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Conference on Jobs and Community Wealth, November 2 & 3 in Utica, New York

October 29, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Conference on Jobs and Community Wealth, November 2 & 3 in Utica

Job growth in Upstate New York continues to lag behind downstate New York and the entire nation. Traditional economic development programs like tax breaks do not seem to be working.

The Central New York Citizen Action, in partnership with The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, will hold Jobs and Community Wealth conference in Utica on November 2 and 3.

The conference will explore innovative, democratic approaches to economic development that broaden ownership and participation in the economy and help build community wealth through employee owner enterprises, cooperatives, public and community-owned financial institutions, and social enterprises. It will focus on practical strategies and policies that will strengthen the Upstate New York and help lower income people get jobs. Information will be available for local groups and entrepreneurs on starting community-owned enterprises. The conference will highlight on how the economic power of anchor institutions such as the proposed new Utica hospital can be leveraged to create jobs and promote equitable development. All the conference events are free and open to the public. Refreshments and lunch will be provided without charge.

The conference will begin with a community forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 2nd at the DeSales Center, 309 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13501. Jessica S. Rose, CFO and Director of Employee Ownership Programs at the Democracy Collaborative, a leading national research and field building institute, will deliver a keynote address on how community wealth building and employee-owned firms can benefit the Upstate economy. She will be joined by Ronald Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, who will provide a critique of traditional economic development programs that make communities compete using tax abatements to lure big businesses. At the community forum, Citizen Action will a release a report showing how current economic development policies can be made more effective by using a community wealth building approach.

The conference will resume on Friday, November 3rd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church (714 Washington St, Utica, NY 13502). Panels and workshops will be held on innovative economic policies, alternative ownership models, financing, anchor institutions, public banks, and social enterprises and how these models are being successfully implemented in Buffalo, Rochester, and other cities.

Jessica S. Rose said: Community wealth building strategies are an important tool in the economic development toolkit because they help improve family economic security, root wealth in communities, and keep jobs local. At a time when so many American families feel that their economic interests have been forgotten, New York state is a leading innovator in the effort to create an environment friendly to broad-based ownership models and incentivize more activity in that space. From Rochester to Buffalo to Syracuse and New York City, we are starting to see a critical mass of community wealth building activity that could add up to some very powerful results.”

More information on the conference can be found by calling 315.725.0974,, or at: Persons interested in attending the November 3 conference should pre-register at Please share with your friends and colleagues. Thank you.



John Furman

Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc.

(Utica-Rome Chapter of Citizen Action of New York)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 411; Utica, NY 13503-0411


Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. was developed from the Utica Citizens in Action, a multi-issue public interest association affiliated with Citizen Action of New York.  It was founded in 1997 to address critical social, economic and environmental issues facing residents of Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties.  Members of our group worked to empower low and moderate income Central New York residents to participate in shaping the policies that affect their lives, such as economic justice, environment, housing, education, economic development, health care, public benefit programs, and consumer issues.   Our projects include research and policy development, public education on a wide range of public policy issues, development of educational materials, community outreach and grassroots organizing, coalition development, training, and lobbying.  Please join our email list by sending an email to with the subject heading – Join List.  We also invite you to become a member of our group and attend our meetings.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Community-Engaged Scholarship & Indigenous Planning , University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

October 25, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Assistant/Associate Professor
Community-Engaged Scholarship & Indigenous Planning
Position Number: 24655

Department of City Planning

Academic Full-time/Tenure Track

University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

Position Start Date: July 1, 2018

Closing Date for Applications: Applications will be considered beginning December 1, 2017 and will be open until the position is filled. 

