Professional Planning Jobs

Professional Planning Job listings on this site are posted for three months or until the posted deadline. Web site 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.

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Superintendent of Planning & Zoning Division

Charter Township of Waterford Township

General Summary

Under the general supervision of the Development Service Director, manages and directs the activities of the Planning & Zoning Department to ensure projects within the Township are constructed in accordance with applicable laws, codes, ordinances and accepted practices. Oversees Code Enforcement Operations.

Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or related field with five (5) years of experience preferable in a public planning office. Must have certification as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Master’s Degree in Planning may substitute for two years’experience.

For a complete list of qualifications:

Salary Range: $69,945 – $83,061 with excellent benefits package.

Posted 11/15/19 – open until closed

Please send cover letter, resume and application to the Human Resources Department,
5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, Michigan. Or email: [email protected]

Posted November 18, 2019

Planning Director/Zoning Administrator

City of Walker

The City of Walker is looking to fill the position of Planning Director / Zoning Administrator. This person will be responsible for directing and managing the community planning and zoning functions of the Community Development Department. This position serves as the City Planner and City Zoning Administrator, including coordination of the following boards and committees: Planning Commission; Zoning Board of Appeals; Mineral Mining Review Board. Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in community planning, public administration, landscape architecture, or a similar field. A master’s degree is preferred. Candidates must have American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credentials. Experience in building effective working relationships with citizens, colleagues, developers, and other professionals and representatives of other agencies required. Qualities for the ideal candidate should include ability to organize and prioritize, excellent oral and written communication skills, and exceptional time management skills. This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $69,682 to $80,134, depending on experience and qualifications, and a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, defined contribution 401(a) retirement plan, retirement health savings account, life insurance, short and long term disability, and fitness membership. Candidates should submit a City application, resume, and cover letter to the Human Resources Department, electronically or in person, by December 6, 2019.

City of Walker
Human Resource Dept
4243 Remembrance Rd NW
Grand Rapids MI 49534
or [email protected]

A complete job description is available at

The City of Walker is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted November 18, 2019


Zoning Administrator

Charter Township of Oscoda 


Performs duties related to zoning and ordinance enforcement. Investigates complaints, pro­actively addresses zoning and planning inquiries and development proposals/projects; works with the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals; visit for a full job description.  

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for Employment

All of the following functions, qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and duties are essential. An employee in this class, upon appointment, should have the equivalent of the following:

A thorough knowledge of codes and ordinances pertaining to building and zoning; considerable knowledge of the materials, methods and techniques used in building design and construction; ability to understand and interpret plans, blueprints and specifications. Required education and training includes graduation from an accredited high school, or the equivalent, and preferably from an accredited community college supplemented by advanced training in building construction and one or more of the building trades or law enforcement. Completion of the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program through the Michigan State University is preferred; ability to complete prerequisites and obtain certification within 1 year of employment. Required experience includes one year in performing ordinance enforcement, construction inspection or related work activities. A valid Michigan Driver's license is required.

Starting Salary: $43,000 full-time position complete with a competitive benefits package.

To Apply: Please send Resume, Cover Letter, and 5 Professional References to [email protected] by 5:00pm Thursday December 12, 2019.  No Phone Calls Please.    

Posted November 12, 2019

Urban Planning Position

Carlisle|Wortman Associates, Inc. 

Carlisle|Wortman Associates Inc. is a multi-disciplinary urban planning firm based in Ann Arbor Michigan. CWA strives to provide the highest level of service to more than 60 municipal clients throughout the state of Michigan. Services include on-site staffing; development review; master planning; zoning ordinance evaluation, amendments and administration; park planning, public meeting facilitation; and more. CWA is seeking qualified candidates to join our dynamic team. This opportunity is for an entry level planner who will work closely with principles and associates to provide service to our clients.

  • Competitive salaries
  • Full benefits packages are available

Click on the following link to see a full job description: 

Qualified individuals should send a resume and cover letter to:

[email protected]
Attn: Benjamin R. Carlisle, AICP, Principal
117 N. First St. Ste. 70
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Posted November 7, 2019

Planning Director

Ypsilanti Township

Ypsilanti Township is seeking a dynamic and creative leader as its Planning Director. This full-time position performs responsible professional land use planning work in maintaining and interpreting the Township comprehensive master plan, Township zoning and related ordinances.  Responsible for local land use planning; performing research, analysis and evaluation of various planning and development requests.  Oversees community development projects providing technical advice and guidance to the Township Board, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Qualified candidates may find the full position description on the Township’s website:,.  Salary Range: $85,000 - $100,000 DOQ.

