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 tfaupel@planningmi.org and place "job ad" or "RFP ad" in the subject field.

Posting requirements:  Ads shall be submitted in word, and contain no more than 250 words.  We are happy to add links and/ or one pdf attachment.  


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 


Community Innovation Specialist

Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region

The Central U.P. Planning and Development (CUPPAD) Regional Commission invites qualified planners to apply to be part of our team of dedicated professionals. The Community Innovation Specialist is a two-year full-time associate-level planner position that will be primarily focused on providing expert technical assistance to communities across our six-county region, while secondarily providing support on key regional economic development initiatives which support growing prosperity, improving equity, and building resiliency.  This position may be extended beyond the two-year term depending on performance.

The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter with strong communication skills who is passionate about helping small towns revitalize and adapt to the changing world. Experience with modern virtual public engagement methods and typical design software is essential.  

This position allows for the possibility of working from home from anywhere within the central U.P.; a true four-season paradise for the outdoor enthusiast seeking a great work-life balance. If you are a talented planner who isn’t afraid of a little snow, review our jobs description and consider applying.

CUPPAD offers competitive benefits package and the starting wage for this position is $22.50/hour ($46,800/year). To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and professional references to Dotty LaJoye, Executive Director at [email protected].

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 5th

Posted: July 20, 2020 


Economic Development Planner

Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region

The Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR) seeks a full-time Economic Development Planner.

Qualified applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references in one PDF to [email protected]. Also direct any questions to this address.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will work under supervision of the Executive Director to serve a diverse rural six-county region. The primary responsibility of the position will be to coordinate and lead implementation of WUPPDR’s Pandemic Response and Resiliency Program (PRRP) expected to be funded by the United States Economic Development Administration. The program will monitor and evaluate implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on an ongoing basis and develop and implement projects to mitigate these impacts.

The successful candidate will have substantial familiarity with economic development, strategic planning, and project management.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in or related to economic development, planning, urban/regional studies, public policy, political science, business administration, or communications
  • At least two years of relevant work experience
  • Full job listing with all requirements and preferences can be found here

Term: The position is intended to last at least two years but may continue indefinitely based on ability to secure additional grant funding.

Benefits and Compensation: Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, AD&D, and short-term disability insurance; paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave; and defined contribution and 457 retirement plans. Annual starting salary is $36,000-$40,000 depending on education and experience, with opportunity for advancement.

Posted: July 10, 2020 


Planning and Zoning Technician 

City of Big Rapids

General Summary

An entry-level paraprofessional position that works under the direction of the Community Development Director. Devotes a significant amount of time on routine administrative tasks. Works closely with the public on a regular basis to provide customer service on planning issues. Administers the City’s rental housing program, coordinates community events, and assists tenants, landlords, residents and nonresidents with housing and community development concerns. Provides support to the Community Development Director and staff.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary $41,176, Full Time

The City of Big Rapids provides a complete benefits package to all full-time employees including health insurance, paid time off, an employer sponsored retirement plan, health savings account, and more.

To apply, submit resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected]. Application materials must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, July 10, 2020. The full job description including required skills and education is available at www.cityofbr.org

The City of Big Rapids 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, the City of Big Rapids complies with applicate state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Posted: June 29, 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. Progressive thinking and enthusiasm for in forward movement is a must

Salary range for this position is $55,577 - $75,031. 

Further information can be found at www.alpena.mi.is/departments/human_resources/employment.php. 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.

The City of Alpena is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted June 18, 2020  


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: http://adamichigan.org/uploads/township/DDA/DDA-Coordinator.pdf

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 (https://www.discoverkalamazoo.com/) 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.

Qualifications:

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 


Planner

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 www.katsmpo.org

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