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.

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 & Zoning Administrator

The Village of Elk Rapids

The Village of Elk Rapids (pop. 1642), seeks a full-time professional Planning and Zoning Administrator. Bachelor’s degree in planning and AICP certification preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal, written and presentation skills. Familiarity with state-required Community Recreation plans, master plans, Redevelopment Ready Communities program, and grant programs a plus. Will train the right candidate for zoning. Salary: $46-56,000 DOE. Generous benefits package: excellent health, dental and vision. Submit resume and cover letter by 5 pm, Friday, March 12, 2021, to [email protected].

Posted: February 16, 2021 

Transportation Planner

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council


Under the supervision of the Director of Transportation Planning, is required to assist in all aspects of transportation performance-based planning and programing and analysis of related impacts and costs. Participate in specific areas such as safety, freight, land use, and transit planning. Interact and work cooperatively with officials at all governmental levels. Promotes & defines Grand Valley Metro Council’s transportation objectives in a variety of public forums.  For full description go to

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Urban or Transportation Planning, or related field – Master’s preferred.  
  • A minimum of three+ years of experience in transportation planning or related field.  
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of transportation planning.  
  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Office, including but not limited to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; as well as GIS.  
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas in written and graphic form and making presentations in a public forum.  
  • Skill in interpreting and applying planning guidelines and ordinances.  
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgement, initiative, and resourcefulness when dealing with the media, the public, other employees, and governmental units.

Salary Range:

$51,809 - $66,617  DOQ

Send Resume to [email protected]

GVMC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, GVMC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Posted: February 10, 2021

Assistant Planning Director

City of Grand Rapids

Salary: $44.75 - $57.11 Hourly
$93,077.00 - $118,782.00 Annually

Opening Date: 02/09/21
Closing Date: 03/12/21 11:59 PM pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Nature of Work:

The purpose of this job is to assist the Planning Director in the administration of the City Planning Department. Provides oversight and coordination of short-range and strategic planning functions, as well as policy and program development and implementation. Interprets and administers city ordinances. Acts as liaison to boards and commissions.

Minimum Training and Experience:

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Planning, Architecture or a related field
  • At least five (5) to seven (7) years of related City planning, project coordination, zoning administration and supervisory work experience
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities

Posted: February 9, 2021 

Community Planner


LIAA is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to building better communities through civic engagement. For over 27 years, we have helped citizens, civic groups, other nonprofits, and local units of government use advanced information technologies, civic engagement and community development techniques to improve community planning and resource management throughout Michigan.

We seek an experienced, highly-creative professional with strong leadership and strategic thinking skills for our Community Planner position. The Community Planner will help LIAA provide the best land-use planning and community development services available in Michigan. The person in this position will help cities, townships, villages, counties and regions across the state work together in developing more sustainable, healthy communities that preserve Michigan’s cultural and natural resources while building greater community resilience.

We provide a competitive salary ($45,000 to $60,000, negotiable depending on experience and education), good benefits, great colleagues, a comfortable work environment, and meaningful causes worth working for, all in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.

The ideal candidate is a creative and engaging person with truly excellent facilitation skills and a willingness to travel. We prefer a person with some experience and an advanced degree in urban planning or a related field. Experience and expertise in areas such as ecosystem and natural sciences, landscape architecture, and/or community development and design are also desirable.

How to Apply

Please send an email to [email protected], attaching a well-written cover letter, a résumé, and three professional references as soon as possible. We will take applications immediately and continue to search until the position is filled. All documents should be provided in PDF format. Additional information about this position can be found at

Posted: February 9, 2021 

Planning and Zoning Administrator

Emmett Charter Township

Emmett Township is currently accepting applications for the following position:

Position:  Planning and Zoning Administrator

Salary:  45K to 50k with benefits package

Job Summary:   Performs difficult skilled technical work in the preparation, maintenance, interpretation of the Townships Master plan, Comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances and codes and related work as apparent or assigned.  Work performed under the moderate supervision of the Emmett Township Supervisor. The individual will work closely with the Marihuana Administrator.  Work is evaluated through review of reports, activity summaries and assessment of Township operations, effectiveness and efficiency.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in urban and regional planning or related field and considerable experience in municipal planning and zoning. The Township may consider candidates with relevant and equivalent education and experience.
  •  Master’s degree in a closely related field preferred. 
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience utilizing Federal, State and local laws applicable to township planning
  • 1 – 3 years’ experience in municipal planning and zoning

 Special Requirements: 

  • Valid driver’s license in the State of Michigan
  • AICP, ASLA, and/or Zoning Administration certification preferred. The Township may consider candidates with relevant and equivalent education and experience.

