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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Regional Planner - Entry Level:  Short-term (1 year) with potential of Long-term employment.
Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG)  (Gaylord)

 

Regional planning agency is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide technical planning assistance in the field of community/regional planning in Northeast MI. Position will entail developing/implementing community master, recreation, economic, strategic, environmental plans, data analysis, assisting on zoning ordinance development and social media sites. Requires a bachelor's degree in planning or related field. Must possess excellent written and verbal skills. GIS skills preferred.  Must be able to work well independently or in a team environment. Salary commensurate with qualifications.

An Equal Opportunity Employer.

Send cover letter resume, and 3 references to: [email protected].  Deadline: February 28, 2019.

Posted January 22, 2019


 

Planning Consultant 
MainStreet Planning Company

MainStreet Planning Company is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a planning consultant in our Grand Rapids Township office.  This position requires advanced skills in application of zoning ordinances; writing of zoning ordinance amendments and general law ordinances; preparation of Master Land Use Plans; site plan and development review; analysis of applications for rezoning; analysis of applications for a variance; recreation planning; public presentations; and meaningful analysis of citizen input.  This position primarily requires representation of municipal clients at Planning Commission meetings.

Requirements for the position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or a related degree; or Juris Doctor with municipal law experience
  • Advanced knowledge of Michigan planning and zoning laws, and Open Meetings Act
  • Experience with administration of zoning ordinances and writing of ordinance amendments
  • Experience with site plan and development review
  • Experience as consulting planner, municipal staff planner, or municipal legal counsel for a minimum of eight years
  • Concise, direct, and technical writing skills
  • Willingness to attend several evening meetings per month-must own and operate an enclosed motor vehicle
  • Strong work ethic and ability to meet frequent, multiple deadlines
  • High regard for rule of law balanced with individual liberty

Interested persons may apply to Timothy Johnson at: [email protected]

Please attach a cover letter, technical writing sample (site plan review, zoning ordinance amendment, zoning plan section from a Master Plan, etc.), and a short statement on how zoning law may be balanced with individual liberty.

Hourly wage:     $30.00/hour

Deadline for applications:  February 15, 2019

Posted January 22, 2019
Planning & Zoning Assistant (Part-Time)
City of Hudsonville

 

The City of Hudsonville will be hiring a part-time Assistant to the Planning/Zoning Director. Starting pay will be $15.57/hour.  Application and job description can be found at https://www.hudsonville.org/jobs.  To apply, submit a resume and job application to Patrick Waterman at [email protected]. Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position must do so by February 1, 2019.   Complete job posting here

City of Hudsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Posted January 17, 2019


Preservation Planner
City of Ypsilanti

 

The City is seeking a professional planning position assisting in economic and community development for the city.  Under the direction of higher-ranking professional employees this classification performs a wide variety of technical, administrative and research work.  Work is performed within general professional and departmental guidelines and in line with the Redevelopment Ready Community Certification. The Preservation Planner is responsible for protecting the heritage of the City by safeguarding historic resources, integrating current land use and zoning practices, fostering civic beauty and pride and providing information and assistance to the public and developers who live and work in the City.

Complete job description, prerequisites, salary and benefits, and how to apply here

Posted January 11, 2019


Director of Economic and Community Development
City of Dearborn

 

The City of Dearborn is seeking a highly qualified professional who is driven to help define a dynamic future for a progressive, international and diverse community to serve as its Economic and Community Development (ECD) Director. The City is an established first ring suburb that offers tremendous opportunities due to the quality, number, and resources of its partners, its institutions, and regional economy.

This is an appointed position reporting to the Mayor. Responsibilities include: Directs and oversees a comprehensive interdisciplinary economic development program for the City of Dearborn which includes business retention, business recruitment, new business start-up, retail development, and right-sized real estate investment to strengthen the commercial tax base while promoting and encouraging programs that enhance the City's sense-of-place and quality of life. The success of this program relies upon developing a close, trusting relationship with the existing business community and with key stakeholders such as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Wayne County Economic Developers, Chambers of Commerce and other economic development organizations in new business development areas. Manages the ECD Department and budgets for approximately 30 professional staff responsible for economic development, community development, the federal Community Development Block Grant, the federal HUD Grant for senior housing and vouchers, and special projects as assigned by the Mayor. Residency in the City of Dearborn within one year is required. 

For the full description and to apply, please go to http://agency.governmentjobs.com/dearbornmi/default.cfm

Posted January 11, 2019


Community Development Director
Wauconda, IL

 

Wauconda, IL (14,125), located in Lake County, Illinois, approximately 45 miles northwest of Chicago, is seeking highly professional, energetic candidates interested in serving as Community Development Director.

