This position involves the application of professional planning
knowledge and skills to enhance the quality of life and improve the
welfare of the community by creating a more convenient, equitable,
efficient, and attractive urban environment. Under general direction
from the Urban Services Manager and Department Director this position
will perform complex professional level duties related to current and
advance planning activities; work with City departments, external
agencies, the business community, neighborhood associations and other
local stakeholders and the general public to develop plans, policies,
procedures, and regulations related to community planning, and
transportation planning; assist with the implementation of the Cityís
Comprehensive Plan and with the creation and implementation of other
community plans; and serve as the Study Director for the Danville Area
Transportation Study program which involves engaging governmental and
nongovernmental agencies within the Metropolitan Planning Area to
facilitate a coordinated transportation planning effort.
Candidate must possess a four (4) year degree in urban and regional
planning, transportation planning or a related field and have at least
three years of progressive practical experience in this field or in a
closely related field and have experience working in or with local or
state government, experience working in a team environment and
experience working with committees.
Salary Range: 45,000-$55,000
A full job description and application can be retrieved from
Submit cover letter, resume and application to:
City of Danville Human Resources
17 West Main Street
Danville, IL 61832
Submissions due by June 10, 2013.
Regional Planning Liaison
Kane County Division of Transportation
St. Charles, IL
The Planning Liaison is responsible for regional transportation planning
and programming activities related to highway, transit and
bicycle/pedestrian facilities and projects. Responsibilities also
include coordination with and assistance to the Kane/Kendall Council of
Mayors (KKCOM) in obtaining and administering federal and state
transportation funds; technical support to the Kane/Kendall Council of
Mayors (KKCOM) through research, report preparation and agency
coordination efforts; and implementation of the Kane County 2040
Transportation Plan and regional transportation projects, studies and
programs. Acts as the Kane County Bicycle & Pedestrian Planner and
is responsible for updating the County Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan.
Liaison serves as a communication link between the Chicago Metropolitan
Agency for Planning (CMAP) and local governments and participates in
the CMAP committee structure.
Requirements: Bachelorís Degree
in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, or related
field. Candidate should possess excellent writing and public
presentation skills, map interpretation, analytical and computer skills.
Desired qualifications: Two to five years of experience in a related
Submit cover letter, resume and references to:
Kane County Department of Human Resource Management
719 S. Batavia Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134
Download employment application at
Application deadline: 6/21/2013
McLean County Regional Planning Commission (MCRPC)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Available August 2013)
McLean County Regional Planning Commission (MCRPC)
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois MPO
Salary Range: $80,000 - $111,000 DOQ
The position serves as chief executive officer for a regional planning
commission serving a nearly 1,200 square mile region in central
Illinois with a population of 170,000. Position also involves directing
the operations of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the
Bloomington-Normal urbanized area, which has been the fastest growing
metropolitan region in downstate Illinois since 1970. The impending
vacancy is due to the retirement of the current executive director who
has served in that capacity for the past 19 years. The Region.
Situated in the nationís heartland about two hours from Chicago, St.
Louis, Indianapolis and the Quad Cities, Bloomington-Normal and McLean
County consistently rank among the nationís leaders in quality of life.
The region exhibits a diversified local economy with a number of
corporate headquarters and universities, a strong agribusiness industry,
typically low to very low unemployment, excellent schools at all
levels, extensive parks and trails, and outstanding cultural,
entertainment, shopping and business opportunities. Bloomington-Normal
was recently ranked second nationally by Beyond.com on a list of top ten
places to find jobs.The Agency/Mission.
MCRPC is uniquely
focused on providing long-range planning and technical support services
aimed at enhancing the quality of life in this dynamic region. This
focus involves establishing a balanced vision through extensive use of
public discussion to foster a healthy business environment, support
community and economic development, enhance local amenities, preserve
historical and agricultural heritage, and promote implementation as
appropriate of innovative techniques in planning and design. MCRPCís
eleven-member citizen board represents the regionís principal governing
bodies and addresses long-term planning and development issues and
innovations, while also serving as a neutral forum for discussion and
coordination of regional issues. Responsibilities.
has oversight responsibility for overall agency and MPO operations
requiring significant administrative and technical planning
participation. The Executive Director coordinates the community
planning, transportation planning, GIS and administrative divisions,
which include eight full-time professional staff. Allocation of time
between administrative and technical planning tasks varies considerably
among program years, but 40% administrative and 60% technical planning
represents a reasonable average.Duties/Tasks.
