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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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    

Director of Community Development  

Villa Park, Illinois

Villa Park, Illinois (pop. 22,038), a western suburb of Chicago with direct access to downtown Chicago, is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Community Development. 

This is an excellent opportunity for the right individual. Appointed by and reporting to the Village Manager, the Director of Community Development serves as a strategic partner with Village Departments and the community. As a Department Head, the Director’s responsibilities include planning, organizing, and administering a full-service community development department with the mission of providing superior services through the department’s organizational structure. The position works closely with the Director of Economic Development and the Director of Public Works for integrated permitting and compliance services. The Director also oversees a staff that enforces municipal code for over 7,000 residential and commercial properties.

The anticipated starting salary is between $107,000 - $125,000. DOQ. A comprehensive benefit package includes health insurance including medical, dental, and vision coverage (also available to dependents), life insurance and participation in a pension program. The Village also offers paid vacation, holidays, personal days and sick time.

Candidates should apply to with a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. First review of candidates shall occur on March 23, 2020.  Questions are encouraged and can be addressed by  Mike Earl, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at (224) 261-8366 or [email protected]  or Janet Gorman, Human Resources Manager, Village of Villa Park at 630-834-8500 or [email protected].

Click Here for Description and Online Application

Posted February 26, 2020   


City of Novi

The City of Novi (population 60,000) is seeking a Planner to join the Planning Division of the Community Development team. This is a professional urban planning position at the staff or support level, responsible for site plan review, ordinance interpretation and development, application of the recommendations of the Master Plan, community development and related planning functions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Works as part of a multi-disciplinary team in the Plan Review Center on all aspects of site plan review, Zoning Ordinance interpretation, report writing, and preparation of planning studies.
  • Acts as project manager for proposed development projects by coordinating the review letters of professional staff and consultants, and assisting applicants through the City’s review procedures from initial project conception through construction.  
  • Interprets and applies codes, the zoning ordinance and other regulations to various development applications including site plans, plats, and rezoning applications.
  • Visit website for further details. 


Successful candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Public Administration, or a related field. Master’s degree and AICP certification is preferred. Candidates shall possess a demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships with community leaders, public agencies, private organizations, business clients, coworkers and the general public.  Must have a valid State of Michigan Driver’s License and a minimum of one year of professional planning experience with a local government agency.

Salary: $52,000 - $65,637, DOQ, with a comprehensive benefit package 

To Apply: Open until filled. Apply promptly by visiting our website

Posted February 24, 2020   

Zoning Coordinator – Temporary, Part-Time

Hamburg Township

Hamburg Township is hiring a temporary, part-time zoning coordinator for an 18-week duration from March to mid-July, 2020, and up to 29 hours per week.  This position is responsible for administration of the zoning ordinance, review of zoning permit applications, answering questions related to township ordinances, and daily administrative tasks.  The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a related field, at least one year of planning or zoning experience, the ability to quickly learn and apply the zoning ordinance, and strong customer service skills.  Salary commensurate with qualifications.  A complete job description, requirements, and information on how to apply may be found at

Posted February 20, 2020   

Downtown Manager

The City of Sault Ste. Marie

The City of Sault Ste. Marie (EOE) is seeking an individual for full-time employment as Downtown Manager.  Candidates may obtain a full job description and application at by clicking on the Employment Application section or contacting Robin R. Troyer, Deputy City Manager during normal business hours at 225 E. Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783; (906) 632-5717. Applications will not be mailed out. Application materials including a cover letter, resume, transcript, and completed application must be received by the City Clerk’s Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020.  No postmarks accepted. The City of Sault Ste. Marie is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Full job description can also be found here.

Posted February 20, 2020  

Community Development Planner

City of Midland

$64,317 - $75,037 (D.O.Q) Under general supervision of the Director of Planning and Community Development, provides technical planning support to ensure that long range planning and development policies of the City are satisfactorily met.  Conducts useful and accurate research, review, analysis and coordination of development related requests and undertaking long range planning studies. This position fosters overall improvement of the community by effectively administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and various City housing programs. The incumbent will be regularly required to attend evening meetings and occasional participation in special events at night and on weekends. 


