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Principal Transportation Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

June 26, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Posting will close on July 7, 2017

Employer: The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Job Category:                       Principal

Experience Required:          8 to 10 years

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

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

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

Position Description

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

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

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

This program requires some travel throughout the region.  Candidates must have the ability and willingness to work with communities across the region, and should value the diversity of communities that our region contains.  For more information on the TIP, please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/programs-and-resources/tip.

Qualifications and Skills

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

General qualifications and skills for the position include:

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

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

Education and/or Experience

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

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

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume via the web at: www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers.  Please refer to Job Code (PTP2017).

Posting End Date

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

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

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

May 1, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

17th International Conference on Penal Abolition

Call for Presentations / Call for Workshops/ Call for Art

July 26-29, 2017

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

Abolition and its Ghosts:

Historic Memory and Ongoing Struggles Against Colonialism and Slavery

The local organizing committee for the 17th International Conference on Penal Abolition extends this invitation to submit proposals for presentations, art and workshops. You can contact the local organizing committee through: icopa17@umassd.edu

 

Location:

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

Theme:

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

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

Proposals:

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

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

We encourage proposals that address abolitionist perspectives on:

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

We will prioritize proposals that center:

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

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

Call for Artists / Artworks:

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

Deadline for all proposals is May 15, 2017:

Submissions should be written in English or Spanish.

Please provide:

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

Please email all proposals to: icopa17@umassd.edu

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

 

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

More information about registration, lodging, travel, visas, etc. will be available soon on the ICOPA 17 website: https://icopa17.wordpress.com/

Kind regards from the ICOPA 17 Organizing Committee.

Planning for Resistance: A Community Forum on Radical Urbanism in the Trump Era, May 7th, NYC

April 27, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Planning for Resistance: A Community Forum on Radical Urbanism in the Trump Era

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Where: Higgins Hall, Pratt Institute
61 St James Pl, Brooklyn, NY

What:
An inclusive, participatory forum for progressive planners, community organizers, and students to discuss the role of the planning field in responding to the current political climate, and to consider the new complexities this brings to equity-driven, anti-oppression work in urban communities. Keynote remarks by Tom Angotti (Planners Network, Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development), followed by roundtable discussions, and concluding with happy hour nearby at 4:00 pm (location TBA shortly).

For more information and RSVP, visit: http://bit.ly/2pN1y2C

Spaces of Struggle 2017: Mini-conference on Radical Planning

April 21, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Spaces of Struggle 2017: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning

October 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.

A free mini-conference directly preceding the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference

Website: radicalplanning.wordpress.com
Conference contact: sos.radplan@gmail.com

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

We assemble doctoral students, scholars and faculty from across the globe, as well as activists, artists, and community representatives. Spaces of Struggle is a commentary on and complement to ACSP 2017 events, activities and presentations. While we welcome a variety of critical and radical perspectives, proposals should engage directly with the histories, theories, and practices of urban planning.  Applicants will be selected and organized into panels and roundtable sessions based on the relevance of their proposal to the conference themes and the potential for dialogue among participants.

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Submission deadline: May 1, 2017

Paper Panel Sessions: These sessions will consist of panels of three to four scholarly papers addressing different themes or concentrations in radical planning. Presenters will have 15-minutes to read or discuss their paper, followed by audience questions and discussion.

To apply to present a paper, please submit a 250-word abstract proposal outlining (1) the subject of the paper and your research approach (community project, research project, dissertation project, etc.), and (2) how it intersects with other themes and issues of radical planning.  Include 3 keywords.

Special Topic Roundtable Discussions: These less structured sessions will be organized around themes or specific topics that emerge from both the paper and roundtable submissions. Three to five discussants will have 5-minutes to introduce how their scholarship intersects with radical planning and then engage the audience in an open conversation.

To apply to participate as a discussant in a roundtable discussion, please submit a 250-word statement of interest. The statement should (1) describe how you position your research, activism and/or community experience within the themes and issues of radical planning, and (2) conclude with one or two specific questions for discussion. The questions that will shape our discussion will be drawn directly from selected panelist submissions.

Please submit your application to sos.radplan@gmail.com by midnight on Monday, May 1 with the subject line “Space of Struggle 2017: application”.

Include your full name, affiliation and position, and contact information. You may apply to present at both the paper and roundtable sessions but will be limited to one presentation. Selected presenters will be notified by mid-June. Participants will be required to submit their conference papers or discussion outline by the end of September 2017.

