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Meridian Township

Assistant Planner

October 20, 2016 - November 20, 2016


Okemos, MI

Salary Range:

$21.58 per hour (starting rate per labor agreement)-Full Time

Apply Online:


Paid Time Off, 401a, Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance; Life Insurance, Paid Leave, EAP, Flex Spending Account, Retiree Health Savings Account, etc.


Under the supervision of the Senior Planner, this position performs technical, administrative, and research tasks related to planning, landscape architecture, and zoning issues. Assists in reviewing developmental plans to ensure compliance with zoning ordinances, subdivision control ordinances, the Master Plan, and land development standards.

View Entire Job Posting at :


• A Bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, in urban planning, landscape architecture, or a related field.

• Minimum one year of experience in planning, landscape architecture, or related municipal environment. A Master’s degree may substitute for experience.

• A State of Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.

• Knowledge and understanding of applicable state and local land-use ordinances and regulations.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal planning, landscape architecture, and land-use issues.

• Knowledge of the practices of plan review and site inspection.

• Knowledge of municipal operations as they relate to the development and growth of the Township; general understanding of municipal operations as a whole.

• Skill in interpreting and applying planning guidelines and ordinances.

• Skill in compiling and evaluating planning, land-use, zoning code guidelines and formulating policy, standards, and service recommendations.

• Ability to effectively communicate, present ideas/concepts, and make presentations in public forums.



posted October 20, 2016

City of Ypsilanti

City Manager


To develop great places, true community builders focus on growing the proven assets of vibrant 21st Century Communities: walkability; green initiatives; cultural and economic development;

entrepreneurship; diversity; messaging & tech­nology, transit and education.


What if you could find most all those ingredients already in place in a community extending an invitation to bring your creative, resourceful approach to the position of city manager?


Ypsilanti, the home of Eastern Michigan University, is a proud ethnically, racially and religiously diverse community of around 20,000 people clustered in an historic 4.51 square miles in southeast Michigan. Just 30 miles from Detroit, and 15 minutes from Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan, Ypsilanti possesses a unique and solidly authentic urban vibe.


Ypsilanti, Michigan is looking for its third City Manager in 20 years and will consider only visionary, approachable, enthusiastic relationship-builders who can thrive in a highly diverse, innovative community which is transitioning to an education and entrepreneurial economy.


The 2016-17 proposed General Fund Budget was set at $14.59 million with a GF Fund Balance of $5 million. The total budget is $32.43 million.


A competitive benefit package with life and health insurances including a city contribution into a HCS Account and enrollment into a MERS defined benefit retirement plan will be offered. A starting salary range of between $80,000 and $100,000 will be negotiated depending upon experience, qualifications and skill set.


Additional information available

posted October 18, 2016


TRI-COUNTY REGIONAL Planning Commission

Environmental Programs Planner


ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS PLANNER- TCRPC (Lansing).  Surface water protection program development and management; Coordinate committees of stormwater and watershed managers; Provide technical expertise, education, recommendations, reports, and draft policies and permits for public services related to surface water; Be a liaison between area municipal managers, MDEQ, or others; seek grants, integrate best management practices with regional plans. Qualified applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Environmental Science, or related with at least 2 yrs experience and knowledge of stormwater management, municipal water utilities, and permit requirements. They must be well-versed in the six minimum measures and familiar with stormwater best management practices. Applicants should be organized, collaborative, highly motivated and willing to take on new challenges. Salary range $45,000- $52,000 depending on education and experience. TCRPC provides full benefits to employees and their families.


3135 Pine Tree Road, Suite 2C, Lansing, Michigan 48911         

Toll Free: 1.800.619.6676 

Phone: 517.393.0342  Fax: 517.393.4424

Web:  Email:


TO APPLY:                                 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a TCPRC website email application to


Positions open until filled.  TCRPC is an EEO/AA Employer.


