Professional Planning Jobs

Professional Planning Job listings on this site are posted for three months or until the posted deadline. MAP will also post the ads on social media.  Job ads cost $75. To submit a job ad or RFP ad email the description to [email protected] and place "job ad" or "RFP ad" in the subject field.

Posting requirements:  Ads shall be submitted in word, and contain no more than 250 words.  We are happy to add links and/ or one pdf attachment. 

Planning and Zoning Administrator
City of Douglas
The City of Douglas seeks a committed individual for the position of Planning and Zoning Administrator. Education - bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Affairs, Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field. For (4) or more years of progressively responsible government experience (municipal preferred) in one or more of the following areas: Urban and Regional Planning, Community Development and Redevelopment, Site Plan Review, Zoning Administration, or closely related field. This is a full-time salaried position ($60,000 - $68,000 yr.). For a full description of job requirements visit our website at , applications and resume’ received by the City Clerk. Applications accepted until position is filled.
Posted March 23, 2023
Associate Planner
Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA)

Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is a nonprofit agency that serves older persons, adults with disabilities, and caregivers residing in Detroit, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park & the 5 Grosse Pointes.  As Associate Planner, you are responsible to working under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Planning and Program Development within the organization. This position’s responsibilities consist of efficiently organizing the tasks of the Planning and Development Department and providing necessary support to execute the three-year and annual operational plans and to implement strategic planning functions as well as providing technical assistance and support to departments working to expand or enhance existing services or to create new programs, services and activities. 

Knowledge of principles and practices of providing social services to culturally diverse populations will require the following: analyzing demographic trends, community needs, and service gaps; the ability to research best practices and analyze the performance of programs and services to create, enhance or expand these community resources; having strong project management skills to handle multiple projects and deadlines as well as the ability to prepare grant proposals, conceptual models and business documents such as reports, memorandums and analytics. Strong computer skills including MS Office, software and video-conferencing applications commonly used in program management; demonstrated ability to interact with individuals at all levels and the display of effective written and oral communication skills is required.

MA degree in Public Health, Urban Planning/Studies, Social Work or Business from an accredited college or university with five years of progressive work experience with a governmental, private and/or nonprofit entity.  

5- 8 years of experience is required 

Apply at

Posted March 23, 2023

Planning and Zoning Administrator

Peninsula Township

Peninsula Township seeks an energetic, committed individual for the position of Planning and Zoning Administrator. A bachelor’s degree in planning and AICP certification is preferred but not required. This individual will work under the Director of Planning and Zoning to assist with a myriad of tasks, including the following:

  • Review proposals for special use permits and site plan review for conformance with codes, plans and regulations.
  • Evaluate land use permit applications, including site plans, surveys, and outside agency permits to efficiently issue permits that meet the requirements of the Peninsula Township Zoning Ordinance and local, state, and federal laws.
  • Assists the Land Division Review Committee in processing and reviewing land division applications.
  • Answer inquiries regarding the zoning ordinance, practices, policies, and procedures; administer its provisions; and conduct field evaluations and assessments.
  • Draft correspondence, conformance letters, notices of violation, memos, charts, tables, graphs, and business plans as needed.
  • Maintain records in accordance with the township’s records retention policies.
  • Assist with the implementation of programs and activities in conjunction with the township’s planning goals.
  • Work with the Code Enforcement Officer to investigate complaints and recommend appropriate corrective measures.
  • Act as staff liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Evaluate variance applications to ensure the ZBA has the information needed to make informed decisions.
  • Support the Parks Committee.
  • Participate in meetings and special projects.

For a complete description of the position, visit the township website at

If you have questions, please email the township clerk at [email protected]. Deadline to apply is May 20, 2023.

Posted March 16, 2023


Principal Planner

Livingston County

Livingston County was named a 2022 Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press! Based solely on employee feedback, the Top Workplace title is a badge of honor for the County. With over 700 employees serving within 18 departments, 5 elected offices, and 5 Courts, Livingston County's top priority is providing effective and efficient services that improve the quality of life for all our residents.

Livingston County is located in Southeast Michigan and are one of the fastest growing counties in Michigan. Livingston County consists of 16 townships, 2 villages and 2 cities. The county contains a diverse mix of rural agricultural areas, historic downtowns, suburban development, lake-side living and large recreational lands. Home to two metro parks (Kensington and Huron Meadows), 3 state recreation areas (Island Lake, Brighton, and Pinckney), 1 state park (Lakelands Trail), 2 state game areas, 1 wildlife area, 2 Livingston County parks (Lutz and Fillmore), and numerous local parks, Livingston County has an abundance of recreational opportunities. Livingston County offers 163 park acres per 1,000 residents, more than any other county in Southeast Michigan.