Statement on Accessibility and Accommodation: In keeping with radical values and positions, we are dedicated to working with our colleagues and communities to find reasonable accommodations whenever possible to facilitate alternative presentation or participation formats for those who may face barriers due to political, financial, medical, ability or other accessibility concerns and restrictions. This may include but is not limited to the use of digital technologies or presentations read by proxy.

Suggested topics:

Radical planning movements and practices

  • Radical practice, policy, and professionals
  • Anarchist, socialist, feminist, and/or queer planning
  • Direct action and social movements
  • Informality and insurgency across the globe

Radical planning issues and themes

  • Dissensus, democracy, and agonistic pluralism
  • White supremacy, racism, and xenophobia
  • Colonialism, migration, and indigeneity
  • Neoliberalization/market fundamentalism
  • Financialization
  • Gentrification, race, eviction, and displacement
  • Policing, law, and the State
  • Technology, software, and innovation
  • Labor, energy, and work
  • Intersectionality and identity
  • The body, gender, sexuality, and social reproduction
  • Ability and access
  • Infrastructures, logistics, and networks
  • Environments, ecologies, and natures
  • Housing, property, and the Commons
  • Zoning, regulation, and control

Radical planning epistemologies and pedagogies

  • Radical and activist research methodologies
  • Expertise, data, and knowledge
  • Teaching radical planning, publishing, media, and knowledge networks
  • Historical and comparative analyses of radical planning practice

There is no fee to participate or attend the conference.

Co-organizers:
Bri Gauger, University of Michigan
Sarah Gelbard, McGill University
Carla Maria Kayanan, University of Michigan
Julie Mah, University of Toronto
Danielle Rivera, University of Colorado Boulder
Stephen Sherman, University of Illinois
Raksha Vasudevan, University of Texas

Assistant Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

April 18, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

CMAP Planning

Assistant Planner (AP42017)

April 17, 2017

 

Job Category:                       Assistant

Experience Required:          No prior experience required

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

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a full-time employee to contribute to the agency’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program and ON TO 2050 comprehensive regional plan development.

CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the seven northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  CMAP developed and now guides implementation of metropolitan Chicago’s comprehensive regional plan, GO TO 2040, and has begun development of the region’s next comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050.  The ON TO 2050 regional plan will establish coordinated strategies to help the region’s seven counties and 284 communities 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 would have two main responsibilities with other duties as assigned.

The position will contribute significantly to the LTA program.  The LTA program was initiated in spring 2011 to create innovative local projects in the Chicago region that support livability principles, implement GO TO 2040, and build capacity in local communities.  Over 140 projects have been completed to date, with 40 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.

The position will also to contribute to ON TO 2050, which is slated for adoption in October 2018.  ON TO 2050 is meant to build on the recommendations of GO TO 2040, address new issues, and provide more specific and actionable guidance for implementation.  The plan development process is one of the agency’s major activities, and many staff contribute in different ways.  For more information, visit http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/onto2050.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of the links between transportation, land use, housing, economic development, community development, environment and natural resources, and governance.
  • Familiarity with the purpose, scope, and practice of regional planning.
  • Experience working on or familiarity with local planning projects. Examples include comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, corridor plans, market studies, and similar products.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with local planning practice in northeastern Illinois, including plan and ordinance preparation, and the role of appointed and elected officials.
  • Ability to contribute to complex projects and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and across departments.
  • Experience or interest in working with elected officials, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners in designing and implementing policies and strategies.
  • Ability to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in support of planning projects.
  • Ability to translate planning principles and policies to stakeholders and the general public.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Multilingual skills, especially Spanish fluency, are a plus.

Education and/or Experience

A Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a related discipline is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred.  Candidates with less than 2 years of relevant work 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.  Refer to Job Code (AP42017).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on May 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  All applications must be completed and submitted within that timeframe.

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

Grants Initiative – Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums / Libraries as Assets

March 25, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums / Libraries as Assets – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative

Deadline:
April 03, 2017

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2017 is now available.

Grant Amount: Up to $150,000

Grant Period of Performance: Up to two years.

Cost Share Requirement: 1:1 cost share required.

