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Historic Preservation Planner
Community Development Department
City of Elgin, IL
Under general supervision of the Director or his designee, performs responsible work in a variety of assignments in the department of Community Development: responsible for the development and implementation of a citywide historic preservation program under the historic preservation ordinance; administration of daily activities within established historic districts, including the review of Certificates of Appropriateness applications and conducting special field inspections; development and administration of design guidelines for historic districts, development and administration of grant programs for historic properties; liaison and executive secretary to the Elgin Heritage Commission and its various Subcommittees.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:
  • Develops positive attitudes and understanding among the public toward preservation and conservation, through public outreach and the development of educational programs
  • Develops and implements educational pamphlets/booklets on various issues relating to historic preservation and rehabilitation, and conducts presentations on these issues from time to time
  • Acts as liaison and executive secretary to the Elgin Heritage Commission.
  • Prepares agenda, maintains records, prepares minutes, and assembles relevant information for commission review
  • Administers various programs of the Elgin Heritage Commission including the heritage building plaque program, Sears house plaque program, downtown building plaque program, and historical marker program
  • Administers special projects of the Commission including special inventories of building types, documentation of historic records and photographs, and coordinates various events of the Commission including Preservation month activities, the Mayors Awards for Preservation and the Plaque presentation ceremonies
  • Promotes and prepares nominations for properties to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or as local Elgin landmarks when required
  • Administers the programmatic agreement with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) to review the effect of federal and state funded or licensed undertakings for their effects on historic properties, in conformance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1996, and Section 707 of The Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act
  • Prepares grant applications and administers successful grants received from the Certified Local Government (CLG) grant program of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA), and serves as liaison between the City of Elgin and the State preservation office in maintaining Elgin’s status as a Certified Local Government
  • Acts as liaison and executive secretary to the Design Review Subcommittee.
  • Prepares agenda, maintains records, prepares minutes, and assembles relevant information for Subcommittee review on properties requesting approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)
  • Reviews and evaluates plans and specifications for new construction, alteration and/or repair, and demolition of structures within historic and conservation districts, to determine compliance with applicable codes and ordinances, and the Elgin Design Guideline Manual for Landmarks and Historic Districts
  • Assists the public in securing permits and Certificates of Appropriateness in a timely and professional manner, including conducting special field inspections as required, assisting with the development of drawn plans, elevations and specifications and material samples
    •Promotes and provides technical assistance to contractors, design professionals, and the general public regarding building plans and specifications; and appropriate preservation materials, methods, and design solutions
  • Prepares reports on discrepancies, deviations and variations from applicable codes and ordinances found during plan review
  • Maintains diagrams, specifications, samples and reports on building materials, design standards, relevant codes and regulations, and other related materials
  • Produces required written and graphic information in a professional manner
  • Reviews, develops and implements the historic preservation ordinance and recommends desirable revisions as they apply to existing and future historic and conservation districts
  • Coordinates the preparation and pursuit of legal action for non compliance of properties within historic districts and landmarks with the Division of Code Enforcement
  • Maintains computer files relating to historic preservation reviews, submittals and issues
  • Performs other tasks as required or directed
  • This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of force frequently to move objects; work requires grasping and fingering; vocal communication is required for expressing or changing ideas by means of spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for depth perception, color perception, and peripheral vision, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of machines, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work and observing general surrounding and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions.

OTHER:

  • Extensive knowledge of the materials used in the building and construction industry; principles and practices followed in preparing designs, plans and specifications for building projects
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local historic preservation laws, programs and procedures
  • Knowledge in the implementation of adaptive use of historic buildings
  • Ability to prepare, amend and implement a preservation plan and design guidelines
  • Ability to document local history and provide design and technical assistance for the rehabilitation of local architecture; read and interpret construction plans and specifications and recognize alternate materials and methods for design
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both orally and in written form; lead groups in a productive and impartial manner
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, municipal officials, design professionals, and members of the general public
  • Ability to assist building owners with appropriate rehabilitation of residential and commercial buildings
  • Ability to work without close supervision
  • Skill in the preparation of successful grant proposals; interpreting relevant codes and ordinances; producing graphic information to interpret field conditions on paper
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local grant programs, regulations, processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of general planning principles and land use regulations
  • Extensive and demonstrative knowledge of the use and application of MS Office Suite, electronic mail systems and database systems

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

A bachelor’s degree in historic preservation or related field required, supplemented by a Masters degree in historic preservation or a related field preferred, from an accredited college or university, and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in professional historic preservation.