The successful Community Development Director candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of applicable building code, land use, and zoning regulations.
  • Have a history of oversight of, and effectively maintaining compliance with building and zoning requirements; ability to oversee the permitting process for the Village; provide technical assistance for site planning and zoning issues.
  • Serve as the staff liaison and provide support to the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, including processing of various zoning items such as zoning petitions, subdivisions, zoning text/map amendments, annexations, PUDs, or other development related items.
  • Ability to participate as directed to support development and commercial growth within the Village.
  • Have an engaging communication style applied equally and comfortably with residents, elected officials, the business community, contractors and staff.
  • Have a strong commitment to excellent customer service and be highly collaborative, with a proven track record of achievement working in a municipal environment. 
  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, ten years of progressively responsible experience in related fields including five years of experience in a municipal organization in a position of leadership and management.  

Apply online by February 11, 2019 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references to www.GovHRJobs.com  to the attention of Paul Harlow, GovHR USA.

Click HERE to Apply!

 Posted January 8, 2019


Transportation Planner
Networks Northwest (Traverse City)

 

Networks Northwest is seeking a transportation planner who assists with the management and implementation of the Networks Northwest Regional Planning & Community Development Department’s transportation programs.  This individual must have the ability to work individually and as a team.  

Examples of work include (but not limited to):

  • Implements planning and community development programs as outlined in the Department’s Transportation Programs (examples include: Asset Management, Rural Task Force, Small Urban Task Force, Traverse Transportation Coordinating Initiative);
  • Assists the Department, including program development and liaison with MDOT and local transportation agencies;
  • Provide transportation planning expertise on planning projects to Agency staff and stakeholders;
  • Conduct transportation planning training workshops and informational meetings;
  • Manage other planning projects and write reports as required. 

Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position must do so by January 18, 2019.  The full job description and application process/timeline can be found at https://www.networksnorthwest.org

 Networks Northwest is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted December 27, 2018

 


Director for Regional Planning and Community Development
Networks Northwest (Traverse City)

 

Networks Northwest is seeking a management professional to coordinate the development, supervision, and management of the Networks Northwest’s Regional Planning & Community Development Department.  This individual must have the ability to supervise a professional staff of planners. 

This position includes, but not limited to, working knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of planning and community development; ability to supervise the work of professional and support staff; working knowledge of Federal and State planning and community development programs; working knowledge of the current methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; an understanding and ability to work with local units of government; ability to make presentations to stakeholders and the public; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; ability to keep accurate records and prepare analytical reports; ability to identify and pursue grant opportunities and manage a departmental budget; ability to work with other professionals and the general public; ability to manage, direct, motivate and develop professional and support staff; ability to manage confidential information. 

Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position must do so by January 18, 2019.  The full job description and application process/timeline can be found at https://www.networksnorthwest.org

Networks Northwest is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Posted December 27, 2018

 


Community Planning Manager
The Alliance for the Great Lakes

The Alliance for the Great Lakes is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Community Planning Manager in Detroit. The Alliance is a mid-sized, non-partisan NGO with a vision of a healthy Great Lakes for all people and wildlife, forever. This new position will lead the Alliance’s efforts to build Detroit as a leader in implementation of integrated water management, with a strong emphasis on utilizing green stormwater infrastructure strategies. 

Minimum Knowledge/Skills, and Competencies 

  • Bachelor degree plus 3-5 years of experience in urban planning, land use or municipal policy, transportation planning, public health or related field.

  • Strong working knowledge of Detroit’s political and municipal structures.

  • Familiarity with Complete Streets and integration of green stormwater management into capital projects.

 
Job Parameters

  • This position is full-time and consistent with Alliance employment policy. 

  • Salary to be commensurate with experience.

  • Excellent benefits including health, vacation and retirement plan, are included.

  • The preference is for this position to be located in Detroit, with occasional travel around the Great Lakes region.

 

Complete job posting here

Application Process
 
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, references to: [email protected]. Include job title in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Materials should be compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their materials and further guidance and updates about the hiring process by e-mail, with interviews provided for finalists. No phone inquiries please.

Posted December 26, 2018


Planner
Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission

 Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Planner position.  Assist in data collection, developing applications, writing reports under the direction of a Division Manager. Assist with projects being carried out by organizations and local units of government.  Draft recommendations for projects and studies. Performs related duties as required.

Starting salary is $48,080 with annual pay increases, advancement opportunities, and full benefits package.

AFSCME Local 496.01 position

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

A Master’s Degree in the above areas may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree.

 OR

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

https://phl.applitrack.com/fgahrc/onlineapp/default.aspx?choosedistrict=true&applitrackclient=38098&category=Genesee+County+%2D+Planning+Commission

 GENESEE COUNTY USES AN ONLINE JOB APPLICATION PROCESS.  ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY THROUGH THE GENESEE COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES SITE.

