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Planner
Planning, Building, and Development Department
Waukegan, IL
Lake County, Illinois is a financially stable, professionally managed, AAA rated County located in northeastern Illinois, with Lake Michigan to the east, Wisconsin to the north and the City of Chicago to the south. Lake County is the recipient of One of the Healthiest Companies in America award. Lake County is seeking applicants to join the Lake County Planning, Building and Development Department team! We are looking for motivated self-starters able to work independently in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. We are currently seeking candidates for the following position:

Planner
$45,867.00 - $55,838.00

Planners serve as project managers, coordinating development review of complex projects (subdivisions, Conditional Use Permits, Planned Unit Developments, zoning variances, and commercial site planning) by a multidisciplinary team of County staff. Planners must have excellent collaborative skills to educate applicants and collaborate with an interdepartmentally. This individual will conduct site plan/site capacity review, evaluate natural resource protection, and inspect sites for compliance with plans and conditions, prepare written reports and present project proposals to governing bodies and the public. Maintaining a positive and cooperative working relationship with internal and external stakeholders, planners engage in options thinking to move their peers forward to realize the vision of permit applicants.

Required Skills
The ideal candidate is familiar with principles and practices of municipal land use regulation and State Statutes pertaining to planning and zoning. They will also be a self-starter who is able to quickly understand a project, capable of maintaining mission alignment and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The candidate should also be able to act as an effective liaison between government agencies, developments, elected and appointed officials, and community groups for development proposal efforts and special projects. In addition, the ideal candidate will be experienced in GIS and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and other technologies, with the capacity assume more responsibility in technology, website and software management/maintenance. They should be interested in sustainability and determining how local government can have a positive impact in environmental efforts. Similarly, they should be familiar with plant-identification, landscaping design and best practices. Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively with public officials, other agencies, internal and external stakeholders, and the public are essential. Finally, they should possess strong research, data assemblage, and analytical skills.

Required Experience
We are looking for someone who has completed a Bachelor’s degree program from an accredited university or college with major course work in planning or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred. Good knowledge of the principles and practices of planning; sound techniques of research; quantitative analysis and report preparation. Background and experience in sustainability initiatives and landscaping review/ inspection is preferred.

The ability to present planning ideas clearly; read, analyze, and interpret complex technical documents, procedures, or governmental regulations; write routine reports and correspondence; and effectively present oral and written information to customers, other employees, stakeholder groups, and governing bodies.

Lake County government offers a competitive salary and benefit package, and is committed to being an employer of choice.

Apply on-line at http://www.lakecountyil.gov/HR/Careers

ANY OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT IS CONDITIONED ON THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL EXAM, WHICH INCLUDES A DRUG AND ALCOHOL SCREEN.

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted 10/29/2014
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Development Analyst I
Will County Land Use Department
Joliet, IL
This Development Review Division entry-level position is responsible for assisting with implementation planning and associated challenging matters of interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of related ordinances and regulations.

Accredited Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or related field required, prior experience or internships and Masters Degree preferred.

Will County Human Resources Department
302 N. Chicago Street - 2nd Floor
Joliet, IL 60432
Fax: (815) 774-6355
Email: jobs@willcountyillinois.com

*Completed Will County Employment Application or Resume with cover letter and salary history may be submitted by mail, fax or hand delivered. Only interviewed applicants will be notified of the selection process. Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted 10/27/2014
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Executive Director
Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA)
Chicago, IL
Chief staff member of a 67-year-old organization with total assets of $1 million and four, full-time employees. Serves as executive officer to provide strategic leadership, raise funds and plan, organize and direct the staff, programs and activities of the association to assure that objectives are attained. Builds and maintains effective internal and external relationships with a diverse constituency. Recommends and participates in the formulation of policies and makes decisions within existing policies as they have been approved by the Board. Achieves fiscal and program performance, forward-looking programming and the constructive, transformative growth of the association.

Visit http://www.bapa.org/content.asp?contentid=207 to view job description and requirements.

Please email resume, cover letter and references by 12/1/2014 to: jobs@bapa.org
Posted 10/27/2014
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LTA Assistanct Planner (LTA069)
Local Planning Division
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Chicago, IL
Local Technical Assistance Program (LTA069)
Assistant Planner

Company/Agency: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Job Category: Assistant Planner
Experience Required: Up to 2 years
Salary Range: $45, 000 – $55,150

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a full-time Assistant Planner to help implement the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

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 local planning in the Chicago region. It is designed to result in a series of innovative local projects that support livability principles, implement GO TO 2040, and build capacity in local communities. Approximately 50 projects are currently underway, and over 90 have been completed, with more planned to begin in 2015. Projects include comprehensive plans, corridor or subarea plans, zoning revisions, capital improvement plans, 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.

Essential Functions
CMAP will recruit a planner at the Assistant 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.

