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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

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.


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 (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 for more information.  For detailed information about our benefits, please go to

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

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

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  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

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 with subject “Program


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


  • ?  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 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.


  • 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 (, 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 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  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).

CFP – 3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience in London, June 13 and 14

February 10, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized


Last call for abstracts for academic research papers, workshops and practice papers for the 3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience in London on 13 and 14 June.

The deadline for submissions is 13th February.

We invite research students, academics and industry practitioners to submit abstracts for research papers, workshops and practice papers on the following themes:

  • Achieving both sustainable and resilient cities
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Green infrastructure
  • Urban recovery post-disaster
  • The circular economy

Abstracts for posters are also invited (deadline 17th March). Prizes will be awarded for the best paper and best poster.

Further information:

Submit via:


Planner V – Transportation, City and County of San Francisco

February 1, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Planner V-Transportation

$62.56 – $76.04/hour; $10,844.00 – $13,180.00/month; $130,130.00 – $158,158.00/year

Application Deadline: 2/15/2017 5:00 PM



The Planner V – Transportation position has upper-level responsibility for coordinating major transportation-related planning efforts, both within the Planning Department and across municipal and regional agencies. The position performs and oversees work related to transportation planning, policy development, funding strategies, and impact analysis. This position is responsible for convening and managing high-level, collaborative transportation vision, planning, and funding strategy efforts amongst multiple municipal and regional agencies, including the SFMTA, SFCTA, Mayor’s Office and regional transportation agencies. As a high-level position, it represents the Department and the City/County, advocating on behalf of its policy objectives in local, regional and State interagency forums and initiatives. The successful candidate must have expert conceptual, technical and project management abilities and a strong ability to convene multiple agencies and interests and represent the City/County in regional transportation conversations and forums.

The position will direct the Connect SF program ( Connect SF is a multiagency collaboration to develop a long-range transportation vision and implementation strategy to improve mobility for all people in San Francisco, and to promote the strategic integration of land use and transportation for the city and region. It seeks to build an effective, equitable and sustainable transportation system for our future, so current and future generations can get around the city safely, reliably, and conveniently. The position will also direct the update to the Transportation Element of the San Francisco General Plan, consistent with the Connect SF preferred transportation vision.

The position will supervise transportation planning staff within the Citywide Planning Division, and will be a key member of the Citywide Division management team. The successful candidate must have strong management skills, including envisioning, developing, and directing a long-range transportation planning work program, and managing the work of other staff towards achieving the goals of the work program.

The Planner V is the highest level position in the Planner series, is housed in the Citywide Planning Division of the Planning Department, and reports to the Director of Citywide Planning. As such, the Planner V – Transportation serves as a member of the Citywide Planning Division’s management team.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop,  manage and maintain a work program relating to the Department’s long-range transportation planning and policy efforts;
  • Direct the Connect SF program, including all staff and consultant work and deliverables; convene interagency Connect SF team, and serve as primary point of contact for other agencies and external stakeholders for Connect SF;
  • Represent the Planning Department in interagency and inter-jurisdictional forums and efforts with regard to local and regional transportation planning and policy initiatives, including SFMTA, SFCTA, the Mayor’s Office, MTC and other State and regional agencies;
  • Supervise and/or directly manage a variety of long-range transportation plans, programs, and policy initiatives; serve as senior transportation advisor on comprehensive plans, area plans, major development projects, and transportation plans; and lead development of transportation policy, funding, and implementation strategies;
  • Advise and act as a resource to the Director of Planning, Citywide Division Director and other Senior Department managers on transportation-related planning and policy issues;
  • Direct the Transportation Element (General Plan) update and other transportation-related policy development in the Department;
  • Recommend department positions in response to regional and local transportation policy proposals, and communicate these positions to key stakeholders and decision-makers;
  • Directly supervise the work of transportation planning and project staff in the Citywide Planning Division, potentially including other Citywide Division managers; supervise the development, training and advancement of subordinates; advise and oversee the related, consultant contract procurement process,  ensure proper staffing levels; and evaluate the performance of subordinates and consultants;
  • Coordinate with the Planning Department’s Environmental Planning Division regarding development and updates to transportation policy and review guidelines
  • Address community, business and other groups to clearly explain planning programs and problems, promote resolution and good public relations for the department;
  • Represent the department at the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Supervisors committee meetings, and other local, regional and state government agencies, commissions or boards;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Planner Vs 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’s license, or may require specialized experience in order to perform department specific planning duties.


  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND
  • Eight (8) years of experience in urban, city, regional, and/or transportation planning, including three (3) years of supervisory experience.


The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process.

  • Three (3) years of recent and verifiable experience in performing complex city and region-wide, long term transportation policy, including transportation funding and implementation strategies.
  • Strong working knowledge of transportation planning practices, including policy development; funding and implementation strategies; and technical knowledge including transit operations;
  • Strong interagency collaboration and facilitation skills to support reconciling divergent agency imperatives and forging consensus;
  • Excellent management skills, including supervising technical work of other planners, coaching and mentoring, appropriately delegating tasks, and building strong and cohesive teams;
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills and ability to effectively and sensitively communicate, both orally and in writing, with a broad variety of stakeholders and in formal presentation settings;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple high-level projects and demands within deadlines.


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

Visit: to register an account and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.