Under the supervision of the Planning Director, this position is responsible for providing professional planning services for complex and large-scale projects.

The Principal Planner position is a non-union/full-time position and starting pay is $71,593.60/yr. This position is eligible for step pay increases within our Non-Union Grade 10 Wage Scale.

full job description and benefit summary are included in the Principal Planner job posting on the Livingston County website

Posted March 14, 2023


Planning and Zoning Technician

City of Big Rapids

General Summary

An entry-level planning and zoning/public administration position that works under the direction of the Community Development Director. Devotes a significant amount of time on routine administrative tasks. Works closely with the public on a regular basis to provide customer service on planning issues. Administers the City’s rental housing program, coordinates community events, and assists tenants, landlords, residents and non-residents with housing and community development concerns. Provides support to the Community Development Director and staff.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary $44,743, Full Time

The City of Big Rapids provides a complete benefits package to all full-time employees including health insurance, paid time off, an employer sponsored retirement plan, health savings account, and more.

To apply, complete a City employment application at, along with resume and cover letter Questions can be answered by Human Resources at [email protected]  or 231-679-1296. Application materials must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, March 30, 2023. The full job description including required skills and education is available at

The City of Big Rapids provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the City of Big Rapids complies with applicate state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Details here

Posted March 9, 2023

Deputy City Planner

City of Southfield

This is a senior level professional planning position that exists to administer the City’s planning function, which involves the creation, implementation, modification and improvement of plans for the City’s development and redevelopment as a mature, thriving, premier residential and business community. Analyze and prepare reports on long-range planning issues and other land development policies and standards. The position provides technical advice to the Director of Planning, Planning Commission, City Centre Advisory Board, Arts Commission, Historic Commission, City Administrator, and City Council on matters relating to planning and economic development. General supervision and guidance is exercised over a technical and professional staff that gathers and evaluates social, economic and other data upon which to base planning recommendations.

For a full list of duties, requirements, and to apply please go here:

Posted March 6, 2023


Economic Development Coordinator

Southeast Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

Annual Salary: $73,612 – $110,419*

*Depending On Qualifications, with annual performance-based merit increase program

First Review of Applications: March 15, 2023 (open until filled)

Role and Responsibilities

SEMCOG is seeking an experienced and innovative Economic Development Coordinator. Reporting to the Manager of Economic and Community Vitality, they will play a pivotal role in leading and coordinating SEMCOG’s economic development planning initiatives including local technical assistance on issues such as placemaking, housing, business attraction and retention, Main Street and downtown revitalization, equitable community engagement, brownfields and revitalization of underutilized sites, fostering entrepreneurship, and connecting talent with jobs.  

The Economic Development Coordinator will serve as SEMCOG’s point of contact for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and liaison between state and local community economic development leaders and practitioners. Will lead activities related to SEMCOG’s role as the EDA designated Economic Development District. Will expand working relationships with local and county economic development partners, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Detroit Regional Partnership, and other economic development organizations. The ideal candidate will be a proven, experienced collaborator and leader that thinks holistically in the development and implementation of regional plans.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Economic Development, Community Development, Economics, Urban Studies or Planning, Business, Public Administration, or related field; Master’s degree or related certification preferred.
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of experience in increasing responsibility. Experience with working extensively with State, County, and local government agencies, education and workforce partners, private sector, and key policymakers.

Complete Job Posting Here

Posted March 2, 2023

Neighborhood Business & Special Projects Coordinator

City of Kalamazoo

Opening Date:  02/15/23

Closing Date:  03/07/23

The Neighborhood Business and Special Projects Coordinator is responsible for managing the Business Development Fund grants, coordinating a network of consultants, neighborhood stakeholders, and entrepreneurship support organizations utilizing Salesforce for purposes of enhancing neighborhood engagement that leads to advancing the City’s mission of shared economic prosperity.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Planning, Resource Management, Urban/City Planning, or a related field is required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in urban development, municipal planning, or related field.
  • Strong, clear communicator and excellent interpersonal skills; proven ability to effectively and positively communicate with the public and all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to present facts and negotiate/persuade others.
  • Demonstrates a sense of urgency, prioritizes well, shows energy, responds to opportunities, instills urgency in others, and meets deadlines.
  • Previous experience with preparing reports, researching information, gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking and skills.