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in Planning or a related field. Two years’ experience in Planning or related field; Any combination of education, training and experience determined by the City to provide the required knowledge skills and abilities equivalent to those attained through requirements #1 and #2 above; Knowledge of GIS and application to planning work; Demonstrated proficiency with standard office productivity software programs. Excellent written, oral and graphic communication skills, excellent research skills; Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of CBDG program regulations and experience managing HUD grants

For a full job description and application, please visit our website at:

Posted February 19, 2020  

Transportation Planner - Department of Community Planning & Economic Development

City of Kalamazoo

The Transportation Planner will coordinate across City departments to work on transportation, street, non-motorized, public spaces, and other related projects throughout the City. This position will oversee the City Complete Streets committees and be an integral participant in joint County and KATS programs including non-motorized and streetscape projects. This position will also oversee the integration of street projects along with capital planning, future land use plans, the 2025 Master Plan, Neighborhood Plans, objectives of the Foundation for Excellence (FFE), annual Transportation Improvement Plan, and other plans and policies. Daily work will be in cooperation with Planning staff to regular participation in neighborhood and other outreach meetings for projects and initiatives. The right candidate for this position will assist the City of Kalamazoo to create inviting public spaces that are vibrant incorporating multimodal transportation solutions for people of all ages and abilities.

Apply at

Posted February 18, 2020   

Director of Business Development


MS2 is looking for a Director of Business Development to help us expand the market share of our innovative software and data analytics for transportation planning and traffic engineering.  We are a national leader in cloud-based software for transportation data management. Our clients include more than 250 government agencies in 29 states.

MS2’s Director of Business Development oversees the development and delivery of a marketing and sales program.  It is a leadership position with ownership potential.  You must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to relate to clients and staff in a professional, thoughtful, and pleasant manner.  You must be able to effectively and professionally represent MS2.

The successful candidate, who will work out of our office in Ann Arbor, MI, should have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and preferably have experience selling to government agencies and in software or transportation industry.

The full job description and requirements are here.  Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

MS2 is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Posted February 14, 2020 

Executive Director

Escanaba DDA

Job Opportunity for Escanaba DDA Executive Director The Escanaba Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Executive Director. The individual must have a pro-active, market driven, entrepreneurial approach to downtown development; ability to develop a rapport with highly independent individuals within the business community, the real estate community, the public sector, and the community at large; management style that motivates and fosters cooperation; understanding of successful and contemporary approaches to the economic enhancement of older downtown districts; and ability to communicate well through public speaking and written reports.

The successful candidate should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Economic Development, Business Administration, Public Administration, or other fields related to downtown economic enhancement, OR a minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience working with downtown development revitalization, tax increment financing, land use planning, architecture, historic preservation, and be able to develop and maintain budgets. Salary and benefits package will depend on qualifications and experience.

Please do not contact the DDA. All resumes must be submitted by mail to HR Director, Attn: DDA Executive Director, P.O. Box 948, Escanaba, MI 49829, or via email to [email protected]. The application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020.

The full job description can be found here.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted February 12, 2020 

Planner I (Full-Time) - Planning Division

Canton Township 

Starting Salary:  $61,497
2020 Salary Range: $61,497 - $79,945
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Deadline date to apply: Friday, February 28, 2020

Must meet the following minimum qualifications listed on the job description to be considered.

  • Bachelor's degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Natural resources or other related degree.
  • Two years of related professional experience.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning and/or landscape design and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of data collection and analysis procedures, including the ability to present the research findings in clear and concise written and oral format.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of computer operations and software, including but not limited to, word processing, database management, spreadsheets, mapping and graphics.
  • Knowledge of computer mapping and geographic information systems principles and practices as they relate to land use planning.

Visit the Canton Township Career Page at to view the complete job description, job posting, hiring process and to apply online.

Posted February 7, 2020

Planning Director 

Bath Charter Township

Bath Charter Township seeks a creative and innovative thinker. Full job description and application at EOE.

