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Research Intern – The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

May 22, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Performance Based Programming Intern (PBP2016)

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 performance based programming in the Policy & Programming Division. 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.

Performance Based Programming Position Description

The intern will conduct research and analysis related to methods used to evaluate the benefits and costs of transportation infrastructure, the performance measures in use by other agencies, and other topics. Across these projects and tasks, the intern will be expected to emphasize the recommendations of ON TO 2050. The ideal candidate for this internship will have strengths in writing, quantitative analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS) skills as well as an interest in the practical application of transportation policy to project identification and

? Assist with policy analysis and research on methods of transportation project

? Assist with research that enhances the agency’s capacity to evaluate the safety,

reliability, congestion reduction, economic, 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

large data sources in spreadsheets and databases, as well as the ability to generate

findings from these data and present results.

? GIS skills are required. Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) skills are a plus, but not

? Demonstrated ability to independently complete research projects and produce reports

and issue briefs that are factual, original, compelling, and persuasive.

? A demonstrated interest in translating transportation policy to on-the-ground project

identification and selection.

 

Education and/or Experience:

? Applicants should be enrolled in a Master’s program in Public Policy, Planning,

Economics, Public Administration or a related field.

? Ability to work effectively in an environment using Microsoft Windows and Microsoft

Office products, ESRI GIS software, and adaptability to other software.

? Demonstrated skills with microcomputer databases and spreadsheets.

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.

Depending on the student’s availability, this is a full-time summer position beginning in May or June 2016. It could potentially continue into the 2016-17 school year, but that is not guaranteed.

Minor start and end-date accommodations may be made upon request.

Please submit cover letter and resume via our website at:

http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers. Please refer to Job Code (PBP2016).

This posting will remain open until filled.

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

Planner IV, City and County of San Francisco

May 15, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

5293 Planner IV

$51.03 – $62.01/hour; $8,844.00 – $10,749.00/month; $106,132.00 – $128,986.00/year

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Under general direction, the 5293 Planner IV plans, administers and directs the activities of a planning group, and/or oversees a major study, and/or supervises a project group engaged in professional city planning work. The Planner IV develops, implements and enforces city planning policies and procedures; gathers, analyzes and interprets planning data and prepares recommendations; prepares difficult and complex technical reports; represents the department in public meetings; acts as technical advisor on all studies and problems relating to planning; and performs related duties as required.

 

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Planning and directing professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in analyses and preparation of complex and detailed technical data and reports related to planning issues of a central city in a major metropolitan area with use of technologies to analyze data and developing plans;
  • Supervising, conducting, analyzing, evaluating and preparing reports on more complex issues which may include the General Plan, area plans, project plans, land usage, zoning ordinance, housing programs, preservation programs, neighborhood planning, environmental planning, economic and real estate development, urban design issues, and transportation planning.
  • Supervising and undertaking research related to planning and city policy issues; preparing policies and plan recommendations and implementation strategies.
  • Addressing community, business and other groups to explain verbally or in writing planning-related policies, procedures, programs and problems; may represent department at the Board of Supervisors and other government agencies, commissions, or boards; interacting, interfacing and working with community groups; promoting good public relations for the department.
  • Writing letters, memoranda, reports, texts and studies which are clear, concise and understandable to the general public; editing and reviewing the same when prepared by subordinates.
  • Collaborating with officials, community businesses and other groups to address planning challenges
  • Managing and balancing conflicting goals and interests
  • Supervising and evaluating subordinate personnel in the performance of planning related work; assisting in workload management, performance measures and evaluations, staffing, mentoring and other administrative functions (i.e., budgets, management of work programs).

 

Planner IVs 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, or may require specialized experience in order to perform department specific planning duties.

 

The eligible list resulting from this testing process may be used by other City departments with vacancies in class 5293 Planner IV.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;

 

AND

 

Six (6) years (12,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in an urban, city, regional and/or other related planning environment, of which two (2) years (4,000 hours) must have included experience supervising staff/consultants or managing major projects related to such work.

 

Substitution: Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in environmental planning, or a closely related field, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two (2) years (4,000 hours) of the required non-supervisory experience. The two (2) years (4,000 hours) of supervisory experience is required.

 

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.