The Department of City Planning invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, commencing July 1, 2018 or soon after. Preference will be given to candidates who hold a PhD (or anticipate completion of a PhD by the fall of 2018) in Planning or a relevant allied field. Consideration may be given to those candidates who hold a Master’s degree in Planning or a relevant allied field who can demonstrate extensive relevant experience working with marginalized communities and conducting community-engaged research. Duties for this position include a full-time teaching load of three courses per year including the Indigenous Planning Studio, supervision of graduate students, research in the candidate’s area of expertise, and service within the University and community. Starting position and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Department of City Planning

City Planning is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture, alongside Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture, that offers the oldest continuously running planning program in Canada recognized/accredited by the planning profession in Canada by the Professional Standards Board (see City Planning faculty members also contribute to an undergraduate program in Environmental Design, and the Department is proposing to offer a City Planning Studies Minor to the broader university community. The Faculty has also launched a PhD Program in Planning and Design. More information about the Faculty and its Departments can be found at

The Master of City Planning program is studio-based and most projects undertaken require students and faculty to engage with communities in the city of Winnipeg or the province of Manitoba. The successful candidate will address and further the Department’s goals in developing its capacity to undertake research and projects with communities in urban and rural areas with high Indigenous populations. The Department seeks to increase its capacity to work with communities in Manitoba and across Canada, and to develop international collaborations.

The Indigenous Planning Studio engages multiple community partners each year spread over a large geography. It supports First Nations with key aspects of a planning process, often working at the intersection of community development and land use planning.  It provides opportunities to combine this service-based learning with participatory, community-based research.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to community-engaged teaching and/or research;
  • Demonstrated project-based teaching, research and/or other experience with diverse and marginalized communities;
  • Record of research including publications and/or external funding support appropriate for the level of appointment;
  • Ability to teach in the Department’s core and option graduate courses (eg. Planning Theory, Research Methods);
  • Ability to advise and mentor graduate students in the Master’s program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in planning or relevant allied field (or ABD, anticipating completion of PhD by the Fall of 2018);
  • Membership or eligibility for certification as a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) in Manitoba (see;
  • Direct experience with community development and/or community-based approaches to land use planning;
  • Demonstrated record of successful teaching;
  • Ability to support interdisciplinary initiatives in teaching and research across the university and beyond;
  • Ability to contribute courses at the undergraduate level to students in the Environmental Design program and in the proposed City Planning Studies Minor;
  • Ability to advise and mentor graduate students in the PhD program;

The University of Manitoba is committed to Indigenous Achievement (see and It is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in Manitoba. You can learn more about Winnipeg at

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Additional information on the Faculty and Department is available at http:/

Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent, including teaching philosophy and research interests; current curriculum vitae; a portfolio of scholarship, creative activities and/or practice, preferably with evidence of teaching excellence; and the names of three references, including name, telephone number and email address to:

Richard Milgrom, Search Committee Chair

Faculty of Architecture

University of Manitoba

201 Russell Building

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2

Phone: (204) 474-6868

Fax: (204) 474-7532


Applications will be considered beginning December 1, 2017 and will be open until the position is filled.

Professor and Head, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

October 18, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Professor and Head
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

We seek a dynamic Department Head with intellectual leadership and a vision for planning education, scholarship, and practice. The ideal candidate will bring a history of facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching, practice, and research, and a record of establishing partnerships with communities and other academic units at home and abroad.

The Department offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and is recognized for its interdisciplinary approach and leadership in community development for social justice, land use and transportation, sustainable development, economic development, transnational planning, and geographic information system and planning analysis. The department and its diverse faculty are committed to the profession and to research that advances the practice of planning. The Department currently has 11 permanent faculty members, 9 affiliated faculty, 3 lecturers, 83 students in the BAUSP program, 65 students in the MUP program, and 19 Ph.D. students. The Department is one of seven academic units within the College of Fine and Applied Arts, with peer units in the performing arts, visual art, and environmental design. The Head reports to the Dean of this College, and oversees the administration of courses, budget, and personnel policy, in collaboration with department faculty and staff and subject to College and University policies.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the flagship university of the state of Illinois and one of the nation’s leading public research institutions, with an enrollment of approximately 45,000 students. The University was first in the nation to appoint a planning faculty and has been offering courses in planning for over 100 years; the University Library includes a city planning collection that is one of the oldest and largest collections of its kind. Further information about the College and Department may be found at: and

Qualifications: A doctoral degree in Urban Planning or closely related field is required, with professional experience preferred. The successful candidate will have an established record of research, teaching, and service and have scholarly achievement sufficient to gain appointment as a full professor with tenure. Experience in academic administration and budgeting is desirable, with a commitment to collegial decision-making and shared governance expected. An effective record of advancing diversity-related goals in work with faculty, students, and other constituencies is important to supporting the work of the department and college in this area. The Head must demonstrate effective communication skills; ability to represent the department’s programs and accomplishments to the university, the general public, and the profession; and willingness to participate in advancement and fundraising.

