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 [email protected] 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. 

Planning Director

Texas Township

Texas Township is seeking qualified applicants for a senior-level Planning Director position. Under the supervision of the Township Superintendent, this position works with the Township Board, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and staff to implement the planning vision for the community as outlined in the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Planning Department staff also consists of a full-time Zoning Administrator (currently hiring) and a part-time Ordinance Enforcement Officer. 

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The position offers a salary range of $85,000-$100,000 with a competitive benefits package and the opportunity for a hybrid work environment. The Township also offers a Friday workday ending at noon. 

Ideal candidates will have at least five years of professional municipal planning experience with a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree; Master's Degree and AICP certification preferred.

One of the fastest-growing communities in Southwest Michigan, Texas Township is home to over 18,000 residents and features a thriving downtown business district, numerous premier residential communities, and a growing commercial and mixed-use corridor along I-94.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, October 20; the position will remain open until filled. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Deputy Superintendent Brooke Hovenkamp at [email protected].

The Charter Township of Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted September 25, 2023

Zoning Administrator

Texas Township

Texas Township is accepting applications for a Zoning Administrator. This is a full-time position in the Planning Department that will support the day-to-day planning operations with assistance and support from a Planning Director (currently hiring) and/or a planning firm. This position has a salary range of $60,000-$80,000 with a competitive benefits package and the opportunity for a hybrid work environment. The Township also offers a Friday workday ending at noon. 

One of the fastest-growing communities in Southwest Michigan, Texas Township is home to over 18,000 residents and features a thriving downtown business district, numerous premier residential communities, and a growing commercial and mixed-use corridor along I-94.

This position is the primary point of contact for residents and businesses seeking zoning and planning-related information. Responsibilities include the processing and review of various zoning and development applications; review of construction permits to determine compliance with zoning regulations; aiding with the development approval process; and working with the Ordinance Enforcement Officer to investigate and enforce alleged violations of local zoning ordinances and property maintenance codes.

Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree in urban or regional planning, or a related field, with at least two years of professional work experience in zoning administration/land use planning.

View the Full Job Description

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, October 13, but position will remain open until filled. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Deputy Superintendent Brooke Hovenkamp at [email protected].

The Charter Township of Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted September 25, 2023


Planning and Zoning Administrator

City of the Village of Douglas

Full-Time Salaried Position: $64,000-$71,000 yr.

The City of the Village of Douglas is seeking a full-time Planning and Zoning Administrator. This is an administrative officer/department head position in the City organization, appointed by the City Council per the City Charter, and receives supervision, evaluation, and direction from the City Manager.

An individual in this position works closely with contractual consultants assisting on planning, zoning, economic development, and community development functions. Oversees work tasks and staff assigned to the department. For a complete list of essential job functions and requirements, visit

Interested parties can submit their resume to Laura Kasper, Douglas City Clerk, by October 26, 2023, or until the position is filled. Please call 269-857-1438 ext. 106 with questions.

Physical Address:  86 W Center St, Douglas, MI  49406

Mailing Address:  PO Box 757, Douglas, MI  49406

Email Address: [email protected]

Complete job description here. 

The City of Douglas is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted September 21, 2023

Planner I

City of Wyoming

Department: Community and Economic Development
Department Head: Nicole Hofert, Director of Community and Economic Development
Date Posted: 09/18/2023
Date Closing: 10/09/2023
Wage: $27.61-$34.07 per hour

An Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Wyoming is seeking applicants for a Planner I position in our Community and Economic Development Department. This position will work closely with other planning staff to support the day to day planning operations of the City.  

With a typical four-day work week, this position includes a generous benefit package including an employer-paid defined contribution plan (8%) and post-employment health plan (4%), a comprehensive health insurance plan, dental and vision insurance plans, life insurance, paid vacation and sick time and paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, longevity pay, and free access to an employee assistance program.

This is a professional, technical, and specialized position working in areas related to planning, zoning, and community development. This position has a variety of responsibilities including administrative support duties; researching, analyzing, and preparing reports; assisting in the execution of projects; site plan review; technical mapping and interpretations; and assisting the public with inquires related to all aspects of community development. Maintains records, prepares reports, and performs work related to ordinance and regulatory compliance. 

Consider joining the hard working, fun, and supportive environment found at the City of Wyoming! We’re looking for you!

Should an applicant need any disability related accommodations or other consideration in the application process, please notify our human resources department upon submittal of application by email at [email protected].

Complete job description here. 

Posted September 19, 2023

Senior Planner

City of East Lansing

PAY RATE:       Hiring range: $62,088.78 - $86,987.42

The City of East Lansing is seeking a Senior Planner to serve in our Planning & Zoning Division.