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Also of note, IMLS will need review panel members with community planning backgrounds; contact my colleague Marvin Carr if interested in serving:

Dr. Marvin D. Carr, Senior Advisor, Office of the Director
202-653-4752
mcarr@imls.gov (link sends e-mail)

Planner Principal, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

March 14, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Planner Principal, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

Job Category:                       Principal

Experience Required:          Minimum 8 years

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

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire one full-time employee to join the agency’s Planning department.  The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region’s comprehensive planning organization.  The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range 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 successful candidate will primarily be responsible for helping to lead and manage the agency’s award-winning Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.  Depending on agency needs, the candidate may also manage elements of CMAP’s research, analysis, mapping work, and contribute to the agency’s long-range planning.  Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The position is primarily expected to contribute to the leadership and management of the LTA program.  This program was initiated in spring 2011 to create new resources for technical assistance and coordinate with existing technical assistance activities.  It has resulted in a series of innovative local projects in the Chicago region that support livability principles, implement GO TO 2040, and build capacity in local communities.  Nearly 150 projects have been completed to date, with 40 more underway.  New projects are identified annually, through a competitive selection process.  Projects include comprehensive plans, corridor or subarea plans, zoning revisions, studies of special topics such as housing, economic development, water resources, or climate resilience, and similar planning activities.  The position will also manage consultants, project implementation, and work with external agency partners.

The successful candidate will be expected to: oversee numerous projects, supervising the work of other staff; directly manage a small number of projects, with support from a team of staff; ensure a high quality of products across the program; assist in the selection of new projects; identify new strategic directions for the program, based on local interest and regional priorities; and many other activities.  Overall, the position will have a high level of responsibility for the success of the LTA program, and will work collaboratively with other senior staff and agency leadership to manage and continually improve it.

This program requires travel throughout the region.  Candidates must have the ability and willingness to work with communities across the region, and should value the diversity of communities that our region contains.  To obtain more information on the LTA program, please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/lta.

Depending on the skills of the candidates and the needs of the agency, the position will also be asked to contribute to other CMAP activities:

  • CMAP has an extensive research and analysis program, which provides support for the agency’s planning and programming activities as well as external dissemination of data. Candidates may manage employees that work on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and overall application of quantitative research and analysis methods to local and regional planning issues.
  • CMAP is producing a long-range regional plan, ON TO 2050, which is due to be complete in October 2018. Many staff across the agency are involved in its development.  This position is expected to contribute to ON TO 2050 by bringing knowledge of local planning practice in northeastern Illinois, which will help CMAP ensure that the plan speaks to and is useful to communities.  The position may also contribute to plan content and outreach and engagement efforts.  For more information, visit http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/onto2050.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Applicants must demonstrate that they have the knowledge, experience, and skills to assist in the management of the LTA program and the development and implementation of LTA projects.  Experience and interest in long-range regional planning or in research and analysis is a plus.

General qualifications and skills for the position include:

  • Knowledge of local planning practice in northeastern Illinois, including plan and ordinance preparation, development review, and the role of appointed and elected officials.
  • Experience working on or familiarity with local planning projects. Examples include comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, corridor plans, sustainability plans, studies of housing or other specific topics, and similar products.
  • Understanding of the links between transportation, land use, housing, economic development, environment and natural resources, community development, and governance.
  • Ability to provide technical assistance, facilitate meetings and workshops, and develop innovative, collaborative solutions to build local capacity.
  • Ability to effectively promote regional principles while respecting and addressing local concerns.
  • Experience or interest in working with elected officials, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the general public, and other partners on planning issues.
  • Excellent skills in public speaking, writing, facilitating, and other forms of public engagement.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for effectively managing diverse teams and complex projects, as well as working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and across departments.
  • Multilingual skills, especially Spanish fluency, are a plus.
  • Sufficient substantive experience with advanced use of GIS, managing and analyzing large datasets, developing tools for use in planning processes, and similar experience for purposes of managing staff with these skillsets is a plus.
  • Familiarity with regional planning and policy and the role of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). In particular, knowledge of best practices in linking planning at the regional and local levels is a plus.

Positions at the Principal level have supervisory and leadership responsibilities, and Principals are typically responsible for supervising 4 to 7 staff of varying levels.  Candidates must have a demonstrated aptitude for effectively managing staff and projects, and should have demonstrated leadership capabilities.

Education and Experience

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

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

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample via the web at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers.  Please refer to Job Code (PPL2017).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on April 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.  All applications must be completed and submitted within that timeframe.

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

Progressive City: Radical Alternatives – check it out!

March 11, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Check out the new articles and podcasts posted on Progressive City: Radical Alternatives

www.progressivecity.net

https://www.facebook.com/pcityradical

https://twitter.com/pcityradical

And please share with your networks!

