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County of Marquette



Employer: Marquette County, MI (Planning/Resource Management and Development Dept.)

Type of Employment: Full-Time

Pay Grade and Rate: U9 - $40,172.08 to $49,144.78


Click here to view the position description


Supervisor: Eric Anderson


Minimum Education and Experience: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Urban Planning & Development or related area; 2 years of experience as a Planner, Economic Development Coordinator or related area including experience in the research and writing of grant applications; and valid driver’s license.


How to Apply: If you believe your qualifications meet the listed requirements and are interested in applying for this position, applications are available at or in the Marquette County HR Office, 234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855, (906)225-8162. Application Deadline: Thursday, March 9, 2017.


posted February 23, 2017



City of East Lansing

Planning and Zoning Administrator


The City of East Lansing is seeking to hire a Planning and Zoning Administrator. This is a high-level professional and management position within the Department of Planning, Building and Development. The position reports to the Department Director and manages two professional planners and an administrative secretary. This position will include a variety of planning and zoning initiatives, from day-to-day operations to long-term strategic projects.


The successful candidate will conduct research, analyze alternative courses of action and devise strategies to address short- and long-term planning and zoning issues; prepare and present reports and logical recommendations for action; and read, write, interpret and apply planning, zoning and land use regulations.


A Bachelor’s degree in city planning, community development, public administration or a related field is required, with a Master’s degree preferred. Prior work experience is required, including seven to ten years of increasingly responsible experience in city planning, and three to five years of administrative and/or management responsibility. The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, including writing and presentation skills.


SALARY:          $62,192-$87,068 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package              


APPLY:  In addition to a City application, submit a resume and five professional references. An application can be downloaded. Please submit all application materials by e-mail: or by mail to:


East Lansing City Hall

Human Resources Department

410 Abbot Road

East Lansing, MI 48823


DEADLINE:       Open until filled.


The City of East Lansing is an Equal Opportunity Employer


posted February 16, 2017



Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

RRC Planner


The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is conducting an internal/external recruitment process to fill the following corporate vacancy:

Job Title: RRC Planner

City/County: Lansing/Ingham

Type of Employment: Full-Time

Pay Grade and Rate: Grade 3; $52,200 to $67,800

Brief Job Description: This position provides planning and zoning technical expertise to communities in the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program. The incumbent will review planning and zoning documents in order to make recommendations to achieve RRC certification.

The preferred candidate will have experience working on planning projects, including master/comprehensive plan updates, zoning code updates, and design guidelines; have the ability to understand planning, zoning and placemaking principles and practices; and will be familiar with local government planning and development operations and procedures.

Click here to view the position description.

Business Unit: Community Development & Marketing; Community Development

Supervisor: Michelle Parkkonen, Manager, RRC

Minimum Education Required: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university in Urban and Regional Planning or other related degree. A Master’s degree in Public Administration or Urban Planning is preferred.

Minimum Experience Required: This position requires a minimum of three to five years of experience and/or training in urban and/or community planning. An AICP certification preferred.

How to Apply: If you believe that your qualifications meet the listed requirements and are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume and a completed Employment Application by e-mail.

Note: A completed application is not required for current MEDC employees who apply.

*Adobe Acrobat Reader (download here) is required to complete the application.

Please document in your cover letter and/or resume how you meet the preferred candidate language listed above. In addition, please include a technical writing sample; a document you have previously written related to planning, zoning, community engagement or economic development.

Deadline for Response: February 26, 2017 


Posted February 13, 2017




The Village of Winnetka, Illinois

Community Development Director


Winnetka, IL (12,187), Beautiful north suburban community known for its tree-lined neighborhoods, excellent schools and high level of municipal services is seeking an experienced planning and land use professional to serve as its next Community Development Director.  A home rule community with a AAA bond rating, Winnetka is located in Cook County, Illinois, approximately 16 miles north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan.  Winnetka has three separate and distinct business districts and recently completed its first Downtown Master Plan. It is a full-service municipality with water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, refuse, and electric utilities.  The Village has an annual budget of $70 million and 153 full-time employees.  The Community Development Director is appointed by the Village Manager.  The current Community Development Director is retiring after 16 years of service to Winnetka.  The department has five full-time employees, one part-time employee and contracts for building inspections, sanitation, and plan review services. The department has significant responsibilities for advisory boards and commissions, including Design Review Board, Landmark Preservation Commission, Plan Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals.