Posted February 6, 2020 

Village Manager

Village of Three Oaks, Michigan

CLOSING DATE: March 6, 2020


APPLY: Submit resume, cover letter, consent form, and five professional references to: Search facilitator Larry Nielsen at [email protected].  Candidates desiring confidentiality of their interest, as allowed for and provided by Michigan law, must indicate such in a separate subject line above the body of the cover letter.  Three Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DESCRIPTION:  Three Oaks is a dynamic, full-service Village of 1,622 residents.  It is a General Law Village with a council manager form of government located in Michigan’s southwest. It is financially and politically stable. Three Oaks is a great place to build on your career or wind down your career.  There are plenty of opportunities on which to use your talents.  

QUALIFICATIONS:  The Village Council will consider applicants who are passionate advocates for the community they serve and who continually upgrade their professional skills.  Qualified applicants must first have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study such as public administration, business administration, planning, engineering or finance AND At least 3 years of direct work experience in local government or related career with continuous professional advancement culminating in a position with supervisory and budgetary responsibility AND Demonstrable experience in a wide range of municipal operations, particularly with water and wastewater operations AND Membership in ICMA, MME, MAP or similar professional associations with proof of continuous learning and adherence to a code of ethics desired.

Please click here for more information. 

Posted February 4, 2020  

Assistant Planner/Zoning Administrator

Cannon Township

Cannon Township is looking to fill the position of Assistant Planner/Zoning Administrator. The successful applicant will serve as the Zoning Administrator, including coordination of the following boards and committees: Planning Commission; Zoning Board of Appeals; Parks and Recreation; and the Building Department, and will serve as Assistant Planner. Applicants should have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in community planning, public administration, landscape architecture, or a similar field. Experience in building effective working relationships with citizens, colleagues, developers, and other professionals and representatives of other agencies is required. Qualities for the ideal applicant should include ability to organize and prioritize, excellent oral and written communication skills, exceptional time management skills and punctuality.

This is a full-time position with starting salary commensurate with education and experience, and a benefit package including medical, defined contribution 40l(a) retirement plan, health savings account, and life insurance.

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to the Supervisor, electronically or in person by February 7, 2020.

Stephen L. Grimm Supervisor, Cannon Township 6878 Belding Rd., Rockford, MI 49341 or [email protected]

Cannon Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted February 3, 2020 

Township Planner

Cascade Charter Township 

Cascade Charter Township is accepting applications for the position of Township Planner. The Township Planner will assist the Community Development Director and perform a wide range of planning duties, including site plan review, zoning administration, presentation before boards and committees, analysis of development proposals, and assisting the public with planning and zoning issues. Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or a closely related field.
  • Two (2) years progressively responsible experience in planning or a related field.
  • Strong ArcGIS skills are highly desirable

Salary range is $50,756 to $68,647 with a starting salary depending on qualifications; with comprehensive benefits (following a 90-day probationary period).

Applications can be obtained at Cascade Township Offices located at:  2865 Thornhills S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546

Applications and detailed job description are also available on-line at

All applications must be submitted to Benjamin Swayze, Township Manager no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Cascade Charter Township is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted February 3, 2020 

Planning Manager

Franklin, Wisconsin

Planning Manager, City of Franklin, Wisconsin (pop. 36,295). The City of Franklin possesses a strong business base and climate, a convenient location to world-class amenities, and “is committed to being the best community in Milwaukee County.” Franklin consistently ranks among the fastest growing communities in Wisconsin. All of this makes Franklin a highly desirable community.

The Planning Manager oversees the City’s planning department, facilitating and managing all community planning and zoning activities of the City. Department staff expedites development proposals through the review process and coordinates with other City departments whose service delivery to the public may be affected by such development.

Starting salary: $83,000 – 87,000 +/- DOQ, plus competitive benefits. Candidates should apply by February 28, 2020 (open until filled) with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work related references to to the 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 for full description and online application (

Posted February 3, 2020 

Seasonal Land Use Technician

Outagamie County (Appleton, WI)

Open until filled

The Seasonal Land Use Technician reports to the Zoning Administrator, and assist the Director, Planner, Land Use Specialist and others as projects warrant. The Seasonal Land Use Technician will primarily focus efforts on assisting in the review and inspections of land use/zoning permits, including erosion control and other routine land use/zoning compliance checks. Misc. duties could include assisting with research, analysis, and maintenance of planning & zoning, GIS and/or community and economic development related programs, data and reports. 

