Professional Planning Jobs

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

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DDA Coordinator

Ada Township Downtown Development Authority

The Ada Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) seeks a qualified individual to support the DDA Board and administer DDA plans, projects and programs. The DDA District includes the Ada Village town center, surrounding residential neighborhoods, and commercial and industrial areas along the M-21 (Fulton St.) corridor. The Ada Village area is in the midst of a major physical transformation that will retain the traditional small-town character of the historic Village core, while replacing its 1970’s-era shopping center with a walkable, mixed use environment with traditional urban form. Expanded park and civic amenities are nearing completion, including a 3-acre riverfront park, and a 24,000 square foot Kent District Library branch and Community Center building. This position offers the opportunity to be a part of this exciting time in the community’s history.

The full position description can be downloaded in pdf format at:

Compensation range for the position is $42,032 to $45,943, plus a full benefit package.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to be received by email or hard copy no later than Friday, June 19, 2020 to:

George Haga, Township Supervisor
Ada Township
PO Box 370
Ada, MI  49301
[email protected]
Posted May 28, 2020

Zoning Administrator

Oshtemo Township 

Job Description: Oshtemo Township A progressive, growing community in the Southwest Michigan area, next to the city of Kalamazoo ( seeks a Zoning Administrator that under the general direction of the Township Supervisor and the direct supervision of the Planning Director, perform a variety of planning duties. 

1)    Respond to inquiries from and provide assistance to public agencies, developers, and citizens regarding planning and zoning related issues.

2)    Assist applicants with relevant building permits and review applications.

3)    Review development proposals, as assigned, perform field inspections of development projects for conformance with approved plans and compliance with Township regulations.

4)    Assist Planning Director as Department liaison to Township boards and committees. This includes attending and presenting projects to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, joint board meetings, and Township Board meetings on an as needed basis.

5)    Responsible for use of GIS to assist with analysis and presentation of information for Township projects.

As well as other duties specified by the Planning Director.


DRIVERS LICENSE REQUIREMENT:  Must maintain a current Michigan motor vehicle operator’s license without restrictions (other than corrective lenses).

EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or related field, with coursework in GIS.

EXPERIENCE:  At least one (1) year of zoning administration, or related experience.

These qualifications represent guidelines; alternative qualifications may be substituted if determined to be equivalent to perform the duties required by position.

Please submit your resume, College transcripts and a description of courses taken and/or experience with GIS by June 5, 2020.  Compensation based upon experience.

Submit to: Human Resources Specialist at [email protected]

Posted May 4, 2020 


DeWitt Charter Township

DeWitt Charter Township is seeking resumes from knowledgeable, service oriented and self-directed individuals for a full-time Planner position.  This position is responsible for performing a variety of planning, zoning, and community development activities.  Successful candidates will have an innovative vision and knowledge of municipal government principles and contemporary planning ideas to help the Township grow and enhance its sense of place.  Position will recommend and create ordinance enhancements, work collaboratively on complex planning & zoning issues with planning staff and the Planning Commission, and manage GIS services.  Starting salary is $22.36/hr DOQ.  Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience required.  Send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to: Julie Coleman, Assistant Township Manager, DeWitt Charter Township, 1401 W. Herbison Road, DeWitt, MI 48820, or [email protected].   Deadline May 20, 2020.

Posted May 1, 2020

Associate Planner 

Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) is a multi-jurisdictional agency responsible for transportation planning for the Kalamazoo Metropolitan Area. The agency is mandated by federal law to provide a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process.

General Summary:

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Associate Planner will assist in all aspects of the KATS performance-based planning process, including programming and analysis of related impacts and costs. The Associate Planner will participate in specific areas such as safety, freight, land use, and transit planning. They will interact and work cooperatively with officials at all governmental levels while promoting KATS objectives in a variety of public forums.

Salary and Benefits

Salary Range: $42,500 - $52,500, Full Time

KATS provides a complete benefits package to all full-time employees including health insurance, paid time off, an employer sponsored retirement plan, health reimbursement account, and more. 

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected].  Additionally, candidates are invited to submit a representative sample of individual work (not group work), including writing sample(s), maps, or any other materials supporting your application.  Application materials must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, May 29, 2020.  The full job description including required skills and education is available at

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

Posted April 29, 2020 

Emmet County Housing Ready Program Services

Emmet County

Housing North seeks proposals to provide services supporting the Emmet County Housing Ready Program.

Housing North, in collaboration with the Little Traverse Bay Housing Partnership (Partnership), seeks to contract with an individual, organization, or company to provide services to help coordinate a Housing Ready Program in Emmet County, Michigan.  The primary objective of these services is to unlock market-driven solutions to make workforce housing affordable for all in Emmet County. The individual(s) and/or organization or company selected to provide these services will be a catalyst and principal point of contact within the community for information, tools, and resources for initiatives to effectively address affordable housing shortages in Emmet County.