The following are
examples of duties and tasks that can be expected to be performed by
the Executive Director at various times over an extended period.
* Coordinate and integrate region-wide visioning efforts with long-range planning programs.
Serve as project manager as required for comprehensive plans and
other technical planning studies from project inception through
completion. This may include defining project scopes, preparing project
budgets, presenting proposals, serving as principal client contact,
conducting and supervising research, serving as primary author, and
managing project budgets and schedules.
* Provide direct
technical assistance in the development of long-range plans for land
use, transportation and community facilities for individual communities
and the region.
* Oversee periodic updates to the Urban Area Long-Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program.
* Oversee an award winning greenways planning program for the region.
Coordinate development reviews with urban area units of
government. This requires interacting with local and regional staff in
evaluating and reporting on proposed development projects that have
likely regional impacts.
* Serve as news director and
editor for an award winning newsletter to report on progress and
innovations for addressing urban and regional planning issues.
Develop annual work programs and budgets involving projections of
revenue, expenditures, funding and human resource requirements.
Coordinate and oversee the development and administration of an
award-winning regional geographic information system (GIS).
Provide technical assistance to local planning, engineering, GIS,
and community development departments as needed and as workloads permit.
Serve as chair or key participant on various technical and
policy committees that address planning related issues, including
transportation planning, development management, ordinance update and
standardization, greenways, solid waste management, storm water
management and GIS.
* Design and coordinate special
purpose transportation and community planning studies as needed. This
may entail developing study designs, organizing public participation,
providing technical input, and monitoring results.Qualifications.
General qualifications include a demonstrated ability to work well
with staff, community leaders, and the public to achieve consensus for
addressing local and regional issues and achieving optimal solutions
that embody best practices and innovations. Minimum qualifications
include five years of progressively responsible experience with a
planning agency(s) or firm(s) that has emphasized innovative, long-range
solutions for land use and transportation development, with at least
two years of experience in a supervisory capacity. A Masterís Degree in
planning or closely related field is highly desirable. The ideal
candidate would have a successful track record in fostering public
discussions to balance concerns for community and economic development
with those for historic, neighborhood, farmland and environmental
preservation. MPO experience and AICP certification are desirable. Requirements.
Candidates should apply at once with rťsumť, cover letter, and contact
information for five professional references to Office of the County
Administrator, Government Center RM 401, 115 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701 Closing: May 31, 2013 4:30 PMMiscellaneous
McLean County and the McLean County Regional Planning
Commission are Equal Opportunity Employers. The selection of an
individual for this position is at the sole discretion of the McLean
County Regional Planning Commission.
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), located in downtown
Chicago, is currently accepting applications to fill the position of
Division Manager, Strategic Planning and Policy.
direction of the Senior Deputy Executive Director, Planning and Market
Development, responsible for directing and coordinating overall
operations of the Strategic Planning and Policy Division. The incumbent
develops and directs comprehensive transit and multi-modal research and
studies, assess transit market opportunities and monitors similar
efforts of other regional planning bodies and entities. Utilizes
department and divisional resources including a five member staff to
support complex regional and sub-regional investigations, and is
responsible for directing the operations of the division to ensure
conformance with the RTAís strategic goals and objectives. Participates
in the development of divisional objectives, policies and procedures and
monitors division performance and results to ensure compliance.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Develops and directs the completion of complex, transportation
planning and research projects, which lead to the development of short-
or long-range plans, priorities and standards.
regional and sub-regional level investigations of travel markets,
transit mode choice, service levels, and travel demand analyses.
Formulates interpretations of analysis and study results and provides
related action recommendations to senior management.
3. Implements and updates the Strategic Plan.
Directs the development and implementation of new planning tools
and models including RTAMs, geographic information systems, and cost
5. Supports and advises on regional transit market development opportunities and strategies to address.
6. Assist with defining marketing strategies to support transit markets.
Represents the Authority and the Service Boards in the
development and adoption of the regionís multi-modal long-range
8. Coordinates and participates in
planning and research activities with Service Boards, other planning
agencies, and universities. Supports RTA liaison activities involving
local and regional governments, planning bodies, councils and regarding
regional transportation planning issues, projects, and research.