  • More than three (3) years of experience with coordination/monitoring of projects and the activities of groups of subordinate employees; planning and directing the work of subordinate staff; communicating with staff and representatives of business and public interest groups, organizations, and public officials in clarifying and interpreting planning policy and regulations.

 

  • At least three (3) years of experience in speaking at public hearings and meetings; Strong communication skills, both verbal and in writing

 

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=PBT&R2=5293&R3=066165 to register an account and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.

REGIONAL PLANNER, ASSOCIATION OF BAY AREA GOVERNMENTS (ABAG), California

April 26, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

REGIONAL PLANNER
ASSOCIATION OF BAY AREA GOVERNMENTS (ABAG)
Current Location: 101 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

In May 2016, work location will move to 375 Beale Street in San Francisco.

ABAG Job #1618
Salary Range: $4,377 – $6,105 per month depending on qualifications

APPLY IMMEDIATELY – Deadline is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016. Complete job announcement and application available at www.abag.ca.gov/jobs.html

POSITION SUMMARY

Under supervision, the regional planner performs a wide variety of professional and technical planning assignments. Major tasks include regional land use planning, development of sustainable development strategies, research and strategies related to housing affordability and equitable development, in-fill development strategies, planning for complete communities and neighborhood plans. In addition to major planning and policy responsibility, the regional planner works closely with planners from city and county agencies on the implementation of regional strategies, assessment of investment priorities, housing policies and production, and development of neighborhood plans.

The position requires background and expertise in neighborhood planning, housing and equity analysis, and policy analysis and implementation. In addition to performing complex analytical tasks, the regional planner is expected to make presentations in public hearing settings and convey an understanding of regional governance and development challenges. The successful candidate should be capable of working as part of a team and have the ability to take initiative and exercise good judgment.

Submit a cover letter, resume and employment application to:

ABAG H.R. 16-18

P.O. Box 2050

Oakland, CA 94604-2050

Questions contact Christina Fong at ChrisF@abag.ca.gov or (510) 464-7941. EOE

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The Seventh Generation

Articles

  • The Fight for Foote Homes: A peoples’ struggle to save public housing in Memphis, TN
    by Ken Reardon and Antonio Raciti
  • Getting Outside the Supermarket Box: Alternatives to “food deserts”
    by Megan Horst, Subhashni Raj, and Catherine Brinkley
  • Fighting Displacement in Barcelona and Beyond
    by Emily Achtenberg
  • Women at Periphery of Urban Planning: Subordinated informality, detached autonomy and resistance in São Paulo, Mumbai and Durban
    by Luciana Itikawa
  • Fixed Gear, Fixed Identify?: Equity, identity and urban cycling in Toronto
    by Ronja Sørensen
  • Fight Against Fracking in Rural Netherlands: From community meetings to decision-making
    by Paul Benneworth and Willem-Jan Velderman
  • Rio Mayor Demolishes Home of Prize-Winning ‘Woman Citizen’ on International Women’s Day
    by RioOnWatch, Brazil
  • Neighborhood Integrity Initiative: More pushback against real estate speculation in Los Angeles
    by Dick Platkin

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Chief Executive Officer – Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Illinois

April 15, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Chief Executive Officer

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission seeks an experienced administrative

professional to join its team. The Regional Planning Commission is a multi-faceted government

agency with an annual budget of $23 million incorporating over 100 different federal, state, and

local grants and contracts and a staff of 220 positions in 11 facilities in East Central Illinois. The

CEO reports directly to and receives policy direction from the Regional Planning Commission.

The CEO oversees program execution in the areas of regional, environmental and urban and

regional planning; economic, community and workforce development; social services; early

childhood education; and technical assistance to member communities. The CEO is responsible

for establishing major programmatic and financial objectives, developing multi-year strategies

for growth and providing strategic direction and support to the Regional Planning Commission.

The CEO must be conversant with the public sector legal and regulatory environment, grant and

contract administration, and must have the professional capability to assess financial and

community impacts and to effectively communicate options and prepare recommendations for

commission and funding agency decision makers.