Apply at www.cityofelgin.org by January 2, 2015.

Posted 12/16/2014
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Real Estate Development Project Coordinator
R.A. Smith National
Naperville, IL
The Real Estate Development Project Coordinator reports to the Senior Development Director at the company’s Naperville, Illinois office, and manages due diligence and the coordination of new real estate development projects. The Project Coordinator is also responsible for managing municipal research, preparation of due diligence reports, initial site planning and the project sub consultants from inception to construction. Additional responsibilities include the development and maintenance of project schedules, and preparation of municipal applications and submittal packages.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Candidates for this position should have a degree in Engineering, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture or other related field, and the ability to manage multiple projects and changing priorities. Candidates should have three to five years’ experience in related fields, with a general understanding of real estate development, building and site design; have a working knowledge of building codes, zoning regulations and municipal approvals/permits and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Candidates should also have the ability to meet deadlines and provide high quality service to clients; ability to multi-task and quickly adapt to changing priorities. Candidates will have proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, MS Project, and AutoCAD.

R.A. Smith National provides its employees with a robust benefit package which includes: A competitive salary, medical, dental, vision, life, disability, legal and other valuable options; generous time-off programs, 401K with an employer match; professional and career development opportunities, a highly regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client service, quality and pursuit of excellence in all we do.

Candidates interested in applying for this position should forward their resume to darline.hoffins@rasmithnational.com. R.A. Smith National is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity of its workforce.
Posted 12/5/2014
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Community Development Director
Village of Cary, IL
The Village of Cary, IL (18,271), a northwest suburb of Chicago, is seeking a full-time Community Development Director. The ideal candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills, strong customer service skills and a passion for public service. The Community Development Director will be responsible for overseeing Economic Development, Planning and Zoning, Building and Code Enforcement. The position reports directly to the Village Administrator. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to implement numerous initiatives outlined in the recently updated Comprehensive Plan which is expected to be approved this December. These projects include a complete update to the zoning ordinance, revising the sign ordinance, enhancing the Village’s gateways and guiding improvements to the downtown. The candidate will also lead the Village’s efforts in helping to secure development projects for properties in public and private ownership. The Village has several vacant parcels in private ownership including approximately 40 acres of vacant property of the Village’s western gateway. In addition, there are several developable parcels in public ownership including a 16 acre vacant school site adjacent to downtown and a 100 acre active gravel mine site which is scheduled to be deeded to the Village within the next three (3) years. The Village is seeking an individual who is flexible in working both independently and as part of a team to complete these Village objectives.

Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration or related field. A master’s degree and AICP certification is preferred. Candidates must have a minimum of seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience, with three (3) years of supervisory experience. A similar combination of education and experience may be considered.

Salary
The salary range for the position is $105,000+/- depending on qualifications. This is an exempt position. The Village of Cary offers a comprehensive benefit package.

How to apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and five (5) professional references to hr@caryillinois.com. Hard copies or faxed resumes will not be accepted. Position is open until filled, however, first review of resumes will begin on December 5, 2014. The selected finalist will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check, reference check and post offer physical with drug screening. For more information about the Village of Cary, please visit our website at www.caryillinois.com.

The Village of Cary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted 11/26/2014
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Executive Director
Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP)
Rockford, IL
Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) is a fully functioning Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) typical of an urban area with a regional population of approximately 340,000 people. We celebrated our 50th anniversary this year. Industry studies have consistently rated RMAP a “high-performing” MPO.

The RMAP Policy Committee has a strong desire (and support from regional stakeholders) to expand and evolve from a traditional MPO to more of a regional planning body, such as a commission (RPC) or council of governments (COG) model. Our region sits on the precipice of reinvention and RMAP is primed for success.

