • Branding yourself on the Internet and creating exposure for job opportunities;
    • Performance based upon word count accuracy, number of revisions required of each blog and improvements over time, meeting deadlines, and following formatting according to training.

       
  • Global Site Plans and The Grid is seeking applicants for the positions of Program Support Intern. Responsibilities vary based upon individual qualifications, experiences, and interests. The term of the internship is a minimum of six-months, contractually. There are two positions available.

    Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

    Internship Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention
    • Research businesses, organizations, and websites within the environmental design community that would increase outreach to internship applicants, requiring extensive online research;
    • Recruit international internship applicants through universities, businesses, and organizations by disseminating internship opportunity notices (familiarity with Mail Merge tools is a plus);
    • Coordinate updating the email database after advertising internship opportunity notices (familiarity with Excel is a plus);
    • Support the internship application process by communicating with applicants and vacancy posters.

    Internship Coordination and Tracking

    • Assisting in new internship participant training and acclimation;
    • Tracking blogger performance based upon quantitative measures (familiarity with Excel is a plus);
    • Develop end-of-internship performance reports (familiarity with Excel, Google Docs, and DropBox is a plus).

       
  • Global Site Plans is seeking three Assistant Editors responsible for managing individual blog submissions and scheduling; editing draft blogs for content, grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, and formatting; and WordPress formatting and scheduling. Blog writers, whom you will supervise, submit two blogs monthly and the editor will ensure that bloggers meet weekly deadlines, requiring constant email communication with the blogging team. You will also support the learning of the blog writers by assisting them in improving their writing skills through constructive, positive, feedback. Global Site Plans will provide comprehensive training and guidance throughout The Grid Blog Editor internship.

    Qualifications:
    • 1 year commitment, contractually;
    • Excellent English writing and editing skills;
    • Uninterrupted Internet and computer access, must check email daily;
    • Ability to manage 10 blogging interns, with a natural desire to teach;
    • Independent self-starter;
    • Superior time management skills;
    • Problem solver and creative thinker;
    • Great communication and people skills, a natural motivator;
    • Multicultural understanding and awareness;
    • Ability to work remotely;
    • Previous experience as a writer for a blog is a plus.

    Internship Outcomes:

    • Increased knowledge and exposure to blog manager and editing career opportunities;
    • Ability to utilize WordPress blogging software – increased knowledge of functionality and features;
    • Experience editing blogs according to online formatting instructions;
    • Discover the purposes behind formatting blogs and their marketing advantages;
    • Learn how to support interns throughout an internship (6-months or 1-year) life-cycle;
    • Increased knowledge of how to successfully provide constructive feedback to intern staff regarding writing, style, and formatting issues;
    • Learn how to develop, motivate, and strengthen teams;
    • Performance based upon blog intern retention and performance indicators, punctuality and the consistency of blog scheduling and publishing, thoroughness of the editorial calendar, and end-of internship surveys.
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