Planning Coordinator, Region 1 Planning Council, Rockford, IL

The Planning Coordinator is responsible for planning and overseeing land use and transportation planning and development efforts, including research, planning, programming, and initiatives.

Illustrative Essential Duties.

The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work of this position. The list is not exhaustive or restrictive, and other duties may be assigned.


  • Lead Planner for the research, assembly, and preparation planning work products.

  • Develops and manages regional and local planning documents and planning-related programs, such as land use, transportation, sustainability, and environment.

  • Performs technical assistance necessary in the development of complex planning projects and initiatives, including data collection and analysis, public meetings, public presentations, surveys, writing, graphics, and publication.

  • Develops proposals, services agreements, and requests for proposals for planning-related projects and programs.

  • Prepares applications for grant funds for the RPC, local governments, and interested agencies.

  • Writes, or assists in writing, a variety of planning documents.

  • Supports Director of Regional Planning in project management and assignment of tasks to planning staff, including designating project resources, monitoring progress, and continuing open internal and external communications.

  • Conducts technical review of planning documents produced by to ensure quality.

  • Attends and participates in meetings with intergovernmental committees.

  • Communicates and coordinates with State, Federal and local agencies in developing planning materials and funding proposals.

  • Establish and maintain professional planning relationships with local member organizations and functions as liaison between local public works, community development, highway departments and the RPC.

  • Analyze socioeconomic data, census data and other planning centric data; support and provide guidance on planning tasks of the local agencies.

  • Provide guidance and oversight to ensure the public involvement process; research and implement new ways of involving the public in planning.

  • Maintain and prepare reports, records, and documentation necessary for conformance with applicable State and Federal guidelines and regulations.

Board and Committee Responsibilities

  • Based on project assignments, serves as staff support interacting with governing board and policy or advisory committees.

  • Facilitates public body committee meetings in the absence of the Director of Regional Planning.

  • Ensures board and operational compliance with the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).


  • Participates in or leads internal and external special projects.

  • Attends meetings, conferences, and workshops as needed to maintain and develop knowledge applicable to areas of responsibility.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Regional


Supervision Exercised.

May supervise staff members and lead project teams as assigned.

Success Factors.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • Exercise initiative to problem-solve, develop plans, and follow-through

  • Prioritize responsibilities and meet deadlines

  • Work collaboratively with others to ensure the success and achievement of team members in the fulfillment of RPC Board priorities

  • Adapt as the organization develops and evolves

  • Maintain reasonable and predictable attendance

  • Maintain a professional office setting through cleanliness, organization, and demeanor

  • Meet productivity standards

  • Complete work in timely manner

Education, Training, Experience.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, transportation planning, geography, economics or a related field. Master’s degree desirable but not required. A minimum of five (5) years of progressive responsibilities and experience with regional planning is preferred. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may be substituted for the required experience. AICP Certification is preferred but not required. Annual completion of Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act training required.

Job Specific Skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and superior written communication skills

  • Ability to prepare and present reports and presentations

  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops

  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously

  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet deadlines

  • Skill in the use and care of a personal computer, including knowledge of MS Office Suite, ArcGIS, Adobe software products (Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) and other software and technologies as adopted

  • Ability to understand and perform in high-profile, sensitive, or controversial situations.

  • Organization and management of complex projects

  • Strong listening and problem-solving skills

Working Conditions and Special Demands.

Work is performed primarily in an office setting, although work activities may require attending meetings that involve occasional travel. The physical demands described are representative of those required to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Necessary Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license

  • Drug screening and background check

To Apply.

Please visit This position will remain open until filled.

Region 1 Planning Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.

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