To view a full job description and to apply, please go to the following link:

Posted February 27, 2023


Planning & Zoning Specialist

Orion Township

Orion Township is seeking a motivated and organized individual to perform research and coordination of Planning & Zoning activities for commercial and residential properties.  This individual will report directly to the Planning & Zoning Director and assist with applications, variance requests, and researching previous PC and ZBA activities.  The ideal candidate will have experience and/or education in the field of Planning and Zoning, ability to complete challenging mathematical equations, proficient in the Microsoft Suite, and experience with BS&A is a plus!

This is a Technical Unit Level 7 position, full-time, $25.39-$32.78 per hour, with excellent benefits. 

A full job description, application, and benefit summary are available on the Township website.  Full application packets can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the Supervisor’s Office, 2323 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion, MI 48360. 

Position is open until filled.

Posted February 27, 2023

DDA Director

Comstock Center (Comstock Township) 

The Comstock Center Downtown Development Authority and the Township of Comstock are seeking a DDA Director. Under the supervision of the Downtown Development Authority Board, the Director is responsible for all administrative aspects of the DDA. The Director serves as an advocate for the downtown area, fosters and maintains a cooperative relationship with business owners, developers, residents, Township staff and government agencies and works effectively with volunteers. Grant writing experience required. A Bachelor’s Degree in business, marketing, public administration, or a field related to downtown development is preferred. DDA Director Position Description.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jodi  Stefforia, DDA Director, Comstock Township, P.O. Box 449 Comstock MI 49041 no later than March  17, 2023.   This is a contract position with an annual stipend of $16,000 paid monthly.

Posted February 24, 2023


Village Manager

Village of Lake Odessa

Located in mid-Michigan on scenic Jordan Lake, within an hour’s drive from the State Capitol in Lansing and Downtown Grand Rapids, the Village of Lake Odessa is seeking a collaborative leader to move the community forward. Lake Odessa offers a friendly, small-town environment with an attractive downtown and an affordable cost of living.

Lake Odessa has the unique blend of a small core village set in an agricultural area with the amenities of a lakefront community. It is a classic small town with tree lined streets, well- kept homes and citizens with community pride who are accustomed to having a parade to celebrate community events.

Candidates should possess a four year degree in public administration or a related field and five years’ local government supervisory experience. The starting salary range for the new manager is $80,000 to $100,000 based on qualifications.

Please submit resume, cover letter, consent form, and five professional references to:
Email: [email protected]
Subject Line: Lake Odessa Search

Questions can be directed to MML Executive Recruiter Jerry Richards at [email protected] or 517-719-7807

Candidates desiring confidentiality of their interest, as allowed for and provided by Michigan law, must indicate such in a separate subject line above the body of the cover letter.

This search is conducted by an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Community Brochure

Reference Check Consent Form

Posted February 23, 2023


Senior Planner

Ypsilanti Township

Ypsilanti Township seeks a highly responsible and organized person to join the Township Planning Department Team. The Senior Planner performs advanced-level planning work, assists the Township administration, aids with updating Master Plan, Zoning Ordinance or other Planning related documents, generates high level planning reports and zoning reviews. Works directly with local businesses and developers helping to guide candidates through the Township's entitlement process to achieve successful projects. This is a hands-on position that works side by side with the Building Division and Code Compliance. 

Applicant must have:

  • Considerable knowledge of land use principles and urban planning.
  • Knowledge of zoning and site development rules, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of Township government and public administration.
  • Interpersonal skill to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to compile and analyze statistical and technical data.
  • Demonstrated communication skills to present facts and recommendations effectively in written and oral form.
  • Ability to perform mathematical computations.
  • Ability to read and interpret specifications, blueprints and drawings.
  • Ability to comprehend complex issues and identify alternative solutions and prepare appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to recognize and handle stress.
  • Skill in computer word processing, spreadsheet, database and GIS software.
  • Good vision, hearing, physical mobility and verbal communication.
  • Ability to drive and possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
  • Masters or Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning or related field required.
  • Minimum of 5 years demonstrating progressive experience working in a municipal planning office or in private planning practice assisting local governments.
  • AICP Credential preferred.