Go to for a detailed job description and application.  Please submit application and resume to Township Supervisor Belles at [email protected] or mail to 621 Cliff St. Battle Creek, MI  49014

Posted: February 8, 2021 

Planning Intern (Seasonal)

Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission

GCMPC is seeking qualified applicants for a Planning Intern position for Spring/Summer 2021.  Position provides support to a team of planners. Collects data for planning projects related to transportation, community development, solid waste planning, and other various activities.  Assists staff in putting together materials for public meetings. Conducts basic office functions as needed, such as data entry and file management.

Pay:  $15.30/hour up to 32 hours per week

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Must have a basic understanding of planning principles
  • Competency in various computer programs
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

Minimum qualifications:

  • Must be a current student pursuing a degree in Urban and/or Regional Planning, Resource Planning, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Geography, Environmental Science and Sustainability or other related degree.

Closing Date:  Continuous Until Filled

Genesee County uses an online job application process.  All applicants must apply and submit required documents through the Genesee County Human Resources site. - Click on Public Job Vacancies

Posted: February 2, 2021 

Community Planning & Zoning Consultant

Fresh Coast Planning

Company Profile: Successful consultancy expanding into new local government communities and in need of immediate support to provide professional planning and zoning consultation to townships, cities, villages, and private individuals.

Position: Associate or Senior Associate, DOQ

Type: Full-time

Compensation & Benefits: Annual salary of $50,000 to $65,000, DOQ. Profit sharing and Birthday Bonus after one year of employment, immediate project sharing bonus, health insurance 100% employer provided, dental insurance 100% employer provided, unlimited vacation time, phone reimbursement, and mileage reimbursement. Position provides for a flexible work opportunity. No company office presence is required (although available) and the work is independently mobile, except for client office hours.

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

Experience: At least two (2) to five (5) years in local government community planning and zoning. Master Plan experience preferred.

Education: Bachelor's in Public Administration, Urban Planning, or related field is preferred. Familiarity with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, Michigan Planning Enabling Act, Michigan Condominium Act, Michigan Land Division Act, and other related local government acts is required.


To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Jamie Philpot at [email protected]

Posted: February 2, 2021  

Neighborhood Activator

City of Kalamazoo

$62,000.00 - $88,000.00 Annually; Full-time; Community Planning & Economic Development.

The City of Kalamazoo Planning department is looking for a person who is excited by a career that helps neighborhoods become empowered, inspired, connected, equitable, and joyful for all who live in and care for them. We have Imagined Kalamazoo and we create impact through implementation. The Neighborhood Activator is the melding of community organizer and strategic planner who can help neighborhoods realize their potential. Working on the ground with residents and neighborhood leaders, as well as facilitating events with City departments, the Activator helps to blend vision with action for real impact throughout the community from budget to construction.

Essential Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in urban planning, landscape architecture, urban design, or related field; master's degree preferred. 
  • Confidence in public speaking before community members and internal staff teams. 
  • The ability to facilitate community engagement to refine input on the 2025 Master Plan and Neighborhood Plan projects.
  • 3-5 years minimum experience in urban planning, involving regular community engagement activities. Project management experience is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite; working knowledge of GIS a plus.
  • A willingness to develop new techniques, lead projects in new practice areas, or oversee the use of new tools.
  • Understanding of the concepts from Congress of New Urbanism, Smart Growth America, Project for Public Spaces, and other similar best practices 

For more information and to apply, please visit and look for Neighborhood Activator.

