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Project Manager, Resources for Community Development, Berkeley, CA

November 28, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Position Title: Project Manager I
Employer’s Name: Resources for Community Development
Job Location (City, State): Berkeley, CA
Job description: The Project Manager I, under the direction and supervision of RCD’s Director of Housing Development, will have primary responsibility for a full range of development activities relating to affordable multifamily housing development projects.

I. Responsible for researching and securing funding sources to support feasibility, pre-
development, construction and permanent loan phases of development.
II. Responsible for assisting Senior Housing Development staff in securing entitlements for new
projects in the RCD pipeline
III. Responsible for procuring, contracting with, and managing a variety of development related
vendors, consultants, and contractors
IV. With support from Senior Housing Development staff, responsible for developing and maintaining
multiple budgets and financial pro forma throughout the development process
V. Manage transition of completed projects from development to operations

Qualified applicants should have at least 2 years of progressive experience in affordable housing, finance, and/or real estate. The position requires a strong knowledge of affordable housing real estate development, affordable housing funding programs, real estate finance, and construction

Education
Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, urban studies, architecture or related field, or
equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Desirable: MBA, master’s degree in city planning or related field

Weblink for further information: https://rcdhousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/RCD-Project-Manager-I-2016-11-23.pdf

Senior Community Development Specialist I, City and County of San Francisco

November 8, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Senior Community Development Specialist I
$40.21 – $48.88/hour; $6,970.00 – $8,472.00/month; $83,642.00 – $101,660.00/year
Application Deadline: 11/14/2016 5:00:00 PM

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Under general direction, the Senior Community Development Specialist I will be responsible for working with San Francisco communities on a variety of issues, including housing affordability, small business strategies, family retention, and transportation challenges. Currently, particular attention is required in a few transitioning neighborhoods that are experiencing rapid social, economic and development change. This position would serve as a point person from the Planning Department to these communities in understanding the local economic and development pressures while developing and implementing programs and policies that address issues of inclusivity/equity and the stabilization of neighborhoods for quality life-long living. The Senior Community Development Specialist will also work with more established neighborhoods throughout the city, to build capacity among stakeholders to take the lead in shaping their neighborhoods’ best futures. The Senior Community Development Specialist will engage neighborhood stakeholders through a variety of methods, including one-on-one interactions, outreach to neighborhood organizations, public forums, and may staff community advisory committees.

The essential duties include, but are not limited to:

• Working in partnership with San Francisco communities on a variety of community associated issues, including housing affordability, small business strategies, family retention, and transportation challenges. Serving as the point person from the Planning Department to communities when addressing these issues.
• Developing implementation programs, policies, and continuous improvement strategies that address issues of inclusivity, equity and the stabilization of neighborhoods for quality life-long living.
• Supporting and leading community outreach and engagement processes while also building capacity among stakeholders to take the lead in shaping their neighborhoods’ best futures.
• Conducting research studies and formulating recommendations for Department, Planning Commissions, Stakeholders, and other city Commissions/Boards actions, by selecting, collecting, recording, tabulating, organizing and analyzing technical, physical, economic, social and statistical data to assist in planning policies and plan for future developments.
• Providing information orally and in writing to city agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations, the Planning Commission and the general public regarding Planning Department activities, goals and programs.
• Providing support for neighborhood stakeholders, including the development and presentation of reports and other documentation, one-on-one interactions, outreach to neighborhood organizations, public forums, and may staff community advisory committees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND three (3) years of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice; OR
• Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the following fields: public or business administration, urban planning, government, social work, education, finance or criminal justice AND two (2) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, criminal justice; OR
• Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in public policy, planning, social work, public administration, finance, education, criminal justice, or business administration; AND one (1) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and /or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice; OR
• Possession of a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited college or university AND one (1) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice.

Substitution
• Verifiable administrative/professional experience involving community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice may substitute for the educational requirement in Minimum Qualification #1 on a year-for-year basis.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

• 2+ years of program management experience working on equity-based policy strategy
• Strong working knowledge and experience in community and economic development
• Strong public speaking skills and ability to effectively and sensitively communicate, both orally and in writing and to work with a broad variety of people and agencies including developers, contractors, property owners, and community organizations.
• Strong facilitation skills, community outreach experience, and experience working multicultural communities.
• Strategic and creative problem solver, action-oriented, experience working among stakeholder groups and City agencies with diverse interests and sometimes conflicting agendas.
• Ability to effectively handle multiple projects and demands within deadlines.
• Excellent project management and organizational skills, including leading complex projects and coordinating teams.
• Excellent written communication.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process.
Visit: https://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=PBT&R2=9774&R3=071190 to register an account and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.