The Community Development Director is an integral part of the executive management team, leading and facilitating key decisions regarding planning, zoning, building, and economic development issues and initiatives.  Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, or a related field.  An AICP designation and/or master’s degree is a plus. Candidates must have at least ten years of increasingly responsible experience in planning and zoning, of which five years are supervisory experience.  Past responsibility for building and code functions is critical. The successful candidate will be a highly collaborative executive with a proven track record in excellent customer service, process improvement, planning and zoning administration, strategic thinking, planned development, economic development, and with the ability to work closely with elected and appointed officials and department heads on the Village’s short and long-term planning needs. The Village of Winnetka offers a competitive benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary: $145,000 +/- DOQ. Candidates should apply no later than March 8, 2017 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five references  to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #130 Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3240.


Posted February 10, 2017





City of Portage

Neighborhood Program Specialist


The City of Portage, a progressive and growing community in southwest Michigan, is seeking a Neighborhood Program Specialist.   This position’s emphasis is on the coordination and promotion of the CDBG Housing programs and Zone and Code Administration/Enforcement.  In addition, this position serves as the liaison to the Human Services Board. 


A Bachelor’s degree in Community Planning, Public or Business Administration with major coursework in planning, building construction social science or related field is required.  One to three years of related training or experience desired.   Construction experience a plus.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and offered with an excellent benefits package. 


Interested candidates are to submit a cover letter with resume and completed application to the Department of Human Resources, City of Portage, 7900 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI  49002 or apply on-line at


The City of Portage is an Equal Opportunity Employer


posted February 6, 2017



Michigan Association of Planning Seeks Director of Programs and Membership


Position Summary:


The Michigan Association of Planning is seeking a self-motivated individual to join our staff in the Ann Arbor office in a part time capacity.  The Director of Programs and Membership is a professional level position that reports to the executive director. The position is central to the operation of the Michigan Chapter, APA a professional association serving professional planners, elected and appointed municipal officials, students, and others with an interest in planning. The position operates as part of an integrated and responsive team of professionals and is central to the delivery of the highest quality member services.


In addition to strong planning, project management, and communications experience, the position requires exceptional writing and editing skills, organizational acumen, the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, and a team spirit. Proficient computer skills are required as is the ability to be pro-active, self-directed, and detail-oriented.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (masters preferred) from an accredited university in planning, non­ profit management, public administration or related field
  • Professional-level work experience in local or regional planning
  • Or any combination of education, experience and training

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is responsible for handling job tasks that fall within the categories of information and resource delivery (support for Michigan Planner magazine, updating and contemporizing MAP publications); education (managing on-site and regional workshops for officials, updating educational products, contributing to MAP educational events through content programming and on-site staffing);communications (member  communications, e-blasts); membership (recruitment, including student, young professional and appointed and elected officials); and special projects I grant management (support or lead grant initiatives). The position works as part of the MAP professional team to support other organizational initiatives and projects as necessary to ensure the highest level of customer service.


Other Key Requirements for This Position:

  • Must be customer service oriented.
  • Must have solid understanding of planning and zoning laws, processes, best practices.
  • Must be able to oversee the work of volunteer committee members and provide technical, organizational, and motivational support to ensure product delivery.
  • Must be willing to support all organizational program areas as needed to ensure seamless delivery of products and services to our members.

Additional Responsibilities/Related Work: Perform other duties as assigned.


Work Environment for This Position:

  • Office setting
  • Some evening work may be required; occasional overnight business travel; mandatory attendance at larger organizational events like annual conference, spring institute, transportation bonanza, regional workshops and others.


Other Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Must be proficient in MS office suite, InDesign.
  • Must have experience with social media marketing techniques.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Salary:  Commensurate with education and experience.


To apply, submit cover letter and resume and to:


Andrea Brown, AICP

Executive Director, Michigan Association of Planning

Open until filled

posted February 2, 2017 


Region 2 Planning Commission

Principal Transportation Planner


The Region 2 Planning Commission (Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee Counties) is seeking applicants for a Principal Transportation Planner position.  For Job responsibilities and additional details.


Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and salary history by Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. or until position has been filled to:

Region 2 Planning Commission

Attn: Mr. Steven Duke, Executive Director

120 W. Michigan Avenue, 9th Floor

Jackson, MI  49201

Posted January 27, 2017  


Region 2 Planning Commission

Assistant/Associate Planner


Region 2 PC (Hillsdale, Jacksona nd Lenawee Couties) is seeking applicants for Assistant/Associate Planner position.  Job responsibilities include assisting the Principal Planner with the development of comprehensive and recreation plans; preparation of zoning ordinances and amendments; solid waste planning; economic development activities; assisting with urban (MPA) and regional transportation planning activities; and presentations at planning commission and local governmental meetings.