First and foremost, we seek an individual to lead us through significant organizational change. The successful incumbent will leverage his/her strengths to produce the following results:

… your passion and vision for great communities will translate into strong strategic planning and clear value-added deliverables

… your success in creating understanding of the distinct advantages of alignment and in facilitating alignment between multiple governing bodies will ensure a unified, active, and highly functional Policy Committee and better funding, services and representation for regional governing bodies

…your ability to represent our region by influencing state/federal officials will enhance our regions chances of

…your ability to plan, organize and direct MPO programs and functional operations will enhance the operations, programs and services offered by RMAP

…your success in providing direction and oversight of comprehensive planning, such as land use planning, balanced growth, zoning and subdivisions will help RMAP evolve in their organizational history and increase their value to our region

…your collaborative effort will ensure that public and private partners are engaged in region wide planning and RMAPs brand is elevated within the community

The next Executive Director will be visionary, a “people person,” and have a CEO mentality. We are seeking a leader that has a history of progressive responsibility, experience working with elected officials, excellent communication skills, change management skills, and who will move the organization toward even greater accomplishments. Bachelor’s required. Master’s Degree in urban planning, traffic engineering, public administration or related field preferred.
To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Michael King, SPHR
workplace search group
michael@workplacesearch.com
815-961-0500
Posted 11/25/2014
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Transit Division Director
City of Jefferson City, MO
Make a difference in people’s lives! The City of Jefferson City, Missouri, Transit Division is seeking a motivated individual to oversee the transit system and work with public and private groups in order to provide convenient, reliable and safe transportation to the public. This position will plan, organize and direct the work of the Transit Division as well as the related transportation infrastructure system for pedestrian and bicycle connections to the transit system. This position will also be responsible for alternate transportation system planning including transit motor coaches and pedestrian/bicycle facilities; transit grants administered by the FTA, MoDOT and other state and federal agencies; division budget; and evaluating the transit system operation, availability, accessibility, maintenance and facilities.

Requires an accredited Bachelors’ degree in Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning, Business Administration, or related field; and six years of experience in transportation planning, management or related field; and the ability to plan, organize and direct the work of subordinates as well as considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of transportation planning methods and suitable computer applications related to public transit and alternative transportation systems.

The City of Jefferson City, MO offers an excellent employee benefits program. Starting salary up to $74,600 depending upon qualifications. For additional information and to apply see our website at http://www.jeffcitymo.org/hr/OpenJobOpportunities.html.
Posted 11/25/2014
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Community and Economic Development Coordinator
Village of Bloomingdale, IL
Bloomingdale, IL (population 22,028) is seeking innovative and energetic candidates with strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach for the exciting new opportunity to work as a Community and Economic Development Coordinator. With its convenient location and nearby expressways, Bloomingdale is situated approximately twenty-five (25) miles west of the City of Chicago. Activity abounds in the village, from business and residential development and renovation, to ready access to plentiful shopping and recreation opportunities. Bloomingdale offers first class schools and public services, while boasting a wide and varied retail and commercial/industrial base.

This position serves as a liaison to developers, realtors, attorneys and other professional staff on proposed development within the Village. Duties include: coordinating the Village's involvement in long-term economic development projects; working with Village organizations to attract new businesses and encourage the retention of existing businesses; developing marketing techniques for the Village; and compiling and maintaining a data base profiling economic opportunities in the Village. Other responsibilities are identifying and articulating issues associated with a proposed development, an amendment to an existing development, or other requests of the Village, either through a formal staff report, findings of fact, or other verbal and written communication.

The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning, business or other relevant field with a Master’s Degree strongly preferred. Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is desirable. Additional requirements are five to ten years of progressively responsible municipal planning and development experience or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge skills and abilities for this job. Preferred attributes are strong analytical and communication skills, strategic planning abilities, and a demonstrated enthusiasm for working closely with Village officials, residents and the business community. The position reports to the Village Administrator. The pay range for this full-time, exempt-level position is $76,045 to $109,678 annually and it comes with a comprehensive benefits package.

Qualified candidates should submit an online application at www.villageofbloomingdale.org by clicking the “Employment Opportunities” icon. Also required is a cover letter and resume explaining your interest in the position, qualifications and experience. The application deadline is December 19, 2014; although the position remains open until filled. Residency in the Village of Bloomingdale is not required. The Village of Bloomingdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Questions may be addressed to humanresources@vil.bloomingdale.il.us.
Posted 11/21/2014
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Principal Financial Analyst
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
Chicago, IL
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), located in downtown Chicago, is currently accepting applications to fill the position of Principal Financial Analyst.