It is preferred that the successful candidate will have an advanced degree in public or business

administration, public policy, urban and regional planning, or related field and at least seven

years of progressively relevant experience with proven capabilities in the management of a

complex public sector organization; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

The successful candidate will possess exceptional leadership, team building, human relations,

communication, and analytical skills; experience in developing and implementing financially

sustainable organizational strategies; experience with unionized organizations, and a deep

commitment to public service.

Salary is competitive commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive fringe

benefits package. The current salary minimum range to mid-range is $110,200 to $137,750.

A complete description of the position is available at: www.ccrpc.org

Competitive benefit package includes: health insurance, dental insurance, vision, life insurance,

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and on-line application to:

www.ccrpc.org/rpcjobs

For full consideration, applications must be received by Friday, May 20, 2016

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is an EEO/AA/ADA employer.

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Planning & Research Department – 2016 Summer Internship Program

April 5, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Planning & Research Department is seeking summer interns to engage in challenging regional planning tasks that address economic, housing, land use, neighborhood development, resiliency, urban, and water policies. Projects and tasks will be assigned based on skill sets and interests:

  • Economic Development
  • Regional Housing Permitting Activity
  • Regional Housing Policy
  • Regional Resilience Measures
  • Water and Infrastructure

For complete job announcement go to www.abag.ca.gov/jobs.html.

Work Location: Oakland and/or San Francisco, CA. See job announcement for more info.

Applicants must be in urban or regional planning or related field, and have completed at least their junior year of undergraduate study, be in a graduate program, or have recently graduated. Other qualifications include excellent writing, analytical, and communication skills, and an understanding of recent urban growth patterns, sustainability and equity concepts. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. GIS and data collection skills are desirable.

Compensation: $18-$20 per hour depending on education and experience

Term: Up to twelve weeks (June through September 2016)

To apply, submit one email with the following (5) items by Friday, April 15, 2016, to Christina Fong at ChrisF@abag.ca.gov:

  1. ABAG application (Use “2016” for Job Number)
  2. Interest Form (choice of internship projects)
  3. Resume
  4. One-Page Writing Sample
  5. Cover Letter

The Application, Interest Form and detailed Job Announcement can be obtained fromwww.abag.ca.gov/jobs.html. Questions contact Christina Fong by email at ChrisF@abag.ca.gov or by phone (510) 464-7941.  EOE

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning – Internships

April 4, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

SEVERAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – SEE BELOW…

Policy & Programming
Performance Based Programming Intern (PBP2016) March 16, 2016

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a research intern to perform performance based programming in the Policy & Programming Division. 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.

Performance Based Programming Position Description

The intern will conduct research and analysis related to methods used to evaluate the benefits and costs of transportation infrastructure, the performance measures in use by other agencies, and other topics. Across these projects and tasks, the intern will be expected to emphasize the recommendations of ON TO 2050. The ideal candidate for this internship will have strengths in writing, quantitative analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS) skills as well as an interest in the practical application of transportation policy to project identification and selection.

Essential Functions:

  • ?  Assist with policy analysis and research on methods of transportation project

    evaluation.

  • ?  Assist with research that enhances the agency’s capacity to evaluate the safety,

    reliability, congestion reduction, economic, 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 large data sources in spreadsheets and databases, as well as the ability to generate findings from these data and present results.
  • ?  GIS skills are required. Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) skills are 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.
  • ?  A demonstrated interest in translating transportation policy to on-the-ground project identification and selection.

    Education and/or Experience:

  • ?  Applicants should be enrolled in a Master’s program in Public Policy, Planning, Economics, Public Administration or a related field.
  • ?  Ability to work effectively in an environment using Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office products, ESRI GIS software, and adaptability to other software.
  • ?  Demonstrated skills with microcomputer databases and spreadsheets.
    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

    Depending on the student’s availability, this is a full-time summer position beginning in May or June 2016. It could potentially continue into the 2016-17 school year, but that is not guaranteed. 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 (PBP2016).

    Posting End Date

    This posting will close on April 16, 2016. All applications must be completed and submitted within the 30-day timeframe.

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

 

Research & Analysis Modeling Intern (MODE2016) March 16, 2016

Modeling Intern
Current Enrollment in Graduate Program $15.00 per hour

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a modeling intern in the Research & Analysis Division. 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.