Three positions at Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

October 25, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has three positions (the detailed descriptions for each are below):

1) Associate Policy Analyst – Regional Economy (APA1016)
2) Assistant Planner (LTA1016)
3) Associate Policy Analyst – ON TO 2050 (APAO50)

1) Policy & Programming – Associate Policy Analyst – Regional Economy (APA1016)
October 5, 2016

Job Category: Associate
Experience Required: 2 to 4 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 development of the region’s next long range, comprehensive plan. 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. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information, and details regarding benefits are at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers#benefits. 

Position Description
The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate a broad base of knowledge about the interactions between infrastructure, land use, public policy, and overall regional economic development. This position will contribute to development of ON TO 2050 and assist in other policy development. CMAP also provides insight into the health of the region’s economy through a set of indicators, and this position will contribute to ongoing analysis related to these economic metrics. Tasks will include collecting and analyzing data, managing research, producing reports and issuing briefs, monitoring and providing agency direction on federal, state and local public policy, and communicating and coordinating with the agency’s partners.

Previous work in this area has focused on bolstering the region’s economic advantages by nurturing its industry clusters. Recent research has focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the region’s traded industry clusters, understanding its role in national and regional supply chains, and refining CMAP’s understanding of strategies to bolster regional economic resilience.

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. The ideal candidate will also have significant strengths in public policy, ability to apply basic principles of microeconomics, and familiarity with regional economic development. Preference will be given to those who possess strong technical skills with strengths in managing research and collecting and analyzing data, and an interest in the complex challenges addressed by long range planning.

Responsibilities
• Collect and analyze data on the regional economy, including a focus on regional industry clusters, transportation infrastructure, and economic indicators. The applicant should have strong quantitative skills and a creative approach to problem solving.
• Write reports and issue briefs that explain data trends and their potential impact on changes in federal, state, or local public policy.
• Assist policy development related to ON TO 2050, including exploration of the concept of economic resilience.
• Write CMAP Policy Updates, memos, and other materials that explain data trends and the potential impacts or changes in federal, state, or local public policy.
• Manage or support agency projects that analyze economic, transportation, infrastructure, tax policy and other relevant public policy issues facing northeastern Illinois, while identifying regional scale challenges and opportunities.
• Present work to relevant CMAP committees and participate in regional groups, where appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated understanding of and/or interest in the complex connections between transportation, development, public policy, and the metropolitan economy.
• Ability to apply microeconomic theory and empirical evidence toward practical purposes.
• Excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively on issues of public policy and planning.
• Excellent data management skills and the ability to manipulate and analyze large data sources in spreadsheets and databases, as well as the ability to generate findings from these data and present results.
• 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.

Education and Experience
A Master’s degree in Public Policy, Economics, Public Administration or a related field is preferred. Two to four years of prior work experience in a related field is required for the Associate level. Ability to work effectively in an environment using Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office products, with adaptability to other software. Demonstrated skills with microcomputer databases, spreadsheets, and Arc/GIS geographic information systems.

How to Apply
Please submit cover letter and résumé via the web at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers. Please refer to Job Code (APA1016).

Posting End Date
This posting will close on November 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CST. All applications must be completed and submitted within this timeframe.

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

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2) Planning – Assistant Planner (LTA1016)
October 6, 2016

Job Category: Assistant Planner
Experience Required: 0 to 2 years
Salary Range: $45,000 – $55,803

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a full-time employee to contribute to the agency’s 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. 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. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information. For detailed information about our benefits, please go to http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers#benefits. 

Position Description
This position is expected to contribute primarily to the LTA program. The LTA program was initiated in spring 2011 to create innovative local projects in the Chicago region that support livability principles, implement GO TO 2040, and build capacity in local communities. Over 130 projects have been completed to date, with 50 more underway, including comprehensive plans, corridor or subarea plans, zoning revisions, studies of special topics such as housing, stormwater management, or economic development, and similar planning activities. To obtain more information on the LTA program, please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/lta.

In particular, CMAP is seeking candidates with interest in outreach and public engagement. The ideal candidate will have training as an urban planner but also demonstrate a deep commitment to engaging the public in the planning process.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Familiarity with the purpose, scope, and practice of regional planning.
• Knowledge of or familiarity with local planning practice in northeastern Illinois, including plan and ordinance preparation, and the role of appointed and elected officials.
• Understanding of the links between transportation, land use, housing, economic development, community development, environment and natural resources, and governance.
• Ability to contribute to complex projects and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and across departments.
• Ability to conduct trainings and workshops and develop methods to elicit ideas and concerns from stakeholders.
• Interest in identifying and utilizing best practices and innovative practices in outreach tools and methods to support public engagement.
• Experience or interest in working with elected officials, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners in designing and implementing policies and strategies.
• Interest and ability to interact with partner agencies, local governments, and the general public.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Education and/or Experience
A Bachelor’s degree in planning or a related discipline is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred.

