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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

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

August 25, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

SAVE THE DATE:

The Space of Struggle – A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning
Co-sponsored by Critical Planning Journal and Planners Network
November 2nd, 2016
Directly preceding the American Collegiate School of Planning Conference
Day-time paper presentation sessions followed by an evening panel discussion.
9:30AM to 9:00pm
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

More details to follow…

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.

Senior Development Specialist, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

July 10, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

 Executive Office

Senior Development Specialist (SRDV62016)

Job Category:                         Senior

Experience Required:            5 to 10 years

Salary Range:                         $65,700 – $81,453

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking a full-time employee to focus on external fundraising, grant seeking, and resource development. Within the CMAP organizational structure, this Senior level position requires significant experience but does not entail managerial responsibilities. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CMAP is the 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

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Senior Development Specialist will design and execute a comprehensive funding development and stewardship strategy for CMAP.

One of CMAP’s top priorities is diversification of its revenue sources. Historically, the agency has been funded primarily through federal and state transportation resources, which currently provide $16 million of the agency’s approximately $17 million annual budget. Across the country, coordinated planning and implementation is increasingly being carried out through innovative, cross-sector partnerships that involve a range of funding partners. Over the past five years, CMAP has successfully submitted proposals for competitive grants from federal, state, county, and philanthropic funding sources and has fostered strong, ongoing relationships with funding organizations as both thought and implementation partners. Now, to better support its comprehensive planning mission, CMAP seeks to create a more diversified revenue stream by doubling its current annual $1 million in non-transportation funds from both public and private funding sources. The Senior Development Specialist will lead the effort to achieve this initial goal.

Responsibilities

Development strategy:  The person hired will coordinate with each of CMAP’s four departments: Planning; Policy and Programming; Communications and Outreach; and Finance and Administration to develop a deep understanding of CMAP’s goals within each of these departments and their respective program areas. The person hired will help identify areas for expansion of programs within each of these departments based on potential external sources of funding (including government, foundation, or other private grants), ensure consistency of potential new funding sources with the agency’s strategic plan and direction from the CMAP Board, develop an agency-wide development plan to access the identified funding sources with specific goals and targets, and implement that plan with the support of senior program staff, the Executive Director, and the CMAP Board.

Grant Application Process Management: The person hired will work with CMAP program staff to screen potential grant opportunities available through competitive programs, particularly government programs, and other nonprofit, foundation, or private organization programs. The person hired will also write grant applications, in collaboration with program experts. The person hired will ensure that CMAP program and grant managers are educated on the grant requirements once the funding source is secured to make sure each grant is properly executed.

Reporting: The person hired will provide reports to the Executive Director and the CMAP Board on the success of development activities while seeking to learn from unsuccessful applications and funder outreach efforts so that future attempts can be improved, as well as tracking success and measuring performance against goals. The person hired will also work with internal grant managers to ensure compliance with reporting requirements for successful grants.

Relationship management: The person hired will strategically use existing relationships between CMAP staff and the Board with potential external funders, while helping to guide the agency’s Executive Director and other senior staff to develop new relationships that enhance external fundraising. The person hired will also develop and maintain long-term relationships with key funders and prospects

Qualifications and Skills

A successful candidate for this position will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Experience in development and fundraising. The candidate should have proven success in raising funds on behalf of a large nonprofit or public sector organization. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with government funding sources (particularly federal programs), philanthropic organizations, corporate funders, and other potential funding sources.
  • Experience in the Chicago region. While not a requirement, CMAP would prefer a candidate who is familiar with the government, philanthropic, and corporate environment in the Chicago metropolitan area.
  • Knowledge of CMAP’s work. The candidate should be familiar with the public policy issues in which CMAP specializes, including transportation, land use, housing, economic and community development, the natural environment, and similar topics. Current priorities for fundraising include economic and community development, water resources, public health, local capacity building, and governance, although additional priorities will be identified through ON TO 2050, CMAP’s next long-term regional plan.
  • The candidate should be able to take initiative and proactively build relationships with appropriate groups. Must be a dynamic self-starter who is politically savvy.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, including the ability to convey complex ideas through brief and easy-to-understand materials and the ability to make compelling public presentations.
  • Teamwork and collaboration. The candidate should be skilled at working with others to reach common goals and objectives, managing and contributing to complex projects, and working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Relationship building. The candidate should also be skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, both inside and outside of the organization, and be familiar with tracking and reporting on contact data.

 Education and/or Experience

A Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred. Requires at least 5 to 10 years of work experience in fundraising, grant writing, or a similar field for a large nonprofit or government organization. Should also have knowledge of the public policy fields in which CMAP works — transportation, land use, economic and community development, housing, the natural environment, and others.

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 (SRDV62016).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on July 17, 2016. All applications must be completed and submitted within that timeframe.