Closing Date: Friday, November 22, 2019

Posted November 4, 2019

Planning Director

Macomb Township

OPEN: 11/01/2019

CLOSE: 12/02/2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Salary:             $104,201.56 as of 01/01/2020

Union:             AFSCME, 1917                                                                       


Under the general direction of the Township Supervisor, this position is responsible for all Planning operations for the Township including recommendations for the Planning Commission and Township Board with regards to the changes to the Township Master Plan, the zoning ordinance and other related development ordinances.     


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public administration, political science, architecture, or a related field required. Ten (10) years progressively responsible planning experience required. Five (5) years supervisory experience required. AICP certification required.

Special Instructions

  • Proof of certifications must be submitted with a resume, cover letter and application.
  • Only the best-qualified applicants based on training and experience will be invited to the interview.
  • Applicants will be notified by mail as to the status of their application.
  • Applicants must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license with a good driving record.
  • APA membership preferred.

How to Apply:

Visit the Human Resources page at to view a recruitment video and brochure and to obtain the application.

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume, application and copies of all required documentation to:

Macomb Township
Human Resources Department
54111 Broughton Road
Macomb, MI 48042                                       

For Questions: (586) 992-0710 Option 4

Macomb Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted October 31, 2019


 City Manager

City of Vassar

Vassar, Michigan is looking for a community-minded, out-of-the box thinker to fill the open position of City Manager. Located minutes from Saginaw and Frankenmuth - Michigan's most visited tourist attraction - and at the juncture of the state's Thumb peninsula, Vassar sits on the “Mighty” Cass River in the heart of what was historic lumbering country. Vassar will provide a comprehensive benefit package including insurance and a defined contribution retirement plan with a salary ranging from $60,000 to $75,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

DEADLINE 11/22/2019


Posted October 31, 2019

Office Manager/Bookkeeper 

Michigan Association of Planning  

We're hiring!  MAP is looking for an Office Manager /Bookkeeper to become part of our small team.  The position is “command central” for the organization and duties include all aspects of financial operations; membership and data base management; day to day office administration; member service; support for workshops and conferences  

Qualifications for the Position: Experience as an Accountant/Bookkeeper and/or Office Manager/Bookkeeper | Minimum 5 years’ experience with QuickBooks | Proficiency with class coding | Proven track record of accuracy and ethical financial management | Proficiency Microsoft office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint. InDesign highly desirable, but not required | Extensive experience in Microsoft spreadsheet programs | Impeccable customer service; we are a membership organization and this position is the first contact most members have with MAP | Direct experience with office machines (printers, postage machine, Xerox) | Experience with a nonprofit or professional membership association (a plus, not required) |  Experience with Association Management Software (we use Memberclicks) (a plus, not required)    

Performance Expectations:  Is a positive team member, willing to work effectively, cooperatively and collaboratively with others |  Performs work with a high degree of accuracy, quality and competency | Possesses good interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills | Ability to work in an environment with many interruptions and multiple demands | Excellent organizational and time management skills | Attention to detail and problem solving skills | Strong organizational and planning skills in a fast-paced environment 

Excellent benefits package. 

Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] | Click here for full job description.

Posted: October 30, 2019


Associate Planner and Senior Planner

Giffels Webster

Bring your desire, drive, talent and eye for detail into a position that offers direct working relationships with our engineers, planners, landscape architects, surveyors and GIS professionals.  Our planners are future-oriented, community builders, broad spectrum thinkers and organizers.