Under the general direction of the Manager, Capital Programs, Grants and Analysis, the incumbent is responsible for the coordination of capital programming initiatives and for the administration of the Five-Year Capital Program; capital grant issuance and administration; participates in the development of departmental objectives, policies and procedures; provides internal staff planning support; prepares and delivers presentations to the RTA Board of Directors, management and staff; and, interacts with counterparts at the Service Boards, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), local and regional governments and planning bodies, and other public transportation related entities.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  1. Manages the development and financing of the Five-Year Capital Program, its annual elements, RTA Bond Program and Strategic Capital Improvement Program (SCIP). Oversees and manages multi-year funding projections, future needs, cash flows for the RTA funded projects, and preparation of the annual Financial Capacity Analysis. Manages and administers the State of Illinois Bond Programs including project development, funding coordination, grants issuance, concurrence approval and requisition processing. Prepares quarterly project status reports for IDOT.
  2. Interacts with the FTA, IDOT, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), RTA and Service Boards, counterparts and staff to ensure timely preparation of preparatory, preliminary and final Capital Program funding marks, the RTA and Service Board Capital Programs, its updates, revisions, amendments and technical corrections. Coordinates the split of federal apportionments and the preparation and execution of various funding agreements, such as RTA/Northwestern Indiana and RTA/Southeastern Wisconsin Letters of Understanding; prepares funding allocation memos to the Regional Administrator of FTA.
  3. Administers the RTA’s Capital Program in support of the various internal and external initiatives, including project funding and reporting. Oversees the maintenance and updates to the Capital Program Procedures for the Grants Management staff. Administers Capital Program funding contracts and cash flows under Capital Grant Agreements. Reviews, analyzes and provides recommendations for Service Board concurrence requests. Obtains funding agency concurrences as needed.
  4. Oversees and manages the Capital Grant reimbursement process to the Services Boards, monitors RTA Bond expenditures and average useful life, prepares quarterly Capital Program and SCIP reports, and monitors regional Federal Un-obligated Balance. Prepares reimbursement requests and monitors cash receipts under Capital Program contracts. Prepares monthly Grant Requisition Reports (summary and detail) and reconciles the differences with the RTA Controller Division, Service Boards and auditors.
  5. Develops and maintains Capital Program Grant Management System database and enhancements and directs the integration of data with other computerized tools of the Planning, Finance and Information Technology departments, the Authority and Service Boards. Identifies improvements, both internal and external, that are necessary to manage and expend the Capital Program efficiently. Identifies the need for new procedures, reports and computer systems to improve Division’s ability to carry out its responsibilities. Provides training to others on how to use and maintain computerized databases and programs that are necessary functions of the Division.
  6. Develops principles and administers procedures including project selection, implementation, funding participation, cash flow, project programming, budget revision, concurrences and amendments, and grant closeout and reprogramming of funds, consistent with the Capital Program Procedures.

Knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Audit, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Public Administration, Operations Analysis, a related field, or equivalent work experience. Advanced degree preferred.

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible project management and program implementation experience in a public or private concern, including negotiations and consensus building experience in a project team environment, and a strong emphasis on financial analysis and planning, capital budgeting, accounting, development and communication skills. Strong quantitative skills including database and spreadsheet application development experience necessary.

The RTA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. The RTA reimburses for travel at the federal rate for mileage reimbursement. Relocation is not available. For more information about the RTA, visit our website at www.rtachicago.com.

Minimum Salary: $74,000

Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to:

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

To apply online, go to: https://rta10.rtachicago.com/jobposting/?job=151

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Posted 11/21/2014
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Community & Economic Development Director
Community/Economic Development Department
Village of Brookfield, IL
Brookfield, IL (19,500) A vibrant, diverse community with exciting economic development opportunities, seeks its first Director of Community and Economic Development.

Located 13 miles west of downtown Chicago, Brookfield combines convenient transportation with numerous community amenities including respected schools, an excellent library and an extensive parks and recreation system. The Village is experiencing economic growth and has been successful in attracting several recent redevelopment opportunities with more possibilities on the horizon.

