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Two Positions: Associate Policy Analyst & Assistant Analyst, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

August 31, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Policy & Programming

Associate Policy Analyst – Transportation and Land Use (APA92017)

Job Category:                       Associate

Experience Required:          Minimum 2 years

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

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an Associate Policy Analyst to conduct research and analysis related to land use, housing, and transportation, and other topics to support development and implementation of the agency’s regional plan.  CMAP is our region’s comprehensive planning organization.  The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.  See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information, and details regarding benefits are at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers#benefits.

Position Description

The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate knowledge about the interactions between infrastructure, land use, economic development, and regional public policy.  The ideal candidate will also show aptitude for translating general policy recommendations into specific project and policy recommendations.  The Associate Policy Analyst will assist or be responsible for quantitative and qualitative analysis across a range of topics to help finalize and implement ON TO 2050.  Potential projects may include: analysis of emerging state and federal regulations, tracking regional trends and transportation performance measures, researching strategies to promote reinvestment in disinvested areas, assessing the land use impacts of transportation investment, participating in development of a new vision for the expressway system, and/or further exploring the connections between land use and tax policy.

Across these projects and tasks, the policy analyst will be expected to emphasize the recommendations of GO TO 2040 and the refinements identified for ON TO 2050.  Preference will be given to those who possess strong technical skills with strengths in managing research and collecting and analyzing data, and communicating these findings to a broad range of audiences.  All candidates should demonstrate an interest in the complex challenges addressed by long range planning. 

Responsibilities

  • Manage or support agency projects that analyze transportation, land use, housing, freight, infrastructure, economic, and other relevant public policy issues facing northeastern Illinois and develop regional scale as well as applied planning and policy solutions to meet these challenges.
  • Collect and analyze data on transportation, demographic, land use, economic, and other regional trends.
  • Develop methods of quantitative assessment of transportation projects and policies, particularly focused on land use and economic impacts.
  • Write reports, policy updates, and issue briefs that explain data trends, synthesize qualitative analysis, and relate their potential impact on changes in federal, state, or local public policy.
  • Engage stakeholders through project-specific interviews, presentations to relevant CMAP committees, and participation in regional groups, where appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated understanding and/or interest in the complex connections between transportation, development, the metropolitan economy, and regional governance and policy.
  • Ability to apply empirical evidence toward practical purposes, superior research and quantitative skills, and take creative approaches to problem solving.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively on issues of public policy and planning.
  • Ability to manipulate and analyze large data sources in spreadsheets, databases, and GIS, generate findings from these data, and communicate results to a non-technical audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex research projects and produce reports and issue briefs that are factual, original, compelling, and persuasive.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to complement existing projects via independent or team-based work.
  • Familiarity with the governance structure in northeastern Illinois is desired.

 

Education and Experience

An undergraduate degree in Public Policy, Economics, Public Administration, or a related field is required; Master’s strongly preferred.  A minimum of two years of relevant prior work experience in a research-driven policy, planning, or analytical role is required.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, with adaptability to other software.  Demonstrated skills with databases, spreadsheets, and Arc/GIS geographic information systems.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and résumé via the web at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers.  Please refer to Job Code (APA62017).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on September 29, 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.

Job Category:                       Assistant

Experience Required:          0 – 2 years

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

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an Assistant Analyst to join the Policy & Programming Division.  CMAP is our region’s comprehensive planning organization.  The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.  See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information, and details regarding benefits are at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers#benefits.

Position Description

CMAP is seeking to hire an Assistant Analyst within the agency’s modeling group to focus on the collection, preparation, and analysis of data related to agency research and analysis activities.  Examples of projects include: geocoding transportation performance data for use in preparing evaluation metrics, improving the spatial level-of-service accuracy of transportation modeling networks, and analyzing transportation system performance data from modeling tools and other sources.  These and other projects assigned are critical to maintaining the quality and integrity of CMAP planning datasets.