Giffels Webster is seeking qualified candidates to fill two positions: Associate Planner and Senior Planner. Our Associate Planners and Senior Planners have the ability to see the bigger picture when creating plans for a community.  They specialize in creating communities and opportunities for economic growth, developing efficient land use, public transportation alternatives and enforcing environmental protection.  Associate and Senior Planners also serve contracted municipalities through their support and presence at commission, council and planning meetings.  They tackle uncovering deficiencies in regulations and upholding development codes and zoning regulations. Through strategic planning, research and promoting strong community goals, various projects are implemented, and in some cases, communities are transformed.  Associate and Senior Planners are responsible for performing planning research, data collection and analysis, writing reports, performing plan reviews, giving public presentations and providing on-going client contact. 

Our planners work in a team environment and coordinate their work with coworkers, clients and other consultants.  Senior Planners oversee Associate and Staff Planners and are led by a Principal Planner or team Partner.  The entire team is guided by the team Partner.

This job is for you if:

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Urban Studies or Community Development or an equivalent amount of applicable experience for the Associate Planner position. Master’s degree preferred. A minimum 3 years of practical technical experience is required for the Associate Planner position and a minimum of 7 years experience is required for the Senior Planner position.
  • You love being a part of community planning.
  • You have a vision for growth and change that can benefit municipalities.
  • You understand the concepts, principles and elements of zoning, land use plans, site plans, property site analyses and associated reports and plans.
  • You have analytical skills.
  • You balance independent work with a desire to be part of a collaborative team.
  • You enjoy solving problems and helping people.
  • You are curious about the world around you and how planning can improve it.

AICP certification or ability to obtain AICP within 2 years of employment is highly preferred.

Typical Daily Responsibilities:

  • Represent yourself while adhering to our core values of integrity, quality, community, accountability, teamwork and family.
  • Prepare written reports and recommendations, visual and graphic presentations and plan and permit application materials.
  • Prepare draft zoning ordinances, land use policies, administrative procedures, development review letters, master plans, economic development plans and special studies.
  • Prepare written correspondence, meeting minutes, send transmittals and maintain organized electronic and physical project files.
  • Coordinate planning and development review activities with other agencies and departments.
  • Attend and present at planning commission, council (governing body), and other planning meetings.
  • Analyze and synthesize demographic, housing and development data and other relevant research and assessment duties to support land planning activities.
  • Monitor a project’s progress and communicating the project status to supervisors.
  • Prepare and submit planning-related RFP/RFQ proposals. 

Top performers are self-motivated, timely, inquisitive, effective leaders/trainers and possess a strong sense of team work and communication skills and have the ability to:

  •  Seek out and obtain or assist in the acquisition of new work for the firm.
  • Exhibit flexibility and creativity in dealing with unforeseen issues and adversity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage planning projects on time and within established budgets.  For Senior Planners, take on more complex projects, including some that might typically be managed by a Principal Planner.
  • Prepare high quality work meeting and exceeding client expectations.  Work should be complete, creative and effective.
  • Author or co-author professional articles and make presentations at professional conferences or internal training sessions that demonstrate leadership, creativity and transferability of skills to others.

To apply:

To introduce yourself, please submit a letter, resume and a sample of 1) at least one planning report [ex., master plan or plan chapter, special area plan, capital improvements program, etc.] and 2) one development review [ex., site plan, rezoning, etc.] authored by the applicant by email to [email protected] or by mail to: Giffels Webster, 28 W. Adams, Suite 1200, Detroit, MI 48226, Attn: Personnel, Fax to 313-962-5068.

 Posted October 29, 2019

Village Manager

Village of Quincy

Quincy, Michigan is a small community with a big personality and an even bigger heart! Sitting on the border
Michigan shares with Indiana and Ohio in the midst of Amish country, Quincy offers an excellent opportunity
for an energetic, hands-on administrator with a desire to be involved in every aspect of the business while
setting a course straight ahead for the future.

Public servants who understand and appreciate the small-town way of life and governance would be the best fit
for the community. Quincy is seeking a visionary individual who can see how all the pieces fit together to
build a new picture of the future and who is flexible and adaptable enough to grab hold of opportunities when
they come. Quincy will offer a competitive compensation package including benefits and a starting salary
within the range of $64,000 to $74,000 that will be negotiable, depending on the qualifications and experience
of the chosen executive.

