Professional Planning Jobs

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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.‚Äč  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


Township Planner/Zoning Administrator 

Gaines Charter Township

Gaines Charter Township is seeking a Planning/Zoning Administrator; an individual who can serve in a leadership role to carry forward the Township’s vision for planning.  This is a full time position offering a competitive salary and a generous benefit package. A resume, completed application, letter of interest, and professional references should be submitted no later than 5:00PM, November 16, 2018.  Please visit www.gainestownship.org for a full job description and application.  

Posted October 18, 2018


 

Zoning Administrator

Whitewater Township

Whitewater Township is seeking a qualified individual for its Zoning Administrator position.  Whitewater Township (pop. 2600) is located in Grand Traverse County, in beautiful northwest lower Michigan.  This is a year-round position which requires the successful candidate to perform zoning administrator duties up to 32 hours per week in Whitewater Township.  The job description can be found on the home page of www.whitewatertownship.org.or call the township clerk’s office at 231-267-5141 x24 to obtain a copy.  Interested candidates should submit their resumé and cover letter with salary requirements no later than October 31, 2018, to Cheryl Goss, Whitewater Township Clerk, P.O. Box 159, Williamsburg, MI 49690, or via fax to 231-267-9020, or via e-mail to [email protected].  

Posted October 10, 2018

 Township Planner

Charter Township of Lansing

The Charter Township of Lansing is a unique community of 5 non-contiguous areas totaling 5.25 square miles, surrounding the capitol city of Michigan. The Township has a population of 8126, and is the home of Eastwood Towne Center, the most popular life-style center in the Metropolitan Lansing area.

Lansing Township has an opening for a Planner. The Township Planner is a journey level position in the professional planner series. This position reports directly to the Township Clerk/Zoning Administrator and is expected to perform assigned tasks with increasing independence and self-direction.  

The primary responsibilities of the Township Planner are: promoting economic development throughout the Township; assisting higher level staff with research, data collection, project review, report and grant writing and public presentations; advising elected and appointed officials on economic development and planning related public policy issues.

 Complete job description and application can be found at www.lansingtownship.org . Applications, accompanied by a resume should be submitted to [email protected] by October 17. 2018.

Requirements include:

 Bachelor Degree in Planning or related field.  AICP preferred. Experience in Soil and Sedimentation Control Measures, Commercial Real Estate, Use of GIS, Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities. Must have and be able to maintain a valid driver’s license.  (A current copy of driving record will be required at time of interview). This position requires a criminal background check.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted October 8, 2018 


Director of Planning

Charter Township of Garfield 

The Charter Township of Garfield (population 16,254) located adjacent to the City of Traverse City, Michigan, is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of Planning, a full time position with an excellent benefit package.  Applications will be accepted through October 29, 2018 at 5 p.m.  An Application Packet is available on our website www.garfield-twp.com or contact Judy Battle, Administrative Assistant, Garfield Township, 3848 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684, Ph: (231) 941-1620. Position is open until filled.  The Charter Township of Garfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted October 5, 2018


 Neighborhood Services Director

City of Big Rapids

The City of Big Rapids is accepting resumes with cover letter for Neighborhood Services Director.   

Under the general direction of the City Manager, this position supervises and participates in the provision of neighborhood services including planning, zoning, rental housing and building inspection, code enforcement, grant management, capital improvement planning and community and economic development.

Qualifications required:  Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning or related field, three years of experience in a planning or community development department, including supervisory and administrative duties. Municipal experience preferred.  

 Starting Salary $63,757 DOQ plus full benefit package.

Complete job description can be found on the City website at www.cityofbr.org

Submit resume with cover letter and references to the Human Resource Office, 226 N. Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids, MI  49307, email to [email protected]. Resumes must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. October 12, 2018.  Position open until filled. Equal opportunity employer and provider.