East Lansing, home to Michigan State University, is a dynamic community of nearly 50,000 people with historic, walkable neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown.  Recently approved and completed projects represent a significant investment in our community across residential, retail, and office projects. Our planning efforts are guided by our Master Plan, which was updated in 2018, and related community vision and plans.

This is a responsible and professional position within the Department of Planning, Building and Development. This position will report to the Planning and Zoning Administrator and will work regularly with community members as well as the City’s Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals.  The City organization is deeply committed to customer based results, focusing on community needs, equity, and empowerment of staff to accomplish these results.

Successful candidates for this position will benefit from graduate-level planning education and research. There are substantial opportunities for on-the-job learning, including formal professional development. AICP certification is not required, but desirable.

Send resume, cover letter, and application by 5 pm Eastern time, Monday, October 16, 2023. Full description and application instructions can be found at:

Posted September 18, 2023

Associate Planner

Macomb County

Macomb County Planning & Economic Development is seeking an Associate Planner to provide support in community planning, including a wide range of responsibilities related to planning and zoning, land use, development, and community engagement.  The Associate Planner will assist on projects which promote the department's mission to retain, grow and attract investment in Macomb County while improving the overall quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors. Essential functions and responsibilities include: assisting in the development, planning, analysis and implementation of community planning programs and initiatives to support the Department’s mission; analyzing data, trends, and various factors to make informed decisions about land use, zoning, and community development; review site plans and provide written reviews and recommendations to municipal commissions and councils; provide assistance in the creation of housing and community development reports and evaluation metrics; as well as additional tasks included in the attached job description.

Required Education and Experience: a bachelor's degree in urban planning, geography, architecture, environmental science, public policy, or a related field. We are seeking a candidate that has knowledge of urban planning principles, land use regulations, zoning codes, and sustainable development practices, as well as an understanding of Macomb County’s local communities, its culture, demographics, and familiarity with local, state, and federal planning regulations, zoning laws, and environmental policies.

Please see the complete job description for more details.

Salary Range: $48,448.88 - $62,659.40

Posted September 14, 2023

Executive Director

Western–Washtenaw Area Value Express

Dexter, MI

Executive Director Job Summary: WAVE’s Executive Director will lead and manage the non-profit organization by overseeing operations, finances, programs, staff, and volunteers. They will drive strategic planning, fundraising, and stakeholder relationships to achieve the organization’s mission and goals. See attached ED Job Description.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

How To Apply: Attach resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Click here for complete job description and how to apply.

Posted September 12, 2023

City Planner

City of Frankenmuth

The City of Frankenmuth is looking for a dynamic person to fill the position of City Planner. The ideal candidate will possess high levels of organization, technological know-how, and interpersonal skills in order to work with varying department heads, the general public, and remain on top of projects and assignments. This position is designed for someone who is interested in all aspects of planning, zoning and community development as they will provide staff assistance and support to the Planning, Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Transportation Advisory Community, Economic Development Corporation, the City Council and others. The right candidate will be willing to take direction and show initiative in the completion of assigned projects and tasks. The City Planner must be comfortable with daily interactions with residents, businesses able to receive constructive criticism, and able to openly communicate the status of projects, deadlines, and challenges with fellow staff and City Boards and Commissions. New and/or expected graduates are encouraged to apply. A more detailed list of the City Planner’s duties are available here.

Posted September 12, 2023

County Planner

Manistee County

Manistee County is seeking a qualified individual to fill its full-time County Planner position.  Under the supervision and direction of the Manistee County Controller/Administrator, in coordination with Planning Commission objectives, is responsible for providing professional planning services to the County and as requested, to townships and municipalities.  Additional duties include performing administrative and supervisory duties in the Planning Department and other projects as directed by the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners. Also represents the County on various County-wide Boards, Commissions, or special purpose initiatives.

Employment qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or closely related field with course work in economics, land use, earth sciences, cartography, remote sensing, computer science, and government administration or the equivalent.  Two years’ experience in planning and land use development with duties involving geo-based automated systems, data analysis and office management, and must be competent in word processing, spreadsheets, data base and GIS.  Must be able to attend evening meetings.  Must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license. 

Salary range: $61,152 -$79,501 

Full benefit package included. 

Complete job description available here.