Full description and application details here:

Posted January 27, 2020 

Senior Planner

Outagamie County (Appleton, WI)

Open until filled

This is a professional planning position primarily responsible for conducting and administering both long range and current planning and associated implementation efforts. This position requires the discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and policies of the work unit, must perform complex research and analysis of planning data, and will serve as lead planner on complicated planning projects, including long-range comprehensive planning updates and amendments and other corridor, district and area-wide plans.  Under the supervision of the Development & Land Services Director, develops plans, programs, policies and ordinances related to the preparation and implementation of the County Comprehensive Plan and affiliated plans.  Performs related duties including preparing reports, presentations, writing grant proposals, collaborating with various county departments and units of government, providing information and assistance to the general public and others, etc.

Full description and application details here:

Posted January 27, 2020 

Director of Community Development

Wheeling, Illinois

Director of Community Development, Wheeling, IL (pop. 38,878).  Incorporated in 1894, and 27 miles northwest of Chicago, Wheeling residents and business owners enjoy the vibrant neighborhoods, public amenities, and community spirit fostered by this rich heritage. The Village seeks a community development leader prepared to meet the demands of a community undergoing significant redevelopment and revitalization. 

The Community Development Department’s services include land use planning and zoning, health, inspections, code enforcement and customer service (permitting). Wheeling is a full-service community and the new Director will lead 12 full-time and three part-time employees.  

Qualified candidates should have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in planning, engineering, public administration or related field. A Master’s degree in one of those disciplines, or related field, is desired;   
  • Five to seven years of municipal experience with significant exposure to planning and development functions, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education; 
  • Minimum of three years supervisory experience

A starting salary range is $150,000 - $155,000 +/- DOQ, and an excellent benefit package is offered. 

To see a full list of qualifications and to apply by March 2, 2020 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Sr Vice President, 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 January 27, 2020 

Planner 4 – Urban Design/Industrial Site Planning

City of Detroit

Salary: $76,840 - $100,780 annually

Closing: 2/21/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

For full job description, please click HERE.


Detroit’s Planning and Development Department seeks candidates for the new position of Planner 4 -- Urban Design/Industrial Site Planning.

This planner will play a key role in Detroit’s emergence as a modern industrial city.  The ideal candidate will have a planning background that supports effective analysis of existing/potential industrial sites and land assembly, coupled with an understanding of the diverse types and needs of industrial businesses, from manufacturing to delivery.  Familiarity with state and federal tools for gathering industrial properties (brownfield TIFs, as example) is preferred.  S/He will have an interest in and passion for industrial planning, with an ability to translate the look and feel of potential sites into the right type of industrial investment, with regard for how these sites are connected to and buffered from nearby neighborhoods. 

S/He will be confident in articulating a vision to the public and incorporating public feedback; and will have strong design skills balanced with demonstrated effectiveness in managing processes and administrative tasks to meet deadlines.  Skill engaging high-level political and corporate stakeholders, experience in negotiation and collaboration and the ability to meet goals with minimal direction a plus.

Minimum Training and Experience 

Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban design, city planning, environmental planning, or related field of study.  Minimum four (4) years experience in urban design required.

Posted January 27, 2020

Assistant Planner

Meridian Township

Location: Okemos, MI

Salary Range: $23.36 per hour (starting rate per labor agreement)-Full Time

Apply Online:

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:


• 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.


Posted January 27, 2020

Assistant Mobile GR Director

City of Grand Rapids

Salary: $90,586.00 - $115,603.00 Annually

Closing: 2/14/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

For full job description, please click HERE.


The City of Grand Rapids is seeking an Assistant Director for Mobile GR and Parking Services Department (Mobile GR) – a consolidated transportation department encompassing traffic safety, signals, signs, public parking and transportation policy and planning.

Work includes management and supervision of the daily operations of the department office, budget coordination and development, contract management, supply procurement and management, and preparation of various documents, presentations, and reports, as assigned.

