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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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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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