To apply send a cover letter, copies of all college transcripts, and resume including references to Julie Griffis, HR Generalist, Manistee County Courthouse, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660 or [email protected].  EOE

Posted September 8, 2023

Senior Planner - Detroit

OHM Advisors

Senior Planner - Detroit | OHM Advisors Opportunities (

As a Senior Planner, you will focus on growing the planning practice within the Michigan offices of OHM. Candidates will be responsible for leading high-profile planning projects for public and private clients, as well as growing the planning team through marketing and business development efforts. A successful Senior Planner will have a deep understanding of public planning and land use, land use policy, transportation systems, economic development, and the role of urban design and landscape architecture in the planning and design field. The applicant should also possess and have experience working with a highly skilled design team. This position will also require the ability to manage a variety of projects, support multi-disciplinary teams across OHM, and represent the planning practice in front of clients and at industry conferences.

Your Responsibilities

  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams to develop high-quality planning products for clients around Michigan.
  • Identify, pursue, and obtain new planning project opportunities.
  • Collaborate with regional directors on the growth of the planning practice. 
  • Attend events in a marketing and business development capacity to promote the growth of the firm, and the firm’s services.
  • Coordinate planning and development review activities with municipal clients.
  • Attend and present at client, community, and stakeholder meetings, and various planning organizations and entities.
  • Author articles, write papers, and digital media communication that demonstrates creative and innovative thought leadership.
  • Manage and monitor project workload, budgets, and profitability.

Posted September 6, 2023


Lead Planner

Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission

GCMPC is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Lead Planner position.   Performs professional planning work in the preparation and maintenance of programs and large planning projects. Manages and oversees large grant funded programs. Provides coordination and guidance to staff Planners. Works under the direction of the Division Manager. Performs related duties as required.

Starting salary is $67,716 with annual pay increases, advancement opportunities, and a full benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and/or Regional Planning, Resource Planning, Urban Studies, Public Administration or Geography AND six (6) years of professional planning experience in a planning office.


Connect to the job posting through the Genesee County website at  Click on Employment Opportunities at the top of the page. Search Public Employment Opportunities.

Posted September 5, 2023

Planning Director

Oshtemo Charter Township

Oshtemo Charter Township in Kalamazoo, Michigan is seeking qualified candidates to be our next Planning Director. Under the general direction of the Township Supervisor, the Planning Director directs the function of the Planning Department, coordinates and supervises Planning Department programs and projects, and develops and administers planning documents. Come join our team today!

Read complete job description here.

Posted August 31, 2023


Cheboygan County 

Cheboygan County is currently recruiting for the position of Planner in the Department of Planning and Zoning. This is a full-time position with responsibilities that include, but not limited to: assistance with amending the County’s master plan and recreation plan; preparing zoning amendments, conducting special planning-related studies, maintaining, administering, and enforcing adopted land-use codes, including reviewing zoning and soil erosion permit applications to ensure compliance with Part 91 soil erosion and sedimentation control regulations; reviewing commercial site plans, special use permit, and variance applications; conduct planning and zoning outreach to the public and other stakeholders; and representing the Department of Planning and Zoning at Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Commissioners meetings as needed.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a closely-related field from an accredited college or university. Preference given to applicants with a minimum of one-year related work experience, including knowledge of planning and code enforcement principles and digital mapping (GIS). Related work experience considered in lieu of degree.  Must be able to obtain Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Certification within 1 year.

Starting Wage:  $19.00 per hour to $22.06 per hour depending on experience. Cheboygan County offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Position is open until filled.

Applications available at

Resumes and applications may be sent or emailed to:

Cheboygan County Human Resource
870 S. Main St., PO Box 70
Cheboygan, MI 49721
E-mail address: [email protected]


Cheboygan County is an EOE/ADA Service Provider

Posted August 29, 2023


Planning Supervisor

City of Grand Rapids

Link to apply:

Nature of Work

The purpose of this job is to administer, interpret and enforce city ordinances and policies affecting Planning orders as required, which includes plan and permit review and approval, enforcement of Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals stipulations, and Land Use and Development Services (LUDS) program oversight.


  • Answers general planning and zoning questions on phone and at the counter, including completing counter reviews
  • Helps solve specific matters arising with planning or zoning compliance including resolving violations and ensuring that key decisions are being made in a timely manner
  • Receives, reviews and approves land division or combination requests
  • Conducts building permit and land use site plan reviews to ensure that zoning requirements and decisions/stipulations of the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and the City Commission are being adhered to in the land development and use process
  • Works with regional planning agency in area to promote coordination of planning activities and cooperation in decision-making
  • Support any updates to the City Master Plan, including project meetings with team members and external participants, managing outside consultants, drafting of language, presentations of findings
  • Supports any updates to City ordinances related to the Master Plan and development within the city
  • Performs related work as required

Posted August 29, 2023


City of Battle Creek

Link to apply:

The City of Battle Creek is looking for a Planner to assist in the preparation, maintenance and interpretation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning codes, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work performed under the moderate supervision of the Planning Supervisor. Pay for this position will be $26.81/hour to $34.85/hour.

