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Assistant Professor position – Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College, Los Angeles

July 22, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

The Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level.  The position will begin fall of 2016.

We invite candidates that support the department’s commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice and to a greener and more sustainable economy. We are interested in candidates who will teach some of the following courses: Urbanization and the Environment, Resilient Cities, Food and the Environment, Food Justice, Climate Justice, Energy and the Economy, Natural Resource Policy, and the Green Economy. We encourage candidates with degrees in economics, environmental studies, energy and resources, environmental science, geography, political ecology, political economy, and urban planning.

Priority will be given to candidates whose teaching and research are connected to policy and planning issues, and emphasize the links between environmental issues and racial, economic and social inequality and have demonstrated experience helping students evaluate and engage in community-based learning and research that advance efforts to create  just and livable communities.

Read the complete job description and requirements at All materials are due by 5 pm on Friday, October 30, 2015.

Planning & Project Management – American University, Washington DC

July 14, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized
Position Number: 12344

Department: Planning & Project Management

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Work Hours per Week: 35-Exempt

Band: Team Leader/Consultant B

Position Type: Full-time Staff


Working under minimal direct supervision, this position assists the Director of Planning and Project Development with campus and facilities planning, space management, performance metrics analysis, and project development including programming, conceptual design, budgeting, and scheduling for renovation and new campus/facilities projects. This position is responsible for maintaining and providing anaylsis of the space inventory database, in order to document and statistically present the use, assignment and characteristics of facilities in use or available for assignment. This position will develop and maintain other databases as needed including classroom utilization and space assessments. The incumbent will develop and analyze plans and requests related to campus space allocation and make recommendations for educational facility space by both academic and administrative divisions and departments.

Educational Requirements:Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, interior design or other relevant field or the equivalent in education, training and experience related to construction and project management.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5 – 8 years of experience in architecture, campus and facility planning and, database and graphics software
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies and commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse organization
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve confrontational issues as they arise
  • Ability to develop and manage expectations
  • Familiarity with design and construction processes and with City, State, and Federal codes, ordinances, and entitlement process
  • Ability to develop design and construction project scopes, budgets, and schedules
  • Ability to understand architectural floor plans and derive statistical data from them.
  • Ability to use computer aided drafting programs (AutoCAD), presentation software (Adobe Photoshop), spreadsheets (Excel), and databases

Additional Information:

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

To Apply Please Visit:

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Spring 2015: Prisons, Policing and Planning

Spring 2015: Prisons, Policing and Planning

Spring 2015: Prisons, Policing and Planning

The Seventh Generation

Prisons, Policing and Physical Planning

  • “Negro Removal” Revisited: Urban Planning and the New Jim Crow in Kansas City
    by Jacob A. Wagner
  • The Poverty of Planning
    by Samuel Stein
  • Zone, and Zone Out
    by Javier Arbona
  • Is “Justice Architecture” Just? : From the Ferguson Police Station to the “Justice Center” to Human Rights
    by Raphael Sperry

Beyond Physical Planning: Policy, Education and Community

Members Only: Download this issue (1.5 MB)

Note: This document is a password protected PDF. Members should check the mailing label of the latest Progressive Planning Magazine, if you have not received one since you became a member, please contact info(at)plannersnetwork(dot)org. Please include your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address for confirmation.

Sawmill Community Land Trust, Albuquerque, NM – Executive Director position

June 4, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Position Title:
Executive Director

Employer’s Name: Sawmill Community Land Trust

Job Location: Albuquerque, NM



Under the direction of the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and operations of Sawmill Community Land Trust, a membership based, non-profit organization with a mission to develop vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods through the creation and stewardship of permanently affordable housing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of policies set by the Board as well as annual goals and objectives, and financial, program, and administrative oversight of the organization.


  • Development, management, and maintenance of Sawmill CLT’s financial resources and administrative systems with direct responsibility for preparation of an annual budget, implementation of a fundraising plan, and presentation of timely reports to the Board.
  • Management and coordination of a variety of programs for the construction, rehabilitation, and management of housing, commercial and community development projects
  • Management and supervision of in-house staff, contracted professionals and consulting services.
  • Ongoing promotion and public advocacy of Sawmill CLT’s mission, message and interests to funders, lenders, partners, members, and the general public.
  • Providing information, guidance, training and support to the Board of Directors. 