Examples of Work

  • Plans, organizes, and coordinates the work of subordinate professional, clerical, technical, and operational support employees; assigns work and priorities; interviews trains, counsels, and evaluates employees; resolves personnel issues; sets office performance standards and measures outcomes.
  • Reviews activities with Mobile GR Director; participates in development of city policies and procedures; participates in development of plans, ordinances, codes, laws, and regulations affecting areas of responsibility. Provides guidance to the department in the absence of the Director.
  • Assists in developing departmental budget and coordinates preparation, submittal and presentation activities. Develops and implements annual and five-year capital improvement programs. Establishes priorities and oversees the design and budgeting of capital projects.

 Minimum Training and Experience 

  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, transportation engineering, public management, public administration or closely related field. Master's degree desirable. Five (5) years of experience in a field related to transportation planning, transportation engineering and multimodal design or related management experience, including considerable supervisory experience.

Posted January 22, 2020

Planning Director

Lancaster County, South Carolina

Date Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Department: Lancaster County Planning Department

Compensation: $76,585 or DOQ

Deadline: Open until filled

Duties and Responsibilities: The Planning Director is responsible for supervising the department and ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of all planning services to the County and municipalities, including rendering approval or denial on all cases presented to the County Planning Commission. Responsibilities include ensuring technical reviews of development plans, in addition to other current planning activities including, but not limited to, preparation of staff reports, assisting with updating the comprehensive plan and improving zoning and development regulations.  This position will also work with various boards, commissions, and community groups as needed. 

Minimum Requirements: Qualified candidates should possess a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, or related field, such as Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Natural Resource Management or Urban Design with six or more years of experience as a Planner, three years of which have been at a supervisory level; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  AICP Certification is preferred.


To apply, go to:

Posted January 21, 2020

Economic Development Director

City of Grand Rapids

SALARY: Depends on Qualifications

OPENING DATE: 01/17/20

CLOSING DATE: 02/17/20 11:59 PM


This is advanced professional work coordinating and leading the work of the Economic Development Department and related authorities. This position is responsible for leading economic development by managing complex real estate development relationships, engaging in critical external local, regional and state-wide relationships, leading implementation of the City's equitable economic development plan, and participating in teams that are responsible for place-making in business districts. Work involves coordinating the efforts of diverse groups from within and outside of City Government. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent decision making under the managerial direction of the Deputy City Manager. The role of this position is to create new investment and attract residents to the community by planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the operational effectiveness and staff assignments of the Economic Development Department, including serving as Executive Director of associated Boards and Authorities and facilitating public/private partnership development finance investments.


  • Bachelor's degree in business, public administration, or a related field; Master's degree is preferred
  • At least seven (7) to nine (9) years of experience in a field related to economic development, community development, planning, or related management experience, including considerable supervisory experience.

Posted January 21, 2020

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, February 8, 2020.  Please visit for a full job description and application.

Posted January 21, 2020

Main Street Specialist


The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is seeking a program specialist for their Michigan Main Street (MMS) program. MMS provides technical assistance for communities desiring to develop their own local Main Street program by utilizing the Main Street Approach™ – a common-sense approach to tackling the complex issues of revitalization by capitalizing on downtown’s history and identifying the unique assets of the community itself.

This position will serve as the Michigan Main Street program specialist on the Market Studies Economic Vitality component of the Main Street Four-Point Approach. This position will provide professional and technical assistance, resources, and services to local MMS communities

The position will assist in the development of the MMS program by developing strategies which result in community-based development for revitalization of traditional commercial districts and will work with other MMS program staff to develop internal documents, principles, capacity, and policies of the program.

Click here to view the full position description.

The preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications:

Education:Possession of a bachelor's degree in any major. Bachelor of Public Administration, Finance, Community Development/Planning, Economic Development, Business Operations, or related degree preferred.

Experience:  Minimum of three years of experience in community, downtown or economic development, business consulting, small business operations, business retention and recruitment, planning, or local government related activity.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Deadline for submission: February 2, 2020

Posted January 16, 2020

Deputy Director of Neighborhood Services

City of Portage

The City of Portage is seeking a knowledgeable professional for the Deputy Director of Neighborhood Services position within the Department of Community Development. Must be knowledgeable about community and neighborhood development strategies and funding sources, and possess strong knowledge of urban planning principles, practices and research techniques. Responsibilities include the daily and ongoing administration of the Community Development Block Grant entitlement program, all programming, planning, budgeting and reporting, code enforcement, housing programs, neighborhood planning activities, neighborhood protection, zoning administration and related program activities.  The position is the staff liaison to the Human Services Board and oversees all activity involving the Zoning Board of Appeals and other boards as necessary. This position will supervise 1-3 employees. 