Salary: $72,000 - $75,000 DOQ

Job description and application is available at the township's website or in the HR Department at the Township Civic Center, 7200 S. Huron River Dr., Ypsilanti, MI.

Closing Date: Friday, March 17, 2023

Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted February 22, 2023


Carlisle | Wortman Associates Planning Positions

The talent and integrity of our team at Carlisle | Wortman Associates (CWA) is what has helped us to be one of the most established and trusted planning firms in Michigan. Our team is a special group of individuals comprised of thought-leaders who are making an impact in the planning of Michigan’s communities. We establish and grow ongoing and long-term relationships with our public sector clients, through which our team is afforded a diverse range of challenges and opportunities. All projects are collaboratively worked through in a close-knit, fun, supportive, and creative work environment.

We are presently hiring for multiple planning positions, including:

  • Entry level
  • Midlevel Level
  • Senior Level

We are committed to and value diversity in the workplace. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and appreciate how this furthers our understanding of the world we are working to serve.

For a complete job description and to apply for these positions, please visit

Posted February 13, 2023 

Community Engagement Specialist I

City of Ann Arbor

Pay Rate – $68,000 to $78,000/year (Offer commensurate with experience)


Performs community engagement responsibilities for city projects, policies, and programs, which includes assisting with development and implementation of engagement plans and strategies, including the development and distribution of public notices, staffing engagement activities, collecting, organizing, and analyzing input, creating reports, and helping with staff education and training.


  • Provide project management support for public services initiatives, as related to public involvement in the decision-making process.
  • Work with Project Managers and consultants to develop community engagement plans and strategies.
  • Make recommendations on the appropriate level of community involvement in decision-making across the public services area.
  • Assist with development and distribution of community notifications.
  • Participate in City’s equitable engagement efforts.
  • Assist with the development and serve as an ambassador for engagement tools and internal staff training.
  • Summarize and analyze results from engagement activities and determine next steps.
  • Plan and lead meetings with internal and external groups.
  • Perform research, planning, and technical analyses related to community engagement.
  • Assist Senior Engagement Specialist with larger projects.

Required Education and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, Natural Resources/Environmental Science, or a closely related field.
  • At least two years of experience in community engagement, planning, or related experience.
  • At least one year of experience in project or program management.
  • Public speaking experience; developing and delivering presentations.
  • The City of Ann Arbor, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.

More details here

Posted February 10, 2023 


Transportation Modeler


Annual Salary: $54,856 – $100,108*

*Depending On Qualifications, with annual performance-based merit increase program

First Review of Applications: February 22, 2023 (open until filled)

Role and Responsibilities

SEMCOG is seeking a Modeler, Transportation Engineer, regional/urban Planner, or experienced professional with relevant experience to join the Transportation Modeling and Mobility group. SEMCOG Modelers run and analyze simulation models; code and apply models; perform transportation studies for partners; assist in model development activities; develop, maintain, and apply complex models in land use, transportation, or air quality analysis; integrate input for model runs; and produce modeling output for policy analysis.

The successful candidate will have strong technical skills and abilities to provide assistance in the field of travel demand modeling (using TransCAD and/or other modeling packages) and related work in regional transportation planning such as data collection, management and analytical analysis; statistical skills; technical skills in computer programming such as Python, R, etc.; GIS analytical skills; mobility planning techniques; data visualization; dynamic traffic assignment model familiarity; and coordinating with member governments and planning partners. Additional transportation-related work, or work in other disciplines, may also be assigned. This position is part of a job series and offers employee development and promotional opportunities.

Experience and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Civil or Transportation Engineering, data or computer science, information systems, geography or related field.
Experience or knowledge in statistical, regional travel demand or traffic simulation models. Familiarity with analytical software such as Access, Excel, SPSS, TransCad, ActivitySim, and/or ArcGIS platforms.

Complete job description here.

Posted February 6, 2023

Planning and Zoning Administrator

City of the Village of Douglas

The City of the Village of Douglas is seeking a ful-time Planning and Zoning Administrator. This is an administrative officer/department head position in in the City organization, appointed by the City Council per the City Charter, and receives supervision, evaluation, and direction from the City Manager.

An individual in this position works closely with contractual consultants assisting on planning, zoning, economic development, and community development functions. Oversees work tasks and staff assigned to the department.  For a complete list of essential job functions and requirements visit the City of the Village of Douglas website.

Complete job description here.