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

 

 

 

Outreach Associate, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

July 10, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

CMAP Communications & Outreach

Outreach Associate (OURE62016)

July 5, 2016

 

Job Category:                          Associate

Experience Required:             3 to 5 years

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

 

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire two full-time Outreach Associates to assist with the agency’s stakeholder engagement. 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

The Outreach Associate will help to develop and manage outreach and engagement to CMAP’s diverse base of stakeholders, which include local governments, transportation implementers, community organizations, non-profits, advocacy groups, civic organizations, and the business community, among others. The Outreach Associate will help translate planning principles and policies to these CMAP constituencies, while using a wide variety of skills and tools — particularly social media — to ensure active public participation in comprehensive regional planning.

Some in-region travel and late evenings/weekends are required.

Responsibilities

  • Stakeholder engagement:
    • Help develop and implement long- and short-term strategies for the agency’s engagement with its stakeholders.
    • Plan and execute events — such as workshops, forums, and conferences — that advance CMAP’s outreach program, both in CMAP’s offices and off-site.
    • Expand and deepen CMAP’s network of stakeholders.
    • Maintain a high standard of communication with stakeholders.
    • Assist with ongoing outreach, such as the CMAP Citizens Advisory Committee, the “Municipal Matters” quarterly newsletter, and the Future Leaders in Planning program.
    • Assist in outreach to Councils of Government and Councils of Mayors.
    • Work cooperatively with other CMAP program offices to gain an understanding of the programs to most effectively represent them in public settings.
  • Social media: Help develop and implement the agency’s social media strategies.
  • Database management: Help maintain and expand the agency’s database of outreach contacts and activities.
  • Research: Explore best practices and innovation in outreach tools and methods to support the agency’s engagement.
  • Assist in developing speeches, presentations, written reports, memoranda, and materials to inform, educate, and encourage public involvement.
  • Provide other assistance as needed to support effective external and internal engagement for CMAP.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The Outreach Associate must have excellent skills in public speaking, writing, facilitating, social media, and other forms of engagement. The Outreach Associate must be a self-starter and 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. Multilingual skills, especially Spanish fluency, are a plus.

The position requires a background in urban planning and policy, attention to detail, writing and editing skills, experience facilitating group discussions, familiarity with survey tools, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point, social media skills, and database management capability. The Outreach Associate should have familiarity with database management and customer relationship platforms, such as EveryAction or Sales Force.

Education and Experience

B.A. degree is required (M.A. preferred) in a relevant discipline such as Urban Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, Journalism, Communications, English, or Marketing.

Prior work experience is required and should include demonstrated aptitude in writing and oral communications in a team environment. Demonstrated ability to manage and contribute to complex projects 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 (OURE62016).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on August 5, 2016. All applications must be completed and submitted within that timeframe.

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

 

Planner 1 positions – City and County of San Francisco, California

June 28, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

5277 Planner I

$29.85 – $36.28/hour; $5,174.00 – $6,288.00/month; $62,088.00 – $75,452.00/year

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

There are two 5277 Planner I positions available in the Current Planning Division, City and County of San Francisco

The first position in our Current Planning Division will specifically support the Northwest Quadrant Team.  The 5277 Planner I will assist with reviewing and process of discretionary permits and land use applications within a specific geographic area of the City, in conformance with the City’s long-range planning goals for the team.

The second position in our Current Planning Division, will specifically support the Historic Preservation Team.  The 5277 Planner I will assist in the data collection and mapping of completed historic resource surveys.  Tasks include conducting focused archival research, finalizing survey documents, synthesizing survey data and creating maps using GIS.  The ideal candidate should have an educational background in historic preservation; strong writing, organizational; and analytical skills; and GIS mapping experience.

The essential functions of this job include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing building permits, variances, use permit and other miscellaneous permit applications;
  • Recording appropriate data and preparing recommendations for the department, Planning Commission and other City Commissions;
  • Reviewing planning activities, goals, programs, zoning ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Providing information orally and in writing to City agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations and the general public;
  • Conducting site and field inspections of land, economic activities, transit patterns, buildings and streets;
  • Preparing computer based and hard copy graphic materials;
  • Conducting research studies, surveys and interviews to obtain data and formulating recommendations to assist in planning policies, plans for future developments and determinations of the environmental impacts of proposed projects;
  • Assisting in the preparation, revision and performing of updates of the General Plan and Planning Code and other governmental regulatory codes.
  • Planner I’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:

Possession of a baccalaureate 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, public administration, historical preservation, or environmental studies;

OR

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND one (1) year of city or urban planning, transportation, urban design, historical preservation, architectural or environmental review experience.

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.

  • Experience with Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Strong analytical, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

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=TEX&R2=5277&R3=067722 to register an account and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.

 

Design Trust for Public Space – 4 Fellowships, Deadline extended to July 5th!

