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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.

Full description and job details.


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



GIS/CDD Technician

City of Madison Heights


Additional details and job description; View complete job description and apply online.


Posted June 29, 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


Principal Planner in Downtown and Commercial Redevelopment

Oakland County Economic Development


Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs (EDCA) is hiring a Principal Planner to coordinate planning and economic development services targeted toward historic downtowns, heritage corridors, mixed-use districts and commercial centers.  The position acts as the Program Coordinator for Main Street Oakland County (MSOC).  MSOC is Oakland County’s comprehensive program of services directed toward historic commercial business districts.  Oakland County is the only county in the United States to have a full-service main street program in cooperation with the National Main Street Center.  The position acts as a leader over other professional, technical and clerical employees in coordinating the delivery of Main Street services to local municipalities, downtown development authorities, principal shopping districts and non-profit organizations.  The position represents Oakland County EDCA’s Main Street program at the local, state and national level. The position is part of a multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, and GIS specialists that provide services to all Oakland County communities. 


Candidates should have training and/or work experience in economic development, historic preservation, tax increment financing, downtown management, zoning, promotions, marketing and real estate development.  Excellent public presentation and writing skills are required along with the ability to effectively communicate and work with elected and appointed government officials and private business and property owners. 


See full job description for required minimum qualification.

posted June 6, 2016


City Manager

City of Frankenmuth


There is a spirit that’s uniquely Frankenmuth. It’s more than a safe, clean, proud, and welcoming community with excellent opportunities for commerce, education, recreation, and entertainment. It’s a place of possibility—a place so charged with spirit that both visitors and residents can’t help but embrace its unique charm.


The mayor and city council are seeking a new city manager. The current city manager is retiring after 37 years of service to the city of Frankenmuth in the capacity of city manager. The city is seeking an experienced manager with exemplary leadership skills; strong interpersonal skills; and experience working in a team/ hands on organizational environment; and who understand the value of tradition yet has a visionary approach to growth.


For the community profile, see the full posting

posted May 24, 2016


Senior Planner

City of Elgin, Illinois


Elgin, IL (110,145) The City of Elgin, Illinois seeks highly qualified planning professionals to serve as its next Senior Planner.  Founded in 1836 and located 35 miles northwest of Chicago, Elgin is proud of its diversity in demographics and culture.  From its revitalized downtown area, including the award-winning Riverwalk and the Hemmens Cultural Center, to its many comfortable neighborhoods, four historic districts, 1,600 acre parks system and extensive regional recreational assets, Elgin offers a unique quality of life, whether one is interested in city or suburban living.  Elgin’s motto, “The City in the Suburbs”, embodies celebration of Elgin’s past, enjoyment of the present, and the promise of Elgin’s future.


Elgin operates under the council-manager form of government, which was adopted in Elgin in 1954. The current City Manager was appointed in 2009.  The City has approximately 700 FTEs and a $275 million budget.  The City Council has established eight priorities that guide city operations and policies:  Diverse Workforce, Financial Stewardship, Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development, Image and Engagement, Neighborhoods and Public Safety.


Senior Planners report to the Director of Community Development and may be responsible for reviewing development applications against city codes and ordinances and ensuring that the resulting development advances well accepted planning, urban design, transportation and environmental theories and practices. Additional duties may include preparing current, long-range, transportation, community development and/or other like planning-related plans and/or studies; preparing corridor, neighborhood, and/or site-specific land plans at a variety of scales as well as the massing and preliminary designs of the buildings that could built therein; preparing staff reports and board and city council packets for annexation and/or discretionary zoning processes (map amendments, conditional uses, and variations); analyzing and implementing improvements to the development review process; serving as staff support to various boards and commissions; and supervising planners and staff in all of these functions, as well as supervising staff responsible for the administration of CDBG funds.


Candidates must have a collaborative and welcoming management and community engagement style that furthers the goals of the City and enhances the City’s neighborhoods and quality of life. Successful candidates will have a passion for neighborhood development and redevelopment that incorporates citizen and stakeholder involvement. The successful candidate will be a driven self-starter with exceptional writing skills and a high comfort level speaking in front of crowds of various sizes. Keeping track of details and how they fit within the bigger picture is critical. The salary range is $85,688 to $114,831 +/- DOQ.  Residency in the City of Elgin is not required.  Position requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in planning, architecture, or related field plus at least 5 years experience in planning. Master’s degree in planning or related field and AICP highly desirable. Demonstrated expertise with new and emerging technologies, such as Google Sketch Up and/or Salesforce, also highly desirable.


To apply, submit resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references by June 20, 2016 to  to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, GovHRUSA.  Tel: 847-380-3243; Fax: 866-401-3100.  The City of Elgin is an equal opportunity employer.


posted May 20, 2016



Principal Planner

LSL Planning


Municipal services firm with planning offices in several states and an outstanding reputation for client service has an immediate opening for an experienced planning professional to lead and grow our Grand Rapids, MI Office.  We’re seeking a talented, energetic planner to assist municipal clients with zoning, comprehensive planning and related tasks on projects in and around Grand Rapids.  Business development and proposal preparation duties will also be part of the overall responsibility. 