Excellent communication, organizational and analytical skills required.  Requirements include a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, public or business administration with major course work in planning, political science or other related fields, possessing a minimum of five years of community and neighborhood development experience.  Knowledge of the Community Development Block Grant program and supervisory experience is strongly preferred.  

The City offers excellent benefits and a salary commensurate to qualifications and experience, with a range of $62,245 - $87,143.

Interested candidates should apply online, including cover letter with resume, at or to Human Resources, City of Portage, 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage, MI 49002.

The City of Portage is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted January 15, 2020

Senior Transportation Planning Manager

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

The Tri- County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-County) is seeking a driven, innovative, and dynamic individual to join our team as our Senior Transportation Planning Manager!

Tri-County is centrally located in Lansing, the state capital of Michigan, around the corner from Michigan State University and home to a variety of recreational amenities, entertainment options, and diverse urban and rural living choices. Tri-County offers generous benefits, including medical and dental insurance coverage, group life insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, and a retirement plan. 

Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience directly related to transportation planning, traffic engineering, urban planning, data management, or related fields. A thorough understanding of urban transportation planning principles, preferably obtained within a Metropolitan Planning Organization or equivalent environment, is a plus. 

Primary duties consist of the development, maintenance, and implementation of Tri-County’s management systems activities for pavement, safety, and congestion. This position is also responsible for ensuring the realization of investment priorities outlined in the agency’s long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan as projects are implemented through the Transportation Improvement Program. In addition, this planning manager conducts a variety of technical transportation planning work tasks in support of the development of products and deliverables that plan for a safe, reliable, efficient, and seamless multimodal transportation network for the region.  

Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position must submit an application, including a resume and cover letter, following the instructions at Position open until filled. 

Tri-County is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted January 13, 2020

Transportation Engineer/Planner/Modeler

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

SEMCOG has an opening in our Modeling and Mobility Group for a transportation engineer, regional/urban planner, or other relevantly degreed candidate who desires to work in a dynamic organization that values vision, collaboration, and inclusion. We are strategic in our work, and carry out our mission with integrity and knowledge. Candidate will have strong technical skills and abilities to provide assistance in the field of travel demand modeling (using TransCAD and/or other modeling packages) and related work in regional transportation planning, such as:

  • Data collection, management and analytical analysis;
  • Statistical skills;
  • Technical skills in computer programming such as Python, R, and/or other;
  • GIS analytical skills;
  • Mobility planning techniques;
  • Data visualization;
  • Dynamic traffic assignment model familiarity;
  • Coordinating with member governments and planning partners.

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. Must have good organization and time management skills, be detailed, self-motivated, capable of working on multiple tasks, 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 Range: $42,000 to $52,000, commensurate with education and experience

To apply, and for more information, please visit our website at

Posted January 13, 2020

Staff Planner

Charter Township of White Lake

The Charter Township of White Lake is accepting applications for a full-time Staff Planner. A Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning and a minimum of three to five years experience in a municipal planning department is required. AICP certification and site plan review experience is a plus. This person is responsible for responding to the public regarding planning policies and processes. They will also answer inquiries from the public and township employees regarding ordinances, planning project status, and other matters related to planning and zoning. The Staff Planner will also update maps and records as established by the Planning Director, review zoning violations related to site plan management and the development process and coordinate private road application and review process. They will attend most Zoning Board of Appeals and Parks and Recreation meetings.

The starting salary is $64,429 and includes generous health insurance benefits, paid time off and holidays.

Complete job description and application can be found on the White Lake Township website or may be obtained from the White Lake Township Clerk’s office at 7525 Highland Rd., White Lake, MI 48383 (248) 698-3300 Ext. 7.

Application deadline is 4 P.M. Friday, January 31, 2020. Applications must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office / Attn: Human Resources.

White Lake is an equal opportunity employer – M/F/D/V.