Interested parties can submit their resume to the City Clerk by February 23, 2023 or until the position is filled. Submit to [email protected]

Pamela Aalderink, CMC/MiCPT
PO Box 757
Douglas, MI 49406


The City of Douglas is an equal opportunity employer

Posted February 3, 2023


City Manager

City of Monroe

The City of Monroe is located along the banks of the River Raisin and Lake Erie in Monroe County, Michigan. Serving as the governmental seat for the County of Monroe, the historic small-town character is apparent in the land development patterns, the tourism development, and residential neighborhoods. Downtown Monroe is home to the Monroe County Museum, the River Raisin Centre for the Arts, the Monroe County Labor History Museum, and wonderful dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. The highway, railway, and port infrastructures provide a variety of commercial, residential, industrial, and office uses and many future development possibilities.

We are seeking candidates who have a strong educational background, a commitment to the profession, and senior executive experience in a comparable-sized municipality with a community character similar to Monroe. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and functions as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City ensuring that all laws and ordinances within the jurisdiction are enforced. Through a shared leadership approach, the City Manager supervises all Department Heads and maintains a collaborative relationship with the elected Clerk-Treasurer to support effective operations of the Clerk-Treasurer Department.

Interested candidates should read the PDF to learn more about the job responsibilities, candidate profile, qualifications, benefits, salary, and instructions on how to apply.

Posted January 9, 2023


Parks Director

Oshtemo Charter Township

Oshtemo Charter Township in Kalamazoo, MI is hiring for Parks Director. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Posted January 31, 2023


Community and Economic Development Director

Washtenaw County

Under the direction of the County Administrator, provides expert guidance to help shape the development of a community-wide vision for community and economic development in Washtenaw County, and oversees the implementation of that vision.  Establishes overall direction in regional community and economic development.  Provides for coordination and collaboration with and among County departments, boards and commissions and associated agencies, municipalities, business, educational institutions, and civic groups in setting and executing Washtenaw County community and economic development goals.

Complete job description here.

Posted January 30, 2023

Planner III

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) 

Starting Annual Salary: $66,739 – $100,108

First Review of Applications: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 (open until filled)

Role and Responsibilities

SEMCOG is seeking an organized and detailed Planner III to join the Transportation Planning and Programming team. The Planner III will lead in the development of plans through research, data analysis, and policy development; complete tasks associated with the receipt of federal aid to the region; and provide technical assistance to member communities. Will lead in transit planning, corridor planning, and the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) and Carbon Reduction Programs (CRP). Will also provide assistance on a variety of functions and programs including congestion management, mobility, freight, safety and policy development and implementation of the TIP and RTP.

The successful candidate will have an understanding of transportation planning; excellent quantitative skills needed for technical analysis; well-developed organization and time management skills to ensure timely completion and delivery of work; be detailed, self-motivated, and capable of working on multiple tasks; excellent interpersonal and communication skills to interact and work with a range of external stakeholders such as federal, state, county, and local road and transit agencies; and ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with internal staff and external partners.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Engineering, Business, or a related field is required.
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years’ experience of increasing responsibility in related areas.

Complete job description here.

Posted January 27, 2023


Sustainability Planner

City of Kalamazoo

The Sustainability Planner is a key team member responsible for coordinating, implementing, and monitoring the City’s sustainability initiatives. The position will work closely with Community Planning & Economic Development staff, local stakeholders, regional municipalities and governmental entities, and community members. The Sustainability Planner will work on short- and long-range planning and implementation activities outlined in the City’s Community Sustainability Plan (CSP).

The Sustainability Planner is responsible for developing, informing, and implementing initiatives, projects, and partnerships to achieve sustainability goals. The position will facilitate a new interdepartmental work group and collaborate with City staff across all departments. Main work responsibilities activities such as: researching and developing strategies to improve and advance actions in the CSP; assisting with developing budgets, budget requests, and grant writing; developing, tracking, and reporting on milestones and measures of success; engaging and coordinating City staff, other municipalities, businesses, utilities, community organizations, and stakeholders; presenting outcomes to boards and commissions; and, communications through a variety of channels (e.g., websites, socials, written reports and memos, presentations, and in-person engagement).

The Sustainability Planner’s work products include policy analysis and development, project design and implementation, engagement with community and government, and assisting the Planning Division with oversight of the City’s sustainability and emissions goals. This position will report to the Sustainable Development Coordinator.

Applicants can find a full job description and online application on the City’s website.