June 21, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 5TH!
Unlocking the potential of NYC’s public spaces
FUTURE CULTURE: CONNECTING STATEN ISLAND’S WATERFRON
Apply for Four Fellowships in Participatory Art, Urban Design, Policy, Graphic Desig
Design Trust and Staten Island Arts are partnering to create a cultural plan for Staten Island’s North Shore.The multi-year project, entitled Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront, will experiment with ways for engaging local artists and community members, area developers, and city agencies in planning the borough’s rapidly expanding downtown in the North Shore waterfront together. Seeking to ensure the social, ethnic, and economic diversity of the community for years to come, the selected Fellows will produce design and planning ideas, and create policy recommendations. They will test new ideas through public art pilots, which will inform long-term strategies for neighborhood revitalization, sustainability, and equitable economic development.

Future Culture has the participation and support of NYC Economic Development Corporation and developers including BFC Partners,IronstateNew York Wheel, and Triangle Equities.

Participatory Art Fellow
The Participatory Art Fellow will serve as the lead Fellow and will be responsible for community organizing and engagement, and the visioning process for how art and other cultural practices can enrich the public realm of the area and express the unique conditions of its waterfront. Learn more>

Urban Design Fellow
The Urban Design Fellow will be responsible for the physical documentation and analysis of the area, identification of key sites, and recommendations for effectively facilitating and integrating public art and cultural activities into the built environment. Learn more>

Policy Fellow
The Policy Fellow will be responsible for assessing the structural and systemic challenges of the area’s public- and privately-controlled ‘public realm’, opportunities associated with the way artists, arts organizations, culturalgroups, and informal practitioners present and produce work in the area, and how these issues should be addressed to define the character of public space and grow the cultural community in this time of transformation. Learn more>

Graphic Design Fellow
The Graphic Design Fellow will be responsible for developing the identity and graphic system for the project to effectively communicate and deploy design-thinking with diverse audiences throughout the Future Culture process. Learn more>

How to Apply
Candidates should send a single PDF (maximum of 10 pages and 5 MB), including  a cover letter specifying the Fellowship category they are applying for, a curriculum vitae, and a sample of relevant work to fellowship@designtrust.org. The deadline to apply is June 28, 2016, at5:00 pm.

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Assistant/Associate Planner (ON TO 2050 Regional Plan), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

June 13, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Job Category: Assistant/Associate Planner (AST62016)

Experience Required: 0 to 2 years (Assistant); 3 to 5 years (Associate)

Salary Range: Assistant: $45,000 – $55,803/ Associate: $54,000 – $66,933

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a full-time employee to contribute to the agency’s long-range planning efforts and, secondarily, to help advance the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. The position will be filled at the Associate or Assistant level. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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 development of the ON TO 2050 plan.

Due in October 2018, ON TO 2050 will substantially build on GO TO 2040’s recommendations, address new issues, and provide more specific and actionable guidance for implementation.

Major plan development activities currently underway include policy development on a variety of topics, existing conditions analysis, public engagement and scenario planning, creation of the socioeconomic forecast, and development of fiscally constrained capital projects and the financial plan for transportation. This position will participate in a variety of activities across these ongoing tasks, but will likely focus primarily on the first three. Following completion of the plan in October 2018, the position will contribute to implementation of ON TO 2050; specific responsibilities will depend on plan recommendations and the candidate’s skills and interests.

This position may also contribute to the LTA program depending on the selected candidate’s interests and skill sets. 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.

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 manage and contribute to complex projects and to work as part of a multi-
disciplinary team.

? Ability to conduct research, perform quantitative and qualitative analysis, and develop coherent and implementable recommendations for action.

? Interest in and ability to conduct trainings and workshops and develop methods to elicit ideas and concerns from stakeholders.

? 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.

Beyond these general qualifications, the position is expected to help advance ON TO 2050 in specific ways. It is not expected that any single candidate will have experience in all of these areas, so candidates should specify which of these best match their experience and skills.

Specific areas of interest include:

? Environment and natural resources. CMAP is exploring a variety of topic areas as part of developing the ON TO 2050 plan. This position is expected to contribute primarily to existing conditions analysis and policy development for environmental topics, including local food, water resources, stormwater, energy, and climate resilience. Contributions to other topical explorations may be possible as well depending on the candidate’s interests and skill sets and how those align with available opportunities.

? Data analysis and mapping. ON TO 2050 will use data layers and mapping, along with sub-regional recommendations, to provide greater geographic specificity for local partners in the plan. This position is expected to contribute to development of the approach, which will span many ON TO 2050 topic areas. Contribution to this element of plan development will require strong GIS analysis skills and understanding of the relationship between regional and local plans and policies.

? Scenario planning. Scenario planning is a common tool used in long-range planning, and will be part of the ON TO 2050 process. Knowledge of and experience with scenario planning concepts would be useful for candidates for this position to have, though it is not a requirement.

Education and/or Experience

A Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a related discipline is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred for both the Associate and Assistant level. At least 3 years of work experience in planning is required for the Associate level; candidates with less than 2 years of experience qualify for the Assistant level.

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 (AST62016).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on July 9, 2016. All applications must be completed and submitted within that timeframe.

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

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