Modeling Intern Position Description

The intern will participate in CMAP Research and Analysis activities, which provide data analysis and quantitative modeling in support of CMAP’s planning work. Specifically, the intern will assist CMAP’s modeling staff in developing, updating, and performing quality control activities on CMAP modeling tool input datasets.

Essential Functions:

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

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    Applicants should have strong research, analysis (both qualitative and quantitative), and communication skills. Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, computer programming, and statistical analysis applications is desired.

    Education and Experience

    Applicants for the position should be enrolled in a Master’s program in urban planning, public administration, public policy, economics, geography, transportation, environmental studies or a related field.

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

Depending on the student’s availability, this is a full-time summer position beginning in May or June 2016. It could potentially continue into the 2016-17 school year, but that is not guaranteed. 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 (MODE2016).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on April 16, 2016. All applications must be completed and submitted within the 30-day timeframe.

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

 

Policy & Programming Policy Intern (POFR2016) March 23, 2016

Policy Intern – Freight
Current Enrollment in Graduate Program $15.00 per hour

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a policy intern in the Policy & Programming Division. 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.

Policy Intern Position Description

The freight policy and planning intern will conduct research and analysis related to development of the region’s next freight plan. Based on this research and analysis, the intern will assist with developing policy updates and reports. Across these projects and tasks, the intern will be expected to emphasize the recommendations of GO TO 2040 and CMAP’s more recent refinements to its freight policy. The ideal candidate for this internship will have strengths in managing research and collecting and analyzing data. Candidates should also demonstrate interest in and a base of knowledge about public policy or planning topics.

Responsibilities

  • ?  Assist with research and analysis of topics such as best practices in freight-supportive land use and reducing freight land use conflicts, truck parking policies at the local level, freight safety initiatives, promoting environmental justice in freight planning, and practices at peer metropolitan planning organizations.
  • ?  Assist with data collection and processing from the freight analysis framework, Surface Transportation Board, Army Corps of Engineers, and other resources that provide ongoing information on freight movements, utilization, volumes, and values.
  • ?  Assist with writing policy updates, memos, and other written products that explain freight trends and the potential impacts of changes in federal, state, or local public policy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • ?  Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively on issues of public policy and planning.
  • ?  Excellent data management skills and the ability to collect, manipulate, and analyze large data sources in spreadsheets and databases, as well as the ability to generate findings from these data and present results.
  • ?  Geographic information systems (GIS) knowledge is required.
  • ?  Demonstrated ability to independently complete research projects that are factual, original,

    and compelling.

  • ?  A demonstrated interest in the intersection of public policy and planning; the connections

    between transportation, freight, development, and the metropolitan economy.

    Education and Experience

  • ?  Applicants should be enrolled in a Master’s program in Public Policy, Planning, Economics, Public Administration or a related field.
  • ?  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 ArcGIS or similar spatial analysis tools.

    Internship Timeframe

    Depending on the student’s availability, this is a full-time summer position beginning in May or June 2016. It could potentially continue into the 2016-17 school year, but that is not guaranteed. 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 (POFR2016).

    Posting End Date

    This posting will close on April 23, 2016. All applications must be completed and submitted within the 30-day timeframe.

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

 

Policy & Programming Policy Intern (POLNP2016) March 23, 2016

Policy Intern – Next Plan
Current Enrollment in Graduate Program $15.00 per hour

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a policy intern in the Policy & Programming Division. 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.

Policy Intern Position Description

The next plan intern will conduct research and analysis on topics related to the next plan as well as assist with developing policy updates, memos, reports, and other products as appropriate to assist next plan work. Across these projects and tasks, the intern will be expected to emphasize the recommendations of GO TO 2040 and possible recommendations for the next plan. The ideal candidate for this internship will have strengths in managing research and collecting and analyzing data. Candidates should also demonstrate interest in and a base of knowledge about public policy or planning topics.

Responsibilities

  • ?  Assist with research and analysis of topics such as state and local public finance, government consolidation, infrastructure planning, and tax policy.
  • ?  Assist with data collection, processing, and analysis of tax revenue data, transportation finance data, community staffing and revenue metrics, and regional demographic and socioeconomic data.
  • ?  Assist with writing policy updates and memos that explain data trends and the potential impacts of changes in federal, state, or local public policy.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • ?  Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively on issues of public policy and planning.
  • ?  Excellent data management skills and the ability to collect, manipulate, and analyze large data sources in spreadsheets and databases, as well as the ability to generate findings from these data and present results.
  • ?  Geographic information systems (GIS) knowledge is required.
  • ?  Demonstrated ability to independently complete research projects that are factual, original, and compelling.
  • ?  A demonstrated interest in the intersection of public policy and planning; the connections between transportation, freight, development, and the metropolitan economy.