How to Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume via the web at: http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers. Please refer to Job Code (LTA1016).

Posting End Date
This posting will close on November 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CST. All applications must be completed and submitted within this timeframe.

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

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3) Policy & Programming – Associate Policy Analyst – ON TO 2050 (APAO50)
October 18, 2016

Job Category: Associate
Experience Required: 2 to 5 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 development of the region’s next long range, comprehensive plan. 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. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information, and details regarding benefits are at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers#benefits. 

Position Description
The Associate Policy Analyst will conduct research and analysis related to development of ON TO 2050, which is the successor to GO TO 2040, and will substantially build on its recommendations, address limited new policy areas, and provide more specific guidance for implementers. Generally, ON TO 2050 will maintain a focus on planning for the interconnected nature of transportation, land use, and housing. This position will assist with or be responsible for research and analysis regarding areas such as emerging state and federal transportation regulations, asset management, demographic trends, developing indicators to measure progress on inclusive growth, identifying strategies to promote reinvestment in disinvested areas, and/or assisting with scenario planning. This position may also contribute to a portion of ON TO 2050 or freight plan work to aid existing conditions analysis or assist policy development. Tasks will include collecting and analyzing data, managing research, producing reports and issuing briefs, monitoring and providing agency direction on federal, state and local public policy, and communicating and coordinating with the agency’s partners.

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. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of transportation and land use policy at the national and regional level, strengths in managing research and collecting and analyzing data, and an interest in long range planning. Final tasks will be somewhat tailored to the successful applicant’s areas of expertise. The candidate should have significant strengths in one or more of the described focus areas and demonstrate a broad base of knowledge about the interactions between infrastructure, land use, and public policy, and overall regional economic development.

Responsibilities
• Collect and analyze data on demographic, land use, transportation, and other regional trends. The applicant should have strong quantitative skills, and a creative approach to problem solving.
• Conduct research and analysis of topics such as asset management, the relationship between land use and transportation investment, promoting environmental justice in transportation planning, intermodal policy, and planning practices at peer MPOs.
• Write CMAP Policy Updates, memos, and other materials that explain data trends and the potential impacts or changes in federal, state, or local public policy.
• Manage or support agency projects that analyze and report on the transportation, land use, and economic issues facing northeastern Illinois and identify challenges and opportunities with transportation, public policy, infrastructure, and technology.
• Present work to relevant CMAP committees and participate in regional groups on these issues as they affect metropolitan Chicago.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively on issues of public policy and planning.
• Excellent data management skills and the ability to manipulate and analyze large data sources in spreadsheets, databases, and geographic information systems (GIS), as well as the ability to generate findings from these data and present results.
• 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.
• A demonstrated knowledge of transportation and land use issues and the role they play metropolitan policy. Knowledge of and connections with regional experts in policy and planning.
• An ability to apply theory and empirical evidence toward practical purposes, and a demonstrated interest in the complex connections between transportation, development, and the metropolitan economy.
• Familiarity with the governance structure of northeastern Illinois.

Education and Experience
A Master’s degree in Public Policy, Planning, Economics, Public Administration or a related field is required. Two to five years prior work experience in a related field is strongly preferred. Ability to work effectively in an environment using Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office products, with adaptability to other software. Demonstrated skills with microcomputer databases, spreadsheets, and Arc/GIS geographic information systems.

How to Apply
Please submit cover letter and résumé via the web at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers. Please refer to Job Code (APAO50).

Posting End Date
This posting will close on November 18, 2016 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.

Progressive City: Radical Alternatives is now live!

October 24, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Progressive City: Radical Alternatives, www.progressivecity.net, a new online magazine of Planners Network, has just been launched! It features new articles and will feature future podcasts. The new Magazine also has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pcityradical and twitter: https://twitter.com/pcityradical

The first issue includes:

What’s the Matter with “Good” Planning? by Peter Marcuse

Rio’s Real vs. Unmet Olympic Legacies: What They Tell Us About the Future of Cities by Theresa Williamson

Is there a Place in the Progressive City for the LGBTQ Community? by Petra L. Doan

Skin the City by Paula Z. Segal

For more information and to find out how you can submit an article,
visit: www.progressivecity.net

Please follow along on facebook and twitter, and share the news with your networks….and stay tuned for more articles and a podcast!

Communicatons and Outreach Intern, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

October 24, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Communications & Outreach
Communications and Outreach Intern (COM2016)
October 13, 2016

Job Category: Communications and Outreach Intern
Experience Required: Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program
Salary Range: Undergraduate $12.00 per hour, Graduate $15.00 per hour

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a part-time communications and outreach intern to assist with the publication, messaging, and distribution of agency materials and outreach support for CMAP’s next comprehensive regional plan. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (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. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information.