For Additional details;  Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and salary history by Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to:


Region 2 Planning Commission

Attn:  Mr. Steven Duke, Executive director

120 W. Michigan Avenue, 9th Floor

Jackson, MI  49201


posted January 27, 2017


Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS)



Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) is seeking a Planner to assist in administration of Midland MPO with principal responsibility for technical tasks.


Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, transportation, or related field, with two or more years of work experience required. Effective verbal and written communication skills, good knowledge of planning principles and practices, valid Michigan driver’s license; GIS familiarity a plus. Detailed job description available here or on MATS website:


Full-time position with benefits; compensation based upon qualifications, up to $45,000 per year. Resumes must be submitted to MATS at 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640, or via e-mail  Apply by 2/28/17.      

Full job description and additional details


posted January 25, 2017






DUTIES:   Conducts part-time code and ordinance enforcement activity including field inspections and office follow-up.  Surveys City for violations of zoning and/or other ordinance or code violations and initiates appropriate enforcement action.  Communicates with public at counter, in the field, by letter, e-mail, and on telephone regarding zoning, nuisance or property maintenance matters.  Conducts inspections, maintains records, prepares staff reports including occasional weekend and evening inspections and follow-ups as necessary.  Prepares for, and appears in court to testify regarding ordinance violations as necessary – works with full-time Code Enforcement Officer and City Attorney in preparation for complaint hearings.  Must have excellent communication and interpersonal relations skills.


REQUIREMENTS:   High school graduate, supplemented by courses in building or property maintenance codes.

1 – 3 Years experience in code enforcement or related field; or any equivalent combination of training/experience that provides the knowledge, abilities and skills required as outlined in the job description (avail. At HR Office)



WAGES/HOURS:     $17.25 per hour approximately 20 – 30 hours/week. Schedule varies; some evenings and weekends required.


APPLY IN PERSON AT CITY OF MADISON HEIGHTS HR, 300 W. THIRTEEN MILE ROAD, MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. (Note City Hall is closed from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)


Submit completed, signed application, driver’s license, resume & h.s. diploma or GED, and college transcripts (if applicable)

Additional Details


Open until filled


Form I-9 must be completed at time of hire.




Posted January 25, 2017




Genesee County Land Bank

Community Planner Position


The Genesee County Land Bank Authority (GCLBA) seeks to hire a Community Planner to coordinate community-based property maintenance programs and use mapping and data analysis to support GCLBA decision-making and gather and provide access to land use data.  For a full job description and information on the GCLBA go to.


Additional details and full job description may be seen here.

posted January 20, 2017 



The Charter Township of Grand Blanc

Staff Planner


The Charter Township of Grand Blanc is progressive community of 37,500 residents with an SEV of $1.4 billion and unlimited potential. We are seeking candidates who share our vision of a well planned dynamic community ready to welcome modern development while protecting our amazing residential neighborhoods.


STAFF PLANNER                                    

Full Time Position              

$50,900 – 60,000 salary (commensurate with experience), and a full fringe benefit package.


Under the supervision of the Township Superintendent, this position is responsible for the operation of all municipal planning functions, including; development, review and implementation of the Township Master Plan; researching, developing, coordinating and administering land use and planning related projects; maintaining accurate records; making recommendations to the Planning Commission; prepare appropriate notices and supporting documentation as required; work closely with Planning & Zoning consultants on matters pertaining to the Zoning Ordinance; and public contact including government officials, developers, legal counsel and the general public.


Successful candidates will have:

-        Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning or closely related field.

-        Three (3) to five (5) years experience in Municipal Planning.

-         Preference for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or eligibility to apply for AICP certification within one year of employment.

-        Valid Michigan drivers license.

-        Knowledge of the structure, policies, and regulations of municipal government.




For more information and a full job description visit Charter Township of Grand Blanc Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to by February 20, 2017Additional details


While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to drug screen and background check per Township policy. Grand Blanc Township is an equal opportunity employer.


Posted January 19, 2017


City of Ferndale

Parks & Recreation Director


The City of Ferndale is currently recruiting for the position of Parks & Recreation Director.  For complete details see here.