    Education and Experience

  • ?  Applicants should be enrolled in a Master’s program in Public Policy, Planning, Economics, Public Administration or a related field.
  • ?  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 ArcGIS or similar spatial analysis tools.

    Internship Timeframe

    Depending on the student’s availability, this is a full-time summer position beginning in May or June 2016. It could potentially continue into the 2016-17 school year, but that is not guaranteed. 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 (POLNP2016).

    Posting End Date

    This posting will close on April 23, 2016. All applications must be completed and submitted within the 30-day timeframe.

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

 

Local Planning
Regional Planning Intern (REPL2016) March 23, 2016

Regional Planning Intern – Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Current Enrollment in Graduate Program
$15.00 per hour

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an intern in the Local Planning Division. 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.

Regional Planning Intern Position Description

The intern will assist in CMAP’s ongoing work to develop the next comprehensive regional plan, due in October 2018. The next plan will build on the foundation of GO TO 2040 to explore refinements to existing plan policies as well as limited new topics that are complementary to CMAP’s role.

Responsibilities

  • ?  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 geographic information systems (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 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

Depending on the student’s availability, this is a full-time summer position beginning in May or June 2016. It could potentially continue into the 2016-17 school year, but that is not guaranteed. 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 (REPL2016).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on April 23, 2016. All applications must be completed and submitted within the 30-day timeframe.

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

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) – Communications and Outreach Intern

March 23, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Greetings:

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) seeks a Communications and Outreach Intern and is accepting applications now.  CMAP has just launched development of the next comprehensive regional plan with significant community engagement, making this a great opportunity for a student enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program for the 2016-2017 school year.

The job description and application can be found online here:  http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers.  While this internship is only guaranteed for the summer, it can be extended to cover the entire school year based upon performance.

Please contact me for more information.

Jane

Jane Grover

Outreach Principal

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800

Chicago IL 60606

312.386.8802 w

847.902.7465 m

Communications and Outreach Intern, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

February 28, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Communications & Outreach

Communications and Outreach Intern (COMO2016)

February 26, 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 full-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.
  • Database management: 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.

 

Internship Timeframe

The summer internship will approximately begin May 16, 2016, and end August 12, 2016.

Office Automation Skills

Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Power Point.

Specialized Technology

Adobe Creative Suite, web content management.

Contact Information

Please submit cover letter and resume via our website at

http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers. Please refer to Job Code (COMO2016).

If applicants have questions regarding the internship, they may contact our Communications & Outreach representatives, Tina Smith at tsmith@cmap.illinois.gov or Jane Grover at jgrover@cmap.illinois.gov.

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

Message from ADPSR: AIA reconsiders human rights – please thank them!

February 25, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

AIA reconsiders human rights – please thank them!

Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

Feb 24, 2016 — Good news! The AIA National Ethics Council has told ADPSR that they will (re)consider our proposal to prohibit the design of execution chambers and spaces intended for torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. This is big progress from 2014, when AIA rejected ADPSR’s proposal, but a new turn for the National Ethics Council, which had never considered the proposal before (previously, it was just the AIA Board of Directors). We salute AIA’s 2015 and 2016 Presidents for taking another look at this vitally important issue. Since AIA’s rejection, two more medical professional associations — this time, of pharmacists — have told their members not to participate in executions, and the United Nations has adopted new human rights rules for the treatment of prisoners specifically barring the kind of solitary confinement routinely practiced across the United States. This makes 2016 the right time for AIA to update its position, too.

As a signer of this petition, we need you to reinforce this message by thanking AIA for their reconsideration and encouraging them to take a strong stand for human rights! Please sign our open letter here: https://www.change.org/p/american-institute-of-architects-ban-design-for-killing-or-torture
and of course, share this with your friends, family, and colleagues. Thank you!

Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility

 

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