The salary for this full-time position is commensurate with experience; the proposed start date is 16 August 2018. This appointment will be a full-time (100%), nine-month position with negotiated summer salary support and an administrative increment.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 17 November 2017. For a full position description and to apply, please visit and upload a resume, cover letter, and the names, and complete contact information of three references. For further information about the position, please contact the search chair, Professor Sara McLafferty, at or 217-333-1660. For further information about application procedures, please contact Melissa Madsen, Associate Director of Human Resources, at Women, members of underrepresented groups, and other designated classes are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Assistant or Associate Professor, Water Resources Planning, University of New Mexico

October 12, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

University of New Mexico

Community and Regional Planning Department School of Architecture & Planning

The Community and Regional Planning Department at the University of New Mexico is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Water Resources Planning, Development and Sustainability to commence in the Fall 2018 semester. Strengths in one or more of the following is desired: arid lands, governance, hydrology, watershed management, ecosystem services, spatial analysis, rural planning, climate change adaptation, Indigenous communities, Chicana and Chicano communities, or Latin America. Rethinking how people manage water is critical to building resilient and just communities. Teaching responsibilities will include graduate and undergraduate courses in planning.

The Community and Regional Planning Department has a diverse faculty and student body who are committed to social transformation, collective action and community engagement that works towards social justice and resilient communities. The Community and Regional Planning Department offers two degrees, a BA in Environmental Planning and Design and an accredited Master of Community and Regional Planning. The MCRP program has concentrations in Natural Resources and Environmental Planning, Indigenous Planning, Community Development, and Physical Planning and Design. The Community and Regional Planning Department is affiliated with the Resource Center for Raza Planning and the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute. About one-quarter of graduate students are enrolled in dual degrees with Latin American Studies, Water Resources, or Public Administration. About 65 graduate students and 55 undergraduates are enrolled each year. The faculty is considering embarking on a PhD program.

Minimum Qualifications: 1) PhD or advanced ABD status in planning or a related field; 2) a current research agenda and/or practice experience in planning related fields. The successful candidate will be expected to complete all requirements for the Ph.D. by August 2018.

Preferred Qualifications: 1) record of teaching experience; 2) demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities; 3) direct experience with community based practice; and 4) the ability to work in interdisciplinary settings.

All interested candidates must submit a letter of intent, CV and contact information, including addresses, telephone numbers, and emails, for four references online at  Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit copies of selected work. For best consideration apply by November 15, 2017; the position will remain open until filled.

UNM’s confidentiality policy (“Disclosure of Information about Candidates for Employment,” UNM Board of Regents’ Policy Manual 6.7, which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants, is located at New Mexico has a rich and varied culture, and qualified candidates from all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


Assistant Professor of Urban, City and/or Regional Planning, Grand Valley State University, Michigan

October 9, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Geography and Sustainable Planning Department

Search Committee

Assistant Professor of Urban, City and/or Regional Planning

Advertisement for Position in Urban, City and/or Regional Planning

Grand Valley State University, an affirmative action equal opportunity institution in Allendale, Michigan, is accepting applications for a position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Urban, City or and Regional Planning, with employment to begin in August 6, 2018.

Qualifications for the position include a doctoral degree in Urban, City or Regional Planning or closely related field, such as Urban Studies, Sustainable Urban Development or Urban Sustainability. ABD will be considered with Ph.D. or equivalent degree completed by August 31, 2018. Candidates with a doctorate in Geography or closely related disciplines with a strong background in urban, city or regional planning and sustainable urban development with credentials comparable to at least a Master’s degree in Urban, City or Regional Planning, and demonstrated ability to teach introductory and upper-level planning courses are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate dedication to excellence in teaching undergraduate courses in urban and regional planning and land-use planning, have an active research agenda related to planning and sustainability; commitment to continued scholarly and professional growth, and interest in community engagement.