Posted January 13, 2017



Charter Township of Garfield

Deputy Planner


The Charter Township of Garfield is seeking a Deputy Planner to assist the Planning Director with various duties such as coordinate and manage the development and maintenance of the Township’s Geographic Information System (GIS); Provide technical support, information, and guidance to property owners, developers, other Departments, staff, and elected and appointed officials on planning and zoning policies, plans, and procedures. Administration, preparation and presentation of staff reports to the Township Planning Commission, Township Parks and Recreation and the Township Board as well as attend meetings. The Deputy Planner serves as the Parks’ Director who is instrumental in seeking grants, land acquisitions and serves as the principal liaison to the Garfield Township Parks and Recreation Commission and other Park related associations.  The position requires excellent verbal and written skills and public relation skills.  Please visit our website at  for a full copy of the preferred requirements as well as the application and job description.  Deadline to apply is February 17, 2017.

posted January 13, 2017 





The City of Battle Creek is seeking a Planner to perform complex professional planning work and assist in preparing, maintaining, interpreting, and implementing the City Comprehensive Plan and zoning codes. This position will conduct research and prepare analyses and reports on demographic and land use issues; work closely with citizen groups, neighborhoods, business associations and others on specific planning projects or activities and perform other related work as required. This position will also act as staff liaison in the preparation and presentation of reports to various groups including the Historic District Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission and City Commission as needed. A Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Historic Preservation, Public Administration, Geography or a closely related field with a minimum of two- years full-time experience in planning is required. An equivalent combination of job-related education and experience may be considered. This position also requires excellent communication and public relation skills. A Master’s degree in a closely related field and significant work experience in short and long range planning are preferred as well as knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and Google Sketch-up. Bilingual or multilingual skills are a plus. Wage range for this position is $21.15-$27.38/hour plus benefits.  Apply at under Employment Opportunities. Deadline to apply is: Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 5pm. (EOE)


Posted January 9, 2017



Director of Planning and Economic Development


Rochester Hills, MI (pop. 73,125) The City of Rochester Hills, a highly desirable and progressive community located in the northern outskirts of metropolitan Detroit, seeks innovative, creative candidates for its next Director of Planning and Economic Development.  Nationally recognized for its quality of life and resident satisfaction, Rochester Hills has been developed according to its Master Use Plan and is home to a wide array of industries including computer technology, electronic research, development and manufacturing, and warehousing and distribution.  In addition, the City boasts more than 1,000 acres of parkland and a thriving cultural environment.  The Director of Planning and Economic Development reports to the Mayor and joins a highly collaborative and talented administrative team comprised of nine other department heads.  The Planning and Economic Development Department has five employees including a manager over Planning and a manager over Economic Development.  The department functions very well due to its high level of communication and mutual respect among all team members.   The department focuses on planning and economic development policies that further the city’s development and redevelopment and strengthens the city’s neighborhoods.  Quality job creation is an important goal for the City. The next Director must possess a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration or related field with AICP certification desirable.  The candidate must also possess ten years’ experience or a master’s degree and five years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning and economic development.  Candidates must have a minimum of three years of supervisory experience.  Ideal candidates will exhibit creative thinking and unique approaches to problem solving in an organization that highly values innovation.  Strong oral and written communication skills are critical.  The starting salary range for the position is $94,299 - $104,181.  The position is open until filled with the first review of candidates occurring on January 18, 2017.   Apply on line with resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references to Heidi Voorhees and Jaymes Vettraino at GovHR USA.  630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL  60062 Tel: 847-380-4243.


Posted January 3, 2017



City of Madison

Principal Planner-Comprehensive Planning & Regional Cooperation Section

$82,128.80 - $98,885.54 Annually

Women and People of Color Strongly Encouraged to Apply


The Opportunity
The City of Madison seeks a qualified Principal Planner with excellent communication skills to be part of the leadership team for the Planning Division. The Principal Planner will lead the Comprehensive Planning and Regional Cooperation (CPRC) Section, an experienced eight-person team of planners and data specialists responsible for maintaining and tracking progress on the City's Comprehensive Plan, planning for efficient future growth on the periphery of the city, data management, and relationship building with area municipalities and other government entities.
To be Successful
We are seeking candidates with professional planning experience including responsibilities for land use and community planning, project management, public engagement, and work as a leader or member of a team.


To view the full job posting including information on our excellent benefits and to apply online, please visit: City of Madison . Applications must be received by January 30, 2017 to be considered.  


Posted January 3, 2017





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