DEADLINE 11/15/2019


Posted October 21, 2019

City Transportation Engineer

City of Grand Rapids

Mobile GR and Parking Services (Mobile GR) is the consolidated transportation department for City of Grand Rapids – encompassing traffic safety, signals, signs, public parking and transportation policy and planning. Situated in one of the top 25 fastest growing cities in the U.S., Mobile GR is actively testing ways to improve multi-modal transportation to meet needs for equity, environment and quality of life. This includes pilots in active transportation, traffic calming, a recently passed Bicycle Action Plan, close coordination with the regional transit provider (The Rapid) and emerging Transportation Demand Management work. Come join our team of motivated public servants doing good work in a great midwestern City.

This is advanced professional, administrative and operational management of activities within the Mobile GR & Parking Services Department. Work includes direct support to the Department Director, management and supervision of the department operations, budget coordination and development, contract management, supply procurement and management, and preparation of various documents, presentations, and reports, as assigned. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent decision making under the managerial direction of the Mobile GR Director and is reviewed through conferences, reports and an analysis of results obtained.

See complete job description here.

Posted October 17, 2019


Delta Township


  • Bachelor’s degree in urban and/or regional planning or other relevant degree or experience.
  • Minimum of one year experience in planning and development in a municipal environment is required (an equivalent of education and experience that meets the minimum requirements may be substituted).
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and BS&A software.
  • Must possess and maintain valid driver’s license.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills and critical thinking skills are required.


  • Assists residents, businesspersons, developers, architects, and engineers in understanding and applying zoning and other ordinance requirements; assists in enforcement of Township codes and ordinances.
  • Prepares staff reports related to site plan reviews, special use permits, rezoning’s, plat reviews, requests for variance, and other regulated activities.
  • Reviews submitted plans for zoning compliance; provides administrative support to the ZBA, and prepares associated reports for Board review, and attends ZBA meetings.
  • Makes public presentations before the Board, Planning Commission, and ZBA as necessary.

Benefits/Work Schedule:

Health, dental, life, and disability insurance provided; pension after six months of employment.  Option to participate in deferred compensation plan, health savings account, and vision insurance, and others.

Full-time position - Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM.  Flexibility in work schedule including working evenings or weekends may be required. 

Compensation:  $53,062 - $63,674 DOQ

Send resume and cover letter to Linda Wells, Delta Township, 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy. Lansing, MI 48917, email to lw[email protected] or fax to (517) 327-1703.  Or visit website at

Posted October 17, 2019

Director of Placemaking

Flint Downtown Development Authority


The Flint Downtown Development Authority is looking for a Director of Placemaking to lead the What’s Up Downtown Project. This position is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing placemaking activities for Downtown Flint that range in scope and target audience. The focus of these activities will be on activating downtown parks and public spaces. The goal is for regular appropriately scaled activities and events to occur throughout the year.

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate and oversee event preparation, logistics, and marketing/promotional activities for downtown public spaces.

Establish and maintain a network of volunteers to work in key areas on behalf of development firms, downtown property owners and tenants, and community and business groups to coordinate events and activities.

Pursue and maintain partnership opportunities with local organizations/vendors

Coordinate the creation and distribution of calendar outlining downtown activities.

Identify new potential funding or resource opportunities.

Gather feedback and provide post-event evaluations to determine special event program effectiveness and goal achievement, including financial assessment of each event.

Compile data on traffic, usage, and other quality of life metrics.

This position reports to and consults directly with the coordinating committee.

Click here for more information

Posted October 15, 2019


Secretary - Planning and Zoning

Delhi Charter Township


Delhi Charter Township
Department of Community Development
2074 Aurelius Road
Holt, Michigan 48842

General Summary: Performs a variety of clerical and administrative tasks related to the administration of the zoning ordinance, building codes and other community development issues. Performs research, analysis and evaluation of various planning and development requests and maintains records. Responds to inquiries related to planning and zoning procedures and related matters. Maintains files and records of boards and committees pertaining to planning and zoning and provides secretarial support to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, including preparation of agenda packets, notices, meeting attendance and minutes. Also performs the full range of building division clerical duties with a particular emphasis on commercial construction projects.

Employment Qualifications:

Education: High School diploma or equivalent

Experience: Two years of progressively more responsible experience as an administrative assistant or similar support position. Skill in assembling and analyzing data and preparing accurate reports. Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite applications.