Preference would be given to candidates with demonstrated professional experience in urban and regional planning, strong commitment to sustainability, knowledge of urban planning geo-visualization software and ability to use it to enhance teaching and learning, record of published work, and teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Interested candidates should apply online at Email questions about the position to: Elena Lioubimtseva, Geography and Sustainable Planning Search Committee chair ( The review of applications will start January 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For information about the department, please, see



Two Positions: Associate Policy Analyst & Assistant Analyst, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

August 31, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Policy & Programming

Associate Policy Analyst – Transportation and Land Use (APA92017)

Job Category:                       Associate

Experience Required:          Minimum 2 years

Salary Range:                       $54,000 to $66,933

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an Associate Policy Analyst to conduct research and analysis related to land use, housing, and transportation, and other topics to support development and implementation of the agency’s regional plan.  CMAP is our region’s comprehensive planning organization.  The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.  See for more information, and details regarding benefits are at

Position Description

The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate knowledge about the interactions between infrastructure, land use, economic development, and regional public policy.  The ideal candidate will also show aptitude for translating general policy recommendations into specific project and policy recommendations.  The Associate Policy Analyst will assist or be responsible for quantitative and qualitative analysis across a range of topics to help finalize and implement ON TO 2050.  Potential projects may include: analysis of emerging state and federal regulations, tracking regional trends and transportation performance measures, researching strategies to promote reinvestment in disinvested areas, assessing the land use impacts of transportation investment, participating in development of a new vision for the expressway system, and/or further exploring the connections between land use and tax policy.

Across these projects and tasks, the policy analyst will be expected to emphasize the recommendations of GO TO 2040 and the refinements identified for ON TO 2050.  Preference will be given to those who possess strong technical skills with strengths in managing research and collecting and analyzing data, and communicating these findings to a broad range of audiences.  All candidates should demonstrate an interest in the complex challenges addressed by long range planning. 


  • Manage or support agency projects that analyze transportation, land use, housing, freight, infrastructure, economic, and other relevant public policy issues facing northeastern Illinois and develop regional scale as well as applied planning and policy solutions to meet these challenges.
  • Collect and analyze data on transportation, demographic, land use, economic, and other regional trends.
  • Develop methods of quantitative assessment of transportation projects and policies, particularly focused on land use and economic impacts.
  • Write reports, policy updates, and issue briefs that explain data trends, synthesize qualitative analysis, and relate their potential impact on changes in federal, state, or local public policy.
  • Engage stakeholders through project-specific interviews, presentations to relevant CMAP committees, and participation in regional groups, where appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated understanding and/or interest in the complex connections between transportation, development, the metropolitan economy, and regional governance and policy.
  • Ability to apply empirical evidence toward practical purposes, superior research and quantitative skills, and take creative approaches to problem solving.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively on issues of public policy and planning.
  • Ability to manipulate and analyze large data sources in spreadsheets, databases, and GIS, generate findings from these data, and communicate results to a non-technical audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex research projects and produce reports and issue briefs that are factual, original, compelling, and persuasive.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to complement existing projects via independent or team-based work.
  • Familiarity with the governance structure in northeastern Illinois is desired.


Education and Experience

An undergraduate degree in Public Policy, Economics, Public Administration, or a related field is required; Master’s strongly preferred.  A minimum of two years of relevant prior work experience in a research-driven policy, planning, or analytical role is required.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, with adaptability to other software.  Demonstrated skills with databases, spreadsheets, and Arc/GIS geographic information systems.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and résumé via the web at  Please refer to Job Code (APA62017).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on September 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  All applications must be completed and submitted within that timeframe.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Category:                       Assistant

Experience Required:          0 – 2 years

Salary Range:                       $45,000 to $55,803 

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an Assistant Analyst to join the Policy & Programming Division.  CMAP is our region’s comprehensive planning organization.  The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.  See for more information, and details regarding benefits are at

Position Description

CMAP is seeking to hire an Assistant Analyst within the agency’s modeling group to focus on the collection, preparation, and analysis of data related to agency research and analysis activities.  Examples of projects include: geocoding transportation performance data for use in preparing evaluation metrics, improving the spatial level-of-service accuracy of transportation modeling networks, and analyzing transportation system performance data from modeling tools and other sources.  These and other projects assigned are critical to maintaining the quality and integrity of CMAP planning datasets.