Application Deadline: 2/14/23

Posted January 27, 2023

Executive Director of the Alliance for Economic Success

MSU Extension

As part of MSU Extension and the Community, Food and Environment Institute, this position provides educational leadership with a focus on coordination and promotion of economic development efforts in Missaukee and Wexford counties.

You will work closely with the AES Board of Directors to identify community needs, monitor current issues, and develop programming related to economic development with an emphasis on addressing economic challenges facing the region, including job creation/retention, housing, marketing the counties as a positive business locale, and assisting businesses with business services.

You will assist community members, business owners and government officials to understand the economic, social, political, and environmental impact of economic development and promote active citizen participation in decision making, while acting as facilitator, convener, counselor, and educator to create a climate that supports workforce recruitment, retention, and expansion. You will suggest methods for encouraging industrial and commercial enterprises on locating, purchasing, reconstructing, modernizing, improving, maintaining, equipping, and expanding. 

You will be responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of programming based on clientele needs. You will be expected to maintain current economic development data, issues, and trends in the region, specifically for rural communities.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, finance, economic development, or related field, with an expectation to complete a master’s degree within a specified time frame; or master’s degree in business, public administration, finance, economic development, or related field.

Applicants can apply here.

Application deadline: 3/6/2023

Posted January 24, 2023


Park Planner

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking a qualified Park Planner. 

The park planner will assist the department administration in developing comprehensive short and long-range plans for the improvement, expansion and development of park services for the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission. The planner will develop plans based on the evaluation of current services and projected needs, extensive research and analysis of available resources and impact reports. Compiles necessary data and pertinent information, preparing various grant applications for acquisition and development funding. Maintains oversight of projects as assigned.

The successful candidate should have the following knowledge, skills or abilities:

  • Principles and practices of community recreation and leisure service programs, equipment, activities and trends.
  • Funding sources and community resources for support of recreation programs and facilities.
  • Experience with land preservation, real estate principles, including but not limited to grant opportunities, conservation easement standards and practices, and land negotiation.
  • Research, data analysis and report preparation.
  • Setting priorities, ability to coordinate multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines.

This position requires excellent communication skills.  Graduation from a college or university or equivalent experience in Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, or Recreation Management is required. Minimum 2 years full-time experience with an organization providing parks and recreation services.

Salary range is $51,099.00-$80,561.00

To learn more and apply, visit the County’s website. 

Posted January 24, 2023


Deputy Director - Planning and Development 

City of Detroit

The City of Detroit is seeking a Deputy Director for its Planning & Development Department.

This position serves as the chief strategist for development and growth for the City of Detroit. It is her/his strategy, leadership and ability to execute that advances the Mayor’s goals for growing and beautifying the City’s many neighborhoods. He/she also possesses the political acumen to gain support (local, public, and private) behind their strategic goals and direction.

This role will focus largely on Detroit residential neighborhoods and help tackle major issues, such as the strategic disposition and development of vacant land, equitable development surrounding the Joe Louis Greenway and the continued revitalization of neighborhood commercial districts. 

The ideal Deputy Director will have strong technical expertise in the processes and relationships which govern land use planning, design and development, as well as proven experience as a skilled collaborator in managing growth and development.

This position requires excellent communication skills.  Graduation from a college or university with major course work in planning, urban design, business or a closely related field preferred. Minimum 10 years full-time experience with urban planning is required, with responsibility for providing strategic direction to at least some of the following: building and zoning code administration, planning studies, transportation development.

Salary range is $133,407 to $150,081. Learn more at the City’s website and in this prospectus.  Applications may be submitted at the City’s website or to [email protected] .

Posted January 23, 2023


Project Planner/Designer and Project Manager

McKenna - Northville Office

McKenna’s Team is comprised of passionate, talented, and creative planners and designers who want to make a difference and see their work efforts result in tangible, inspirational outcomes. Our work is purposeful and impacts people by influencing the state of the environment; ultimately, we take pride in helping to improve quality of life in our great Midwestern communities.  McKenna’s team members enjoy the benefits of our practice, from the diversity of projects in a diverse range of communities to our fast-paced, creative, and collaborative team culture. 