Other Requirements: Certification as a Notary Public, or ability to obtain same.

Probationary Period: 12 months

2019 Salary Range: (Pay Grade 5) $18.76 - $22.51

Approximate Starting Date: December 1, 2019

Hours to be Worked: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Monday – Friday (includes 2 evenings/month)

Application Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:00 P.M.

Applications are available at the Delhi Township Manager’s Office at 2074 Aurelius Road, Holt, Michigan or at A complete job description is available upon request.

Posted October 10, 2019

Secretary - Building Division

Delhi Charter Township


Delhi Charter Township
Community Development
2074 Aurelius Road
Holt, Michigan 48842

General Summary: Performs a variety of clerical tasks and record keeping activities related to the administration of state and local building codes and local zoning ordinances, includes processing and issuing permits, scheduling inspections, receipting fees, and maintaining records. Types a variety of documents including letters, reports, and plan reviews, and responds to inquiries related to building division procedures. May assist the planning division as needed. FLSA Status:  Non Exempt.  Full time position. 

Employment Qualifications:

Education: High School diploma or equivalent.

Experience: Two years of progressively more responsible experience as an administrative assistant or office assistant. Skill in assembling and analyzing data and preparing accurate reports. Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite applications. Experience with BS&A software preferred.

Other Requirements: Certification as a Notary Public, or ability to obtain same.

Probationary Period: 12 Months

2019 Salary Range: (Pay Grade 5) $18.76 – $22.51

Approximate Starting Date: December 1, 2019

Hours to be Worked: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Monday - Friday

Application Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:00 P.M.

Applications are available at the Delhi Township Manager’s Office at 2074 Aurelius Road, Holt, Michigan or at A complete job description is available upon request.

Posted October 10, 2019

City Transportation Engineer and Transportation Planner

City of Grand Rapids – Mobile GR and Parking Services Dept.

Mobile GR and Parking Services (Mobile GR) is the consolidated transportation department for City of Grand Rapids – encompassing traffic safety, signals, signs, public parking and transportation policy and planning. Situated in one of the top 25 fastest growing cities in the U.S., Mobile GR is actively testing ways to improve multi-modal transportation to meet needs for equity, environment and quality of life. This includes pilots in active transportation, traffic calming, a recently passed Bicycle Action Plan, close coordination with the regional transit provider (The Rapid) and emerging Transportation Demand Management work. Come join our team of motivated public servants doing good work in a great midwestern City.

Both positions are permanent, full-time and represented.

Please follow links to apply

Positions close October 14th at 11:59pm.

City Transportation Engineer

Salary Range: $82,173.00 - $104,868.00 Annually.

Transportation Planner

Salary Range: $50,451.00 - $64,346.00 Annually.

Posted October 10, 2019

Community Planning & Zoning Consultant

Fresh Coast Planning

Company Profile: Successful consultancy expanding into new local government communities and in need of immediate support to provide professional planning and zoning consultation to townships, cities, villages, and private individuals.

Position: Associate

Type: Full-time

Compensation & Benefits: Annual salary of $40,000 to $50,000, DOQ. Profit sharing and Birthday Bonus after one year of employment, health insurance, unlimited vacation time, phone reimbursement, and mileage reimbursement. Position provides for a flexible work opportunity. No office presence is required (although available) and the work is independently mobile.

Location: Must reside within a reasonable distance of the Grand Haven, Lakeshore, Grand Rapids area.

Experience: Minimum of two (2) years in local government community planning and zoning. Master Plan experience preferred.

Education: Bachelor's in Public Administration, Urban Planning, or related field is preferred. Familiarity with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, Michigan Planning Enabling Act, Michigan Condominium Act, Michigan Land Division Act, and other related local government acts is required.


To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Jamie Philpot at [email protected]

Posted October 8, 2019

Government and Community Vitality Extension Educator

MSU Extension

Position Overview

Michigan State University Extension’s government, leadership, and community engagement programs, located within MSUE’s Community, Food and Environment Institute, engage participants in learning skills of good governance, how to communicate with purpose, and how to collaborate on solving complex issues in order to improve their communities.