In addition, assignments will be given that contribute to CMAP’s capacity to respond to regular requests for data and information by staff and regional planning partners.  These include the preparation of maps and data that support CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance Program and Performance-Based Programming staff, as well as ad-hoc requests from the Executive Office and Policy Development staff.  Additional assignments include contributing to the implementation of CMAP’s GO TO 2040 Regional Comprehensive Plan by assisting in the tracking of specific regional planning indicators. 


  • Identify, collect and prepare datasets for urban planning and policy analysis
  • Prepare computer procedures to automate analyses and evaluations
  • Conduct quality assurance/quality control on methods and procedures
  • Prepare analysis summary results and visualization products
  • Thoroughly document work products for use by other CMAP staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The successful candidate must have strong technical skills in managing and processing datasets to support urban planning analysis and evaluation.  In particular, a successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • Understanding of fundamental methods of quantitative analysis in urban planning
  • Understanding of data management and processing techniques
  • Knowledge of Census and other government data products

Additional desirable skills include:

  • Experience using statistical analysis software such as R, SAS, SPSS or Stata
  • Experience with Python scripting
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Familiarity with database software such as Access, SQL Server or PostgreSQL
  • Exposure to travel demand modeling software such as Emme, Cube, or TransCAD

Education and Experience

A master’s degree in a social science discipline or equivalent with emphasis on quantitative analysis is preferred.  A bachelor’s degree with progressive professional experience is acceptable.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and résumé via the web at  Please refer to Job Code (AAM2017).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on September 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  All applications must be completed and submitted within that timeframe.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Spaces of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning, October 11, 2017, Denver

August 27, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Spaces of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

PlatteForum at The Temple, 2400 Curtis Street, Denver, Colorado


Space is limited. Please register:

Schedule to be announced soon:

While planning offers hope for better cities, radical scholars and planners have exposed a troubled history of the complicity of planning in perpetuating spatialized inequity, injustice, and domination. This mini-conference addresses both the theoretical and practical aspects of an invigorated contemporary radical planning agenda, posing critical questions in pursuit of better ways forward. Inspired by the first Spaces of Struggle held in 2016 in Portland OR, this year’s mini-conference offers a space of exchange for the many voices who believe radical practice and scholarship are crucial to understanding and challenging mainstream systems and practices. Spaces of Struggle is a commentary on and complement to ACSP2017.

Denver displacement

Jordan Hill, Corley Melnice, Isaac Rivera, Thomas Topero, Trishia Vasquez, Coby Wikselaar

Dismantling the urban decline machine

Joshua Akers, Michael RJ Koscielniak, Allison Laskey, Julie Mah, Eric Seymour

Hope and struggle: Jackie Leavitt & the fight for radical planning

Nina Flores, Carolina Sarmiento, Revel Sims

Migrations, multiculturalism, and race

Fernando Burga, Fayola Jacobs, Sophonie Joseph, Marie Sipin

Posters, paint, and paletas: aesthetic manipulations and the future of the city

Evan Carver, Austin Cummings, Andrea Garfinkel-Castro, Steve Marotta

Planning, money, power: intersections with the state, developers, and the public

Amelia Adams, Orly Linovski, Alejandra Reyes, Jason Spicer, Sam Stein

Sites of anti-colonial struggle: confronting planning paradigms and hegemony

Heather Dorries, Annie Koh, Brigid Livesey, Daniel Olmos

Future Directions: open discussion

Two Planning Positions, Montgomery County Planning Department, Maryland

July 21, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized


invites applications for the position of:

1. Development Applications and Intake Master Planner/Supervisor (11768, Grade 30)

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY: $68,153.00 – $118,777.00 Annually OPENING DATE: 07/10/17
CLOSING DATE: 08/21/17 11:59 PM


The Montgomery County Planning Department in Silver Spring has an opening for a Development Applications and Intake Master Planner/Supervisor with the Development Applications and Regulatory Coordination Division.