Posted October 18, 2016



Charter Township of Filer
Township Zoning Administrator (part-time)

Charter Township of Filer seeking part-time Township Zoning Administrator with three years Zoning & Planning Experience or Zoning Administrator Certification. Candidate must be able to understand the zoning process, read maps, parcel descriptions, conduct field inspections and enforce Township Ordinances without prejudice. Additional Details
Please submit resume to Filer Township Hall, 2505 Filer City Road, Manistee, MI 49660, Attention: Shirley Ball, Clerk 231-723-3138. Deadline for application submission is 12:00 p.m. November 15, 2016.

posted October 17, 2016


City of Ferndale

Administrative Assistant


Do you love interacting with people and enjoy working in a culturally diverse environment?  Do you have artistic and creative ideas?  Are you a self-starter that is community oriented?  Do you love downtown Ferndale?  If so, then we are looking for you!  We have a new, full-time, Administrative Assistant position available with the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority (DDA).  Our goal is to cultivate an environment in downtown Ferndale that provides a unique experience for residents and visitors.


General Job Description:

The DDA Administrative Assistant will be responsible for several day-to-day duties which may include answering phones and responding to general inquiries, updating social media and website info, coordinating and scheduling meetings, and filing and organization.  Other duties may include recruiting volunteers, providing staff support for volunteer committees, and assisting with event planning and coordination (This is not intended to be an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of job duties and responsibilities).

If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply, please download the full job description here.


Compensation & Work Hours/Environment

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with the Ferndale DDA and includes a similar benefit package as City of Ferndale Employees.  There is a retirement plan (with contribution by employee required), paid personal time off, paid holidays, and a comprehensive health benefits package included.  Starting annual salary will be $34,000+/-  depending on qualifications and experience.


General operating hours are Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, however, some work hours will be in the evenings and on weekends and flex-scheduling is provided to accommodate.  Most time is spent in an office environment.  Occasional travel is required to businesses throughout the community or to off-site locations as needed.  The person in this position is required to work outdoors for certain events or projects which may be in hot, cold, or inclement weather.


How to Apply:

Applications will be received until October 14th, 2016.  Please send a cover letter and resume to:


Ferndale Downtown Development Authority

Attn: Barry Hicks, Executive Director

300 E. Nine Mile Rd.,

Ferndale, MI 48220


Posted September 26, 2016




Hamburg Township

Part Time Code Enforcement/ Permit Technician


This position is around 20 hour a week position with a flexible work schedule.



The Code Enforcement Officer performs a wide variety of duties related the respective Municipal Codes and their enforcement. The Officer should know the requirements and vocabulary of the job. Common sense and a thorough understanding of the Municipal Code helps the Code Enforcement Officer handle various situations that may arise. It is not intended that this job description be all inclusive.



1.  Conduct field inspections of residential, commercial and industrial parcels to ensure compliance with applicable Township Ordinances and State laws.

2.  Seeks compliance and cooperation when regulation standards are not met, recommends corrections, prepares and issues warning letters, citations, violations and other notices that outline proper repair, correction methods and time limits, and performs re inspections to determine actions taken to bring the structure into compliance with requirements.  Pursues legal means of assuring compliance as necessary.

3.  Establishes and provides educational programs designed to advise property owners on the requirements for compliance and processes, procedures for obtaining compliance or appropriate permits.

4.  Performs routine office tasks in designated program areas, including data entry, file management, copying, managing department calendar and answering telephone.

5.  Prepares public notices or property owner verification's.

6.  Mediates conflicts between neighbors related to complaints as needed.

7.  Provides information and advice to property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects, and others regarding construction procedures, zoning ordinances, and appeals procedures

8.  Reviews building plans and zoning permit applications to assure compliance with requirements such as use, bulk, placement, and parking ratios. Approves permit applications for construction/remodeling/land use changes when requirements are met.



1.  Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.

2.  Effective writing techniques.

3.  Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, and GIS.

4.  Problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems.

5.  Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions.

6.  High school diploma or equivalent plus college coursework in urban planning, landscape architecture, or related areas.

7.  Valid Michigan Driver’s license.

8.  Interpersonal skills necessary to tactfully enforce Township ordinances, resolve conflicts, and respond to complaints

9.  Physical ability to perform required fieldwork including accessing non-barrier free locations, walking on uneven terrain, climbing ladders, etc. 