Position Description
The Communications and Outreach Intern is responsible for helping to develop and manage CMAP content in a variety of print and electronic formats and assisting community outreach and engagement with CMAP partners, stakeholders, and constituents. Above all, the position requires excellent attention to detail that includes writing and editing skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, and some experience using social media and web content management systems.
The ability to think critically and work independently is essential. Over the course of the internship, the intern will work on projects across a variety of policy and local governance issues.

Prior employment experience is a plus. The candidate should be punctual in working the required hours and notify CMAP staff should there be any scheduling issues that necessitate absence or late arrival.

Essential Functions
• Assist in writing, editing, and quality assurance of long-form reports, short-form policy briefs, and publicity materials.
• Help develop and implement distribution strategies for various CMAP publications and reports via printed materials and other communications outlets (e-blasts, social media, direct media outreach, stakeholder engagement).
• Generate short-form content for the CMAP website (www.cmap.illinois.gov), including blog-like “updates,” and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube), and provide support for routine and long-term web content maintenance.
• Assist with research as needed.
• Help to prepare and distribute e-newsletters, press releases, and other news products.
• Help to maintain and improve the media contacts database.
• Help develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies for CMAP events, such as workshops, forums.
• Assist with logistics for outreach events, both off-site and in CMAP’s offices.
• Help maintain and expand community outreach database.
• Provide other assistance as needed to ensure effective external and internal communications and outreach for CMAP.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The Communications and Outreach Intern must have excellent skills in writing and other forms of communication. The position also requires a demonstrated ability to quickly understand and communicate complex policy issues. Another primary requirement is acute attention to detail, including mastery of grammar and style necessary when writing for various public audiences. The Communications and Outreach Intern must be a quick learner — someone who is not afraid to ask questions and is willing to take on additional responsibilities and leadership. Strong time management and organizational skills are also necessary.

The intern must have proficiency with web and content management software and systems. Familiarity with HTML and other web languages is a plus but not required.

Applicants should submit two to five writing samples from a wide range of formats (e.g., press releases, fact sheets, articles, reports, and other published works).

Education and Experience
Undergraduate applicants must be entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2016. B.A. degree in Journalism, Communications, English, Political Science, or other communications-intensive discipline recommended. Graduate applicants must be entering their first or second year in Fall 2016. M.A. degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Journalism, or Communications also encouraged. Prior work experience should include demonstrated excellence in writing and other communications in a team environment.

Office Automation Skills
Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Power Point. Specialized Technology – Adobe Creative Suite, web content management.

Internship Timeframe
The internship will begin in fall 2016 and extend through spring 2017, with a possible extension through summer 2017. Minor start and end-date accommodations may be made upon request.

Contact Information
Please submit cover letter and resume via our website at
http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers. Please refer to Job Code (COM2016).

Posting End Date
This posting will close on November 13, 2016, at 5:00pm CST. All applications must be completed and submitted within the 30-day timeframe.

Position will remain open until filled (The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer).

Save the Date! Mini-conference on November 2nd in Portland!

October 16, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

SAVE THE DATE:

https://radicalplanning.wordpress.com

The Space of Struggle – A Mini-Conference of Radical Planning
Co-sponsored by Portland State Planning Club, Students Addressing Urban and Community Issues, Planners Network, and Critical Planning Journal.

November 2nd, 2016 | 8:30am – 8:30pm
Portland State University, Native American Student and Community Center
710 SW Jackson St., Portland, OR 97201

Directly preceding the American Collegiate School of Planning Conference
Day-time paper presentation sessions followed by an evening panel discussion.
For a full schedule, visit:
https://radicalplanning.wordpress.com/2016-schedule/

University of California, Davis – SPECIALIST IN COOPERATIVE EXTENSION IN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

September 19, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Title: Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension – Community Economic Development, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis Campus.

The Department of Human Ecology, internationally recognized as a premier center of excellence in research, teaching, and extension, is seeking applications for a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) at the Assistant rank in the field of Community Economic Development. The mission of the Department of Human Ecology is to develop and disseminate comprehensive basic and applied knowledge regarding the human ecology of people, place, and power. A Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialist is being recruited to conduct original applied research resulting in information that can be applied toward effective community economic development strategies in California and to develop an extension education and outreach program that extends information to various clientele (e.g., elected officials, community-based organizations and economic development and/or planning agencies) including under-represented groups. The successful candidate will bring visibility and leadership to campus- and county-based CE academics and other researchers and educators involved in the study and practice of community economic development. Research and extension outreach activities will be closely integrated with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), county-based CE academics and clientele as well as campus-based CE and ladder rank faculty. The appointee will be a faculty member of the Department of Human Ecology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Cooperative Extension Specialists have many of the same rights and privileges as faculty in the professorial ranks but do not have classroom teaching responsibilities, freeing them to do community engaged scholarship and extension education with partners throughout California and beyond.