The ideal candidate will design, implement, teach and evaluate programs that primarily focus on issues related to community vitality, land-use and public policy targeted to elected and appointed officials and other local leaders. Additionally, the person who accepts this position will have the opportunity to apply their unique knowledge, skills and abilities to develop and deliver new educational opportunities that support Michigan communities and economies locally and statewide. Example topics include (but are not limited to): downtown revitalization, housing availability and affordability, environmental hazards, water quality, gentrification, social equity in the development process, and renewable energy. As a partnership with Michigan Sea Grant Extension, this position will dedicate a portion of their time focused on programming that supports coastal communities and economies in their region and statewide.

SalaryCommensurate with education and experience

Benefits - Comprehensive benefits package:

LocationKalamazoo County, MI

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to planning, public administration, public policy, economics, architecture, historic preservation, business administration, natural resources or related field, must be earned by date of hire.

To apply, visit

Application deadline is November 11, 2019.

Posted October 7, 2019


 City Manager

City of Escanaba

The City of Escanaba, Michigan is seeking applicants for the full-time position of City Manager. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business management, political science, finance or related fields and five to 10 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and education is desired. Applicants must submit a resume and letter of interest via e-mail to [email protected], or by postal mail, Attn: Human Resource Director, P.O. Box 948, Escanaba, MI  49829.  

Before applying, applicants are required to review the complete job description at  Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 15, 2019 by 4:00 pm.  The City of Escanaba is offering a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance, paid time off, and retirement plan. 

The City of Escanaba is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted October 4, 2019

Community Planner


The Land Information Access Association (LIAA) is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to building better communities through civic engagement. For over 26 years, we have helped citizens, civic groups, other nonprofits, and local units of government use advanced information technologies, civic engagement and community development techniques to improve community planning and resource management throughout Michigan.

We seek an experienced, highly-creative professional with strong leadership and strategic thinking skills for our Community Planner position based at our Traverse City office. The Community Planner will help LIAA provide the best land-use planning and community development services available in Michigan. The person in this position will help cities, townships, villages and counties across the state work together in developing more sustainable, healthy communities that preserve Michigan’s cultural and natural resources while building greater community resilience.

We provide a reasonable salary (salary range: $40K–$50K+, depending on experience and education), good benefits, great colleagues, a comfortable work environment, and meaningful causes worth working for, all in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.

The ideal candidate is a creative and engaging person with truly excellent writing and communication skills, a willingness to travel, and passion for the work. We prefer a person with some experience and an advanced degree in urban planning or a related field. Experience and expertise in areas such as ecosystem and natural sciences, landscape architecture, and/or community development and design are also desirable. Differentiators include proficiencies in InDesign, SketchUp, Photoshop and AutoCAD, and experience facilitating community meetings.

How to Apply

Please send an email to [email protected], attaching a well-written cover letter, a résumé, and three professional references as soon as possible. All documents should be provided in PDF format. Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled. Applications received by October 11, 2019, will be given first consideration. Additional information about this position can be found at

Posted October 1, 2019

Program Director - Planning Services

Macomb County

Macomb County seeks a highly qualified professional to join the Department of Planning & Economic development. Located in metropolitan Detroit, Macomb County covers 479 square miles comprised of 27 unique communities.  The County is home to more than 860,000 residents and offers 120,000 acres of open space/recreational land with 31.5 miles of Lake St. Clair Great Lakes shoreline.

The mission of our department is to retain, grow and attract economic investment while improving the overall quality of life for residents and business in Macomb County.   The planning services division works to promote responsible land use, community growth, redevelopment and to enhance the quality of life within our communities through place making initiatives. 

This position coordinates and supervises a program area comprised of professional planning staff engaged in land use planning, community placemaking, brownfield redevelopment, non-motorized transportation and parks and natural resources planning activities. 

A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, geography, economics or a related field from an accredited university is required.  This position requires professional certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or eligibility to obtain certification within one year of hire. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of the professional principles of urban planning and Michigan planning statutes.  Further, the candidate should be familiar with US EPA and MI EGLE/MEDC brownfield redevelopment programs and MI DNR parks and recreation plan development guidelines.   Additionally, the candidate should possess experience in grant writing and reporting, and the ability to develop and sustain collaborative relationships with community groups and governmental agencies. Strong communications skills - including the ability to present and educate groups as well as conduct research and disseminate findings - is required. Experience integrating GIS data, field studies, concept site designs, and geo-spatial analysis is also required. A master’s degree and previous experience working with a governmental agency is highly desired. AICP certification is highly desired.