Updates on Progressive City: Radical Alternatives Magazine

January 22, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Updates on Progressive City: Radical Alternatives Magazine

The new PN online magazine Progressive City: Radical Alternatives,

now features new articles and a podcast.
A podcast has been added for the series Ear to the Pavement:
Allison Lirish Dean interviews New York-based journalist and author Neil DeMause about gentrification and development in Brooklyn and about his new book, The Brooklyn Wars: The Stories Behind the Making of New York’s Most Celebrated Borough.
Recent articles include:
“Preventing Discrimination by Design: Diversifying the Planning Profession” by Giovania Tiarachristie
“Review: From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago” by Pierre Clavel
“Trump: What Can Progressive Planners Do?” by Tom Angotti
“Good Planning, Progressive Planning and Urban Transformation: Reflecting on Peter Marcuse” by Aseem Inam
“Vision Zero: Racism, Policing and Rethinking Safety” by Josmar Trujillo
“Standing Rock: Victory Celebrated, Struggle to Continue” by Nancy Romer
Check them out!  And for information on how to contribute to the Magazine, scroll down at the following link:
Please share information about the Magazine with your networks!
Our progressive connections are more critical than ever for 2017, and any donations that you or potentially interested friends can make in the New Year (via the Donate button on to help keep the Magazine going is greatly appreciated.
Thanks & the best wishes for the holiday season!

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Executive Program Coordinator

January 13, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

CMAP Executive Office

Executive Program Coordinator (EPC2017)

January 9, 2017

Job Category:                          Associate

Experience Required:              3 to 5 years

Salary Range:                          $54,000 to 66,933

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) seeks to hire a full-time Executive Program Coordinator to assist with support for the Executive Director, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, and CMAP Board and Policy Committee activities.  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 for more information.  For detailed information about our benefits, please go to 

Position Description

The Executive Program Coordinator will work in the CMAP executive office to support the Executive Director and the Chief of Staff and General Counsel.  The position will be required to vet meeting and speaking requests for the Executive Director, prepare appropriate talking points or remarks for the Executive Director, and work with all CMAP departments to ensure the Executive Director has the most up-to-date policy positions and appropriate background information prior to meetings, speaking events, or engagements with outside partners.  The Executive Program Coordinator will also proactively work with the Outreach Team, Senior Development Specialist, and other CMAP Departments, as appropriate, to seek opportunities for the Executive Director to engage with new and existing external partners.  The position will also be required to assist the Chief of Staff and General Counsel in preparation and review of CMAP Board, MPO Policy Committee, Transportation Committee, and other committee materials.  The Executive Program Coordinator must be an excellent writer and a dynamic thinker, and have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.


Meetings and Invitations

  • Vet meeting requests and invitations to speak from external partners.
    • Engage external partners to understand purpose of meeting
    • Assess potential risk and benefit of CMAP participation
    • Assess degree of relevance to Executive Director responsibilities
    • Liaise with Executive Assistant, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, and Vetting Committee to reach final recommendation
  • Prepare materials for Executive Director’s external talks
    • Understand and negotiate partner goals for the event
    • Identify CMAP goals for participation
    • Collaborate with CMAP Departments to source content and review final remarks
    • Develop remarks and/or talking points
  • Manage advance preparations for Executive Director’s events
    • Coordinate with external partners to understand program and logistics
    • Ensure Executive Director’s has appropriate support materials and information prior to the event
    • Ensure successful presentation of agency’s priorities
  • Attend meetings and events with (or in place of) Executive Director
    • Serve as on-site liaison for events
    • Help put meeting in context with background or other information
    • Ensure proper and strategic directed follow-up

Executive Briefings

  • Prepare Executive Director for meetings with internal and external stakeholders
    • Connect with participants to understand desired outcomes
    • Craft short, strategic recommendation for meeting goals
    • Research relationship and project histories to create digestible background
  • Support Executive Director follow-up
    • Coordinate with CMAP staff and/or external stakeholders to identify and execute follow-up actions

Committee Meeting Preparation

  • Manage the Committee meeting agenda and document development process
    • Establish deadlines for document completion
    • Review documents for substance, grammar, and CMAP style
    • Ensure that all materials are prepared for Chief of Staff and General Counsel review
    • Work closely with Executive Assistant to ensure all materials are available for distribution by required deadlines.

Other Duties

  • Work with the Outreach team, Senior Development Specialist, and other CMAP Staff to engage external stakeholders
    • Brainstorm new potential strategic external partners, including in the private sector
    • Work with the Outreach team to seek meetings or engagements with the Executive Director
    • Coordinate with the Senior Development Specialist to align outreach efforts with CMAP’s strategic development plan
  • Serve as project manager for special projects
    • Coordinate with external partners to set project goals
    • Ensure compatibility with CMAP goals and activities
    • Update Executive Director and relevant staff as needed
    • Deliver products, events, etc. as needed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The Executive Program Coordinator must have excellent writing, time management, organizational, and interpersonal skills.  The Executive Program Coordinator 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.  The Executive Program Coordinator must also be able to effectively collaborate with other staff and ensure cooperation to meet deadlines, although the position is not a management position.  The position requires a demonstrated interest in transportation or land use planning, transportation programming, or other discipline that CMAP covers.

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.

Demonstrated responsibility supporting a senior level executive or manager is required.  Prior work experience is required and should include demonstrated excellence 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:  Please refer to Job Code (EPC2017).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on February 9, 2017.  All applications must be completed and submitted prior to 5:00 p.m. CDT.

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

Economic Development Planner, Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico

January 3, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Position Title: Economic Development Planner
Employer’s Name: Pueblo of Laguna
Job Location (City, State):  Laguna, NM
Job description: The Economic Development Planner coordinates the development of economic development studies and plans; contributes to the development and update of capital improvement, comprehensive, topic-specific, and site plans for the Pueblo of Laguna; supports the development and administration of planning contracts; compiles data relevant to planning; implements studies and public involvement processes necessary for planning; and supports Pueblo departments in program planning.  A Master’s Degree in community, urban, or regional planning or a related field is required. Three years of experience in economic development or administration of planning contracts is required. Experience working for a tribal government preferred.  Note: please check the weblink for more information and the closing date.

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