Responsibilities: This is a full time, career-track appointment that includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and engage in extension education and outreach that advances the mission of the Department of Human Ecology and ANR. The focus of this position will be on community economic development. Accordingly, applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct original research in economic development strategies relevant to California communities. By developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues and with various stakeholders, the candidate should become a knowledgeable partner who can provide reliable information and build research-informed networks to address issues of regional and statewide importance in the state of California.

Extension Teaching: A person in this position is expected to provide leadership as a liaison between campus-based researchers, CE campus and county based academics, and clientele and colleague groups such as community-based organizations, state agencies and elected officials. This will include providing information to clientele through print publications, web-based resources and in-person presentations, and serving as a resource for other CE academics. A successful candidate will build capacity by 1) helping communities articulate sustainable community economic development strategies that take advantage of the assets and unique features of their place, 2) supporting CE advisors to gain the tools they need to become more meaningfully involved in community partnerships; and 3) developing better data and community engagement tools along with workshops about how to use these to facilitate community planning and problem-solving.

Applied Research: The successful candidate will: 1) coordinate applied research related to community economic development in California 2) conduct and publish the results of applied research or other creative activities designed to promote economic development in California, with a focus on rural areas and on the building of diversified, sustainable, and equitable regional food systems. Areas of emphasis may include any of the following: valued-added approaches for promoting regional food and agricultural enterprises; rural-urban dynamics and impact on community economic development opportunities and outcomes; policy analysis of food and agriculture regulations’ impact on community economic development opportunities and outcomes; and strategies for community organizations, farmers, workers, consumers and other stakeholders to shape these regulations to support local goals (i.e. public engagement processes). An emphasis on community-based research that engages residents in meaningful roles is encouraged.

Professional Competence and Activity: The candidate will be expected to participate in professional society activities including presenting papers at national and international meetings; reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals in his/her area of expertise; and establishing productive working relationships with scholars and extension personnel in other states and countries. The goal is to gain national and international recognition for scholarly contributions to the scholarship and practice of community economic development as he/she advances to the higher ranks in the UC system.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in sociology, community/regional studies, public policy, planning, economics, or other closely related discipline is required.

The successful candidate must have a record that documents productivity in research as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and a history of community-engaged scholarship and practice in the realm of economic development. The program is especially seeking candidates who have a record of public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society and who has the potential to bring to the position the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional education background or understanding of the experiences of historically underrepresented groups.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Applications: Applications should be submitted on-line at http://recruit.ucdavis.edu/. Additional inquiries should be directed to Clare Gupta (cgupta@ucdavis.edu)

Applicants should submit: curriculum vitae including publication list statement of research and extension interests and goals; a summary or abstract of the Ph.D. dissertation; copies or links to recent relevant publications; and names, addresses including e-mail, and telephone numbers of at least three references. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by October 14, 2016.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Internships – 1) Local Planning and 2) Performance-Based Programming, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

September 18, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Job Category: Local Planning Intern – Local Technical Assistance (LTA)
Experience Required: Current Enrollment in Graduate Program
Salary Range: $15.00 per hour

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an intern in the Local Planning Division. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (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. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information. For more information on the LTA program, visit http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/lta.

Local Planning Intern Position Description
The Intern will participate in planning and GIS activities for CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, providing planning assistance to local communities across the Chicago metropolitan region. All interns should have a solid understanding of transportation and land use planning topics.

The intern will assist in CMAP’s work to provide technical assistance and local plans to municipalities and non-profit partners throughout the Chicago region. Work will include comprehensive plans, zoning updates, and subarea plans related to natural resources, economic development, housing, and transportation.

Essential Functions

The intern’s primarily responsibilities will include:

• Research and writing. The intern will assist project managers and project teams with conducting research and contributing to written products. This may include tasks to assist in the development of existing conditions reports, such as reviewing past plans and ordinances and providing written summaries of prior planning work in a community. It may also include researching plans, programs, and policies of other planning entities and organizations and surveying best practices in relevant topic areas. The intern should be able to convey research findings in a clear and concise manner.

• Mapping. The intern will extract data, derive findings through GIS analysis, and prepare maps to appear in interim and final documents related to the LTA program and the next regional comprehensive plan. The intern is required to have a high degree of familiarity with GIS and be comfortable working with large regional datasets.

• Data collection. The intern will help with community-focused research including data collection and analysis. This will most frequently include research using the Census or other datasets to gather data related to issues of particular importance to communities being assisted through the LTA program and data related to plan topics of the next regional comprehensive plan. Familiarity with data sources, ability to analyze data, and ability to communicate the results of this analysis are important skills.

• Public meetings. LTA projects include a large number of public meetings, each of which need to be staffed. The intern will assist with elements of this including table facilitation, registration, and note-taking.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Applicants should have strong research, analysis (both qualitative and quantitative), and communication skills. Experience with GIS is necessary, and basic office computer skills are required.