Qualifications, Education & Skills Required:

  • Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to social and economic justice in general and affordable housing in particular.
  • Ability to develop, maintain, articulate and pursue vision of present and future potential of Sawmill CLT.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Effective organizational, time management and administrative skills; ability to work independently while motivating and supporting staff.
  • Thorough understanding of property development, housing finance, and community and economic development strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Leadership skills including effective public speaking, consensus building and ability to initiate community involvement efforts.
  • Ability to use spreadsheets, word processing software.
  • Ability to plan strategically and to assemble resources to accomplish objectives.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the community land trust model, including the role of stewardship.
  • Experience with community-based planning processes.
  • Affordable housing development experience, including knowledge of Low Income Housing Tax Credits and assembling of financing from multiple sources.
  • Previous executive leadership experience.

Compensation:  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, $50K – $60K, plus medical benefits and flexible vacation time.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, a resume and three professional references by June 30

Sawmill Community Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities and LGBTQ people strongly urged to apply



City of Bridgeport, Connecticut – Economic Development Associate

May 30, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

The City of Bridgeport, CT is now accepting resumes for the position of

Economic Development Associate

Salary: $54,816.00 – This position includes a comprehensive benefits package including a Retirement Pension administered by MERS (Municipal Employees Retirement System).

To Apply: Please mail, deliver or email a resume, cover letter and three (3) professional references (name, title, business/company name, and contact information), to the Civil Service Commission office, 45 Lyon Terrace, room 106, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Required documents can be emailed to

Resumes must be submitted or postmarked no later than Friday, June 26, 2015.


The Economic Development Associate works as the primary support staff person updating the City’s economic development strategy and planning the implementation of various economic and community development projects. Works in partnership with businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities to coordinate programs and projects. These may include: business assistance, physical development, financial assistance and resource development. Performs a full range of tasks related to assisting in the management of major projects and initiative for the Office of Planning and Economic Development.


The Economic Development Associate Acts under the direction of the Deputy Director of OPED Administration.


  1. Coordinate the planning and implementation of a coordinated capital access and technical assistance network in cooperation with public and private partners.
  2. Create and maintain a user-friendly database of economic and environmental information on potential redevelopment properties in the city. Assist in the marketing of the sites to private and public entities for investment and development.
  3. Assist with the marketing and administration of the city’s business incentive programs, including the Enterprise Zone and Foreign Trade Zone.
  4. Provide outreach services to local businesses as a representative of the city.
  5. Assist in the preparation of project budgets for state and federal economic development programs.
  6. Prepare reports and recommendations for public meetings. Attend public meetings as instructed by executive staff.
  7. Undertake project management responsibilities and perform related duties as assigned.


  1. A minimum of 3 -5 years of responsible working experience in urban planning, public administration, business administration, or real estate development is required.
  2. A graduate degree in business administration, public administration or planning is required and may be substituted for two years relevant experience.
  3. Working knowledge of business finance, real estate development, and city planning.
  4. Working knowledge of economic development finance or commercial credit is required.
  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate well with business owners, community leaders, bankers and government officials.
  6. Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel.
  7. Excellent written and verbal communications.

This job description is not, nor is to be intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions, responsibilities and qualifications which comprise this position.

An Equal Opportunity Employer MF/AA/DIS

For further information and contact:




TELEPHONE: 203-576-7103

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Call for Papers: Fall 2015 issue of Progressive Planning – State of Planning in Detroit

May 28, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Call for Papers: Fall 2015 issue of Progressive Planning – State of Planning in Detroit

Progressive Planning, the magazine of Planners Network, invites critical articles about the state of planning in Detroit for its Fall 2015 issue.

Once idealized as an icon of American modernity, Detroit’s drastic population decline and high poverty and unemployment rates put the city at the center of many conversations from professional planning discourses to the sensational social imaginary surrounding shrinking cities. Historically, like residents of many industrial cities, Detroiters have faced displacement from state sanctioned mega projects, discriminatory suburban housing policies and uprisings in response to racial injustice. Though land values and population have drastically decreased, urban morphology continues to be shaped by the privatization of public land holdings and market centric solutions addressing primarily economic conditions of Detroit. The prowess of a city built and sustained by union wages of auto-workers now finds itself bankrupt and polarized by the increasingly conservative politics of a newly minted right-to-work state. Within this context, working class and African American Detroiters have found themselves increasingly at the margins of formal planning conversations. This exclusion is seen in large scale water shut offs, the auction of tax foreclosed properties to out of state and international investors, and the development of formal plans that aim to “right size” less economically viable neighborhoods. As a necessity, politically marginalized Detroit communities have responded through the implementation of informal, survivalist strategies such as urban agriculture, ridesharing networks and a scrapping economy.

