Professional Planning Jobs

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Senior Rural Development Specialist

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership

General Information

Job Title: Senior Rural Development Specialist

Location: Home Office, Grand Rapids, MI, Lansing, Mi, Ann Arbor Mi

Base Pay: $918.00 - $1284.00 / Week

Employee Type: Yearly Full Time

Minimum Experience: 5 Years

Required Degree: 4 Year Degree

Contact information

Name: Human Resources

Email: [email protected]


Deadline to apply is November 15, 2020.  Apply online @

Senior Rural Development Specialist - Michigan/Grand Rapids

$918.00 to $1,284.00 per week 

Summary: Provide training and technical assistance to communities and related organizations or individuals in order to improve and expand community and economic development and/or operation of drinking water or wastewater treatment systems. Serve as Department contact in one or more priority competency areas affecting rural communities.  The following are considered priority competency areas: training and facilitation, CDBG administration, community planning, financial management, GIS, water and/or sewer operator certification, utility rate-setting environmental assessment, and private drinking water well maintenance.

Experience: Five to seven years’ experience in community development, water or waste water management, or infrastructure development, to include five to seven years’ experience in one of the following areas: NEPA related environmental reviews, CDBG administration, municipal finance, utility certified operations and management, operation and maintenance of private drinking water wells, geographic information systems, land use and economic planning, finance and grant writing, facilitation and negotiation, or training communities; and one to three years’ experience working with word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and database software.

Posted: October 22, 2020 

Planner 1 - Zoning

Manistee County

Manistee County is seeking a qualified individual to fill its full-time Planner 1 Zoning Administrator position.  Under the direction and supervision of the County Planning Director, and the indirect supervision of the Manistee County Planning Commission through the County Planning Director, provides a full range of entry level planning duties and zoning administration. Acts as point of contact for zoning issues and zoning processes. Receives and processes applications, prepares reports, maintains records, performs general bookkeeping and other tasks. Assists the County Planner as requested with zoning amendment preparation, planning document preparation and other duties of the County Planning Department as requested.

Employment qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Environmental Planning, Public Administration/Policy, Park and Recreation Administration or Environmental Science.  Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning.  Knowledge of principles and practices of research, data collection, and effective writing techniques.  Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations.  Computer proficiency a must. Must possess a Michigan Vehicle Operators License and be able to attend evening meetings. 

Salary range: $38,649 - $50,251

Full benefit package included 

Job description available at

Cover letter, copies of all college transcripts, and resume including references should be submitted to Lisa Sagala, Controller/Administrator, Manistee County Courthouse, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660 or [email protected]. Applications are due by Friday, November 06, 2020 at 4:00 P.M.  EOE

Posted: October 22, 2020 

Assistant Planning Director

City of Grand Rapids

Nature of Work

The purpose of this job is to assist the Planning Director in the administration of the City Planning Department. Provides oversight and coordination of short-range and strategic planning functions, as well as policy and program development and implementation. Interprets and administers city ordinances.  Acts as liaison to boards and commissions.

  • Oversees daily development functions of the Planning Division
  • Provides oversight and coordination of short-range and long-range strategic planning functions
  • Communicates with developers and/or other professional representatives to discuss projects, zoning implications and review processes
  • Develops and implements policy and programs, including updates to zoning ordinance
  • Meets with neighborhood businesses and other community groups
  • Administers zoning ordinance and responds to questions from the public and other interested parties concerning zoning regulations
  • Supervises subordinate professional, technical, clerical staff and temporary employees and interns; completes employee evaluations, reviews time sheets and performs other administrative tasks; and, reviews work and work load

Minimum Training and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Planning, Architecture or a related field
  • At least five (5) to seven (7) years of related City planning, project coordination, zoning administration and supervisory work experience
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities

For more information and to apply visit:

Posted: October 21, 2020 


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 December 1, 2020 to:

Dave Bee, AICP, Director 

West Michigan Regional Planning Commission 
1345 Monroe NW, Suite 255 
Grand Rapids, Michigan  49505 

E-mails are also welcomed:  [email protected]  

Posted: October 20, 2020

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 or Senior Associate, DOQ

Type: Full-time

Compensation & Benefits: Annual salary of $45,000 to $65,000, DOQ. Profit sharing and Birthday Bonus after one year of employment, immediate project sharing bonus, health insurance 100% employer provided, dental insurance 100% employer provided, unlimited vacation time, phone reimbursement, and mileage reimbursement. Position provides for a flexible work opportunity. No company 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: Two (2) to five (5) 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 19, 2020  

Program Analyst/IT Coordinator

East Michigan Council of Governments

The East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG) office is seeking qualified individual to apply to be a part of our staff. The Program Analyst/IT Coordinator is a two-year full-time position that will assist in the provision of technical assistance as part of a 2-year economic development initiative in the 14-county region. The successful candidate will secondarily provide support to other regional initiatives supporting regional economic development and other initiatives designed to build resiliency resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This position may be extended beyond the two-year term depending on performance.

A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, economic development, GIS, or similar field is required. The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter with strong communication skills and experience in data analyses, virtual public engagement, office computer software, etc.