Posted January 9, 2020

Planner III

Road Commission for Oakland County


This position is responsible for:

  • Performing professional planning tasks in the area of transportation planning and road funding from federal, state and local sources.
  • Coordinating road commission plans and programs with local government units
  • Serving as staff to the county federal aid task force and funding committee
  • Coordinating RCOC planning with local planning consultants
  • Preparing and evaluating projects for inclusion in the regional tip and long-range plan.
  • Analyzing data to make recommendations concerning regional planning reports and represents the RCOC on both internal and external committees and organizations.
  • Providing assistance during the planning phases of project development and maintains compliance with regional, state and federal regulations.
  • Regular and predictable onsite job attendance is an essential function of this position.
  • Requires a daily schedule that supports RCOC hours of operation.
  • Must perform duties in a professional and courteous manner to promote a positive image of the Road Commission for Oakland County.

Special Experience/Education:

This position requires:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree desirable) in transportation planning or equivalent and a minimum of 3 years of experience in a related field. GIS experience desirable.
  • Other combinations of education and experience, which could provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job, may be considered.

To Apply:

Click here or go to our website,, go to our careers page and click the link to apply.
All current open positions at the Road Commission for Oakland County can be found on our website:

Posted January 9, 2020



The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is seeking a Planner for their Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) program. RRC is a voluntary, no cost certification program promoting effective redevelopment strategies through a set of best practices. The program measures and then certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into their daily development practices.

This position provides planning and zoning technical expertise to communities across the state in the RRC program. The position ensures that technical assistance decisions follow budgetary guidelines, fit the RRC Best Practice criteria, meet community needs and expectations, and includes regular communications with the selected technical assistance providers. This position reviews planning, zoning and development documents and provide direct technical assistance in order to make recommendations and move communities forward to achieve RRC certification.

Click here to view the full position description.

The preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications:

Education: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university in Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Public Administration or other related degree; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience:  Three to five years of experience working on planning projects, including master/comprehensive plan updates, zoning code updates, and design guidelines; have the ability to understand planning, zoning and placemaking principles and practices; and will be familiar with local government planning and development operations and procedures. AICP certification is preferred.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Deadline for submission: Jan. 22, 2020

Posted January 9, 2020

Executive Director

Housing North 

Housing North is a cross-sector non-profit collaborative initiative involving nonprofit, government and business partners intended to build awareness, influence policy, and expand capacity so communities can create housing solutions that meet their unique needs. This is a professional position involving the organizational support for Housing North and implementation of its work plan. This individual will report to the Housing North Board of Directors.

The Executive Director leads all efforts to achieve the organizational vision and guide the implementation of key strategic priorities as established through recent internal planning efforts, as follows:

  • Build awareness about housing solutions.
  • Advocate for policies that support housing solutions.
  • Build capacity and resources for housing solutions.
  • Create a sustainable organization.

The individual responsible for this work is expected to have at least 10 years of experience working in a public policy environment to influence land use decisions, housing policies, economic development and/or community development. A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration or non-profit administration is preferred. The desired individual will have strong finance and communication skills, a background in housing or community development, and the ability to work in a complex system with undefined parameters. This is a full-time position and is likely to include evening meetings and travel throughout the region/state.

A complete job description is available here.

To Apply
Individuals interested in this position should email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Monday, February 10, 2020. Cover letter should include explanation of professional experience working to increase the availability of workforce affordable housing units in a community through policy initiatives or development. All are welcomed and encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer. The position will remain opened until it is filled.

Posted January 9, 2020

Planning Director

City of Grand Rapids

SALARY: $47.77 - $60.91 Hourly
$99,356.00 - $126,693.00 Annually

This is responsible professional administrative work in directing the City's planning program. Work involves the development and recommendation of planning programs and the administration of the planning office. A significant aspect of work is directing the preparation and adjustment of the comprehensive City Plan, the preparation of area development plans, the preparation of analysis, and recommendations regarding the impact of development proposals. The employee acts as an advisor to the planning commission and to various City officials and departments on matters relating to area planning and development; the employee also consults with and advises private, commercial, and industrial developers, and neighborhood and public interest groups. The employee is administratively responsible to the City Planning Commission, and the City Manager. Supervision is exercised over technical and office assistants. Work is reviewed through conferences and review of reports submitted.

See complete job description here.

Posted January 2, 2020