10.  Mental ability to respond to problem situations in a positive manner.

11.  One to two years of land use and zoning administration or related experience a plus.


Please submit a resume and cover letter by email or US mail to Jim Neilson at PO Box 157, Hamburg MI 48139


Application deadline October 31, 2016


posted September 24, 2016



City of Charlevoix


DEADLINE EXTENDED - Talented Planning/Economic Director Wanted - Founded in 1869, between the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix, the City of Charlevoix is a charming resort and year-round community in the midst of revitalization. Our ideal candidate for this position is interested in building on our community strengths while taking Charlevoix into the future.


The Planning/Economic Director is a crucial member of city staff. The Director is tasked, amongst traditional duties, with helping to expand planning, development and economic programs such as the Earl Young Historic District of iconic 'Mushroom Houses'; to develop and integrate an affordable housing program with local businesses; and to encourage mixed-use and in-fill development.


Charlevoix, featuring a crown jewel park on Round Lake and a vibrant downtown (that was recently admitted to the Michigan Main Street Program), has three busy world-class marinas and yacht basins, prestigious private residential clubs, significant lakeshore coastline, championship golf course and amenities, and many nationally and internationally recognized events and festivals like the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair and week-long Venetian Festival. Charlevoix is fast becoming a wedding destination resort and has a top ten library, the famous John Cross Fisheries, a growing airport, many parks and open spaces, dedicated hiking and biking trails, and plenty of year-round recreation.


An ideal candidate must be able to balance our summer and year-round needs. The Director must be able to welcome and integrate new business ideas while using the skills to manage historic districts and preservation. The Planning and Economic Director is responsible for the direction and management of a second full-time employee and a seasonal code enforcement officer.


As team leader and player, our ideal candidate has a broad range of experience and interests to enable good planning for our flexible economy. Part of the candidate's skill set would include working with policy makers to foster our redevelopment-ready strategies. And, our ideal candidate has extensive experience in planning and economic development with a Master's Degree in a relevant field. Further, having warm interpersonal and communication skills coupled with the ability to work well with the City Manager, the Main Street Executive Director, department and city staff and to perform support for the nine member Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Having or being able to quickly gain knowledge of Michigan land use, zoning, and master plan law is required.  


The selected candidate will be required to reside within twenty (20) miles of the nearest boundary of the City of Charlevoix within 90 days of their date of employment.  The City Manager may allow an additional 90 days for a new employee to comply with residency requirements. If the employee’s spouse is employed by a public employer and a conflicting/competing residency requirement results, this section shall not apply to the City of Charlevoix employee (prohibited by MCL 15.602).


The salary range is $50,000 to $65,000 and includes an excellent benefit package. Please go to City of Charlevoix and click on the Human Resources tab to review the detailed job description and for instructions on “How to Apply”.  This position is open until filled with the first review of applicants on October 10, 2016.


The City of Charlevoix is an Equal Opportunity Employer

posted September 24, 2016




Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission



Performs professional planning work, data collection, assist in writing reports

Completes federal project reviews, master plan and zoning reviews

Works effectively with residents, community groups and local officials

Use of current word processing, spreadsheet, database, publication, modeling software, geographic information systems, and financial software



Assist in data collection, developing applications, writing reports under the direction of a Principal Planner although a Planner III may be assigned to provide leadership and or direction.  Assist with projects being carried out by organizations and local units of government.  Complete federal project reviews, master plan reviews and zoning reviews.  Develops presentation materials and attends meetings for various community and governmental groups. Drafts recommendations for projects and studies. Performs related duties as required.



Have an understanding of the principles and practices of planning, effective presentation and planning techniques, ability to learn and present state and federal requirements related to planning efforts carried out by the department, ability to interpret maps and other graphic materials, ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, ability to work under stressful conditions. Work effectively with the public, local officials and other county employees.



Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Urban and/or Regional Planning, Resource Planning, Resource Development, or Geography. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years of professional planning experience in a public planning office or private sector planning agency.


Application deadline: Applicants must apply for the position through Genesee County Human Resources website.