The Development Applications and Intake Master Planner/Supervisor will manage intake of all development applications, record plat review and processing, and the administration of regulatory noticing according to the development requirements of Chapter 50 and 59 of the Montgomery County code and, if necessary, oversee amendments to those regulations or other applicable aspects of the code. The individual will be responsible for oversight of the department’s electronic application and review software and troubleshooting issues that arise for both staff and applicants. The individual plans, schedules and assigns work to staff; assures that regulatory deadlines are met, monitors work performance, and trains staff in new planning policies and procedures. The Development Applications and Intake Master Planner/Supervisor will assist, and occasionally act as the backup, for the Chair of the Development Review Committee (DRC) which brings together inter-governmental representatives to provide input for new development applications in an effort to help streamline regulatory reviews.

Other important duties include: (1) working with the Planning Board, other agencies and departments of County and State government, and the County Council to resolve difficult policy issues related to development review; (2) responding to complex information requests from citizens, developers, architects, attorneys, and others concerning development projects, etc.; and (3) serving as the Agency’s representative on special committees as needed to promote or coordinate activities and functions of the Department.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent oral and written skills, have a strong work ethic, be able to work in a time-pressured environment, and be familiar with the regulatory processes in Montgomery County and the electronic submission and processing of regulatory applications. Experience with the Planning Department’s ePlans is preferable, or there must be a willingness to thoroughly learn and understand the software.


Master Planner: Master’s degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, public administration, or related fields and six years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience that included at least three years of project leadership and coordination experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Planning Supervisor: Master’s degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, public administration, or related fields and six years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience that included at least three years of supervisory experience or project leadership and coordination experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.


The Montgomery County Planning Department is conveniently located in downtown Silver Spring. Accessible by the Metro and MARC trains. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries.
Submit resume/application to:


EOE/AAA/M/F/D Employer

2.  Real Estate and Urban Planning Research Analyst (12726, Grade 26) $58,556.00 – $100,394.00 Annually, Career Full-Time, Silver Spring, Maryland


The Montgomery County Planning Department serves a rapidly growing and culturally diverse population of nearly one million people on the border of Washington, D.C. For more than 80 years, our agency has cultivated a national reputation for excellence in planning. Montgomery County planning staff is responsible for both long range planning and the regulatory review of development applications and works in a diverse environment that includes downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring, as well as suburban and agricultural areas.

The Research and Special Projects Division (R&SP) is responsible for demographic, land use and economic data collection, housing policy, real estate market and feasibility analyses related to master plans and land use policy decisions. In addition, the division oversees numerous special studies, such as the current Rental Housing Study, a study looking at the colocation of public facilities, and a Master Plan Reality Check.

R&SP seeks a Real Estate and Urban Planning Research Analyst to enhance the Division’s capacity to provide comprehensive economic, market, and financial analysis in support of master plans and development review. The Real Estate and Urban Planning Research Analyst will work across divisions to support the development of master plans and implementation strategies that are grounded in economic realities. In addition, the analyst will conduct research studies on real estate and economic issues and support other special studies as needed. This position is an opportunity to work on an exciting range of projects in a dynamic public planning agency.

The candidate must have experience conducting market and real estate feasibility studies, including building pro formas. He or she should have a strong understanding of the principles of land use planning and how the analysis of real estate feasibility works with the overall land development plan process. In addition to being a creative and analytical thinker, the candidate must have strong communication and writing skills and the ability to distill findings from complex analysis into key points that are understandable to a range of audiences, including interdisciplinary planning department staff, planning board members, and the general public.


  • ?  Conduct analysis of County economic and real estate market conditions to advise master plan teams on the development potential in plan areas
  • ?  Build basic proformas to conduct residual land value and other feasibility analyses
  • ?  Conduct analyses related to housing affordability
  • ?  Propose and execute creative, in-depth analyses to study niche markets and/or policy


? Present findings from financial analysis and market assessments to the public, Planning Board, and planning staff

? Contribute to blog posts, policy papers, and special studies on salient economic, development financing, and urban planning topics.


Master’s degree in planning, real estate, economics, public policy or equivalent disciplines related to job function and three years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience at the journey level; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. ADDITIONAL DESIRED SKILLS

  • Advanced user of Excel
  • Experience with Costar and other real estate data sources
  • Previous experience working with government agencies is desirable

    The Montgomery County Planning Department is conveniently located in downtown Silver Spring. Accessible by the Metro and MARC trains. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries.