This position offers great opportunity for a dynamic, motivated self-starter who seeks professional opportunities and growth.  You’ll be a member of our planning division with a full complement of resources to support you and exciting projects to keep you challenged.  This position is responsible for office, client and staff management.


Qualifications / Responsibilities:

  • Ability to direct professional staff in planning work, including substantive planning topics as well as assisting with workload management, staffing, budgeting, and mentoring
  • Experience in preparing land development regulations and comprehensive plans, including public outreach and working with elected officials
  • Knowledge of current planning and development review
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in writing and presenting on planning topics at state or national professional conferences
  • Ability to participate in all aspects of new project marketing, including proposal drafting, budgeting, and interviewing
  • Ability and willingness to travel


Education / Experience:

  • Master's degree in urban planning
  • 10+ years’ experience in public or private sector;
  • 3+ years as a project and/or staff manager
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Adobe Creative Suite


Compensation: Competitive salary and strong benefit package offered.






posted May 20, 2016

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; $50,025 to $64,975

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; Collaborative 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 to

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: May 22, 2016

posted May 9, 2016

Planning and Zoning Administrator

Charter Township of Chesterfield


Position Duties and Responsibilities:

The Planning and Zoning Administrator reports to the Township Elected Officials.  He/She has the responsibilities of supervising full and part time clerical and secretarial help designated to the department.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Reviews building and site plans to ensure compliance with Township ordinances, including revision of building space build-out uses to assure conformance with Township Ordinances.
  2. Communications with residents and businesses to explain zoning and ordinance requirements.
  3. Prepares and administers Planning Department budget.
  4. Prepares and administers departmental budgets for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.  Also prepares and submits payrolls to the Accounting Department.
  5. Performs related duties as required by the Planning and Zoning Department Administrator.
  6. Receives and coordinates reviews of site plans, special land uses, rezoning’s, zoning variances and plats submitted to the Department.
  7. Responsible for coordinating the files, which include all involved agencies to be submitted to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals in Item No. 6 above.
  8. Attend Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Township Board meetings.
  9. Implement all work pertaining to petitions filed with this Department, including map making, publications and mailings that are regulated by the State of Michigan.
  10. Prepare and administer all reviews and forward pertinent copies to the members of the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals and Elected Officials.
  11. Responsible for keeper of records for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
  12. Responsible for all filings and yearly record keeping for both the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
  13. Responsible for subdivision addressing.
  14. Administer all procedures and maintain a filing system pertaining to the Planning Commission’s recommendations to the Board.
  15. Responsible for disciplinary reviews and procedures pertaining to these duties.

Wage Range:  Commensurate with experience.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Municipal Planning.
  • Minimum five years’ work experience in planning.


  • Opening Date: May 9, 2016       
  • Closing Date: Until the position is filled
  • Position Available: Planning and Zoning Administrator
  • Business Hours:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Qualified applicants must submit a resume and Application to: Chesterfield Township


Eric M. Wurmlinger

Deputy Clerk and Personnel Coordinator

47275 Sugarbush Rd.

Chesterfield Twp., MI 48047  


posted May 5, 2016


DDA Director

Kochville Township


The Kochville Township DDA (Saginaw, MI) is accepting applications for the DDA Director position. The Director will be responsible for coordinating DDA activities and investments as approved by the DDA board.  Kochville Township is home to Saginaw Valley State University and a strong and growing central business district.  Applicants should have experience of at least two years in economic development, planning, engineering, business, or a related field and possess tremendous interpersonal skills.  Applicants will preferably also hold a four-year degree.

A complete job description can be found at (Information/Employment).  Salary and benefits are dependent upon qualifications. 

To apply, please submit a completed employment application and any other pertinent materials by no later than 4pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 to: Kochville Township DDA, 5851 Mackinaw Road, Saginaw, MI 48604.  Application packages may also be submitted electronically to:   


posted May 4, 2016

Departmental Analyst 12 - Main Street Economic Vitality Specialist

Lansing, Michigan


Job Description

As a recognized resource, the staff person will serve as the Michigan Main Street (MMS) Program specialist on the Economic Vitality component of the Michigan Main Street Four-Point Approach and report directly to the MMS Manager.  As a recognized resource for the Economic Vitality component of the MMS Program, the staff person will provide professional and technical assistance, resources and services to the local MMS Communities including the Associate, Selected and Master Levels.  The staff person will assist in the development of the MMS Program by developing strategies which result in community-based development for revitalization of traditional commercial districts.  The staff person will work with other MMS Program staff and develop internal documents, principles, capacity and policies of the MMS Program.  The staff person will assist with MMS and non-MMS Program activities that will include, but are not limited to, market studies or market study updates, recruitment test, retail merchandising, business assistance (retail displays, inventory management, financial review) baseline assessments visits, resource team visits, year- end accreditation evaluations and other duties as assigned.  Position requires extensive travel and extended hours past normal 8-5.


Required Education and Experience

Possession of a bachelor's degree in any major.  Bachelor of Public Administration, Finance, Community Development/Planning, Economic Development, Business Operations or related degree preferred.  Three years of professional experience, including one year of experience equivalent to the experienced (P11) level in state service.

Additional Requirements and Information

View the job specification at:

State of Michigan

400 South Pine Street
Lansing, Michigan, 48909.

(800) 788-1766



posted April 29, 2016


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