9. Directs/oversees Corridor Planning initiatives.
Oversees the compilation of a complete, accurate and coordinated
Work Plan for integration with the divisionís and departmentís Annual
11. Delivers presentations to the RTA Board of
Directors, management and staff; counterparts at the Service Boards,
local and regional governments and planning bodies and other public
transportation related entities. Develops presentation materials and
ordinances for the RTA Board regarding project information, study
findings and recommendations as directed.
The ideal candidate
will have Knowledge, skills and mental development equivalent to the
completion of a Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Economics, Urban
Planning, Public Administration, or a related field, or additional
equivalent work experience. Advanced degree preferred.
of seven (7) years of progressively responsible transit or
transportation planning experience in a public or private planning or
research concern including extensive study development and analysis
experience in a project team environment. Increasing supervisory and
management responsibilities. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with
metropolitan transportation planning environments. Ability to manage
complex transit planning studies. Familiarity with transportation
modeling and forecasting methods and tools essential. Advance degree
may be substituted for experience.
Excellent verbal, written, and
interpersonal skills are necessary. Ability to prioritize multiple
tasks and projects while maintaining deadlines under pressure and
managing resources. Strong people skills including, supervising,
coaching, mentoring, performance management, and developing teams.
Excellent computer skills especially in Microsoft Office suite keeping
up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to the job.
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:
Minimum salary: $95,000
Regional Transportation Authority
Human Resources, Attn: 13-DMSPP
175 W. Jackson, Suite 1550
Chicago, IL 60604
To apply online, go to:
An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Village of Tinley Park, IL
The Village of Tinley Park has a full-time position available for a Planner I.
This position is responsible for research, analysis, graphics, and other
technical assistance on a wide range of planning projects. Planner I provides
design recommendations and graphical explanations for planning issues, conducts
landscape audits, and reviews variation cases. Planner I is part of a team
developing master plans and small area plans, as well as reviewing site plans
for compliance with Village plans and ordinances. The ideal candidate possesses
knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning with an emphasis on
urban design and land use regulation. Must be a skilled urban design
professional; must be able to communicate effectively in writing and in public
speaking; must be able to maintain positive working relationships; must also be
able to attend evening meetings and work extended hours as required.
Must have B.A. Urban Design, Landscape Arch., Planning
or related field + 1 yr. exp. in government or consulting. Must have
GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch-Up, MSWord apps. Residency
requirement: Must reside in the VOTP w/n 1yr of hire date. Start:
$46,592.65 + benefits. Visit www.tinleypark.org
include with cover letter, resume by 5/24/13
. Mail to H.R. Dept, VOTP,
16250 So. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477. Email:
Business Development Coordinator
Planning & Community Development Department
Village of Arlington Heights, IL
The Village of Arlington Heights, Illinois, is one of the largest
Chicago suburbs with a population of 75,100. The Village is seeking a
well-qualified professional who preferably possesses a Masterís Degree
in Business, Economics, Marketing, Urban Planning, Real Estate or a
related field, as well as a minimum of 3-5 years experience or
equivalent combination of education and experience. This position
reports to the Director of Planning and Community Development and has
occasional interaction with the Village Manager. The employee in this
position will be responsible for coordinating many challenging economic
development programs. Responsibilities also include attending
tradeshows, acting as a liaison to the business community and
energetically implementing business attraction and retention efforts.
Meets with businesses, real estate professionals and members of the
public on a consistent basis. Knowledge of business plans, financial
projections and economic financing tools/programs required. Applicants
should possess excellent computer skills, writing skills and
Qualified candidates are encouraged to
submit an online application available on the Villageís website at
. Please include a cover letter and resume with salary
history. Complete applications including cover letter, resume and salary
history will also be accepted via mail: Human Resources, Village of
Arlington Heights, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL
60005; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The fax number is 847-368-5990. This
position is open until filled. Internet access is available at all local
libraries. For more information concerning the Village of Arlington
Heights, please visit our website at www.vah.com
Equal Opportunity Employer
Any offer of employment will be conditional upon completion of a pre-employment drug screen
Position Open Until Filled.
Evanston, IL (75,000) Dynamic and historic lakefront community
immediately north of Chicago seeks experienced, proven, progressive
candidates to lead its Community and Economic Development Department
comprised of 30 FTEs and responsible for a budget of $2.7 million.