Progressive Planning critically explores the politics behind the planning and their effects on sustainability and justice. We go beyond “best practice” models to investigate the true social, political and ecological impacts of both mainstream and alternative planning schemes. Articles must be written in a critical and journalistic voice. Authors should avoid jargon and present a clear point of view. Articles should be no more than 2,000 words in English and written for a general audience. Do not use footnotes or bibliography. Please adhere to the guidelines for submission:  Articles should be sent to Lisa Berglund at by    September 15, 2015.

Today, rhetoric that describes Detroit as dead or dying, stagnated and suffering from irreversible damage, at times obfuscates the active continuation of urban policy supporting spatial injustice and political marginalization of local communities of color through neoliberalization.


City of Bridgeport, Connecticut – Planner II position

May 25, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

The City of Bridgeport, CT is now accepting resumes for the position of


Salary: $55,983.00 – This position includes a comprehensive benefits package including a Retirement Pension administered by MERS (Municipal Employees Retirement System).

To Apply: Please mail, deliver or email a resume, cover letter and three (3) professional references (name, title, business/company name, and contact information), to the Civil Service Commission office, 45 Lyon Terrace, room 106, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Required documents can be emailed to

Resumes must be submitted or postmarked no later than Friday, June 19, 2015.


Professional work involving short and long term city planning activities of a highly technical nature. Requires extensive knowledge of comprehensive land use and urban planning principles and practices. The ability to be flexible, to be accurate, to manage multiple projects, and to interact and communicate with the public and private sectors is required.


This position involves considerable independent work and acts under the supervision of the Director of Panning and other staff in charge.


  1. Researches, analyzes, and reports independently on various social, economic, regulatory, and environmental data associated with a variety of city projects.
  2. Finds creative solutions to difficult problems and presents them in a clear and concise manner as required.
  3. Updates and maintains the city’s Master Plan of Development and various other databases associated with the City Planning Department.
  4. Reviews planning issues and documents for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with established city policy, ordinances, and plans.
  5. Makes recommendations as to the relevance and responsibility of various city proposals to established city plans, regulations, and goals.
  6. Writes local, state, and federal grants and permit applications; assembles a wide variety of neighborhood and project plans; and researches and responds to requests for information from the general public, businesses, and other governmental entities.
  7. Attends meetings and events outside of the normal business day as required.
  8. Coordinates/schedules meetings and conferences on behalf of the department.
  9. Performs other duties as required.


  1. At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in planning or a closely related field. A Master’s degree in an appropriate field is preferred.)
  2. The ability to read and comprehend architectural, site, and construction plans and specifications as well as research and analyze technical reports, plans, regulations, etc.
  3. The ability to write and express oneself through the creation of reports, graphs, charts, maps, etc. of a technical and complex nature in a format capable of being understood by a targeted audience.
  4. Computer literacy with the Microsoft Office software package; GIS experience a plus.


  1. Two to four years of direct planning experience in a professional environment. (A Master’s degree in planning may be substituted for one year of experience.)
  2. Any acceptable and equivalent combination of experience and training which provides a demonstrated potential for performing the duties of the position.

This job description is not, nor is to be intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions, responsibilities and qualifications which comprise this position.

Please note: due to the anticipated volume of submissions received, we will only contact those applicants whose experience, background, and skills best match our requirements.

An Equal Opportunity Employer MF/AA/DIS

For further information and contact:




TELEPHONE: 203-576-7103


Six month intern position, Cook County IL, Forest Preserves

May 10, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Planning & Development Intern

Forest Preserve District Office of Human Resources 536 N. Harlem River Forest, Illinois 60305 708-771-1561

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is currently accepting interviews for a Planning & Development Intern for a six month, $14 per hour, position at our headquarters in River Forest, IL. Please forward on to your networks and share with anyone who might be interested. Applications are being accepted until May 18 at Thank you.

Job Summary

Under general supervision from staff in the Planning and Development Department, the Planning & Development Intern will work on different projects within the Planning and Development Department. Projects will include land use document research and organization, other research relating to signage, site improvements and other capital improvement planning and assisting with the signage/wayfinding and gateway master plans. Typical Duties ? Provides support to the Planning & Development department. ? Assists staff in collecting and preparing data for various planning projects, specifically in land use documents, historic buildings and signage/wayfinding. ? Conducts field work and collects site data ? Assists planning staff in organizing and preparing for outreach meetings and workshops. ? Assists with project research, development, and implementation, including creating and planning documents, maps and reports. ? Maintains and updates databases and spreadsheets. ? Assists with archival and organization of important files and documents. ? Receives direction from several sources and prioritizes assignments effectively. ? Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