 

 

Program Coordinator, ational Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), New York City

February 18, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume as one PDF file to hr@nacto.org with subject “Program

Coordinator”

Job Title: Start Date: Salary: Location:

Program Coordinator
April 2017
Commensurate with experience
New York City (Midtown Manhattan)

Join the dynamic staff at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). NACTO, a non-profit association that represents large cities on transportation issues of local and national importance, seeks a Program Coordinator with a background in the field of city planning, sustainable transportation, urban design, public policy, or a related field. The Program Coordinator will liaise with a network of visionary transportation practitioners and leaders on pressing issues in city transportation, such as street design, bicycle infrastructure, public space, pedestrian safety, public transit, and local transportation policy. The Program Coordinator will play a major role in developing and coordinating the leading national transportation conference, Designing Cities. The Program Coordinator will also support NACTO’s leadership development program as well as other events, trainings, and workshops in cities across the country.

The desired candidate is self-motivated with an interest in working directly with city staff around the country on issues of sustainable transportation and major trends in urban planning, design, and policy. Excellent communication skills are a must, including written, verbal, and interpersonal. The ideal candidate will have an exceptional eye for detail and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently. Prior experience with major event planning is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast- paced, productive workplace. This position reports to the Director of Policy and Special Projects.

Responsibilities will include:

? Major role in planning, developing, and executing the Designing Cities conference in Chicago, 2017 – NACTO’s annual conference, which attracts an audience of 800 transportation leaders and practitioners from over 125 cities

o Assist with conference program development, identifying leading projects and topics from NACTO cities         o Coordinate with NACTO staff to produce trainings and workshops at the conference o Lead on speaker outreach and coordination, communicating with 100+ speakers, facilitating panel planning calls, and ensuring speakers are prepared
o Lead on attendee engagement, publicizing information and answering questions from conference participants
o Coordinate conference logistics before, during, and after the event, in partnership with a local event manager in Chicago
o Assist on-site in Chicago during the conference (October 30-November 2)

? Support the new NACTO Leadership Development Program
o Work with NACTO’s Director of Policy and Special Projects to launch the first cohort of NACTO’s leadership development program
o Coordinate in-person events and webinars for program participants

  • ?  Coordinate event logistics for workshops, trainings, receptions and other events in NACTO cities across the country (some travel may be involved)
  • ?  Support other NACTO programs as needed

    Qualifications

  • ?  Bachelor’s degree in City Planning, Urban Studies, Public Policy, Urban Design, Transportation Systems, or related field with a demonstrated interest in sustainable transportation.
  • ?  1-3 years of relevant internship and work experience in sustainable transportation, event planning, or related fields.

    Required Skills

  • ?  Outstanding communication skills, both spoken and written, including email and phone communication
  • ?  Excellent attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • ?  Experience planning major complex events; ability to effectively coordinate many moving parts
  • ?  Strong organizational skills
  • ?  Advanced computer skills in a Windows environment (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

    Desired Skills

? Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator)

This opening will remain posted until Friday, March 17, 2016. Do not wait to apply! We will consider applications on a rolling basis, and may not wait until the deadline to interview and extend offers.

NACTO is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a passionate working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

Communications and Outreach Internship, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

February 15, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Communications & Outreach

Communications and Outreach Intern (COMO2017)

 

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 summer communications and outreach intern to assist with the publication, messaging, and distribution of agency materials and public engagement support for CMAP’s next comprehensive regional plan.  The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region’s comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range 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.  Some in-region travel, and work in evenings and on weekends may be required.

Essential Functions

Provide assistance as needed to support effective communications and public engagement for CMAP.

Communications

  • 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.

Outreach

  • Help develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies and activities, such as workshops, forums, presentations, and speaking engagements.
  • Assist with logistics for outreach events, both off-site and in CMAP’s offices.
  • Help maintain and expand the agency’s community outreach database.
  • Help maintain and update the agency’s customer relations management tool.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The Communications and Outreach Intern must have excellent skills in writing and other forms of communication, including public presentations.  The position also requires a demonstrated ability to quickly understand and communicate complex policy issues.  Another primary requirement is attention to detail, including mastery of grammar and style necessary when writing for various public audiences.

The 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 2017.  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 2017.  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

Depending on the student’s availability, this is a full-time summer position beginning in May or June 2017.  It could potentially continue into the 2017-18 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 (COMO2017).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on March 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.  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).

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