To apply Macomb County Program Director - Planning and Economic Development

Posted September 23, 2019

Transportation Planner

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council

Supervised By: Transportation Director

Supervises: No supervisory responsibility

Salary: $47,000 - $54,000

To Apply: Send Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References to Gayle McCrath at [email protected]. Interviews will be scheduled as resumes are received. Open until filled. For a complete description, go to

Summary: Assist in long and short range transportation planning and analysis of related impacts and costs. Participate in multi-modal transportation issues and work cooperatively with officials at all governmental levels. Promotes and defines Grand Valley Metro Council’s transportation objectives in a variety of public forums. Preform related Transportation and/or GVMC duties as required.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in transportation or urban planning, or related field
  • Two years of experience in transportation planning or related field.
  • A State of Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of transportation planning.
  • Skill in using geographic information systems (GIS) software, spreadsheet and database software, document design software, and social media.
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and making presentations in a public forum.
  • Skill in interpreting and applying planning guidelines and ordinances.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgement, initiative, and resourcefulness when interacting with the media, a diverse public, governmental units and elected officials, and other employees.
  • Ability to critically assess situations, problem-solve, work effectively under stress, within deadlines, and in public situations.
  • Ability to attend meetings as scheduled at times other than regular business hours.

Posted September 19, 2019

 City Planner

City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti is seeking a City Planner for their Planning Department.

The successful candidate will have experience in urban planning and community and economic development.  The successful candidate should have skills in City Council, board, and commission/community relations

Candidates are required to have: 

  •  Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, community/economic development, public administration, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred. 
  • At 3-5 years of increasingly responsible experience

Salary is $40,000 to $55,000, dependent on qualifications, with benefits package.

For more information and application, please visit:

Apply with resume, cover letter, application and three professional references. The first review of applications will be on September 30, 2019.

Posted September 17, 2019

 Watershed Planner

Friends of the Rouge


Department:  TBD

Status:  Exempt

Reports to:  Executive Director

Work location:  FOTR headquarters in Plymouth, MI
Annual Salary:  $50,000 – $60,000 depending on experience


The Friends of the Rouge leads the Rouge River Water Trail and facilitates the Rouge River Water Trail Leadership Committee. The Watershed Planner serves as a primary facilitator and core staff person for partnership-based management and stewardship in the watershed. The Planner will build strong relationships with a wide range of partner organizations, businesses, and service providers, and be familiar with the history, characteristics, and issues in the watershed. The Planner will also promote and enable waterfront and watershed revitalization projects that increase habitat diversity, restore connectivity, expand public access to recreation, promote green stormwater management, and encourage sustainable development.

Application Instructions
All interested parties are invited to submit 1) a resume, 2) three references, and 3) a cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position which describes experience and interest in the position. Please submit as a single PDF file of all three in the following format: Your Full Name_FOTR Watershed Planner Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Mail/e-mail to:  Marie McCormick, executive director, [email protected], 650 Church Street Suite 209, Plymouth, MI. Deadline for submission: Friday, October 11, 2019,  11:59 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered. No phone calls please.
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Posted September 12, 2019

Director of Planning and Economic Development

Van Buren Charter Township  

Van Buren Charter Township is now accepting applications for the Director of Planning and Economic Development

Department: Public Services

Classification: Regular, Full-time

FLSA Status: Non-exempt Union

Affiliation: Non-Union salary position.

Salary: $75,000 based on experience and qualifications

Benefits Package: Health/Dental 90% Employer Paid Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network, Vision Employer Paid, Short/Long Term Insurance Employer Paid, Life Insurance $50,000, PTO, Education Tuition Assistant Plan

Retirement Package:  Defined Contribution with a 12% Township Contribution, Healthcare Savings Plan of $2500 annually

Position Summary:

This is administrative division head directing the activities of the Van Buren Township Planning & Economic Development Division. As Director, the employee is responsible for overall direction and management of the division and performs professional and administrative work in planning, reviewing, organizing and coordinating development activities.