We are presently hiring for multiple positions, including:

  • Project Planner/Designer
  • Project Manager

We value diversity in the workplace.  Our inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while deepening our understanding of community planning and design.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

For a complete job description and to apply for these positions, please visit:

Posted January 23, 2023

City Planner

City of Sterling Heights

Sterling Heights, MI (pop. 134,346) is seeking qualified planning professionals to apply for the position of City Planner.  The Office of Planning is part the City’s Community Development Department.  Interested candidates are encouraged to review the position responsibilities and minimum qualifications and apply to work with an exceptional city.

Sterling Heights is looking for an innovative planning professional to lead its Planning staff.  The new City Planner will join a dynamic Planning Team and has the opportunity to help create and implement a model for 21st century redevelopment of a suburban city. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Urban Planning or related field including training in real estate, principles of management, and real estate appraisal is required. Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Urban Planning or related field is highly preferred.
  • Eight years of progressive experience in public planning preferably in a municipality, including experience in managing planning professionals.
  • AICP or other similar accreditations, certifications, or specializations, is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of construction, planning and design fields including architecture, urban planning, transportation planning and landscaping.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Total compensation for this position, inclusive of base annual salary and compensatory pay, is up to $137,505 annually with regular increases, plus an excellent benefits. Complete job description here.  

Apply online at with resume, cover letter, contact information and three (3) professional references.  Questions regarding the position may be directed to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, Tel: 847-380-3240.

Posted January 18, 2023


Transportation Planner

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission


The Transportation Programs Planner is a full-time, salaried position with traditional weekday office hours and some evening meetings, travel, and events outside of regular office hours. Primary duties consist of managing the development and implementation of the region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and supporting the production of transportation program documents, plans, and deliverables. This position is responsible for programming transportation projects for the region, coordinating their funding availability, and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and regional processes. The Transportation Programs Planner also coordinates short-range transportation planning activities, provides technical assistance to planning partners, and facilitates committee(s) related to transportation planning. This position reports to the Deputy Director.


Education:  A bachelor’s degree is required; civil/transportation engineering, transportation planning, urban or regional planning, or related field preferred.

Experience:  This position requires a minimum of 3 years’ professional experience directly related to transportation planning, engineering, or project management; municipal, urban, or regional planning; geography; or related fields.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The full posting is available at

Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position must submit an application, including a resume and cover letter, following the instructions at Position is open until filled.

Posted January 17, 2023


Director of Neighborhood Services/City Planner

City of Coldwater

The City of Coldwater (population 13,894) is seeking a leader to serve as the next Director of Neighborhood Services / City Planner for its rapidly growing and diverse community. The City of Coldwater is a Council-Manager form of government, which prides itself on a long history of stable political leadership and strong support for the administrative staff. The current leadership team evidences a long tenure with deep institutional knowledge.

Under the general direction of the City Manager, responsible for the oversight of the Neighborhood Services Department including assessing, community development, code enforcement, rental registration, building inspection, city planning, zoning and general ordinance enforcement of the City. This individual will be exposed to confidential matters and sensitive issues, requiring discretion on the part of the employee.

Annual Salary: $100,000-$105,000 DOQ. The City offers a generous Defined Contribution Retirement Plan & Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan.

Complete job description here.

All candidate submissions for the position must be received by January 31, 2023, 9:00pm EST.

Prospective candidates may submit their resume’ and five professional references to [email protected],  Subject Line: Coldwater

Pivot Group,, is facilitating the search process. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Pivot Group Lead Recruiter James Freed by email at [email protected]

Candidates desiring confidentiality of their interest, as allowed and provided by Michigan law, must indicate such at the time of resume’ submission.

This search is conducted by an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider.

Posted January 11, 2023

Planner - Community Planning & Economic Development

City of Kalamazoo

The primary role of the Planner is development review. This includes working with applicants through the multiple stages of development – from idea to closing out the finished site plan – and with both very experienced and first-time developers. The Planner is the manager of the Site Plan Review Process. This critical process is run administratively and includes staff from departments across the City that come together weekly to support the development process.  The Planner runs this committee, facilitating the review of all projects. The Planner must have a strong background in planning and zoning, but also familiarity with building codes, utilities, streets, and stormwater functions. In addition to site plan review, the Planner attends the regular Projects Meetings designed to support development projects in their early stages. The Planner’s role in the development process is critical and requires attention to detail, the ability to facilitate large group meetings, and skill in guiding conversations in order to reach a consensus or understanding of next steps. The Planner also supports the administration of the zoning code, working with the Zoning Administrator and Code Inspectors.

To view a full job description and to apply, please go to the following link:

Posted January 5, 2023