Benefits associated with this position include health, vision, employer paid dental coverage and life insurance (term and whole); a 457 Savings Plan with MissionSquare (with a $1:$1 match up to 5%) with a minimum contribution of 1%. Employees in this position are also required to contribute 5% into a C-1 City's Municipal Employees' Retirement System (MERS) pension plan which has a 1.5% multiplier. Voluntary benefits are also offered for accident, hospital and critical care.

Additional benefits for this role include but are not limited to:

  • 48 Hours of Vacation at 6 Months;
  • 96 hours of vacation at your year anniversary;
  • Max comp bank of 80 hours.
  •  Education Reimbursement

Posted August 25, 2023

Planning Research Analyst

Detroit Land Bank Authority

The Planning Research Analyst position draws a thorough knowledge of urban planning and housing policy to inform critical, topical spatial and numeric data analyses and routine data management functions.  The Planning Research Analyst will complete a variety of assignments that support the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA)’s data analysis activities, and real estate development activities. 

Complete job description here.  

Go to to apply 

Posted August 25, 2023

Land Reuse Project Manager I

Detroit Land Bank Authority

The Land Reuse Project Manager I is responsible for supporting the assessment and pipeline preparation of vacant land owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) for sale and reuse. The Project Manager I will be charged with reviewing property data, triaging property purchase inquiries and determining additional information needed to ensure properties move smoothly toward disposition. The Project Manager I will perform a variety of administrative support assignments related to departmental projects and activities. This includes performing a variety of data analysis activities for supporting the processes utilized within the Planning & Analysis Department. The employee will work closely with departmental leadership to prepare properties to support broader initiatives.  The employee will also work closely with the Assistant Director, Land Reuse Manager, and Land Reuse Project Manager II as it relates to overall program direction and resolution of issues. 

Complete job description here.  

Go to to apply 

Posted August 25, 2023

Inventory Interagency Project Manager II

Detroit Land Bank Authority

Inventory Interagency Project Manager II is a role that draws upon a knowledge of urban planning, housing policy and data analysis to support the land bank’s interagency relationships. The project manager II will represent the land bank in public planning, development, and infrastructure projects led by partner agencies. Toward these ends, the Inventory Interagency Project Manager II will represent the land bank in public engagement events, share data with partners, provide recommendations to internal and external leadership, conduct urban planning research, and oversee and negotiate interagency property transfers, among other tasks. The project manager will develop reports, maps, data visualizations, and written narratives to support interagency coordination and the broader needs of the Land Reuse Team.

Complete job description here.  

Go to to apply 

Posted August 25, 2023

Contract Planning and Zoning Research 

Zoning Resources 

Zoning Resources is expanding in the greater Detroit and surrounding area for a new build project covering close to 50 sites over the next 3-4 years and we're inviting new grad, seasoned and retired professionals to partner as contractors with us in the following areas of focus:

  1. Pre-site due diligence and zoning compatibility for all exterior graphics and accessory structures for proposed new commercial related business.
  2. Variance and Legislative Representation to complete graphics and related variances and attend on site or virtual hearings for graphics approvals
  3. Permit Expediting service to identify and file permit applications.
  4. Multi-state zoning and planning entitlement research for regional and national banks and credit unions

The work may offer attendance at Area Commissions, Planning Boards and Appeals Boards.  Projects are assigned per contractor interest and are deadline based.  Individuals can work any hours as desired and outside of their jurisdiction to avoid conflicts of interest.  Perfect for “at home”, part time, evening or weekend and some cases full time if desired.

Zoning Resources has been in existence since 2015 and has worked with many national brands.  About 1/4 of our work is what many of you do - planning and zoning code updates, revision and code enforcement and the rest of our business is permit expediting, zoning report writing and variances.

Those who inquire to learn more may review the attached overview or contact [email protected].

Posted August 24, 2023


Deputy Planner/Sustainability Coordinator

City of Traverse City 

Reporting to the Planning Director, the Deputy Planner/Sustainability Coordinator primarily performs professional work in the fields of current and long range planning. This position assists with the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices to accomplish planning objectives. The Deputy Planner/Sustainability Coordinator may be assigned to one or more fields of practice, as determined by the Planning Director. The Deputy Planner/Sustainability Coordinator shall function with a high degree of independence and utilize sound professional judgement, demonstrate planning and organizational skills to establish and manage priorities, programs and staff for their functional area. The Deputy Planner will also serve as the City’s Sustainability and Resiliency Coordinator.

Wage range for this position is $71,000.00 - $93,493.44. Competitive benefits package.