? Must be currently pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree and have a minimum of 30 credit hours of class instruction in a landscape architecture program or a pursuing a master’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning with a minimum of 6 credit hours of class instruction in site planning, land use planning, spatial planning and design and/or GIS. You are required to upload a transcript with your online application. ? Must be a current Cook County resident. ? Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics

? Ability to be self-motivated and resourceful. ? Ability to work independently with good judgment and attention to detail. ? Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-based environment while working on multiple projects at once. ? Possession of strong written, verbal, communication, and research skills. ? Skill in organizing, advertising and preparing for outreach meetings and workshops. ? Knowledge of physical and community planning concepts and processes ? Knowledge and familiarity with real estate documents including surveys, legal descriptions and the Property Index Number (PIN) system. ? Willingness to learn and have varied experiences. ? Willingness to be a self-starter and to have a positive attitude. ? Ability to maintain confidentiality of Forest Preserves’ information. ? Ability to initiate and follow through with projects under a tight deadline structure. ? Ability to effectively identify and communicate issues or problems to management. ? Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and familiar with Adobe Creative Suite design programs, including InDesign and Illustrator ? Ability to work up to 40 hours per week for 6 months ? Ability to drive to various District locations throughout Cook County on a regular basis in personal vehicle.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work. Veteran’s Preference When applying for employment with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, preference is given in the application process to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for more than 180 consecutive days or during War Time. To take advantage of this preference, a Veteran must: a. Meet the minimum qualifications for the position. b. Identify him/herself as a Veteran on his/her employment application by answering “Yes” to the question “Are you a military veteran?” c. Attach a copy of their DD 214, DD 215, or NGB 22 (Notice of Separation) at the time of application by uploading it as part of the application. If there are multiple DD 214s, DD 215s, or NGB 22s, the one with the most recent date should be submitted. Coast Guard members must submit a certified copy of the military separation from either the Department of Transportation (before 911) or the Department of Homeland Security (after 911). d. Provide original applicable discharge papers at time of the interview.

General District Employment Requirements

? PROOF OF EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION. ORIGINALS WILL BE REQUIRED AT TIME OF INTERVIEW. ? COPY OF TRANSCRIPT MUST BE EMAILED AT TIME INTERVIEW IS SCHEDULED. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.

PN sponsored session at Assoc. of American Geographers Meeting

April 13, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

If you are attending the Association of American Geographers meeting in Chicago (, April 21 to April 25, check out the following panel session that includes Planners Network members, organized by PN Steering Committee member Alex Schafran:

Panel Session:

1636 CITY Debates: Is Radical Reinvestment Possible?

is scheduled on Tuesday, 4/21/2015, from 4:40 PM – 6:20 PM in Water Tower, Hyatt Hotel, West Tower, Bronze Level

Alex Schafran

Alex Schafran

Libby Porter
Kate Shaw – University of Melbourne
Michael Janoschka – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Alex Schafran

Session Description: The inflow of high-profit seeking capital has become such a problem in urban spaces that finding progressive means of reinvestment is a challenge. The use of the urban as a profit-making machine has rendered part of the left skeptical of the very process of urban development. Others would simply argue that the urban is secondary, a victim of forces outside its control. Still others argue that in a post-urban revolution world, there is no possibility for radicality without the urban, and that a solution to this problem is the only solution. Join us in a debate and a discussion about the possibility for radical redevelopment, sponsored by CITY Debates and members of Planners Network, INURA and Contested Cities.

Summer Internships , Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Oakland, CA

April 9, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized


2015 Summer Internships

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

101 8th St., Oakland, CA 94607

Salary: $13.50 – $17.50 per hour depending on education and experience

Job description: See below (Not more than 250 words)


The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Planning & Research Department is seeking summer interns to engage in challenging regional planning tasks addressing land use, housing, neighborhood development, and urban policies. For complete job announcement (including internship descriptions) go to Projects and tasks will include:

  • Regional Forecast
  • Open-Data Land Use, Policy & Development Database
  • Enhancing Planning Team Visual Resources

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: $13.50 – $17.50 per hour depending on education and experience

Term: Up to twelve weeks (June through September 2015)

To Apply: Submit the following items by Friday, April 24, 2015.

  1. Completed ABAG application (Use “2015” for Job Number)
  2. Completed Interest Form (choice of internship projects)
  3. Resume
  4. One-page writing sample
  5. Cover letter

The application and job announcement can be obtained The Interest Form is on the last page of the job announcement. Send all 5 items to:  Internship Coordinator, ABAG Summer Internship Program, P.O. Box 2050, Oakland, CA 94604-2050.  Questions contact Christina Fong, 510-464-7941 or  EOE

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