Applicants must demonstrate on their application and with relevant documents, they meet the minimum qualifications to be considered for a position.
Applicants must attach, before the deadline, all necessary documents
 to support your qualifications, ie. college transcripts, DD214, licenses, certificates, etc.


posted September 21, 2016




Saginaw Charter Township

Assistant Director of Community Development


Saginaw Charter Township (population 40,411) is seeking an Assistant Director of Community Development.  This position directs and supervises three areas of Community Development:  Planning and Zoning, Code Enforcement and Economic Development. This position coordinates code enforcement personnel on a daily basis and responds to complaints as they arise. He or she directs staff support, research, reports and presentations for all meetings of the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, State Street Corridor Improvement Authority, Township Wide Neighborhood Meetings and other select committees/groups.

Requires exceptional writing ability; public speaking and community engagement. Seeking creative, focused applicants with seven to ten years of experience in planning, zoning and economic development.  Prefer at least three years of managing a diverse department/workgroup; AICP required. Salary range of $70,000 to $85,000, dependent on qualifications. The Township offers an attractive benefits package inclusive of healthcare and a defined contribution retirement program. Detailed information available at Saginaw Township  under employment opportunities


Resumes should be sent to:


Manager’s Office
Saginaw Charter Township
4980 Shattuck Road
Saginaw, MI  48603


Or electronically to Lynn Butler,  RE: Job Posting


Posted September 16, 2016



Planning Supervisor

City of Grand Rapids


The City of Grand Rapids is seeking a Planning Supervisor.  As a Senior Level Planner in the department, this employee will manage advanced, multifaceted planning projects such as preparing and/or supervising the preparation of master plan amendments, area-specific plans, zoning ordinance amendments and other code revisions, including requests for proposals; analyzes and recommends solutions to specific "hot topics" dictated by community needs, including gathering, analyzing and reporting on pertinent data, policies, and ordinances; manages consultant contracts associated with assigned planning and policy studies; develops work programs and methodologies, and related project schedules; and establishes implementation strategies and work products that advance community goals.


Minimum qualifications include possession of an accredited bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a related area of study and five (5) years of directly related experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.  Candidates must also possess a valid driver’s license.  Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.


The starting salary for this position is $59,899.  To apply for this position, click HERE, or visit our website.


Application Deadline:  October 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm.


The City of Grand Rapids is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted September 15, 2016




City Manager

City of Durand


Durand, Michigan is looking for a city manager with a “go-getter” can-do attitude with the ability to creatively solve problems.  Durand is a full-service city, with a compact, walkable downtown populated by a wide variety of locally owned businesses, home to just over 3,400 residents living within its 2.10 square mile boundary.  With a City Council, supportive of the council-manager form of government, and long-term knowledgeable employees this city is looking for creative, engaged leader who can capitalize on Durand’s unique advantages to be its third City Manager in 28 years. 


Despite Michigan’s economic woes of the last decade, Durand’s population is stable and the housing market healthy.  It is rightfully proud of significant infrastructure expansion and community rebuilding successes and eagerly looks forward to the next round of accomplishments.  To be the next City Manager in Durand, the new executive must be energetic, innovative and capable of tackling big goals.  He or she will bring a high level of initiative to city hall and expertise in housing and economic development.

Supporting a staff of 44 (21 FT, 8 PT and a paid-on-call Fire Department of 20 firefighters) Durand’s 2016 General Fund Budget is $2,104,845 with Enterprise Funds adding another $2,079,900.  The audited fund balance from 2015-16 is $592,624. 


Durand will offer a competitive benefit package including retirement, well rounded fringe benefits and a salary within a range of $65,000-$77,500 depending on experience, skills and negotiation.


For the community profile

posted September 13, 2016



City Manager

City of Mount Clemens


The city of Mount Clemens boasts one of the few genuine downtown districts in Macomb County. The central business and retail sectors radiate from Macomb Street featuring gazebos, water fountains, gardens, statuary and shrubbery.  Little coffee shops, delicatessens, restaurants and pubs are abundant in the downtown district.  Mount Clemens is the county seat for Macomb County and comprises 4.22 square miles.  The Mayor and City Commission of Mount Clemens is the legislative body of city government.  Mount Clemens is a full service city of nine departments; a budget of $12 million; and 65 full-time employees. The City Commission is responsible for the appointment of the city manager and is seeking to appoint their next city manager.  The city is seeking an experienced manager with exemplary leadership skills; strong interpersonal skills; and experience working in a team environment.