The Village is seeking a progressive, approachable, highly collaborative community and economic development professional to serve as its next Director of Community and Economic Development. The position reports to the Village Manager. The Community and Economic Development Department has four full time and two part time authorized positions. The Community and Economic Development Director must have high integrity and a positive track record in customer service, team building within the department and with other departments, and leadership/management of employees. In addition, experience with economic development and redevelopment is critical to this position.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in urban planning, public policy, design or related field. A master's degree in urban and regional planning or related field a plus. Candidates must have 7-10 years increasingly responsible experience in executive level community development in the public sector or in a field closely related to the public sector. The successful candidate will have strong oral and written skills, strategic planning abilities, excellent analytical and negotiation skills and a demonstrated enthusiasm for working closely with elected and appointed officials.

Salary is $100,000 +/- DOQ. Residency in the Village of Brookfield is not required. Candidates should apply by December 17 to Heidi Voorhees at www.GovHRUSA.com/current-positions/recruitment. Electronic submission preferred. Tel: 847-380-3243. Additional information available at GovHRUSA.com.
 
Posted 11/12/2014
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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.

SALARY RANGE: $45,000 - $50,000 D.O.Q.

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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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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Unpaid/Volunteer Opportunities

Landscape Architecture Blogger Internship
Global Site Plans
Granite Bay, California (this is a virtual internship)
Are you a student with an interest in landscape architecture and social media? Do you have a passion for writing and want learn how to blog and expand your social media reach? If so, Global Site Plans wants to hear from you. Global Site Plans is seeking qualified applicants for Landscape Architecture Blogger Internships. We want you to share with our audience how the field of landscape architecture is impacting your city.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, careers in the fields of Social Media and Landscape Architecture are in demand. As cities continue to expand and grow, social and environmental issues such sustainability, crime prevention, and access to health care become more important; however, job seekers in these fields face strong competition when vying for positions. Qualified candidates need education and experience. While you are working hard to acquire the necessary education, let us help you gain some valuable experience.

As an Landscape Architecture Blogger, you will have the opportunity to build your personal brand on the Internet, develop your presence as an expert in your field, network within your community, and expand your recognition across different social media platforms. You will gain valuable experience and skills, and we make all of our internships available for academic credit. In addition, we offer free resume and career coaching to support you as you transition from our internship into the next phase of your career.

This is a virtual internship, and although you don’t have to commute to our office, we still expect professionalism and commitment from you. We are looking for the best of the best. If you are creative, energetic, and eager to learn, and can commit to at least a six month internship; we want to hear from you.

What to expect during your internship with Global Site Plans?

You can expect to gain experience in a variety of areas, and this is a great way to gain visibility as you enter the public or private workforce.

Increased knowledge and exposure to blogging career opportunities;
Ability to utilize WordPress blogging software with 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.

What we’re looking for:

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 landscape architecture;
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;
Ability to work remotely.

To apply before 1/16/15 follow this link; http://webforms.zenginehq.com/globalsiteplans and complete the items outlined below:

Attach your resume and cover letter;
Take this online English language proficiency test; http://www.transparent.com/learn-english/proficiency-test.html print in “PDF” and attach results;
Attach a writing sample regarding a local landscape architecture topic;
Attach 12 sample blog titles that you are interested in blogging about (topics should be related to where you will be living during the term of the internship);
Like Global Site Plans on Facebook;
Follow Global Site Plans on Twitter.

This is an unpaid and virtual internship that can be completed from home. While we cannot guarantee opportunities for paid employment, interns will always gain first preference in our hiring processes.

Posted 12/16/2014
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Architecture Blogger Internship
Global Site Plans
Granite Bay, California (this is a virtual internship)
Are you a student who is seeking a career in architecture after graduation? Do you have a passion for writing and want learn how to blog and expand your social media reach? If so, Global Site Plans wants to hear from you. Global Site Plans is seeking qualified applicants for Architecture Blogger Internships. We want you to share with our audience how the field of architecture is impacting your city.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, careers in the fields of Architecture and Social Media are in demand; however, job seekers in these fields face strong competition when vying for positions. Qualified candidates need education and experience. While you are working hard to acquire the necessary education, let us help you gain some valuable experience.