Posted September 27, 2018


Regional Planner

Networks Northwest

Networks Northwest seeks a highly motivated, organized, and team-oriented professional to assist our Regional Planning and Community Development Department. The primary role is to plan, coordinate, and implement community, land use, and transportation planning projects throughout Networks Northwest’s ten-county region (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties).    Responsibilities include planning project initiation and coordination, meeting preparation and management, research, report and grant preparation and presentations to groups. 

Specific regional planning projects are community-driven and vary according to community/stakeholder needs and available resources. Projects or tasks implemented/coordinated by the Regional Planner may include working on economic development strategic plans, developing community-based programs, securing funding for community development projects and developing and/or scheduling educational programs that address issues of local/regional concern. Other projects/opportunities may also develop.

For more information, including a complete job description, please visit: www.networksnorthwest.org/jobposting

To apply, please submit résumé, three references, writing sample (not to exceed three pages), and a letter of interest in the position that includes career goals by November 2, 2018 via email to [email protected] or by mail to:

Networks Northwest
Attn. Sarah Lucas
Community Development Director
P.O. Box 506
Traverse City, MI 49685-0506.

 

 Posted September 27, 2018

Director of the Northwest Michigan Rural Housing Partnership

Networks Northwest

 The Northwest Michigan Rural Housing Partnership is a cross-sector collaborative initiative involving nonprofit, government and business partners intended to help rural Northwest Michigan understandcommit to, and take action on housing options. This position, initially housed within Networks Northwest, will work with the newly-formed Board of the Partnership to help Northwest Michigan address public perceptions, offer assistance in navigating the development process, and manage the unique challenges of housing options in our rural region. A complete job description is available on nwm.org/jobpostings

 Posted September 10, 2018


 Associate Planner in Downtown and Commercial Redevelopment

Oakland County

Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs (EDCA) is hiring an Associate Planner to provide planning and economic development services for historic downtowns, heritage corridors, mixed-use districts and commercial centers.  The position is in the department’s Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program. Candidates should have training and/or work experience in economic development, downtown revitalization, zoning, promotions, marketing and real estate development. Strong public presentation and project management skills are required along with the ability to effectively organize and communicate with stakeholder groups. The position is part of a multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, and GIS specialists that provide services to all Oakland County communities. 

Complete job description here.  

See full job posting at www.oakgov.com/jobs for more information, including minimum qualifications.

Posted September 7, 2018


Associate Planner in General Planning/GIS

Oakland County

Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs (EDCA) is hiring an Associate Planner to provide planning and economic development services to Oakland County cities, villages and townships. The position will work primarily in the County Land Use and Zoning and One-Stop-Ready program areas.  Candidates should have a strong understanding of planning, zoning and the development process.  Also strong GIS skills and the ability to create, maintain and analyze GIS data, and the ability to communicate project information graphically. The position is part of a multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, and GIS specialists that provide services to all Oakland County communities. 

Complete job description here.

See full job posting at www.oakgov.com/jobs for more information, including minimum qualifications.

Posted September 7, 2018 


Senior Planner in Environmental Stewardship

Oakland County

Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs (EDCA) is hiring a Senior Planner to provide planning and economic development services to Oakland County cities, villages and townships. The position works primarily within the County environmental stewardship, non-motorized trail and green infrastructure programs. Candidates should have a strong understanding of natural features, green infrastructure, complete streets and sustainable development. Strong GIS and project management skills are required along with the ability to effectively communicate with diverse stakeholder groups. The position is part of a multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, and GIS specialists that provide services to all Oakland County communities. 

Complete job description here

See full job posting at www.oakgov.com/jobs for more information, including minimum qualifications.

Posted September 7, 2018


Commercial Property Compliance Officer

City of Lansing

The City of Lansing Economic Development & Planning Department is seeking a Full-Time Commercial Property Compliance Officer to join their professional team to assist in making sure zoning, sign, and property maintenance regulations, ordinances, codes and laws are followed.  The City of Lansing offers a competitive wage and benefits package including medical, vision, dental, paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

Requirements: High School Diploma/GED; two (2) years of experience in the field of municipal code enforcement, zoning, planning, sign industry; basic computer skills (laptop/mobile devices); must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license; ability to communicate effectively both written & verbally; ability to handle and make decisions under highly stressful situations; ability to interpret and apply ordinance provisions to specific situations.