Required qualifications for the position include a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, urban planning or a related field.   A Master’s degree in Public Administration is desired.  The candidate shall have three years’ experience in local government management as a city manager, assistant city manager, or senior department manager.  The candidate shall also have experience in economic development; personnel and labor relations; budget and finance; intergovernmental relations; supervision and organizational development.  The ideal candidate shall also be customer service oriented; experience with community engagement; visible in the community; and excellent oral and written communication skills.


For the community profile, see for the full posting

posted September 8, 2016



Grants Administrator

Capital Area Transportation Authority


Job Summary - Essential Functions


The Grants Administrator provides direct support to the Assistant Executive Director and is responsible for applying for all local, state and federal grants, and assists in developing the three-year Transportation Improvement Program, Annual Program, other long-range capital equipment plans, and other duties as directed by the Assistant Executive Director.  Responsibilities require flexibility in working outside of normal business hours.  The essential functions include the following:


  • Compile information for completion and submission of timely applications for local, state, and federal grants.
  • Monitor and report on grant progress and compliance with the grant budget, schedule, and terms and conditions. 
  • Maintain full understanding of grant regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Serve as a resource to other departments to understand their duties regarding regulatory compliance.
  • Assist with the preparation and participate in the Federal Transit Administration Triennial Review and with any other grant agency audits.
  • Prepare records and administer changes in project recommended by Capital Committee.
  • Complete all federal, state, and local grant required reports for timely submission.
  • Compile and prepare the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
  • Compile and prepare the public transportation data required for the Regional Long Range Plan and Unified Work Program.
  • Assist the Assistant Executive Director and employees in administering grant funded projects. 
  • Provide timely, reliable, and effective reports and communications, written and oral.
  • Assist the Assistant Executive Director, as requested.
  • Provide backup and relief for others, as directed by the Assistant Executive Director.
  • Participate as an effective member of the CATA administrative and management team and perform all duties described.




  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, finance, or similar concentration, with coursework in transportation planning preferred.
  • Expert computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and other computer applications used at CATA.
  • Experience with Federal Transit Administration Grant Writing software (TrAMS, formerly TEAM) and MDOT software (PTMS) preferred.
  • Minimum three (3) years experience in grants administration, with public transit grants administration preferred.
  • Able to communicate effectively, handle details, meet deadlines, and work both independently and under general direction.
  • Very neat and professional appearance.
  • Able to perform essential functions and duties and to perform other tasks as assigned.
  • Cooperative, willing to work with and learn from others, and able to respond productively to change.
  • Punctual and reliable attendance as necessary to meet ongoing service requirements for public transportation.


Starting Salary $47,000-$61,100

Reports to Assistant Executive Director


Submit CATA application, cover letter and resume as follows:

Via the Job Posting area under the “About CATA” tab; to the CATA HR department via e-mail  or fax 517-367-7275; drop off or mail to:


CATA, Attn: Human Resources

4615 Tranter St

Lansing, MI  48910


Deadline:  Position Open Until Filled

Posted August 29, 2016



Extension Educator: Government/Public Policy – Land Use

Michigan State University Extension


MSU Extension programs assist local government authorities and the general public in their understanding and decision-making in the context of “good governance” including the framework for government planning, finance, land use decisions, global economy, and civic engagement.  The person in this position provides technical and educational assistance to local governments in a variety of areas including planning and zoning/land-use planning, intergovernmental cooperation, effective governmental meetings, governmental organization and other emerging local government and governance issues.


These efforts are implemented primarily through the Greening Michigan Institute Government and Public Policy Workgroup–a team of field and campus-based faculty, educators and specialists located throughout the state.  This position is based in either Mt. Pleasant or Saginaw Michigan; Educational coverage responsibilities include mid-Michigan/Great Lakes Bay Region and some statewide programming support.


There are three key elements of this position:

  • Engage with local governments in mid-Michigan and Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region to address critical issues related to budgeting and finance, land use and planning, and governance.
  • Design and implement, in conjunction with the Government and Public Policy Workgroup, high quality education programs customized to meet the unique needs of the region served.
  • Partner with local and regional organizations to determine needs and conduct effective cooperative educational efforts.