As an Architecture Blogger, you will have the opportunity to build your personal brand on the Internet, develop your presence as an expert in your field, network within your community, and expand your recognition across different social media platforms. You will gain valuable experience and skills, and we make all of our internships available for academic credit. In addition, we offer free resume and career coaching to support you as you transition from our internship into the next phase of your career.

This is a virtual internship, and although you don’t have to commute to our office, we still expect professionalism and commitment from you. We are looking for the best of the best. If you are creative, energetic, and eager to learn, and can commit to at least a six month internship; we want to hear from you.

What to expect during your internship with Global Site Plans?

You can expect to gain experience in a variety of areas, and this is a great way to gain visibility as you enter the public or private workforce.

Increased knowledge and exposure to blogging career opportunities;
Ability to utilize WordPress blogging software with increased knowledge of functionality and features;
Obtain editorial feedback to improve writing skills;
Branding yourself on the Internet and creating exposure for job opportunities;
Social media and marketing training;
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.

What we’re looking for:

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 architecture 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;
Ability to work remotely.

To apply before 1/16/15 follow this link; http://webforms.zenginehq.com/globalsiteplans and complete the items outlined below:

Attach your resume and cover letter;
Take this online English language proficiency test; http://www.transparent.com/learn-english/proficiency-test.html print in “PDF” and attach results;
Attach a writing sample regarding a local architectural topic;
Attach 12 sample blog titles that you are interested in blogging about (topics should be related to where you will be living during the term of the internship);
Like Global Site Plans on Facebook;
Follow Global Site Plans on Twitter.

This is an unpaid and virtual internship that can be completed from home. While we cannot guarantee opportunities for paid employment, interns will always gain first preference in our hiring processes.

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Urban Planning Blogger Internship
Global Site Plans
Granite Bay, California (this is a virtual internship)
Are you a student with an interest in urban planning and social media? Do you have a passion for writing and want learn how to blog and expand your social media reach? If so, Global Site Plans wants to hear from you. Global Site Plans is seeking qualified applicants for Urban Planning Blogger Internships. We want you to share with our audience how the field of urban planning is impacting your city.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, careers in Social Media, and Urban and Regional Planning are in high demand. As cities continue to expand and grow, social and environmental issues such sustainability, crime prevention, and access to health care become more important. Job seekers in these fields face strong competition when vying for positions. Qualified candidates need education and experience. While you are working hard to acquire the necessary education, let us help you gain some valuable experience.

As an Urban Planning Blogger, you will have the opportunity to build your personal brand on the Internet, develop your presence as an expert in your field, network within your community, and expand your recognition across different social media platforms. You will gain valuable experience and skills, and we make all of our internships available for academic credit. In addition, we offer free resume and career coaching to support you as you transition from our internship into the next phase of your career.

This is a virtual internship, and although you don’t have to commute to our office, we still expect professionalism and commitment from you. We are looking for the best of the best. If you are creative, energetic, and eager to learn, and can commit to at least a six month internship; we want to hear from you.

What to expect during your internship with Global Site Plans?

You can expect to gain experience in a variety of areas, and this is a great way to gain visibility as you enter the public or private workforce.

Increased knowledge and exposure to blogging career opportunities;
Ability to utilize WordPress blogging software with increased knowledge of functionality and features;
Obtain editorial feedback to improve writing skills;
Branding yourself on the Internet and creating exposure for job opportunities;
Social media and marketing training;
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.

What we’re looking for:

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;
Ability to work remotely.

To apply before 1/16/15 follow this link http://webforms.zenginehq.com/globalsiteplans and complete the items outlined below:

Attach your resume and cover letter;
Take this online English language proficiency test; http://www.transparent.com/learn-english/proficiency-test.html print in “PDF” and attach results;
Attach a writing sample regarding a local urban planning topic;
Attach 12 sample blog titles that you are interested in blogging about (topics should be related to where you will be living during the term of the internship);
Like Global Site Plans on Facebook;
Follow Global Site Plans on Twitter.

This is an unpaid and virtual internship that can be completed from home. While we cannot guarantee opportunities for paid employment, interns will always gain first preference in our hiring processes.

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