Associate Planner, Transportation Improvement Program, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)


CMAP Transportation Improvement Program

Associate Planner (TIP052016)

May 31, 2016

Job Category: Associate Planner

Experience Required: 3 to 5 years

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

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an Associate Planner to

help advance the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). CMAP is our region’s official

comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a

new comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern

Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open

space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. See for more

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CMAP seeks to hire an Associate Planner who, under the direction of principal and senior staff, will

be responsible for developing, tracking, and analyzing the Transportation Improvement Program,

other agencies’ highways and transit programs, and expenditure data. The Associate Planner also

completes tasks required to ensure that the programs and analyses are in compliance with federal

planning and environmental regulations.

In carrying out these duties, the Associate Planner will work on teams with CMAP staff under the

direction of project managers or as a project manager and will work with staff and officials from

partner agencies and municipalities. The position will require approximately ten percent in-region

travel (i.e., out of the office, but not overnight), and occasional overnight travel.

The Associate Planner will report to the Principal, Transportation Improvement Program.

? Collect, develop, maintain, and analyze information required for the TIP, including the

? Prepare materials for and make presentations to committees, including the Metropolitan

TIP database, annual obligation report, TIP fiscal report, other reports and analyses, and

TIP documentation. Review program information and work with implementing agencies

to ensure consistency with their programs as reflected in the TIP.

Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee, Transportation Committee, Council of

Mayors Executive Committee, TIER II Consultation Team, and Congestion Mitigation and

Air Quality (CMAQ) Project Selection Committee.

? Become familiar with material from federal, state, regional, and local agencies pertaining

to funds available to the region and with laws, regulations, and guidance affecting

management of the region’s transportation program.

? Review new materials as they become available and comment on their impacts on

? Represent CMAP at committee, inter-agency, and external partner meetings as assigned.

? Collect, maintain, and analyze information required for active management of the CMAQ,

? Recommend actions for the appropriate review committees.

? Recommend changes and enhancements improving the development and implementation

? Other responsibilities as directed by supervisor.

Transportation Alternatives and Surface Transportation Programs.

of the region’s transportation programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Familiarity with relational databases.

• Strong analytic abilities.

• Ability to develop and implement analyses using spreadsheets and databases and to

• Ability to accurately manage large amounts of detailed information.

• Ability to interpret laws, regulations, and guidance.

• Effective time management skills.

• Excellent written and oral communications skills.

• Ability to form collegial relationships and work cooperatively with internal staff teams

convey the results in clear, understandable written and oral presentations.

and external partners.

Education and Experience

Minimum of Bachelor’s degree (with Master’s preferred) in transportation planning, transportation

engineering, urban planning, public administration, or a related field. Three years of experience in

transportation programming or a related field.

Please submit cover letter and resume via the web at:

Please refer to Job Code (TIP052016).

This posting will close on July 1, 2016. All applications must be completed and submitted within that

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

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