Qualifications and Skills:
• Knowledge of local planning practice in northeastern Illinois, including plan and ordinance preparation, development review, and the role of appointed and elected officials.
• Experience in comprehensive planning and understanding 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 and strategies that support sustainability and address socioeconomic inequities.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Strong organizational and time management skills and attention to detail.
• Interest and ability to interact with partner agencies, local governments, and the general public.
• Ability to work on complex projects, coordinate tasks for multiple projects concurrently, and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

It is understood that candidates for the Assistant position will have limited work experience, but they should demonstrate strong interest and familiarity with the topics addressed by CMAP. Demonstrated ability to contribute to complex projects and work as part of a team is required.

Education and/or Experience
A Masters degree in Planning or a related discipline is required. Assistant level positions are typically filled by candidates with up to 2 years of experience.

Contact Information
Send your cover letter and resume with contact information and Job Code (LTA069) 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 10/22/2014
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Division Manager
Programming Oversight and Compliance
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
Chicago, IL
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), located in downtown Chicago, is currently accepting applications to fill the position of Division Manager, Programming Oversight and Compliance.

Under the general direction of the CFO, the incumbent is responsible for the implementation of initiatives to ensure the Service Boards (CTA, Metra, and Pace) are complying with statutory, administrative, and regulatory program requirements, as well as to ensure optimal programmatic and operational performance, in an effort to deliver safe, efficient and effective public transit service. Ensure that capital projects are executed efficiently and effectively, including performing technical reviews and engineering assessments of major transit design, construction and procurement projects within the capital program. Ensure that project investments within the capital program will assist in developing a State of Good Repair for the region’s transit assets. Ensure that RTA planners and the regions Service Boards are administering State and Federal Grant funded projects in accordance with State, Federal, ADA and other applicable codes, rules, regulations and procedures. Reporting to the Audit Committee of the RTA Board, administers the Rail Safety Oversight Program for the CTA’s rapid transit system as required by the FTA State Safety Oversight Rule 49 CFR Part 659 and MAP 21 regulations to ensure a safe and secure transit system. Prepares and delivers reports and presentations to the RTA Board of Directors, management and staff; counterparts at the Service Boards, local, regional and national governmental and planning agencies and other public transportation related entities. Manages day-to-day responsibilities of the two units.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  1. Directs and coordinates the overall operations of the division in accordance with established goals and objectives, and performs other related duties as required or assigned.
  2. Develops, maintains and oversees the compilation of a complete, accurate and coordinated division level Work Plan for integration with the department’s annual workplan and that supports the RTA’s strategic goals and objectives.
  3. Directs the development and implementation of a comprehensive capital oversight program for the RTA and Service Boards including 1) monitoring capital project status during project life cycle (scope, budget, schedule); 2) review and monitoring of Project Management Plans (project overview, organization/staffing, management controls, conceptual design, final design, construction, closeout, quality assurance, risk management, contract administration, communications); 3) assessment of technical capacity; 4) identification of deficiencies and development of corrective action plans; 5) participation in value engineering and constructability reviews; 6) assessment of project’s operational effectiveness; 7) development of lessons learned reports and documents; 8) development of management reporting tools; 9) participation in the RTA capital program prioritization process, including involvement in Alternatives Analysis, to facilitate the allocation of resources; 10) providing input into the capital grant administration process, including assistance with the review of contracts and change orders; 11) providing analysis of Service Board asset inventory including an overall evaluation of the state of good repair and condition assessment; 12) Develops and Administers Capital Optimization Support tools to allow Service Boards to correctly develop capital budgets and assure that such associated projects are in accordance with the Regions Strategic Plan. 13) providing recommendations and policy changes to strengthen and improve the program’s effectiveness.
  4. Administers the Rail Safety Oversight Program for the CTA’s rapid transit system including, but not limited to 1) directing reviews of the RTA’s System Safety Program Standards and Procedures; 2) assessments of CTA’s System Safety and Security Program Plans; 3) monitoring CTA’s internal safety and security reviews; 4) performance of on-site safety and security triennial reviews of the CTA’s implementation of their program plans; 5) monitoring CTA’s reporting of accidents and hazards; 6) investigating accidents; 7) monitoring CTA’s development and implementation of corrective action plans; 8) providing reports and certifications to the FTA as required; and 9) providing recommendations and policy changes to strengthen and improve the program’s effectiveness.

Knowledge, skills and mental development equivalent to the completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in an appropriate Architectural, Engineering or Planning discipline, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.

A minimum of seven to ten (7 - 10) years of progressively responsible experience focused on project management practice in a public or private planning, research, development or engineering concern, including negotiations and consensus building in a project team environment. Experience in a public transit capital projects environment desirable, particularly those with passenger rail mode. Also must have demonstrated supervisory/management and project management oversight experience. Strong technical, quantitative and communication skills are essential.

Minimum Salary: $99,000

The RTA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Relocation is not available. For more information about the RTA, visit our website at www.rtachicago.com. Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to:

Regional Transportation Authority
Human Resources, Attn: 14-DMPOC
175 W. Jackson, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL 60604

To apply online, go to: https://www.rtachicago.com/jobposting/?job=142

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Posted 10/14/2014
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CD Associate (CDBG and Supportive Housing Programs)
Community Development Department
City of Urbana, IL
The City of Urbana is accepting applications for a varied and highly responsible technical and professional position in the Grants Management Division of the Community Development Department. This is a part-time position of up to 32 hours/week.