This position allows for the possibility of working from home. Local meetings, virtual and live will also be required for this position. See attached job description here.

EMCOG offers a competitive benefits package and starting wage. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Sue Fortune, Executive Director, at [email protected]. Application deadline is November 13, 2020.

Posted: October 15, 2020 

Planning and Economic Development Coordinator

City of Livonia

The City of Livonia is accepting applications for a Planning and Economic Development Coordinator.  This employee reports to the Director of Planning and Economic Development and will help coordinate the City’s planning and economic development initiatives, programs, and activities with an emphasis on implementing the goals and objectives of the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan, Livonia Vision 21. This employee assists businesses and fosters economic development, including recruitment, expansion, and retention.  This person works cooperatively with the Mayor's Office, City Council, City Departments, the Livonia Chamber of Commerce, the business community, and educational institutions.

The salary range for this position is $61,921.60 - $72,488.00.  The City of Livonia offers a comprehensive benefits package.

For more information and to apply visit:

More information can also be found here.

Closing Date: 10/11/2020

Posted: October 5, 2020 

Economic Development Director/Executive Director

Beloit, Wisconsin

Beloit, WI (pop. 36,966) and Greater Beloit WI/IL (pop 112,000), located on the Wisconsin and Illinois border, is seeking an experienced economic development professional with strong leadership skills for its next Director of Economic Development. The individual will also serve as the Executive Director of the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation (GBEDC).

The City is home to renowned Beloit College and is the gateway to the State of Wisconsin from Illinois, greeting over one million tourists annually. Downtown Beloit has been recognized as a leading, award-winning example of downtown revitalization and sustainability practices.

The GBEDC is a private, non-profit, investor-based organization serving greater Beloit.

Candidates should have:

  • A B.A. in public administration, community development, marketing, or a related field.  A master’s degree is preferred. CEdC designation is ideal.
  • Five – seven years of responsible senior management experience in a directly related field encompassing significant responsibility for the development and administration of economic development department programs, services and resources.
  • Proven background in economic development and demonstrated skills in relationship building.

Starting salary range is $110,000-$130,000 +/- DOQ.  An excellent City of Beloit benefit package is offered.

For full job description and to apply by October 28, 2020 go to to attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click HERE to Apply!

Posted October 1, 2020 

Planning & Development Coordinator

Ypsilanti Township

Performs responsible professional and administrative work in planning, reviewing, organizing and coordinating development activities while providing exceptional customer service in a municipal office environment. Works alongside the Planning Director running the day-to-day operations of a municipal planning department, including coordination of preliminary site plan review for compliance with Township ordinances, administration of regulatory business licensing.

Essential Functions, Qualifications and KSA’s for Employment:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.  These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.
  • Considerable knowledge of land use principles and urban planning.
  • Knowledge of zoning and site development rules, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Demonstrated communication skills to present facts and recommendations effectively in written and oral form.
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course study in urban planning or related field with a minimum of three years experience working in a municipal planning office or in private planning practice assisting local governments.
  • AICP Credential preferred.

Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000 DOQ

Closing Date: Friday, October 16, 2020

Job description and application available at: or in the HR Department at the Township Civic Center, 7200 S. Huron River Dr., Ypsilanti, MI.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted September 24, 2020 

Ordinance Officer

Bloomfield Township

The Charter Township of Bloomfield is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Part-time Ordinance Officer with an annual salary of $20,000 with no benefits. Township office hours of 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Township employment application.  

More details at

Posted September 22, 2020  

Community Planner

Traverse City

Networks Northwest is seeking a creative and passionate community development professional to fill the position of Community Planner.  Community Planner responsibilities may incorporate a variety of regional planning program work to include areas relating to community development, natural/water resources planning, transportation planning, hazard mitigation, coastal zone management, and others.  While the ability to work autonomously and keep programs on time and on budget is required, there is a team atmosphere within the Community Development Department and you will have both support and assistance from a dynamic group of planning professionals.

Networks Northwest is an economic development agency that connects businesses, people, and communities.  Our mission is to build stronger communities and enhance the quality of life in Northwest Michigan.  The Networks Northwest Community Development Department is a regional resource focused on enabling and supporting the region’s ability to preserve and create economic prosperity.

This full-time opportunity offers a yearly salary of $47,000 - $52,000.  The Community Planner is eligible for the full Networks Northwest benefits package. 

To view the detailed job posting and apply visit: Networks Northwest Jobs

Posted September 22, 2020

Regional Director of Community Development

Traverse City

Networks Northwest is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to fill the position of Regional Director of Community Development.  This position incorporates all aspects of regional planning program work to include areas relating to community development, natural/water resources planning, transportation planning, hazard mitigation, coastal zone management, and others.  Keeping projects and programs on time and on budget is a key component of this opportunity. The Regional Director of Community Development will also develop unique programs that meet the needs of the organization, communities, and region.  This position provides leadership and supervision to the department’s team of community development professionals.     

Networks Northwest is a regional economic development agency that connects businesses, people, and communities.  Our mission is to build stronger communities and enhance the quality of life in Northwest Michigan.  The Networks Northwest Community Development Department is a regional resource focused on enabling and supporting the region’s ability to preserve and create economic prosperity.