Visit MSU website  and search for posting number 3906.
Applicants should include the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four professional references with the cover letter. Application deadline is Tuesday, November 15, 2016.


Posted August 24, 2016



Ordinance Enforcement Officer

Dexter Township


Dexter Township has an opening for an Ordinance Enforcement Officer.  This part-time position, under the supervision of the Director of Planning and Zoning, requires office and field work and good computer and interpersonal skills. 


Candidates are expected to have basic knowledge of code enforcement, site inspection, and record keeping.  The incumbent is expected to learn and apply Township Ordinances, interpret ordinances for members of the public, compile technical information, and review zoning permit applications.


Dexter Township, located in Washtenaw County between the Cities of Dexter and Chelsea, provides rural living, lake living, and suburban living for more than 6,000 residents, just minutes northwest of Ann Arbor.  The Township has active agriculture and has encouraged open space communities that preserve natural areas.  It is home to the Hudson Mills Metropark, the Pinckney State Recreation Area, the Chelsea State Game Area, the Washtenaw County West Lake Nature Preserve, several full-sport lakes, the Huron River, and the University of Michigan’s Peach Mountain Observatory. 


The full job posting and description can be found here.


Materials should be sent to or by mail to Dexter Township c/o Director of Planning and Zoning, 6880 Dexter-Pinckney, Dexter, MI 48130.


Initial review of applications will begin on September 6, 2016.


posted August 22, 2016



Road Commission for Oakland County

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lead Coordinator


Under the supervision of the Environmental Concerns Coordinator and/or Director of Planning and Environmental Concerns, this position is responsible for the following:

  • Develops, plans, organizes and maintains the Road Commission Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Analyzes and administers Road Commission data assets within an ArcSDE geodatabase to provide an up-to-date inventory and status of environmental and other prioritized assets. 
  • Acts as the Road Commission’s subject matter expert on items related to GIS, including end user functionality.
  • Acts as project coordinator on agency objectives where GIS integration is critical to current and future asset maintenance and management.
  • Leads and directs staff to achieve department and agency objectives.  Decisions and coordination is often required in the absence of specific policies and/or guidance from supervisors.


Please apply if you have:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in Geographic Information Systems or other closely related major in addition to a minimum of 1-3 years of experience commensurate with the above duties is required. An ability to present oneself in a professional manner and build strong working relationship within the agency and externally to constituents. Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary.


Competitive salary.  Attractive benefits package including health and vision coverage, dental plan, employer paid pension, deferred compensation plan, etc.

Send resume and salary history to

Road Commission for Oakland County

Human Resources Department

31001 Lahser Road

Beverly Hills, MI  48025

Fax: 248-645-5792


Or, apply on line:

Click “Job Postings” - then click “Application Form” to apply electronically


EOE/ADA/Drug Free Workplace

Interview travel costs/relocation expense are not reimbursable.


 posted August 9, 2016



Planning and Zoning Administrator

City of South Haven


City of South Haven has opening for a community planner to perform planning and zoning administration and front counter operations of the Building Services Department. Serves as staff liaison to and prepare agendas for Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals and is the primary contact for the public regarding zoning, municipal and building code policies and procedures. Responsible for administration of the City’s Zoning Ordinance and Master Plan; preparation of professional planning reviews; presentation of planning reviews to the Planning Commission and City Council; preparation of planning studies, ordinance amendments and other written reports and frequent interaction with the public.  Directs the activities of the City's building inspectors, code enforcement officer and its planning consultants. 


Serves as the initial public contact at the front counter, providing information and explaining procedures and requirements regarding the permit process; accepts plans for building permits and zoning applications and verifies the accuracy and completeness of information, reviews plans for zoning compliance as well as issuing over-the-counter permits, calculating fees, and performing related duties as assigned.  Handles municipal code enforcement through a code enforcement officer and self-initiates action as warranted.  Responds to code violations and follows through on legal actions expeditiously.  Staff contact for the Construction Board of Appeals and manages dangerous building enforcement.


Successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning or related field, at least six years’ relevant experience and valid Michigan driver’s license.  A Master's degree is preferred. 