  • Educational requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban design, public administration, economic development, or related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible planning experiencing, including administration, placemaking, and zoning administration responsibilities.
  • Certification as a professional community planner (AICP) is preferred.
  • Membership in the American Planning Association and Michigan Association of Planning

For access to job posting, job description, and application visit

Posted August 17, 2023


Planning and Zoning Administrator / Community Development Director

City of Manistee

The City of Manistee, MI is seeking experienced applicants for the position of Planning & Zoning Administrator/Community Development Director. This position facilitates and promotes the social, physical, and economic development of the City. Manages and directs the planning, zoning, development, inspection, and code enforcement activities of the City. Prepares and updates planning-related studies. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package; salary will be commensurate with experience within the range of $68,088.95 – $73,196.09.

Requirements: The minimum requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in urban/land use planning, architecture, engineering, public administration or related field. A minimum of three years’ experience in planning/zoning or community and economic development. A strong knowledge base of law and funding sources for economic development/redevelopment. Excellent written and oral language, and organizational skills necessary; experience with GIS and BS&A software preferred. 

Complete job description here.  

Interested parties should submit a cover letter and a resume including a copy of transcripts and five references by September 1, 2023, either in person, by email, fax, or by regular mail to:

Kelly McColl, Executive Assistant
70 Maple Street
Manistee, Michigan 49660
TELEPHONE: 231-398-2801
EMAIL: [email protected] 
Fax: 231-723-5410
Posted August 15, 2023


Assistant Planner  

Charter Township of Bloomfield

The Planning, Building & Ordinance Department of the Charter Township of Bloomfield is seeking a knowledgeable and experienced Assistant Planner. This position will be responsible for processing and reviewing plans for the Design Review Board, Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeal for ordinance compliance and attending meetings.  Presents applications at the Design Review Board, writes agendas and legal notices for the Zoning Board of Appeals, and assists with processing site plan applications to the Planning Commission.   Assists the public with understanding Planning procedures, ordinance requirements, and current planning projects. A qualified candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, collaboration and team building skills, and advanced public presentation skills. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or related field and minimum of 5 years of experience in a municipal planning office or with a private planning consulting firm.  Township office hours are Monday thru Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  

Salary of $56,405.62 to $75,018.74 DOQ. Full benefit package.

​For a complete list of qualifications, to review the employee benefits summary, or to apply, visit  Bloomfield Twp, MI - Employment Opportunities. A cover letter and resume should be included with application.

Posted August 15, 2023


City Planner – Project Manager

Community Development
City of Portage

The City of Portage Department of Community Development is seeking a knowledgeable and experienced City Planner - Project Manager. This position will be responsible for providing technical assistance, review, and implementation of development planning, programs, and policies for the City of Portage.  This position will assist in city planning reviews of housing, commercial, industrial and mobility developments and coordinate the development project review process. This position will be required to work occasional evenings as this role will serve as the Historic District Commission liaison and as a back-up liaison to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.  Attendance at City Council meetings may also be required.

​The ideal candidate will have relative applied work experience, a passion for serving the community through planning and community development, and be skilled in interpersonal and written communication, as well as group facilitation.  They will have comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning, zoning, housing, and community development. They will incorporate ESRI ArcUrban, ArcHub, ArcPro, Story, Maps and ArcGIS online into urban planning and design workflows. Strong collaboration and team building skills will be necessary for this individual; advanced public presentation skills, written and oral communication skills are imperative. 

Salary of $57,800 to $78,200, DOQ. Excellent benefits.  

​For a complete list of qualifications, to review the benefits package, or to apply, visit A cover letter and resume should be included with application.

Posted August 9, 2023 


Planner IV

City of Detroit 

Salary Range: $81,944.00 - $107,475.00

The City of Detroit Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking to fill a Planner IV position to support the City’s work to make Detroit’s streets safer for all ages, abilities, races, and levels of income. The Planner IV will assist with implementing the City’s Streets for People transportation plan and manage transportation planning activities at DPW. 

The ideal candidate will have extensive transportation planning experience, knowledge of various federal grant programs (e.g., TAP, CMAQ, INFRA), and bring a passion for dignity-infused community engagement. The selected individual will also play a crucial role in managing capital planning efforts and grant writing for transportation projects.

Learn more about the position here

Posted August 9, 2023


Planner III - Economic and Community Vitality Team


Annual Salary: $66,739 – $100,108*

*Depending On Qualifications, with annual performance-based merit increase program

First Review of Applications: August 23, 2023 (open until filled)

Role and Responsibilities

SEMCOG (EOE) is seeking an organized and detailed Planner III to join the Economic and Community Vitality team. Reporting to the Manager, the Planner III will oversee major programs related to functional planning areas through research, data analysis, policy development, and technical assistance. Various functional areas of assignment could include placemaking, Main Street and downtown revitalization, equitable community engagement, brownfields and revitalization of underutilized sites, connecting talent with jobs, and other aspects of implementing the region’s CEDS.