Education and Experience
Applicants for all positions should be enrolled in a graduate degree program in urban planning or a related field.

Internship Timeframe
The internship will begin in fall 2016 and extend through spring 2017, with a possible extension through summer 2017.

Contact Information
Please submit cover letter and resume via our website at: http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers. Please refer to Job Code (LTA82016).

Posting End Date
This posting will close on September 23, 2016, at 5:00pm CST. All applications must be completed and submitted within the 30-day timeframe.

Position will remain open until filled (The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer).

Job Category: Performance Based Programming Intern
Experience Required: Current Enrollment in a Graduate Program
Salary Range: $15.00 per hour

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a research intern to perform analyses to support transportation programming decisions. 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. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information.

Position Description
The intern will assist in evaluating transportation system investment needs by developing datasets on safety, congestion, transit usage, and calculating performance measures. The ideal candidate for this internship will have strengths in quantitative analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and basic coding applied to large databases.

Responsibilities
• Assist with research that enhances the agency’s capacity to evaluate the safety, reliability, congestion reduction, economic impact, livability, and other benefits of transportation projects.
• Assist with data collection and processing of arterial speed data, incident and crash data, and other large datasets.
• Write issue briefs that explain findings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Excellent data management skills and the ability to collect, manipulate, and analyze data in spreadsheets and large databases, as well as the ability to generate findings from these data and present results.
• GIS, database skills, and spreadsheet skills are required. Experience with PostgreSQL is a plus, but not required.
• Demonstrated ability to independently complete research projects and produce reports and issue briefs that are factual, original, compelling, and persuasive.

Education and/or Experience
• Applicants should be enrolled in a Master’s program in Data Science or Analytics, Planning, Engineering, Economics, Computer Science, or a related field.
• Prior work experience with large databases is a plus.

While interns will be supervised by CMAP staff, they will be expected to take a high level of responsibility for their own work, and should be self-motivated.

Internship Timeframe
This is a part-time internship position beginning around fall 2016 and will continue until mid-May 2017. Minor start and end-date accommodations may be made upon request.

Contact Information
Please submit cover letter and resume via our website at: http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers. Please refer to Job Code (PBP72016).

Posting End Date
This posting will close on September 21, 2016 at 5:00pm CST. All applications must be completed and submitted within the 60-day timeframe.

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

Principal Planner – Development Review and Plan Implementation, City of Madison, Wisconsin

September 18, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Position: Principal Planner – Development Review and Plan Implemenation

Employer: City of Madison, Wisconsin

SALARY: $39.86 – $47.99 Hourly
$3,089.29 – $3,719.60 Biweekly
$6,693.46 – $8,059.13 Monthly
$80,321.54 – $96,709.60 Annually

COMP. GROUP/RANGE: 18/15

JOB TYPE: PERMANENT FULL TIME

DEPARTMENT: Planning

OPENING DATE: 09/06/16

CLOSING DATE: 10/09/16 11:59 PM

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The City of Madison seeks a qualified Principal Planner with excellent communication skills to be part of the leadership team for the Planning Division. The Principal Planner will lead the Development Review and Plan Implementation (DRPI) Section, an experienced five-person team of planners coordinating the City’s development review and land use approval processes. Working closely with staff from other agencies, elected and appointed officials, diverse Madison residents, and development teams, the DRPI Section is responsible for guiding decisions related to physical change and urban design throughout the City of Madison. This is primarily accomplished through the application of development ordinances and standards to recommend courses of action by the City’s Urban Design Commission, Plan Commission, and Common Council. Importantly, the team also works collaboratively toward innovative and creative design solutions to improve site and building design for public benefit.

The City of Madison (population 247,000) is experiencing a period of relatively rapid growth and change, which results in an exciting, fast-paced work environment where clear and consistent communication is paramount. In 2015, DRPI staff reviewed 175 land use cases before the Plan Commission, which resulted in the approval of nearly 2,500 new residential units and over 350,000 square feet of commercial space. The Downtown Core and major transit corridors are experiencing high rates of infill redevelopment, with continued growth in peripheral areas as well. Madison has a need for additional affordable housing and a strengthened transit system to serve the needs of the community, and residents and other stakeholders are passionate about the ways change occurs and impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.

The Comprehensive Plan (adopted in 2006) and Subarea Plans in place today support strong and efficient mixed-use neighborhoods, and an update the Comprehensive Plan currently in progress will better prioritize action and investment to move toward a more equitable, sustainable, and healthy city. The Principal Planner will maintain close communication with staff throughout the Planning Division and the Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development to ensure a strong thread between overarching citywide goals, plan recommendations, and physical change citywide. If you are interested in working in a collaborative and challenging environment to positively impact growth and change of Madison, please consider applying to become part of this team.