 

Posted December 17, 2018


Deputy Director
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and driven individual to fill our vacant Deputy Director position.

Applicants should have strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent relationship-building skills, and a thorough understanding of Tri-County's programs and urban transportation planning principles, preferably obtained within a Metropolitan Planning Organization environment or equivalent state transportation department. The Deputy Director oversees eight technical staff and the agency's transportation, community development, and environmental programs.

Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position must submit an application, including a resume and cover letter, by 5 p.m. on January 11, 2019. Visit mitcrpc.org/careers to apply. 

Tri-County is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Posted December 13, 2018


Certified Planner
Rowe Professional Services Company

 

ROWE Professional Services Company, a leading consulting firm headquartered in Flint, MI seeks an experienced, self-motivated, community planner to join our team of professionals.  Planner will be responsible for working with municipal clients in areas such as zoning, land use planning, parks and recreation planning and grant writing.  Strong written and oral communication skills are required. Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, be AICP certified or be able to become certified, and have a minimum of five years of related experience.  ROWE offers a competitive wages and benefits package including health insurance, paid vacations and holidays, flex-time, 401(k) match and much more.  Please send resume to:  [email protected]

Planner / HR
ROWE Professional Services Company
540 S. Saginaw St., Ste. 200
Flint, MI  48502

www.rowepsc.com

E.O.E.

Posted December 13, 2018

 


 Planner (Part-Time)
Frenchtown Charter Township

Frenchtown Charter Township is seeking resumes from knowledgeable, service oriented and self-directed individuals for a part-time Planner position (minimum 21 hours a week + 1 or 2 night meetings each month). Salary based on credentials and experience. Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or closely related field with two years of experience required. Application and job description can be found at www.frenchtowncharter.org, under the Building Department Tab. Responses due by December 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Send cover letter and resume to: Frenchtown Charter Township Supervisor, 2744 Vivian Road, Monroe, Michigan 48162-9249.

Posted December 3, 2018


Assistant Planning Director
Charter Township of Clinton

 

Clinton Township is seeking a permanent full-time Assistant Planning Director position, $74,639 - $90,216 annually (40 Hours per week) includes benefit package.  This position is primarily responsible for the administration of the Township’s Community Development Block Grant Program.  Also, this position seeks state, federal and other funding sources and evaluates requests for money and monitors the operation of ongoing programs.  Assists the Director of Planning and Community Development as requested.

This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning.  A minimum of five years of progressively more responsible planning experience with a municipality, which includes a minimum of five years of extensive experience with municipal land use planning, including zoning, site plan and plat review and administration of Community Development Block Grant Program and other Federal and State Financial assistance programs. 
 
Pre-employment background investigation and substance abuse testing is required.  Interested, applicants must submit an application to the Clinton Township Employees Civil Service Commission, 40700 Romeo Plank Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48038 on or before the close of business, Friday, December 14, 2018.
 
For complete details and job application, go to www.clintontownship.com.  Position will be open until filled.  Clinton Township is an EOE/ADA Employer.
 
Posted November 26, 2018

Entry Level Planner
MKSK

MKSK’s niche is to craft public places and spaces to transform, inspire, and perform successfully.  Our clients include cities, development organizations, higher ed, hospitals, transportation agencies, Fortune 500 corporations and select developers.  Our projects include planning and design for downtowns, river/waterfronts, neighborhoods, cultural and campus environments.  Our Detroit office leads the firm’s transportation planning group that links transportation design with land use thru corridor plans, Complete Streets Design, transit plans, parking studies and form-based codes.  

 We are seeking a talented Planner to help prepare projects in our small, but growing Detroit office.  In particular, we are looking for someone with skills in mapping and graphics plus research and writing.  This position involves drafting and editing reports and documents, preparation of plan maps, development of graphics and document layout, and presentation materials.  Data collection is also part of the work including traffic counts, parking inventories, land use surveys, and occasionally intercept surveys of people on the street.  Some surveys, meetings and workshops occur on evenings and weekends.

 MKSK has a fast-paced work environment with many simultaneous projects.  Key traits for success is this position are an outgoing personality, enjoyment of working with small teams of professionals, strong writing skills, and an ability to work on many assignments at once.

For complete job information, click here

 MKSK offers competitive salary and benefits and we emphasize workplace flexibility.  We understand the need to balance work and life and offer flex hours to accommodate family responsibilities.  Please apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and portfolio to Brad Strader at [email protected].   