Responsibilities: Identify and document violations of zoning, sign, property maintenance and general offense ordinances through observation or field inspections, focusing on commercial properties; investigate complaints and communicate findings/progress with the complainant; issue violation/correction notices and tickets as necessary to achieve compliance; work with contractors to abate violations as authorized by ordinance or court order; other duties as required and assigned.

 To apply: visit our website www.lansingmi.gov/jobs. Open until September 17, 2018

 Posted September 4, 2018


 Planning and 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: Salary commensurate with experience. Position provides for a flexible work opportunity. No office presence is required (although available) and the work is independently mobile. Unlimited vacation time. Mileage reimbursement and Birthday Bonus provided. Currently, no other benefits are offered.

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

Experience: Minimum of three (3) years in local government community planning and zoning.

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.

Description: https://www.freshcoastplanning.com/hiring

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to: Gregory L. Ransford, MPA at [email protected] Open until September 24, 2018 . 

Posted September 4, 2018


 Planner I

City of Grand Rapids

Nature of work: 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.

Minimum Training and Experience: Graduation from a four year college or university with an undergraduate degree in city planning, public administration, architecture or closely related field and some related work experience which may be satisfied through the completion of an internship, or directly related project; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Other Necessary Qualifications: Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) preferred.

For more information, please visit www.governmentjobs.com/careers/grandrapids/jobs/2186103/planner-i?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.   

Posted August 31, 2018


Planning & Zoning Administrator

Fenton Township

Fenton Township is seeking a qualified, motivated and team-oriented individual to fill the full-time position of Planning & Zoning Administrator. Fenton Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering a professional working environment and a competitive wage/benefit package. Salary range $50-75K DOQ. Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or closely related field and 1-3 years relevant experience required. Full job description at www.fentontownship.org. Send letter of application and résumé to:

Fenton Township
Attn: Operations Manager
12060 Mantawauka Drive
Fenton, MI  48430-8817

Submission deadline is Friday September 7, 2018.

Posted August 22, 2018

 Transportation Modeler

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

SEMCOG seeks a full-time transportation engineer, regional/urban planner, or other relevant degreed candidate with the skills and abilities to provide assistance in the field of travel demand modeling (using TransCAD and/or other modeling packages) and support related work in regional transportation planning, including, but not limited to: performing data collection, management and analytical analysis; technical skills and abilities in Python, R, and/or other programming languages; preparing customized GIS maps; conducting research; coordinating with member governments and planning partners; administering meetings; and creating presentation materials. Candidates should also employ a structured approach in taking a project from concept to production to operation. As a member of SEMCOG’s Plan and Policy Development Group, the selected individual’s position will be an early-stage to mid-level position depending on the level of skills and experience possessed by the individual.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to interact and work with a range of external stakeholders such as federal, state, county, and local agencies. The candidate must have good organization and time management skills, and be able to work cooperatively and collaboratively with internal staff. Effective written, verbal, and presentation skills required, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

For more information, and to apply, please visit https://www.semcog.org/careers.

 Posted August 13, 2018


Community Development Manager/DDA Director

City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti (population 21,076) is seeking a Community Development Manager/DDA Director. This position will create and coordinate community development activities and act as the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority. This position staffs and oversees the staff of the Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Parks and Recreation Commission.

The successful candidate shall be a demonstrated leader, possess excellent communication skills, have the ability to maintain and establish and maintain relationships in the community, have the ability to communicate with a diverse population, and Ability to maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, subordinates, co-workers and the public.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in urban/land use planning and five years’ experience, or other combination of education and experience providing an equivalent level of expertise.

https://cityofypsilanti.applicantpool.com/jobs/263123.html

Posted August 13, 2018