Department includes Building and Inspection Services Division, Economic
Development Division, and Planning and Zoning Division. Evanston is home
to Northwestern University and is an ethnically, racially and
economically diverse community. The City enjoys a diversified tax base, a
vibrant downtown, strong neighborhoods, thriving commercial districts,
and beautiful tree lined streets. Position is appointed by the City
Manager. The most recent Director left for a City Administrator
position. Qualified individuals will be expected to have a strong
background in management and leadership, urban planning and development,
and community and economic development best practices.
have ten years increasingly responsible experience in an upper
management position in a community of comparable size and complexity.
Position requires bachelorís degree in urban planning, public
administration, business administration or related field. Masterís
Degree preferred. Excellent interpersonal/communication/presentation
skills essential. Additional information regarding the position can be
found at the Consultant's website: www.voorheesassociates.com
salary $140,000+/-, depending on qualifications and experience.
Residency not required. Apply by May 24, 2013
in confidence, to the
Cityís Executive Search Consultant:
. ATTN: Heidi Voorhees,
President, 500 Lake Cook Road, Suite 350, Deerfield, IL 60015.
Electronic submission preferred. TEL: 847/580-4246.
This position is located offsite at the Village of Oak Forest, IL.
Responsibilities include processing and conducting land use evaluation of
zoning petitions for special use permits, amp and text amendments, and
variation. Other tasks include:
Responsible for processing and
conducting review of petitions for subdivisions for compliance with the
Cityís subdivision ordinance, as well as related land use analysis.
interdepartmental review process of zoning and subdivision petitions
and ensure proper and coordinated communications.
Prepare staff recommendations pertaining to the review of zoning and subdivision petitions.
Serves as staff liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Assist homeowners, developers and builders with technical requests, zoning interpretations and other required assistance.
Undertake research and zoning studies and makes appropriate recommendations for zoning amendments and procedural changes.
Perform special projects for the Community Development Director.
Perform other duties as may be assigned.
We provide a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including: 2
medical plans; dental; vision insurance; FSA and HSA; company sponsored
life insurance, and short term and long term disability insurance;
401(k) retirement plan; and fifteen days of paid time off accruals.
Agency phone calls will not be accepted.
Manhard is an EEO/AAP (M/F/V/H) e-Verify Employer
Visit our webpage at
Community & Economic Development
Village of Lisle, IL
The Village of Lisle, IL (22,390) a dynamic community that includes a
vibrant corporate corridor, an award-winning revitalized downtown, world
class amenities and high quality of life, seeks candidates for the
position of Senior Planner in the Community & Economic Development
Recent reorganization of several Village
departments has resulted in certain economic development tasks and
responsibilities being incorporated into a new Community & Economic
Development Department. The responsibilities of the Senior Planner
include coordinating the Villageís development review process;
conducting plan reviews; providing land use and zoning information to
the public; coordinating comprehensive planning and economic development
efforts; preparing reports and graphics for Planning and Zoning
Commission meetings and making presentations; and overseeing various
other projects related to land use, zoning and economic development.
This position reports to the Community and Economic Development
Director. Candidates must have excellent verbal and written
communication skills and also demonstrate the ability to positively
interact with staff, elected and appointed officials as well as the
development community and general public.
(Education & Experience): The successful candidate will be expected
to have a strong background in urban and/or regional planning and a
minimum of three years of related experience in a municipal, local
public agency or private sector setting or equivalent combination of
education, training and experience. Candidates must have a bachelorís
degree in urban planning, public policy, economic development or related
field. A masterís degree in urban planning or related field a plus.
Proficiency in ArcView/GIS is preferred.
Salary: DOQ. Starting salary range is $67,800 +/- with excellent benefits.
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Must be able to attend monthly
evening Planning & Zoning Commission meetings)
Process: Post-offer candidates should be prepared take a physical
evaluation, including drug and alcohol screening and undergo a thorough
background investigation. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply
by Tuesday, April 16, 2013
with cover letter, resume and three
professional references to Eric Ertmoed, Administrative Services
Director at email@example.com. Please reference Senior Planner in
the subject line of your email.