    CLOSING DATE: Monday, August 07, 2017
    HOW TO APPLY: Qualified individuals must log on to our website at

    Contact: Kiwahna Reid Montgomery County Planning Department 301-495-4525

Principal Transportation Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

June 26, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Posting will close on July 7, 2017

Employer: The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Job Category:                       Principal

Experience Required:          8 to 10 years

Salary Range:                        $86,200 to $106,850

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) seeks to hire one full-time employee to join the agency’s Policy and Programming department.  The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for leading and managing the agency’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CMAP is our region’s official comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of life issues. For more information about CMAP visit .  For information regarding benefits

Position Description

This supervisory position leads and manages the TIP, including the staff that supports the TIP, related processes under state and federal laws and regulations and applicable CMAP committees.  The TIP is metropolitan Chicago’s agenda of surface transportation projects as required under federal transportation regulations. The TIP lists all federally funded projects and regionally significant, non-federally funded projects programmed for implementation in the next four years. The TIP is updated and amended regularly through the CMAP committee process.

The successful candidate will be expected to: be well versed in the required laws, regulations, and processes necessary to maintain an approved TIP; be familiar with the federal and state laws and regulations governing Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs); understand transportation conformity requirements; have a working knowledge of the technical activities that support TIP management and conformity analysis; directly manage staff and their performance; and manage a small number of projects, with support from a team of staff.

Overall, the position will have a high level of responsibility for the success of the TIP at CMAP, and will work collaboratively with other senior staff and agency leadership to manage and continually improve it.

This program requires some travel throughout the region.  Candidates must have the ability and willingness to work with communities across the region, and should value the diversity of communities that our region contains.  For more information on the TIP, please visit

Qualifications and Skills

Applicants must demonstrate that they have the knowledge, experience, and skills to manage the TIP and associated technical, regulatory and committee processes.  Experience with long-range regional planning and research and analysis, notably travel demand modeling, is a plus.

General qualifications and skills for the position include:

  • Knowledge and experience working with state and federal laws and regulations that apply to transportation programming, including federal planning and air quality regulations, federal performance measure requirements, state oversight procedures, and federal and state transportation funding authorization, appropriation, and fund source laws.
  • Knowledge of transportation programming practice in northeastern Illinois, including local, state and federal roles and responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of active program management methods, and the ability to work with partners to effectively use the region’s federal funds.
  • Ability to effectively promote regional performance-based programming while respecting and addressing local concerns.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for effectively managing staff, diverse teams and complex projects, as well as working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and across departments.
  • Demonstrated experience managing consultant contracts.
  • Experience with database management and data analysis for purposes of managing staff with these skills.
  • Experience working with elected officials, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the general public, and other partners on planning and programming issues.
  • Skills in public speaking, writing, facilitating, and other forms of public engagement.
  • Excellent writing skills.

Positions at the Principal level have staff supervisory and leadership responsibilities. Candidates must have a demonstrated leadership capabilities and an aptitude for effectively managing staff and projects.

Education and/or Experience

An undergraduate degree in planning, policy, public administration, engineering, or a related discipline is required, and a Master’s degree is strongly preferred.  At least 8 years of experience is required.

Experience may be in a variety of relevant fields.  Employment with the government, or nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, or similar organizations is considered relevant for this position.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume via the web at:  Please refer to Job Code (PTP2017).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on July 7, 2017 at 5:00PM CDT.  All applications must be completed and submitted within that timeframe.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

17th International Conference on Penal Abolition, July 26-29, 2017, New Bedford, MA, Turtle Island CFP

May 1, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

17th International Conference on Penal Abolition

Call for Presentations / Call for Workshops/ Call for Art

July 26-29, 2017

New Bedford, Massachusetts, Turtle Island [U.S.A]

Abolition and its Ghosts:

Historic Memory and Ongoing Struggles Against Colonialism and Slavery

The local organizing committee for the 17th International Conference on Penal Abolition extends this invitation to submit proposals for presentations, art and workshops. You can contact the local organizing committee through:



The site of this year’s meeting is significant. New Bedford, on the northeastern coast of Turtle Island, was the first northern home for Frederick Douglass, an African man who escaped chattel slavery in the U.S. South to become an outspoken abolitionist, author, speaker, advocate, and community organizer. Upon arriving in New Bedford, Douglass quickly realized how the “free” states of the North were not free for all. He dedicated his life to working towards abolition within strong abolitionist communities in New Bedford and beyond.