The successful candidate will have an understanding of economic development planning; well-developed organization and time management skills to ensure timely completion and delivery of work; be detailed, self-motivated, and capable of working on multiple tasks; excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills to interact and work with a range of external stakeholders. Attends virtual and in-person meetings with members and partners regarding economic and community development planning. Leads in the development of materials to convey SEMCOG information internally and externally, and in presenting information to various stakeholder groups. Candidates should demonstrate a strong work ethic and comfort in working both independently and within teams.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Economic Development, Community Development, Economics, Urban Studies or Planning, Business, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of experience in increasing responsibility.

Additional information on the position and how to apply here.

Posted August 8, 2023


Code Enforcement Officer

Township of Scio

The Township of Scio is a general law township located on the west side of Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County.  The township is seeking a code enforcement officer.  The position is under the supervision of the Township Manager.  The position will conduct on-site inspections throughout the township to determine compliance with local codes, ordinances, and standards pertaining to health, welfare and safety.  The position will investigate potential violations and follow established procedures for achieving abatement and compliance where warranted.  The position will also maintain related records and perform other related duties.

The ideal candidate shall meet the following requirements.

  • A high school diploma or the equivalent
  • A State of Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of locally adopted ordinances, and principles and practices of code enforcement and site inspections.
  • Experience with local code enforcement, police department, fire department, and or building inspection/code review preferred. (2 Years)
  • Knowledge of the legal system and liability issues as they relate to code enforcement.
  • Skill in interpreting, applying and enforcing related codes and ordinances.
  • Skill in standard office software, including but not required, BS&A
  • The ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgement, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with property owners, the public, other professional contacts, and municipal officials.
  • Be available as needed

Please submit cover letter, resume and four professional references to Scio Township by email at [email protected] by close of business by August 31, 2023.   Scio Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted August 3, 2023


Assistant Regional Planner

Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region

The Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region Commission (WUPPDR), a multi-jurisdictional regional planning agency in Michigan's beautiful Western Upper Peninsula, seeks a full-time Assistant Regional Planner (classified as Planner I).

The successful candidate will work under supervision of senior personnel to serve a diverse rural six-county region. The position performs widely varying tasks including but not limited to: project support/management; meeting support; research; data analysis; and writing of plans, reports, and grant proposals. Project areas include but are not limited to: housing; materials/solid waste management; environment; energy; food systems; tourism; transportation; workforce development; economic development; administration of grants for WUPPDR and external recipients; and comprehensive, strategic, and recreation planning.

Work Arrangements: Generally, for at least a 90-day period, work will be performed primarily during daytime weekday hours at the WUPPDR office in Hancock, with some evening work and regional travel required. Thereafter, remote work up to four days per week may be permitted.

Benefits and Compensation: Benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, and short-term disability insurance; 13 paid holidays; paid vacation (initially three weeks annually); paid sick leave; and defined contribution and deferred compensation retirement plans through the Municipal Employees Retirement System (MERS) with immediate vesting. Starting salary is $40,000, with opportunity for advancement.

Detailed job description here.

Posted August 3, 2023


Director of Community Planning and Development

City of Lincoln Park

About the City of Lincoln Park

As a community of 40,000 in the Detroit metropolitan area, the City of Lincoln Park has the appeal of a small town while having access to many of the amenities of a large city. The city’s growing population represents a diverse mix of individuals, age groups, and incomes. Over the past several years, a growing change in the demographics of the city present a unique opportunity to bring about a metamorphosis of the city's culture and economy.

About the Community Planning and Development Office

The community planning and development office is responsible for the administration of the city’s community development block grant (CDBG) program as well as other neighborhood and economic development initiatives.

The community planning and development office is growing in its scope and services and is looking for the right individual to lead the department into the next phases. The director will oversee the department’s daily operation and provide organization-wide community development leadership.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, geography, architecture, political science, public administration, economics or closely related field.
  • Two years of experience in urban planning, geography, architecture, political science, public administration, economics or closely related field preferred.
  • A relevant combination of education and experience may be considered.

To Apply:

Application Deadline:  August 31, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Compensation:            $67,500 - $75,000 DOQ

For more information: James Krizan, City Manager [email protected]

Posted July 28, 2023


Assistant City Planner

City of Sterling Heights

The Assistant City Planner reports to the City Planner and provides advanced professional planning experience of high complexity and variety. The Assistant City Planner often leads or is significantly involved with larger, more complex planning assignments than those assigned to the Planner I or II. The Assistant City Planner exercises greater independence and judgment on planning projects and assignments and must display innovation and leadership in order for the Office of Planning to achieve its objective of being a high-performing and impactful part of the City Development Department. Importantly, the Assistant City Planner will need to assist the City Planner in mentoring and supervising the Planner I and/or II and discharge the highest duties of the Office of Planning in the absence of the City Planner.