Posted: January 28, 2021


West Bloomfield Township

West Bloomfield Township is currently accepting applications for the following position:

Position:          Planner

Department:    Planning and Development Services  

Salary:             $51,343.50 to $70,336.50

General Summary:

Under direction of the Development Services Director and the general supervision of the Planning  & Zoning Manager is responsible for coordinating zoning ordinance processes and planning related activities and is staff liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals; including zoning variance requests. Duties delegated or assigned are carried out with moderate independence and latitude with the Director being consulted on policy issues and unusual situations. Work is evaluated through review of reports, maintain positive relationships, activity summaries and assessment of Township operations, effectiveness and efficiency.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Geography, Civil Engineering, or the equivalent required.
  • Master’s degree in a related field preferred, as is AICP accreditation.
  • Three to five years’ experience in progressively more responsible municipal or urban planning consulting.

Applications can be obtained from our web-site:, or at the Human Resources Department, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Qualified applicants must complete and submit an employment application to be considered for this position. 

Position open until Wednesday, February 10, 2021


Posted: January 27, 2021 

Planner I

City of Muskegon

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Planning Director, performs entry-level City planning work.  Responsible for preparing plans, maps, reports, and studies to promote the growth and re-development of the City.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree in urban planning, public administration, architecture, or a closely related field from a college or university or recognized standing. 
  2.  One year of planning or economic development experience desired, preferably within a municipality or other governmental entity. 
  3.  An equivalent combination academic training and practical experience providing the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job may be considered.  
  4.  Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and regulations related to zoning and planning.  Working knowledge of budget development and financial accounting.
  5.  Must be 18 years of age or older, authorized to work in the U.S., and able to pass satisfactorily pass pre-employment exams. 
  6.  State of Michigan Vehicle Operator's License, a satisfactory driving record, and the ability to maintain one throughout employment

To apply, please go to the following website:

The City of Muskegon is an equal opportunity employer.  The City of Muskegon has adopted a veterans preference policy that recognizes qualifying military service.

Posted: January 26, 2021  


Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission 

GCMPC is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Planner position.  Assist in data collection, developing applications, writing reports under the direction of a Division Manager. Assist with projects being carried out by organizations and local units of government.  Draft recommendations for projects and studies. Performs related duties as required. 

Starting salary is $50,022 with annual pay increases, advancement opportunities, and full benefits package.  

AFSCME Local 496.01 position 

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Urban and/or Regional Planning, Resource Planning, Geography, Environmental Science and Sustainability, or other related degree. A Master’s Degree in the above areas may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree. 


Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years of professional planning experience in a public planning office, private sector planning agency, or a non-profit organization serving the public sector.

Closing Date:  Continuous Until Filled

Genesee County uses an online job application process.  All applicants must apply and submit required documents through the Genesee County Human Resources site.  Click on Public Job Vacancies

Posted: January 26, 2021 

Community Development Director

City of Adrian

The City of Adrian, MI (population: 21,000) is accepting applications for the position of Community & Economic Development Director.  Under the general direction of the City Administrator, the Director organizes activities of the Community Development Department, including business attraction, planning and zoning administration, development review, construction inspection, rental housing inspection, code enforcement, and economic development services. Responsibilities include supervision of several full-time staff members, budget preparation, oversight of departmental activities, and attendance at various board and commission meetings. Knowledge of community planning, code enforcement, and economic development principles is preferred. 

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, planning, business administration, or a related field; a Master’s Degree is preferred. A minimum of five years of directly related and progressively responsible experience in community and/or economic development, planning, zoning, or other related fields is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary, with the ability to convey departmental concepts in simple terms. The Director will be visible in the community and will provide presentations, recommendations, and updates to the City Commission and community stakeholders.

Salary range of $71,927 - $90,230 depending on qualifications. For consideration, please complete online application at, or send resume, cover letter, and references to Heather Lasky, HR Director at [email protected], no later than Friday, February 19, 2021.  EOE. 

Posted: January 22, 2021 

Transportation Planner

City of Kalamazoo

The Transportation Planner will coordinate across City departments to work on vehicular, public transportation, non-motorized, public spaces, and other related mobility projects throughout the City. This position will work with the City Complete Streets Advisory Committee and attend Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) meetings. This position will conduct outreach and engagement for transportation projects, coordinating between the Public Services Department and the community in the impacted areas. This position will coordinate the integration of street projects along with capital planning, future land use plans and the Master Plan, Neighborhood Plans, objectives of the Foundation for Excellence (FFE), annual Transportation Improvement Plan, and other mobility plans and policies.