In addition, assignments will be given that contribute to CMAP’s capacity to respond to regular requests for data and information by staff and regional planning partners.  These include the preparation of maps and data that support CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance Program and Performance-Based Programming staff, as well as ad-hoc requests from the Executive Office and Policy Development staff.  Additional assignments include contributing to the implementation of CMAP’s GO TO 2040 Regional Comprehensive Plan by assisting in the tracking of specific regional planning indicators. 

Responsibilities

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The successful candidate must have strong technical skills in managing and processing datasets to support urban planning analysis and evaluation.  In particular, a successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • Understanding of fundamental methods of quantitative analysis in urban planning
  • Understanding of data management and processing techniques
  • Knowledge of Census and other government data products

Additional desirable skills include:

  • Experience using statistical analysis software such as R, SAS, SPSS or Stata
  • Experience with Python scripting
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Familiarity with database software such as Access, SQL Server or PostgreSQL
  • Exposure to travel demand modeling software such as Emme, Cube, or TransCAD

Education and Experience

A master’s degree in a social science discipline or equivalent with emphasis on quantitative analysis is preferred.  A bachelor’s degree with progressive professional experience is acceptable.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and résumé via the web at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers.  Please refer to Job Code (AAM2017).

Posting End Date

This posting will close on September 29, 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.

 

Spaces of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning, October 11, 2017, Denver

August 27, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Spaces of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

PlatteForum at The Temple, 2400 Curtis Street, Denver, Colorado

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Space is limited. Please register: spacesofstruggle.eventbrite.ca

Schedule to be announced soon: radicalplanning.wordpress.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 OR, 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. Spaces of Struggle is a commentary on and complement to ACSP2017.

Denver displacement

Jordan Hill, Corley Melnice, Isaac Rivera, Thomas Topero, Trishia Vasquez, Coby Wikselaar

Dismantling the urban decline machine

Joshua Akers, Michael RJ Koscielniak, Allison Laskey, Julie Mah, Eric Seymour

Hope and struggle: Jackie Leavitt & the fight for radical planning

Nina Flores, Carolina Sarmiento, Revel Sims

Migrations, multiculturalism, and race

Fernando Burga, Fayola Jacobs, Sophonie Joseph, Marie Sipin

Posters, paint, and paletas: aesthetic manipulations and the future of the city

Evan Carver, Austin Cummings, Andrea Garfinkel-Castro, Steve Marotta

Planning, money, power: intersections with the state, developers, and the public

Amelia Adams, Orly Linovski, Alejandra Reyes, Jason Spicer, Sam Stein

Sites of anti-colonial struggle: confronting planning paradigms and hegemony

Heather Dorries, Annie Koh, Brigid Livesey, Daniel Olmos

Future Directions: open discussion

Two Planning Positions, Montgomery County Planning Department, Maryland

July 21, 2017 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

 

THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK & PLANNING COMMISSION
invites applications for the position of:

1. Development Applications and Intake Master Planner/Supervisor (11768, Grade 30)

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY: $68,153.00 – $118,777.00 Annually OPENING DATE: 07/10/17
CLOSING DATE: 08/21/17 11:59 PM

DESCRIPTION:

The Montgomery County Planning Department in Silver Spring has an opening for a Development Applications and Intake Master Planner/Supervisor with the Development Applications and Regulatory Coordination Division.

The Development Applications and Intake Master Planner/Supervisor will manage intake of all development applications, record plat review and processing, and the administration of regulatory noticing according to the development requirements of Chapter 50 and 59 of the Montgomery County code and, if necessary, oversee amendments to those regulations or other applicable aspects of the code. The individual will be responsible for oversight of the department’s electronic application and review software and troubleshooting issues that arise for both staff and applicants. The individual plans, schedules and assigns work to staff; assures that regulatory deadlines are met, monitors work performance, and trains staff in new planning policies and procedures. The Development Applications and Intake Master Planner/Supervisor will assist, and occasionally act as the backup, for the Chair of the Development Review Committee (DRC) which brings together inter-governmental representatives to provide input for new development applications in an effort to help streamline regulatory reviews.