Salary: $52,694 - $61,644 DOQ, with an excellent benefit package.


Send application, cover letter and resume to or Human Resources Department, City of South Haven, 539 Phoenix Street, South Haven, MI 49090. See for application.  Deadline is August 19, 2016.


City of South Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted August 1, 2016



Community Development Director,

City of Ironwood

Salary Range $50,000 - $60,000 DOQ


The City of Ironwood is Michigan’s Western gateway to the Upper Peninsula.  The area is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts who like to hike, bike, kayak, ski (cross country and downhill), fish, hunt, snowmobile, ATV, and enjoy outdoor recreation.  The community is located fifteen miles from Lake Superior and is home to numerous streams, rivers, and waterfalls.  The position is responsible for implementation of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan through managing community development, planning, development and redevelopment, housing rehabilitation, grant administration, zoning review along with the promotion of private sector development.  The position acts as staff liaison in the preparation of reports to the City Commission; Planning Commission and other related boards.  The candidate will work in a team environment and will have excellent public relations, communication and computer skills.  Bachelors degree or higher is preferred.  Send application letter, application, and resume to City of Ironwood, Attn:  Karen Gullan, City Clerk, 213 S. Marquette St., Ironwood, MI  49938.   The City’s motto is “Find Your North”.  We hope you will consider joining our team in northern Michigan.  The application and job description can be reviewed on line.  Review of applications will begin Monday, August 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.  EOE


Posted July 20, 2-16


RRC Planner

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Type of Employment: Full-Time

Pay Grade and Rate: Grade 3; $50,025 to $64,975

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is conducting an internal/external recruitment process to fill the RRC Planner vacancy.

Job description and additional details.

Click here to view the position description.

Deadline for Response: July 31, 2016


Posted July 20, 2016


Planning and Zoning Administrator

City of East Lansing


The City of East Lansing is seeking to hire a Planning and Zoning Administrator.  East Lansing, home to Michigan State University, is a dynamic community of nearly 49,000 people with historic, walkable neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown. 


This is a high level professional and management position within the Department of Planning, Building and Development. This position will report to the Department Director and will include a wide variety of planning and zoning initiatives, ranging from day-to-day operations to long-term strategic planning projects. The position manages a staff of two professional planners and an administrative secretary.  The City organization is deeply committed to customer based results, focusing on community needs and empowerment of staff to accomplish these results.


The successful candidate will be able to: conduct research, analyze alternative courses of action and devise plans and strategies to address a variety of short and long-term planning and zoning related issues; prepare and present clear reports, verbally and in writing, and logical recommendations for action; read, write, interpret and apply planning, zoning, land use, and zoning regulations fairly and accurately; and, work effectively with our customers – residents, neighborhood associations, board and commission members, business owners, land owners, and City Council.


A Bachelor’s degree in city planning, community development, public administration, or a related field is required for the position, 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, please submit a resume and five professional references. An application can be downloaded. Please submit application materials by email: or mail, as follows:


East Lansing City Hall

Human Resources Department

410 Abbot Road

East Lansing, MI 48823


The City of East Lansing is an Equal Opportunity Employer

DEADLINE:  August 5, 2016


Posted July 19, 2016


Senior or Associate Planner

Benton County Oregon


Benton County Oregon is in search of a Senior or Associate Planner to join a high-performing, committed Community Development team. This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on a thriving community while living and working in the beautiful Willamette Valley, Oregon. The County offers an exceptional total compensation package including an Oregon pension, fully-paid health premiums (depending upon plan selection), 23 days of vacation and holiday time off to start, and may approve flexible or alternate work schedule depending upon Department needs. Visit Benton County Oregon for more details and to apply.

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Posted July 13, 2016


DDA Director

Bellaire Downtown Development Authority


The Bellaire Downtown Development Authority is seeking a passionate, creative, organized individual to lead the growth of Bellaire’s downtown. Be an integral part of cultivating the development of a small town with beautiful natural resources and a vibrant downtown business district. Qualified applicants should possess experience, education and talent in some or all of the following areas: economic development, project development and execution, non profit management, board/volunteer management and public relations. Applicant should be have excellent communication, computer and  organizational skills with the ability to multi task and self motivate.