Full Detailed information can be found on the Van Buren Township website.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and application to:  [email protected]

The Charter Township of Van Buren is an equal opportunity employer

A full description may be viewed here.

Reposted September 3, 2019


City of Grand Rapids Planning Department

Contract Planner

Desired Start Date: October 1, 2019
Job Type: Temporary
Hours: 40 hours/wk; 7:30am-4:00pm - Mon-Fri
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Location: 1120 Monroe Ave NW

The City of Grand Rapids seeks a highly motivated, organized and team-oriented professional to assist the City of Grand Rapids Planning Department. The primary role includes assisting Department Planners in the implementation and maintenance of a variety of permits, processes, and projects; including, but not limited to, development approvals, site plan review, responding to zoning and development questions, customer assistance, meeting preparation, research, mapping, facilitation, and project assistance.

Desired Qualifications
• Some knowledge of the principles, philosophy, and practice of municipal planning.
• Some knowledge of the statutes and ordinances which apply to municipal planning in Grand Rapids.
• Some knowledge of the municipal zoning law.
• Some knowledge of census procedures and the application of demographics to municipal planning.
• Ability to apply/learn Geographic Information System procedures.
• Ability to perform research and to accurately represent the City's position in regards to the municipal ordinances as they apply to the master plan and zoning regulations.
• Ability to communicate effectively; orally and in writing.
• Ability to prepare accurate reports and figures.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, with other employees and the public.

Deadline to Apply: September 15, 2019

How to Apply:  Please email a copy of your resume, three references, writing sample (not to exceed three pages) and a letter of interest to Kristin Turkelson, Acting Planning Director, at [email protected].

Posted August 29, 2019

Operations Manager

MAX Macatawa Area Experess

Job Summary
Performs various duties relating to the supervision of transit operations. Directly supervises bus operators, dispatchers, and transportation supervisors. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. May drive or dispatch as needed.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities
Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Provides vision and inspiration; Oversees safety and training program;
Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit;
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Qualifications and Education Requirements
Previous supervisory experience required, preferably in transportation operations.
Previous customer service experience preferred, but not required.
Experience in developing and managing customer service initiatives preferred.
High School Diploma or equivalent, preferred higher education in transportation planning, logistics, or business management.

Click here to learn more and how to apply.

Posted August 29, 2019

Associate Planner

Gibbs Planning Group

Gibbs Planning Group is seeking a creative urban planner to assist with the master planning of communities and new urban town centers across the U.S.  Landscape architectural, liberal arts or urban planning graduates are preferred.  Responsibilities include public and private-sector master planning, urban design and market research.   This is a full-time position in our downtown Birmingham, Michigan offices with competitive salary and benefits.  GPG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Send cover letter and CV to Robert Gibbs: [email protected]

Posted August 23, 2019


West Michigan Regional Planning Commission


This full-time position is responsible for working on elements of the Commission’s work program. The Planner assists in the coordination of programs through communications, information gathering, research, report preparation, and written and personal communications. Transportation planning is a large part of the role, but other types of planning are also involved.

Typical Responsibilities

1. Collects data and develops specific maps and support materials.
2. Maintains equipment and software required to provide mapping services.
3. Communicates with public officials as necessary.
4. Provides technical assistance to a variety of public agencies.
5. Gathers road condition data in the field using laptop data collectors.
6. Maintains spreadsheets allocating transportation funds.

Work Requirements

1. Ability to work independently and to address challenges with limited supervision.
2. Knowledge of computer applications and ability to maintain an up-to-date geographic information system (GIS) and efficiently prepare maps.
3. Ability to communicate effectively through writing and personal contacts, and establish effective working relationships with other employees and agencies.
4. Must possess a Michigan Drivers License.

Employment Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in planning, geographic information systems (GIS), or related field.

Experience: This position is an entry-level position, but experience is welcomed.

Salary based on qualifications. Benefits including health, life, optical, dental, retirement, and disability insurance are available to qualified candidates. Send cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references by October 1, 2019 to:

Dave Bee, AICP, Director
West Michigan Regional Planning Commission
1345 Monroe NW, Suite 255
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505

 Posted August 23, 2019