Other important duties include: (1) working with the Planning Board, other agencies and departments of County and State government, and the County Council to resolve difficult policy issues related to development review; (2) responding to complex information requests from citizens, developers, architects, attorneys, and others concerning development projects, etc.; and (3) serving as the Agency’s representative on special committees as needed to promote or coordinate activities and functions of the Department.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent oral and written skills, have a strong work ethic, be able to work in a time-pressured environment, and be familiar with the regulatory processes in Montgomery County and the electronic submission and processing of regulatory applications. Experience with the Planning Department’s ePlans is preferable, or there must be a willingness to thoroughly learn and understand the software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Master Planner: Master’s degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, public administration, or related fields and six years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience that included at least three years of project leadership and coordination experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Planning Supervisor: Master’s degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, public administration, or related fields and six years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience that included at least three years of supervisory experience or project leadership and coordination experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

The Montgomery County Planning Department is conveniently located in downtown Silver Spring. Accessible by the Metro and MARC trains. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries.
Submit resume/application to:

M-NCPPC
Website: www.mncppc.org/jobs/

EOE/AAA/M/F/D Employer

2.  Real Estate and Urban Planning Research Analyst (12726, Grade 26) $58,556.00 – $100,394.00 Annually, Career Full-Time, Silver Spring, Maryland

DESCRIPTION:

The Montgomery County Planning Department serves a rapidly growing and culturally diverse population of nearly one million people on the border of Washington, D.C. For more than 80 years, our agency has cultivated a national reputation for excellence in planning. Montgomery County planning staff is responsible for both long range planning and the regulatory review of development applications and works in a diverse environment that includes downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring, as well as suburban and agricultural areas.

The Research and Special Projects Division (R&SP) is responsible for demographic, land use and economic data collection, housing policy, real estate market and feasibility analyses related to master plans and land use policy decisions. In addition, the division oversees numerous special studies, such as the current Rental Housing Study, a study looking at the colocation of public facilities, and a Master Plan Reality Check.

R&SP seeks a Real Estate and Urban Planning Research Analyst to enhance the Division’s capacity to provide comprehensive economic, market, and financial analysis in support of master plans and development review. The Real Estate and Urban Planning Research Analyst will work across divisions to support the development of master plans and implementation strategies that are grounded in economic realities. In addition, the analyst will conduct research studies on real estate and economic issues and support other special studies as needed. This position is an opportunity to work on an exciting range of projects in a dynamic public planning agency.

The candidate must have experience conducting market and real estate feasibility studies, including building pro formas. He or she should have a strong understanding of the principles of land use planning and how the analysis of real estate feasibility works with the overall land development plan process. In addition to being a creative and analytical thinker, the candidate must have strong communication and writing skills and the ability to distill findings from complex analysis into key points that are understandable to a range of audiences, including interdisciplinary planning department staff, planning board members, and the general public.

EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:

  • ?  Conduct analysis of County economic and real estate market conditions to advise master plan teams on the development potential in plan areas
  • ?  Build basic proformas to conduct residual land value and other feasibility analyses
  • ?  Conduct analyses related to housing affordability
  • ?  Propose and execute creative, in-depth analyses to study niche markets and/or policy

    issues.

? Present findings from financial analysis and market assessments to the public, Planning Board, and planning staff

? Contribute to blog posts, policy papers, and special studies on salient economic, development financing, and urban planning topics.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s degree in planning, real estate, economics, public policy or equivalent disciplines related to job function and three years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience at the journey level; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. ADDITIONAL DESIRED SKILLS

  • Advanced user of Excel
  • Experience with Costar and other real estate data sources
  • Previous experience working with government agencies is desirable

    The Montgomery County Planning Department is conveniently located in downtown Silver Spring. Accessible by the Metro and MARC trains. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries.

    CLOSING DATE: Monday, August 07, 2017
    HOW TO APPLY: Qualified individuals must log on to our website at http://www.mncppc.org/

    Contact: Kiwahna Reid Montgomery County Planning Department 301-495-4525

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.

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