IMPORTANT: THERE ARE THREE SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAY TYPE QUESTIONS ON THE JOB POSTING. YOU MUST ANSWER ALL THREE QUESTIONS AND ATTACH YOUR ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS IN THE ATTACHMENT SECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT THE RESPONSES WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD IN THE PROCESS.

To view the questions, click on the supplemental question tab OR view the bottom section of the job bulletin.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Key responsibilities will include:
Direct the activities and functions of the Development Review and Plan Implementation Section encompassing land development policy, regulation and review, and plan implementation.
Work closely with Zoning and other City of Madison staff to coordinate the City’s response to development proposals.
Work with the Planning Division Director to hire, train, assign, supervise and evaluate the Development Review and Plan Implementation staff team.
Review and approve work products of the DRPI team. Work with staff to continually assess and improve the development review process, including increased transparency and community engagement, transition to electronic plan review, a more robust data management and reporting system, and strengthened collaboration with staff from other City agencies.
Serve as an initial point person for contacts regarding potential development proposals. Use good judgment to involve other staff when needed in early discussions regarding proposals and relevant adopted plans and policies.
Assign development review, ordinance research and drafting, and cross-section special project responsibilities to staff.
Attend and/or coordinate staffing of occasional neighborhood meetings, Urban Design Commission, Plan Commission and Common Council meetings as needed.
Build relationships with design professionals in the community and help cultivate design leaders to serve on City boards and commissions.
Support the City’s historic preservation planning program and Landmarks Commission as needed by working proactively with developers to ensure context sensitive development around landmarks and adaptive reuse of structures with historic value.
Serve as Project Manager and/or Principal Staff for specific development proposals (e.g., rezoning requests, conditional use requests, certified survey maps, demolition requests, etc.).
Advise developers, consultants, realtors, property owners and elected officials regarding land developments and context sensitive solutions that effectively implement the City’s adopted comprehensive plan, area plans and other City policies.
Perform other related work as required.
For the exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, please reference the position description online:
http://www.cityofmadison.com/HR/documents/PrincPlannerPosDesc.pdf

Members of our team are expected to:
Support and promote collaborative efforts and teamwork.
Communicate openly and candidly.
Participate fully in discussions.
Employ techniques for effective problem solving and decision making.
Ensure the principles of equal opportunity are properly observed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of land use and community planning and urban design. Thorough knowledge of development review and land use approvals processes at the local level. Working knowledge of local land use ordinances and laws. Working knowledge of supervisory principles and practices, labor relations and personnel management. Working knowledge of public administration and budgetary principles. Ability to exercise considerable judgment in reviewing land use and land division applications. Ability to provide primary staff support to policy review bodies and to facilitate the implementation of their decisions. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, including the preparation and presentation of persuasive reports and recommendations. Ability to create and deliver presentations to large groups of people. Ability to use computer software applicable to the duties of the position. Ability to plan, manage, coordinate and evaluate the work of diverse professional staff. Ability to hire, train, evaluate and discipline employees. Ability to effectively manage and coordinate staff team activities. Ability to direct and perform research work, assist in policy and ordinance development, and to prepare technical and statistical information relevant to major planning issues. Ability to assist with complex planning processes and implementation strategies for future community development. Ability to attend meetings during the evening or on weekends. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other managers, staff, City officials, the press and diverse and multicultural stakeholders. Ability to assist with the Planning Division budget and oversee the DRPI section budget. Ability to visit and inspect sites throughout the city. Ability to maintain adequate attendance.
Training and Experience:

Five years of professional planning experience including responsibilities for coordinating land use approvals or development review, project management, and work as a leader or member of a team. Such experience would normally be gained after graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies or other related studies and programs. Other combinations of training and/or experience which can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position will also be considered.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to meet the transportation requirements of the position.

Physical Requirements:

Incumbents must be able to physically access sites throughout the City. In addition, incumbents will be expected to attend meetings and provide presentations outside the normal work schedule, including evenings and weekends.

* Payroll title for this position is Principal Planner

THE CITY OF MADISON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER FUNCTIONING UNDER AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN. WE ENCOURAGE MINORITIES, WOMEN AND INDIVIDUALS WITH A DISABILITY TO APPLY.

It is your responsibility to list all related jobs, correct dates of employment, average number of hours worked per week, etc. Be sure to place the complete job title on your application. If you wish to provide additional or supplemental information, please provide a resume in addition to the formal application. If you are still employed please indicate this. Failure to provide accurate and complete information may result in you not being considered for this position.