The position is part time and flexible hours are offered.


Send letter of interest, resume, reimbursement requirements and 3 references


Posted July 12, 2016



Planning Director

Bath Charter Township


Bath Charter Township seeks a creative and innovative thinker.


Bath Township (population 11,598) is located in Clinton County, Michigan, minutes from Michigan State University. Bath was the 17th fastest growing community in the state of Michigan (2000-2010) and 5th overall in terms of population increase. This urban growth is balanced by much open space in the Township; preserving the rural character through responsible and focused development are goals of the Master Plan.


This position is responsible for overall management of the Planning Department to implement the planning vision for environmentally and fiscally responsible growth of the Township. The Planning Director serves as staff liaison to the Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority. Additional responsibilities include implementation of the Master Plan, coordinating development review process, and planning and conducting context appropriate economic development efforts.

Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field required, Master’s degree preferred. Four years of experience, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and sound judgment are required. American Institute of Certified Planners certification strongly preferred.


Annual salary $50,000 +/- dependent upon qualifications, plus benefits. Full job description on Township website. Please send resume, completed application form, and contact information of four professional references by Monday, August 1, 2016, to Dan Wietecha, Township Superintendent, 14480 Webster Rd., PO Box 247, Bath, MI 48808 or email.


Position open until filled. Applications must be received by August 1, 2016. Candidate interviews are tentatively scheduled for early August.


Bath Charter Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted July 12, 2016




City of Dearborn


The City of Dearborn is seeking to fill its vacancy for Planner.


SALARY:     Minimum:      $47,029 per year

                    Maximum:     $56,434 per year


An employee in this class performs professional level planning duties in the compilation and analysis of research data. The work involves responsibility in connection with the maintenance and extension of the City master plan. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Senior Planner and Corporation Counsel.


Experience and Training requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree preferred; with specialization in City Planning, Architecture or Landscape Architecture. Considerable experience in the field of urban planning.  Some experience with GIS systems preferred. A Michigan driver license with a good driving record.


Additional details and job description


View complete job description and apply online


Posted June 28, 2016


Comstock Charter Township

Township Superintendent


Comstock Charter Township is seeking to fill its newly created position of Superintendent.  This employee will serve at the pleasure of the Township Board, as chief administrative officer implementing directives and carrying out policies, and direct all internal services.


Master’s degree in Community Development, Public Administration, Business Administration or related field preferred. A Bachelor’s degree plus five years of direct experience in Public or Business Administration is required.


Five to eight years of related or progressively more responsible administrative experience in local government or business involving budget preparation, technical report writing, personnel administration, contract negotiations, finance, planning, public speaking, and policy development is required.  These qualifications are guidelines only. Other combinations of education and experience, skills and abilities may be considered.


More information and complete job description can be found on our website at  We are an EOE.


Posted June 27, 2016

City of Flint

Zoning Coordinator

The City of Flint Zoning Coordinator functions as part of the Planning and Zoning Division which falls under the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Flint.  The P&D Department is comprised of 4 divisions:  Blight and Neighboorhood Stabilization, Building & Safety Inspections, Community & Economic Development and Planning & Zoning.  The position will perform a variety of tasks in support of the P&D Department.  Full Position DescriptionAdditional Information


Application Procedure:  Applications will be accepted until Monday, July 11, 2016.  Applications must be completed on the City of Flint's website:    No paper applications and/or resumes will be accepted in the Human Resources Department.  Any questions about the application process, please call 810-766-7280.  

Position closes July 11, 2016


posted June 20, 2016




McKenna Associates


If you are a successful planner who desires strong compensation and more fulfilling projects, while helping public leaders create, redesign and maintain thriving communities, consider joining the McKenna Team.  McKenna Associates is seeking candidates for two responsible positions for urban planners with 7+ years of success in the public or private sector.  A varied background in community planning, zoning and form-based code, placemaking, community or economic development or public engagement is preferred; AICP a plus.  We offer a fast-paced, high opportunity, collaborative atmosphere, in an office of 20 plus talented planners and urban designers, and a variety of rewarding engagements in SE Michigan.  Send your resume in confidence to Gina Sloan.  EOE.


posted June 13, 2017


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