Complete Job Description and how to apply.

Position will remain open until filled.

Check out the recruitment brochure for further information and details via the following link: 

Posted July 27, 2023

Associate Planner-Transit

Oakland County

Assists with planning and co-developing strategies to implement public transportation services, transit facilities and related infrastructure throughout Oakland County. Assists Administration in identifying the needs of transit users and prioritizing transit system enhancements. Informed by available demographic data, analytics, ridership forecasting, equity, and operational information, assists in charting mid?range transit priorities for Oakland County. Assists in the documentation of mobility challenges and promotes transit solutions. This includes a full range of modes, such as walking, bicycling, use of micromobility devices, advance reservation, microtransit, ADA paratransit, fixed route, and rapid transit. Interfaces with local government officials, transit providers, transportation agencies and other County departments. May be required to work an adjusted schedule involving evening hours and/or weekends to attend municipal Board meetings and related project meetings or public engagement activities. Utilizes current countywide and/or department specific software to complete assignments.

More job details and application process here

Posted July 25, 2023

Director of Design – East Region

City of Detroit

Salary: $91,873 - $120,496 annually

Closing:  August 11, 2023 11:59 PM Eastern

For full job description and to apply, please click  HERE.


The City’s Planning and Development Department seeks a Director of Design (Supervisory Planner 4), supporting neighborhood revitalization in the City’s east region (City Council Districts 3 & 4).

A key function of the role is to guide major planning and development projects through the community feedback and City Council processes, while interacting extensively with internal and external stakeholders.   Overseeing a team of three planners, s/he will work closely with the other directors and project managers within the department and City.  The role requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop presentations, create strong professional relationships and to manage diplomatically the interests of multiple stakeholders.  In addition, the role requires strong project management skills, a sharp attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.  

The ideal candidate will possess an education or experience in: Urban Design, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field.  Dual experience in urban planning, physical neighborhood planning, urban design or legal a plus.

Must have a minimum five (5) years total experience: Four (4) years of direct experience in general and strategic planning and one (1) year in a supervisory capacity over planning professionals.  Deep familiarity with Detroit Council Districts 3 and 4 strongly preferred. 

Posted July 18, 2023


Facilities Planner

Wayne State University

Provide planning on various university space planning and capital construction projects. Manage appropriate university personnel and consultants providing specialized expertise in planning and program development. Ensure projects are scoped and estimated appropriately, coordinated with the customer and consultants, and turned over to the project manager for construction; assure compliance with codes and standards (e.g., fire codes, barrier free requirements, etc.). Engage campus constituency on planning and design projects. Assist in master planning, sector planning and capital planning efforts. The position will report to a Director.

Complete job description and how to apply here.  

Posted July 13, 2023

Mid Career Urban Planner

MKSK - Detroit

We are seeking a talented mid-career Planner to help lead projects in our Detroit, Michigan office. Work includes downtown and neighborhood plans, corridors plans, complete street designs, transit and TOD, non-motorized projects and plans, park and greenway signs, zoning and form-based codes, development concepts, various forms of engagement, amongst other projects.

Primary Position Responsibilities

Project Management:      Highly organized guidance combining interactive skills with MKSK protocols to produce high quality documents and personal attention to each client.  
Community Engagement: Share the story. Listen with respect and humility.  Think & communicate with objective clarity.  Cultivate trust and long-term relationships.
Business Development:   Assist team in extending and expanding our work. Serve as an expert, thought leader, and trusted advisor.
Professional Development: Contribute to personal growth and our practice through collaboration with others, training programs; serve as a mentor and mentee.  Be a strong performer while contributing to make others strong performers.


Skills Required

  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects including budget oversight and team leadership.
  • Exemplary writing and organizational skills producing high-quality documents.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment and effectively meet deadlines.
  • Preparation and delivery of outstanding presentations.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel. 
  • Experience with Adobe products including InDesign and Illustrator Google Sketch-Up, and similar software is preferred.

Education and Experience Requirements           

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in urban planning or urban design.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience.

Please apply by submitting a resume and portfolio to [email protected]Complete job description here.  

Posted July 12, 2023

Early Career Urban Planner

MKSK - Detroit

MKSK is a 100% employee-owned planning, urban design & landscape architecture firm known for creative solutions addressing challenges within our cities.  Our 90+ person team of Planners, Landscape Architects, Urban Planners & Graphic Designers work throughout the Midwest and Southeast Regions from 8 offices in 6 states.