This full-time opportunity offers a yearly salary of $65,000 - $75,000.  The Regional Director of Community Development is eligible for the full Networks Northwest fringe benefits package.   

To view the detailed job posting and apply visit: Networks Northwest Jobs

Posted September 22, 2020 

Plan Director/Floodplain Administrator

Nobel County, Indiana

Noble County, Indiana Plan Commission is seeking a Plan Director/Floodplain Administrator to lead the department.  Interested candidates are asked to submit a county application, cover letter, resume, and reference by Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:59pm.  Salary range is $46,540 - $56,540 DOQ.  More details at

Posted September 18, 2020 

Director of Economic Development

Oakland County

Oakland County, MI (pop. 1,251,000) County Seat: Pontiac/Waterford.  Oakland County is located in southeast Michigan, immediately north of Detroit. With a population of 1.2 million and covering over 900 square miles, Oakland County offers cosmopolitan urban centers, lakefront living, historic town centers, and natural country settings within close proximity of an array of employment opportunities. 

The Director of Economic Development is responsible for coordinating the efforts of Business Development, Community Development & Planning, and Workforce Development.  The Director oversees a combined budget of $10 million, a total number of employees of 65, with 5 direct reports.  The Director will lead and work collaboratively with various County departments and programs as well as local, national, and international community partners to achieve immediate development needs, while establishing forward looking goals.  The Director will review and assess all current economic and community development data for Oakland County and implement the recently adopted County Executive’s Economic Development strategic plan.  The Director is also responsible for creating and tracking key performance indicators aligned with strategic goals and objectives. The Director must serve as a confident consensus builder committed to the tenets of transparency, collaboration, and inclusive excellence. 

Starting salary is $150,000 to $180,000 DOQE.  

Apply online at with resume, cover letter, contact information and five (5) professional references.  Oakland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Questions regarding the position maybe directed to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, [email protected], Tel: 847-380-3240 

Click HERE for more information and to APPLY!

Posted: September 8, 2020 

Real Estate Project Analyst

Avalon Housing

Avalon Housing is a non-profit supportive housing provider created in 1992 as a long-term solution to homelessness.  Avalon owns and operates apartments at sites throughout Ann Arbor, manages rent vouchers with private landlords, and partners with both the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Housing Commission to provide housing alternatives for formerly homeless adults and families throughout Washtenaw County.

The Real Estate Project Analyst works closely with the Director of Real Estate Development in all aspects of real estate development activity. 

The ideal candidate should be extremely comfortable with project management, financial analysis, and legal and real estate documents.  They should have an inquisitive mind with a desire for learning, and a passion for innovative problem solving.

Please click on the link below to learn more about the position and to apply.  

Avalon Housing is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks applicants from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as historically marginalized groups. This includes but is not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, people who identify as transgender or non-binary, people living with disabilities or mental health conditions, and with lived experience with homelessness or recovery from a substance use disorder.   Avalon also encourages those with criminal histories to apply. Avalon doesn't request information about criminal histories unless and until an offer of employment is extended. Avalon may exclude someone based on criminal history if it determines the criminal history is related to or directly conflicts with the responsibilities of the position. 

Posted August 25, 2020 

Planner I

City of Grand Rapids

This is entry level, professional planning work performed for the Grand Rapids Planning Department or other city departments with professional planning requirements. Work includes assisting higher level planners in the continuing development, implementation and maintenance of a variety of planning projects, including the City's master plan. Work may include the responsibility for drafting or research work and involves the application of basic planning techniques. Initially, work is performed under the close supervision of a senior level planner, but as experience is gained, and comprehension increases, work is performed with greater latitude for decision-making and project control. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, observation and analysis of results obtained.

For more details and how to apply, click here

Posted August 7, 2020

Transportation Planner

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council 

General Summary:

Assist in all aspects of transportation performance-based planning, programing & analysis of related impacts and costs.  Work with officials at all governmental levels.  Promotes and defines Grand Valley Metro Council’s transportation objectives in a variety of public forums.

Essential functions include but are not limited to: 

1.     Long- and short-range transportation issues.  Develops and/or coordinates elements of Grand Valley Metro Council’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).
2.     Oversees work of consultants.
3.     Serves as liaison to regional transit-agency representing the Metro Council on transit/public transportation issues.
4.     Coordinates public involvement process.  Stages public appearances and announcements, organizes public meetings, gives presentations, and generally educates the public concerning transportation issues.
5.     Coordinates technical issues with FHWA, FTA, MDOT, and local governments.

Minimum Qualifications: 

·        A Bachelor’s Degree in Urban or Transportation Planning, or related field.
·        A minimum of three+ years’ experience in transportation planning.
·        Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of transportation planning.
·        Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgement, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with the media, the public, other employees, and governmental units.
·        Ability to critically assess situations, solve problems, work effectively under stress.

Salary Range:      $45,500 - $60,500 DOQ

Send Resume to [email protected] by 8/30/2020

GVMC 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, GVMC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Posted: July 29, 2020