The Village of Lisle is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Do you have a unique specialty in the field of environmental design? Do
you currently live in a town or city that has not/or is currently not
being covered by another blogger? Have you successfully managed social
media platforms? Do you have a passion for writing and want to learn how
to successfully blog? If you answered yes to any of these questions,
Global Site Plans wants your application.
Global Site Plans is
seeking talented students and professionals in the fields of
architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, urban planning, and
specialties within these environmental design fields. As a bi-weekly
blogger, you would speak to topics related to your fields of expertise,
but specific to your location. For example, you live in Granite Bay,
California. You would then become the correspondent for
environmental design topics at this location. Global Site Plansí The
Grid wants to stay local, yet reach globally.
Read below for application details:
are seeking contributing blogger interns who can make a minimum
commitment of 6-months, contractually. As a contributing blogger you
will be able to build your personal brand on the Internet, be looked
upon as an expert in the field you cover, and be recognized widely over
different mediums. Your blogs will be distributed through
(The Grid is Global Site Plansí blog), Twitter,Facebook, and LinkedIn. This is a great way to gain
visibility as you enter the public and private workforce, or to further
develop yourself professionally.
- 6-month or 1-year commitment, contractually;
- 2 blogs per month, biweekly (12 blogs in total for 6-months/ 24 blogs in total for 1-year);
- 250-350 word maximum, submitted in Word format for review and editing;
- Excellent English and writing skills;
- Passion for the topics you write about;
- Ability to work under deadlines and meet them Ė very important that dates set for blog submission are honored.
Site Plans will work with each blogger to ensure that the topics
covered are those of high interest to both the writer and the reader.
The audience reading these blogs will be individuals just like you and
me Ė environmental designers, so youíll need to be able to write for the
audience to keep them engaged and commenting on your blogs. Your blogs
should be informative, but also pose questions to encourage dialogue.
- Increased knowledge and exposure to blogging career opportunities;
- Ability to utilize WordPress blogging software Ė increased knowledge of functionality and features;
- Increased comfort writing within word count constraints;
- Obtain editorial feedback to improve your 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
utilizing keywords, formatting, and hyperlinking according to training.
How to Apply:
If you are interested, please email the
application components to Global Site Plans at
by Friday, May 24, 2013
1. Submit a Resume and Cover Letter;
2. Submit a writing sample regarding an environmental design topic;
Submit 12 blog titles/topic ideas that you are interested in blogging
about (Topic ideas should be related to where you are currently live so
this may take a bit of research on your part. If you live in Oakland,
California, all of your blog title suggestions should be about that
city. See previous blogs for ideas.);
4. Like Global Site Plans on Facebook;
5. Follow Global Site Plans on Twitter;
6. In the subject line of your email, put BLOGGING INTERNSHIP.
This is an unpaid and a virtual internship which can be completed from home.
are accepted within the following specialties: architecture/
community/economic development/ energy/ engineering/ environment/
government and politics/ history and preservation/ housing/
infrastructure/ land use/ landscape architecture/ social and
demographics/ transportation/ urban development and real estate/
sustainability/ urban planning and design.
We look forward to receiving your application.
Have you ever wanted to manage a blog? Learn how to manage writers? Do
you have excellent English writing, editing, and time management skills?
Can you manage an intern staff of 10 bloggers and make a 1-year
commitment? If you have what it takes, Global Site Plans wants your
The Grid Blog Assistant Editor will be 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
Assistant Editor internship.
To learn more about the blogging
internship positions, visit the environmental design blogger and social
media and design blogger internships descriptions.
- 1-year commitment, contractually, for approximately 10 hours per week;
- 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;
- Previous experience as a writer for a blog is a plus.
- Increased knowledge and exposure to blog manager and editing career opportunities;
- Ability to utilize WordPress blogging software Ė 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
- 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.
How to Apply:
If you are interested, please complete and email
the application components to Global Site Plans at
by Friday, May 24, 2013
1. Submit a Resume and Cover Letter;
Download the writing sample from
Edit the sample, utilizing tracked changes, for spelling, grammar,
punctuation, style, and content. Provide comments as needed within the
3. Like Global Site Plans on Facebook;
4. Follow Global Site Plans on Twitter;
5. In the subject line of your email, put THE GRID BLOG ASSISTANT EDITOR.
is an unpaid and a virtual internship which can be completed from home.
While we cannot guarantee opportunities for paid employment in the
future, interns will always gain first preference in our hiring