We are seeking a talented entry level Planner to help execute projects in our Detroit, Michigan office.  This small office offers a fast-paced but flexible work environment.  Our work extends throughout Michigan with projects in major cities, inner-ring suburbs, small-to-mid-size cities, transportation agencies, higher education, health care organizations and developers.  Work includes downtown and neighborhood plans, corridors plans, complete street designs, transit and TOD, non-motorized projects and plans, park and greenway signs, zoning and form-based codes, development concepts, various forms of engagement, amongst other projects.

Skills Requiredthe candidate will work in small teams, other with people from other firms, on a variety of projects.  Key expectations include:

  • Excellent writing and organizational skills producing high-quality documents.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment and effectively meet deadlines.
  • Preparation of presentations, reports, and graphics.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Adobe (including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.), Google Sketch Up, GIS, and similar software is required.

Education and Experience Requirements           

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in urban planning or urban design.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience.

MKSK offers competitive salary, benefits, an employee stock ownership program, and we emphasize workplace flexibility.  Please apply by submitting a resume and portfolio to [email protected]Complete job description here.  

Posted July 12, 2023


Zoning Ordinance Enforcement Officer

Dexter Township

The offices of Dexter Township are seeking a part-time Zoning Ordinance Enforcement Officer. This part-time position, under the supervision of the Planning and Zoning contractor and the Township Supervisor, requires office and field work and excellent computer and interpersonal skills.

Candidates are expected to have basic knowledge of code enforcement, site inspection, and record keeping. The incumbent is expected to learn and apply Township Ordinances, interpret ordinances for members of the public, compile technical information, and review zoning permit applications.

Dexter Township, located in Washtenaw County near the Cities of Dexter and Chelsea, provides rural living, lake living, and suburban living for more than 6,000 residents, just minutes northwest of Ann Arbor. The Township has active agriculture and has encouraged open space communities that preserve natural areas. It is home to the Hudson Mills Metro park, the Pinckney State Recreation Area, the Chelsea State Game Area, the Washtenaw County West Lake Nature Preserve, several full-sport lakes, the Huron River, and the University of Michigan’s Peach Mountain Observatory.

Resume and cover letter should be sent to  [email protected] or by mail to Dexter Township c/o Karen Sikkenga, 6880 Dexter-Pinckney, Dexter, MI 48130.

Hours: Part-time (16-20 hours per week)

Rate: $28.62/hr.

Initial review of applications will begin in late July and applicant collection will end July 28th.

Posted July 11, 2023


Executive Director

Southfield Downtown Development Authority

Under the supervision of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for creating and managing projects that meet the objectives of the DDA.  The Executive Director is an advocate for the DDA providing information and background on the goals and accomplishment of the DDA business owners, city officials and staff and other interested persons. The Executive Director promotes and organizes downtown activities, educate businesses, and serves as a coordinator with various City and Community partners.

Complete job description here. 

Posted July 5, 2023


Senior Planner

Planning NEXT in Columbus, OH

Community is what makes us, us. At Planning NEXT, we re-imagine the possibilities and pathways for the future of both our clients and our team. Here, we are curious, civic minded, and people focused. We care about helping communities create a shared sense of purpose and place. This genuine regard has built us a national reputation in visioning, planning and facilitation.

About the Position

As a Senior Planner within our firm, you will be responsible for supporting a multitude of high-profile projects through your solid technical planning experience and expertise. You will be entrusted with assisting on specific tasks involved in a project, such as analyzing and presenting research; creating maps and analyzing data through GIS; the design, facilitation, and support for public engagement events; traveling to various project locations; managing and facilitating process and planning committees; overseeing the development and maintenance of project websites; writing recommendations; producing draft content and overseeing the production of final reports and plan documents.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Master’s degree in city planning or related field.
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a planning position with similar duties. Project management experience is a bonus.
  • Accreditation: Relevant professional accreditation (AICP or equivalent). Or willingness to attain certification within 1 year of joining firm.
  • Technology: Proficiency in using MS Office software, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS (mapping, data management and analysis) is required.
  • Management: Desire to mentor staff and manage tasks.

For more information and to apply, visit: Contact - planning NEXT (

Posted July 5, 2023


Community Development Director

City of Chelsea

$82,000 - $102,000 annually

The City of Chelsea is accepting applications for a Community Development Director. This is a full-time, salaried position. This position reports to the City Manager, and works with various boards, committees, and commissions on a multitude of community projects. The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written, strong analytical skills, and consistent accuracy in their work. Click here for a full description of the key responsibilities and necessary requirements. 

Posted June 29, 2023