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Senior Associate, MUSE Community + Design, Chicago, IL

MUSE Community + Design (MUSE), is an innovative and award-winning urban planning and public engagement firm founded in 2014. The office is located in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. We help communities manage change by creating plans, processes, and policies to implement a shared vision. We believe our work is enhanced by diverse experiences and perspectives. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender are encouraged to apply.

Position Description:

We are a busy and growing practice and seek to add an experienced and dynamic senior associate to our team who can manage a variety of public engagement, mobility, and urban planning projects.

Senior associates manage projects delivering high-quality work on time and on budget and help the firm maintain client relationships. Senior associates are responsible for quality control of all deliverables, managing project teams both internally and externally, and managing processes and documents. Approximately 90% of the work will be in support of client-based projects; 10% of the work will be dedicated to the preparation of proposals and related firm materials. We offer a generous benefits package and are committed to a high quality of work-life balance.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Be highly organized and self-motivated

  • Be a creative thinker and problem-solver

  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal, and graphic)

  • Have a passion for working with neighborhoods and communities

  • Thrive working both independently and as part of a high-performing team

  • Have comfort managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Have demonstrated experience managing budgets, projects, and people

The position is full-time and will be based at our office in Bucktown. Some night and weekend meetings are required. The starting salary is $75,000 - $85,000 DOQ. Benefits include company health insurance, monthly transit pass, matching retirement contributions, a combination of in-person and remote work, and paid time off.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Proficiency with MS Office, in particular Word and Excel required

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative suite desired

  • Demonstrated ability to manage project deliverables and budgets

  • Experience in one or more of the following technical areas: zoning, land use, mobility, transportation, community engagement, policy

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, communications, public policy or related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides equivalent background sufficient to perform the position duties)

  • Prior consulting experience required

  • 5-7 years professional work experience

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, three (3) professional references, and up to three (3) work samples (of which you are the primary author/creator) to Katrina Balog at with “Senior Associate Position” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please.

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