The RFP is available at  

To Apply: Individuals, organizations, or companies interested in this position should email a cover letter and proposal to [email protected] by Friday, May 15, 2020. 

More information can also be found here.

Posted April 17, 2020

Administrative Analyst I (Transportation Analyst)

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.

Transportation Analysts in the Mobile GR Department plan, develop, administer, evaluate, and monitor transportation plans, programs, and projects. This role will conduct parking studies, evaluate on-street parking regulations and utilization, and provide recommendations to improve upon current operations. 

This position is permanent, full-time and represented.

Position closes March 30th at 11:59pm.

Salary Range: $58,414.00 - $74,597.00 Annually

Please follow link to apply:

Minimum Training and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in business, public administration, government or a related field.
  • At least two (2) to four (4) years of progressively responsible related work experience
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.


 Degree in urban planning or public policy.

  • Experience using geographical information systems (GIS).

Posted March 26, 2020

Planning Aide

P.I.E. Management L.L.C. is a professional staffing agency. We are hiring a Planning Aide for our client, a local city department in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Nature of Work:

This is limited technical and skilled planning work of a subprofessional nature performed in the field or office.

Employees are responsible for the skilled use of drafting instruments, and for the application of some technical knowledge and skill in making investigations of a sub-professional nature. Drafting assignments performed by these employees require the application of basic planning and drafting skills in the preparation of rough and finished planning maps, drawings and plans. Work is performed under supervision of a superior.

Examples of work:

  • Assists in the making of redevelopment surveys.
  • Assists in the preparation of statistical data; prepares base maps, charts and tables; prepares plans and presentation material.
  • Answers inquiries regarding maps and statistical data.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Requirements of work:
  • Knowledge of mathematics as used in city planning operations, particularly of elementary statistics.
  • Some knowledge of planning practices, techniques and principles.
  • Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to do skilled drafting work.


Graduation from high school and familiarizing experience with drafting work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

The position is full time, Monday-Friday, 7:00 – 3:30.  The duration of the assignment is for a minimum of 1 year.

Please contact Debbie Trutsch at [email protected] or call 616-975-0132 to be considered for the position.

Posted March 19, 2020  

Planning and Development Director

City of Alpena

City of Alpena Planning and Development Director Opportunity! Our community is known for friendly people, beautiful sunrises, and a bustling downtown. Grab your kayak, telescope, fishing gear, snorkel, and hiking boots and settle into the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. This is your opportunity to join a growing community and a dedicated municipal team! The Director is responsible for the City’s planning, community, and economic development function including the coordination of all functions of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals in the areas of zoning, planning, and capital improvements programming. The ideal candidate will be dynamic, innovative, a visionary, and think regionally. Salary range for this position is $55,577 - $75,031. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and four professional references to Kathy Himes, Director of Human Resources at [email protected] or to 208 North First Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707. Additional information can be found at under the Human Resources Department. The City of Alpena is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted March 6, 2020 

Director of Economic Development

Wheeling, Illinois 

Director of Economic Development, Wheeling, IL (pop. 38,878).  The Village seeks an economic development leader prepared to meet the demands of a community undergoing significant redevelopment and revitalization.  This individual should have a proven track-record of retaining, expanding and recruiting businesses. 

The position offers the ideal candidate the chance to build on, and deliver the Village’s economic development program. The Director will coordinate and implement goals and programs that promote the growth and retention of a vital economy within the Village with responsibility that includes recruitment and retention programming in the retail, industrial, residential, and office sectors. The Director reports directly to the Village Manager and supervises a business development coordinator. 

Qualified candidates should have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in community development, planning, business or public administration or related field. A related Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Five years of municipal experience in progressively responsible positions, with at least two years of economic development experience. 
  • Strong communication skills, the ability to think and act strategically, and the talent to tactfully negotiate and “close the deal.” 
  • A demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • An ability to build relationships.

A starting salary range is $130,000 - $135,000 +/- DOQ, and an excellent benefit package is offered. 

Apply by April 8, 2020 to to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior VP, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240. The Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click HERE to Apply!

Posted March 3, 2020 

Planner 1/Zoning Administrator

Manistee County

Manistee County currently has an opening for the position of Planner 1/Zoning Administrator. Must possess a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Environmental Planning, Public Administration/Policy, Park and Recreation, Environmental Science or comparable discipline. Having knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning, zoning, transportation, housing or environmental sustainability desired. Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection, including effective writing techniques. Knowledge of computer software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, ESRI Arc Map or applicable software. Must possess a Michigan Vehicle Operators License. AICP preferred, or desire to obtain. SESC certification desired. A cover letter, resume and references should be forwarded to Lisa Sagala, HR Manager/Assistant Administrator, Manistee County Courthouse, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660 or [email protected], no later than Friday, March 13, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. EOE

Posted March 2, 2020