Posted November 1, 2018


Mid-Level Planner
MKSK

 We are seeking a talented, articulate, mid-level professional Urban Planner to help prepare and manage projects in our small, but growing Detroit office.  In particular, we are looking for someone with experience with our office’s current body of work including: redesign of streets, municipal public realm/street design manuals, transit master plans, parking management, school campus redesigns, downtown and comprehensive plans, brownfield and district redevelopment strategies, and form-based codes.  The position involves working as a team member on certain projects and as the Project Manager in others.  Attendance at meetings and presentations, including some evenings and Saturday events, is required.  Meetings are throughout Michigan’s lower peninsula with some travel to projects in other states.

Skills Required: 

  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and staff on project tasks and development of high-quality documents.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment with staff from MKSK and other firms.
  • Capability to work on many projects simultaneously to effectively meet deadlines.
  • Skills in facilitation of meetings and workshops with community leaders, stakeholders and the public.
  • Steller writing and communication skills.

 Education and Experience Requirements:            

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in urban planning, transportation engineering, urban design or landscape architecture.
  • 5-7 years of minimum experience.  Ideally some experience with transportation planning and in the private sector.
  • Certification with current license is strongly desired (i.e. AICP, CTP, PTP).

For complete job description, click here.  

MKSK offers competitive salary and benefits and we emphasize workplace flexibility.  We understand the need to balance work and life and offer flex hours to accommodate family responsibilities.  Please apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to Brad Strader at [email protected].  

Posted November 1, 2018


Zoning Administrator-Planner
Saugatuck Township (Allegan Co.)

Saugatuck Township will be hiring a part-time zoning administrator with planning responsibilities. Starting pay will be $25,000-$40,000, depending on experience without benefits.  A full job description is available online at www.saugatucktownship.org or by contacting the clerk's office at [email protected] or telephone number (269) 857-7721. Please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Saugatuck Township Clerk's Office, 3461 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, MI 49453. Professional cover letters and resumes and will be accepted no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 30th 2018.​  Complete job posting here

Posted October 25, 2018


Planner 1 / Department Specialist
City of Walker

The City of Walker is looking to fill the position of Planner I / Department Specialist to assist the Community Development Department by performing a wide range of highly skilled administrative responsibilities specific to Building Services and Planning.  This customer service based position performs essential case management and record preservation services to the department by processing applications, agendas, minutes, departmental reporting, and conducting case research for Building Services, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Mineral Mining Board and other areas as needed.

Candidates must have a minimum Associates Degree in business, administration or science or a combination of education and experience relevant to functions of this position.  A Bachelor’s Degree in planning, public administration or a similar field is preferred. The selected applicant must have a professional approach to establishing working relationships with contractors, residents, and co-workers at all levels.  Qualities for the ideal candidate should include advanced technical and report writing skills, detail oriented, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

This is a full-time position with a starting salary range of $40,067 – 46,077, depending on 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.

Please visit our website at www.walker.city for a complete job description and more information on how to submit application materials.  Applications are due by November 9, 2018.

The City of Walker is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted October 23, 2018

Assistant Planner
Meridian Township

October 22, 2018 - November 16, 2018

Location:  Okemos, MI

Salary Range:  $22.45 per hour (starting rate per labor agreement)-Full Time

Apply Online:  http://twp-meridian.iapplicants.com

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

Description:

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

View Entire Job Posting at : http://twp-meridian.iapplicants.com/ViewJob-703537.html

Qualifications:

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

• Minimum one year of experience in planning, landscape architecture, or site plan review preferred. A Master’s degree in urban planning may substitute for experience.

• A State of Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.

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

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

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

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

• Skill in interpreting and applying planning guidelines and ordinances.

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

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

MERIDIAN CHARTER TOWNSHIP IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Posted October 22, 2018


City Planning Director
City of Westland
  • Population:  84,000
  • Compensation:  $69,620-$87,755
  • Closing Date:  11/30/18

Position Summary

The Planning Director directs all planning initiatives and reports to the Mayor. Responsibilities include administration and management of all aspects of multiple Departments including budgeting, employee management, coordination of departmental functions and assignment of duties and tasks, preparation of monthly staff reports for the City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Economic Development Review Committee, Property Disposition Committee and various other committees, direct oversight of to the day-to-day operations of all aspects of the Planning Departments and management and direct responsibility of all aspects of the City’s sustainability programs and the City’s Mission: Green initiatives

Posted October 22, 2018


Project Designer
McKenna

McKenna’s Project Designers are passionate, talented, tenacious, 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.

 Visit www.mcka.com/careers for detailed information on our open positions. 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.

Posted October 22, 2018


 Project Director
McKenna

McKenna’s Project Directors are passionate, talented, tenacious, 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.

Visit www.mcka.com/careers for detailed information on our open positions. 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.

Posted October 22, 2018


Project Manager
McKenna

McKenna’s Project Managers are passionate, talented, tenacious, 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.

Visit www.mcka.com/careers for detailed information on our open positions. 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.

Posted October 22, 2018