All applicants are notified by email of the status of their application in each selection process. Those applicants invited to exams will receive an email notice of the date, time, and location. Alternate exam dates/times are not available except in the case of an emergency. Emergency situations are reviewed on an individual basis. Conflicting work hours are not considered an emergency. Exams are job specific and are developed based on the duties to be performed and the criteria listed under the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities section of the job announcement . Exam results are generally available within 2 weeks of the exam, and will be emailed or may be accessed through your NEOGOV account. Due to the volume of exams given by our office, exam scores are not available via telephone.

As an employer, the City of Madison places a strong emphasis on customer service and strives to provide a working environment where: Engagement and equity are supported; Diversity and differing opinions are valued; Teamwork and open and honest communication are encouraged; Meeting customer needs through quality service is a common goal; Creativity is encouraged; Continuous learning and improvement is fostered. Come be a part of the team!

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
http://www.cityofmadison.com/hr

210 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
CCB Rm 501
Madison, WI 53703
608-266-4615

hr@cityofmadison.com

City and County of San Francisco – Planner III

August 16, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

5291 Planner III

$44.46 – $54.04/hour; $7,707.00 – $9,367.00/month; $92,482.00 – $112,398.00/year

Application deadline: August 30, 2016 at 5:00PM

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Planning Department has one (1) 5291 Planner III opening in our Historic Preservation program within the Current Planning Division.

Current Planning Division. Planners help shape the physical development of the City. They are responsible for reviewing building permit and land use entitlement applications for compliance with the San Francisco Planning Code, San Francisco’s General Plan, zoning regulations, and relevant design guidelines.

The Historic Preservation program within the Current Planning Division plays an important economic, environmental, and cultural role in the ongoing development of San Francisco.  As a Certified Local Government, the Planning Department has demonstrated its commitment to meeting the standards set forth by the California State Office of Historic Preservation.

Staff in the Historic Preservation program are responsible for a variety of tasks, including project review, environmental review, Historic Preservation Commission support, and historic and cultural resource surveys.

Under direction, the Planner III performs difficult and responsible planning work in land use, zoning, development, recreation, urban design, urban economics and finance, housing, code enforcement, historic preservation and real estate; supervises or assists in the preparation and design of research surveys and projects and conducts the more difficult investigations; prepares or assists in the preparation of reports and planning studies; processes applications; provides information on planning policies, contracts, budgets, and procedures; conducts limited environmental reviews and may also coordinate environmental review processes; may manage capital improvement projects for a city department and may supervise subordinate personnel and lead team projects; assists in the development and implementation of planning policies and procedures; reviews various building and land use permit applications; prepares, checks, and reviews important technical records and plans; has considerable contact with representatives of government, community groups, developers, business organizations and the general public; and performs related duties as required.

The essential functions of this job include: supervising, assisting, and/or developing & implementing planning policies and procedures; compiling, analyzing and interpreting complex technical, physical, social, economic, and statistical data related to planning (such as urban policy development, planning projects, zoning permit and subdivision application review, open space and recreation planning, historic preservation, environmental review, property management, land management, natural resources and/or other legal requirements); studying and making recommendations on complex planning related issues, designing and preparing graphic presentations to illustrate planning and development concepts, reviewing and/or coordinating the environmental review processes, supervising and reviewing the work of subordinates and consultants engaged in planning work, preparing clearly written, concise staff reports and documents that are understandable to the general public, coordinating with other city and governmental agencies on planning matters, reviewing and evaluating various building and land use permit applications, representing the department to government officials, community groups, developers, business organizations and the general public; developing, managing and coordinating public outreach processes for department policies, plans or initiatives; interpreting and explaining legal, technical and procedural aspects of planning work; and performing related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features

Supervision Exercised:  Planner III’s may supervise the work of subordinate Planner I’s and/or II’s or administrative support staff and/or consultants.

Planner III’s may be required to attend meetings or participate in work-related activities outside of normal working hours (evenings and weekends) in various community locations.  Some positions may require possession of a valid driver license, and may require specialized experience in order to perform department-specific planning duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND four (4) years (8,000 hours) of verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in an urban, city, regional and/or other related planning environment (such as transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design);

OR

  1. Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional or Urban Planning, or a closely related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies or Environmental Studies AND two (2) years (4,000 hours) of verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in an urban, city, regional and/or other related planning environment (such as, but not limited to transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture, historic preservation or urban design).

AND

  1. Two (2) years of experience in History, Architectural History or Historic Architecture

Must meet one of the three US Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards – History, Architectural History or Historic Architecture – used by the National Park Service, and have been previously published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61. A year of full-time professional experience need not consist of a continuous year of full-time work but may be made up of discontinuous periods of full-time or part-time work adding up to the equivalent of a year of full-time experience.

Please see full job posting on SF website for full description of the below requirements.

History

Archeology

Architectural History

Architecture

Historic Architecture

The minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification and special requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process.

Visit: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=TPV&R2=5291&R3=069308 to register an account and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.

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