The successful candidate will perform general administrative functions related to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Supportive Housing Programs. Functions include program management and planning, authorization of grant payments, monitoring of grant recipients, completion of grant reports, preparation of supportive services grant applications, and coordination of the Consolidated Social Service Fund application process.

The ideal candidate will have these distinguishing traits:
• Self-motivated, professional team member with strong knowledge of Community Development Block Grant and Supportive Housing programs, preferably with previous CDBG/SHP experience and/or familiarity with federal regulations and guidelines governing the CDBG/SHP Programs at the local level.
• Strong project management background; the ability to manage multiple priorities, and the ability to thrive in a team environment.
• Excellent interpersonal, follow-through, and communication skills, both orally and in writing, and a collaborative approach to problem solving.
• Strong commitment to working with low- and moderate-income residents and the agencies which serve those citizens.
• Sufficient education, training, and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities, which would typically be acquired through a bachelor's degree in accounting, social work, finance, urban planning or a closely-related field, plus one year of professional related experience.

This position will remain open until filled, but the next review of applications will occur after Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. CST. A cover letter and resume are not required, but they can be helpful to detail your relevant experience.

The City of Urbana Welcomes Diversity!
We foster an environment that values and encourages mutual respect, inclusion of all people, and utilizing differences and similarities as an organizational asset. We welcome applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity. EOE.
Posted 10/13/2014
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Planning Manager
Community Development Services Department
City of Urbana, IL
The City of Urbana Community Development Services Department is seeking a professional, detail-oriented and innovative leader to direct the daily activities of the department's award-winning Planning Division.  The successful candidate will be responsible for performing complex and difficult planning and development projects and supervising the day-to-day activities of the Planning Division staff. This includes coordinating zoning administration, historic preservation, neighborhood planning, subdivision/ development review, annexation, research and long term planning studies, as well as providing staff support to the City Council, Urbana Plan Commission, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Development Review Board and representing the City on a variety of intergovernmental committees and teams.

The Planning Manager will also supervise, mentor, counsel, and develop staff to meet work program objectives; including the delivery of work products on schedule within budget, and in accordance with progressive planning principles, best practices, and high quality standards. This is an appointed, at-will position that serves at the pleasure of the Mayor. Residency within Urbana city limits is not required.

Qualifications include:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field. Applicants with a degree in a related field (such as Geography, Public Administration, etc.) must be able to demonstrate substantial coursework in urban planning principles.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience performing professional planning work, including three (3) years of supervisory experience. A master’s degree may substitute for one year of experience.
  • Excellent analytical, verbal, and public presentation skills.
  • In-depth and broad-based planning experience
  • Proven ability to manage complex, long-range projects involving multiple stakeholders, sensitive political issues, and diverse communities.
  • A Master’s degree in Urban Planning or related field and AICP certification are strongly desired.

For more information or to apply, visit: www.urbanaillinois.us/jobs. Applications are accepted online . A resume, cover letter and professional writing sample are strongly recommended and may be attached to the application.

Deadline to apply: This position will remain open until filled, but the first review of applications will take place after Oct. 31, 2014. Electronic (faxed or emailed) submittal of application material will not be accepted.

Urbana, Illinois is a vibrant, dynamic community (pop. 41,250) located in the heart of east central Illinois and is internationally distinguished as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign, the state's flagship public university and one of the preeminent research institutions in the world. Urbana has also been recognized as one of the top ten high-tech communities in America by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Wired magazines and as the tenth greenest city in America by Sperling's Best Places Rated; in addition, the American Planning Association recognized our West Urbana Neighborhood in 2007 as one of the Ten Great Neighborhoods in the country.
 

Posted 10/2/2014
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Deputy Planning Director
Planning Department
Village of Tinley Park, IL
The Village of Tinley Park seeks Deputy Planning Director for a highly responsible administrative/management position involving technical work in planning and directing all operations of the planning areas. This position requires extensive knowledge of land use, architectural design, urban design, Village Ordinances and State laws. Minimum Qualifications: Masters Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture or related field; AICP Certification preferred; Eight (8) years responsible urban planning experience in a governmental or consulting environment; Three to Five (3-5) years supervisory or management experience; Any equivalent combination of education and experience, additional education substituting on a year for year basis for the required experience; Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Design, Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp; Valid Driver’s License. Residency Requirement: Must establish and maintain residency within the planning area as defined in the Village’s comprehensive plan within one (1) year of employment.

Pay Range: $74,555 - $97,278 (DOQ) plus generous health/dental/vacation benefits package.

Application Process: Submit cover letter, resume and completed Village of Tinley Park Application for employment found at: www.tinleypark.orgPosition open until filled.
 
Posted 9/24/2014
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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 multidisciplinary 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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