Honoring the legacy of Frederick Douglass and all enslaved Africans who fought for their lives and our freedom, this conference aims to inspire understandings and draw our visions towards the diverse, repeated and present manifestations of colonialism and slavery. We  seek papers, presentations, workshops and art that can illustrate how the penal system prolongs historic violence into modern life while centering the voices of those most impacted and least heard.

ICOPA 17 will also highlight the voices of those who are at the frontlines of the struggle against the many faces of the carceral states in which we live and die today, for our lives are built upon the resistance of our ancestors and are haunted by the unchanging root sources of colonial power: the militarized occupation of stolen lands and the racialized labor that was forced to work them.


We seek proposals that can include but are not limited to:

  1. Presentations: scholarly papers; panels.
  2. Workshops: teach-ins; trainings; projects and activities that can be started and completed at ICOPA; skill-sharing opportunities; educational workshops on organizing experiences including successes, defeats and obstacles.
  3. Art in all of its manifestations: visual media; stories; poetry; theatre and other forms of live performance; creative reflections of life and death through prison and the many punishing branches of the penal system.

We encourage proposals that address abolitionist perspectives on:

  • Structural and state-sanctioned violence
  • White supremacy
  • Heteropatriarchy
  • Anti-colonialism
  • Indigenous/First Nations freedom struggles
  • Strong critiques of the narratives and assumptions of rehabilitation and penal reform
  • Historic memory of abolition and resistance
  • Legacies of chattel slavery and anti-Blackness
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental movements including Contamination of natural resources and politics
  • Reproductive Justice and self-determination
  • Re-thinking claims of “modern day slavery”
  • Policing, imprisonment, and incarceration
  • Immigration and borders
  • Houselessness and settler colonialism/gentrification
  • Creative and wide reaching understandings of imprisonment and carceral violence: living death, social death, hauntology, ghosting/ghosted analyses, living within or stepping beyond the shadows of chattel slavery and colonialism, etc.

We will prioritize proposals that center:

  • Prisoners, former prisoners and their families
  • The lived experiences and voices of those most directly harmed by the criminal justice system at the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality.
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Trans people of color at the front lines of struggle
  • Transformative justice and projects that present justice beyond the confines of punishment
  • Anti-prison, anti-carceral campaigns
  • Struggles and successes coming out of prison and building communities of support

All proposals that fall within the themes of ICOPA 17 will be considered.

Call for Artists / Artworks:

ICOPA 17 will also include a gallery show, to be held concurrently with the conference. We are searching for artists, particularly those currently or formerly imprisoned and those whose lives have been affected by the carceral state, who are interested in submitting artwork that expresses experiences of and interactions with the penal system and its effects. We seek artwork that engages with both the themes of the conference and artists’ own explorations on the intersections of art and resistance. ICOPA 17 encourages artists to use any medium of their choosing – visual arts, applied design, music, performance, poetry or any form of writing, and more. Please include in your proposal title of artwork, medium, and exhibition or performance needs.

Deadline for all proposals is May 15, 2017:

Submissions should be written in English or Spanish.

Please provide:

  1. Full Title
  2. Names of all presenters, authors, artists
  3. 250 word description of your proposed presentation, workshop, or artwork
  4. Contact information

Please email all proposals to:

Please type “ICOPA 17 Proposal” into your subject heading. Please also indicate in the subject heading the type of proposal you are submitting: presentation, workshop, or artwork.




**PLEASE NOTE: Conference organizers aim to achieve free child care and offer scholarships for low-income attendees. Please contact us for more information.**

More information about registration, lodging, travel, visas, etc. will be available soon on the ICOPA 17 website:

Kind regards from the ICOPA 17 Organizing Committee.

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