Community engagement experience is critical for this position to effectively work toward achieving the transportation goals in the 2025 Master Plan. 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.

For more details and to apply, please go to

Posted: January 20, 2021 

Planning and Zoning Administrator

Village of Beverly Hills

The Village of Beverly Hills is accepting applications for the position of Planning and Zoning Administrator.  The individual hired for this newly created position will serve as the Zoning Official for the Village and will be responsible for reviewing residential site plans for zoning compliance, administering the rental housing program, supervising code enforcement, and overseeing inspection services for all building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspections.  In addition, this position will be responsible for issuing permits for various functions including, but not limited to fences, signs and driveways. 

The Planning and Zoning Administrator, under the direction of the Village Manager, will act as the administrative liaison to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals and will work closely with the contracted Village Planner.  Qualified applicants will possess a degree in urban planning, public administration or related field and will have experience working in or with a municipal planning or building dept.  This is a full-time position, salary $64,000 +/-  DOQ, with benefits as provided to other full-time non-union Village personnel per the Village’s personnel manual.  The Village of Beverly Hills is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested applicants can submit a resume and cover letter to Chris D. Wilson, Village Manager; 18500 W. 13 Mile; Beverly Hills, MI 48025 or e-mail to [email protected], by January 29, 2021.

Posted January 5, 2021 


Village of Frankfort, IL

Frankfort, IL (20,077) a vibrant, desirable community located 37 miles southwest of Chicago is seeking a dedicated Planner to join their Community and Economic Development Department. 

The Planner reports to the Community and Economic Development Director and is responsible for complex planning work in the areas of planning and development, redevelopment, zoning administration, historic preservation, and long-range planning. This position works with considerable independence and is also responsible for processing development and zoning applications; reviewing technical documents, plans, and applications; performing research, analysis, and site inspections; and providing responsive, courteous, and efficient customer service to the public.

The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $70,000 +/- depending on qualifications and experience. Apply electronically at with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five (5) professional references by February 5, 2021 to Rachel Skaggs, GovHR USA. Tel. 847-380-3240.

To view the full job description and apply for the position, please visit

Posted: January 4, 2021 

Director of Planning and Community Development

City of Kaukauna, Wisconsin

The Director of Planning and Community Development is responsible for the economic development and job growth in the City. This role manages and performs the administrative and operative activities of the Planning and Community Development Department. Functions such as site selection and real estate sales, long-range comprehensive planning, grant administration, small business lending, tax increment finance district management and zoning administration are a part of this department. The Planning and Community Development Director oversees the Community Development Coordinator, Principal Planner, Community Enrichment Coordinator, Grignon Mansion Executive Director and Planning/Engineering Technician. This comprises approximately 3.5 FTE direct reports.

The City of Kaukauna is home to approximately 16,000 people and is located on the eastern edge of the Fox Valley metro area. This location lends itself to continuous growth and expansion, with new commercial development and residential development within the City. The City of Kaukauna boasts the largest acreage of greenspace per capita in the Fox Valley, an expansive park and trail network and a City-owned nature conservancy: 1000 Islands Environmental Center. The award-winning City library in a retrofit historic paper mill features innovations in programming and in device-free nature-based play opportunities. The National Register Listed Grignon Mansion is a City-owned and operated historic museum offering programming on the roles of indigenous peoples and the role of Westward expansion. Kaukauna has a rich history of progressive firsts and looks forward to continuing to plan for the best interest of our people and our community through this role.

You can find more information and how to apply here:

Posted: December 30, 2020 

Assistant Planning Director

Emmet County

Emmet County Department of Planning, Zoning and Construction Resources is seeking an individual to serve as Assistant Planning Director. A complete job description and application may be obtained under the Employment Opportunities heading on the home page of the Emmet County web-site: This career opportunity is a full-time position reporting directly to the Planning Director and indirectly to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Commissioners. Salary Range: $58,500 - $64,900 annually and includes a full benefits package. 

Interested candidates please fill out an on-line application and email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by January 29, 2020. Emmet County is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted: December 30, 2020 

Zoning Administrator

Grattan Township

Grattan Township is seeking a qualified individual for its part-time Zoning Administrator position. Rural Grattan Township (pop. 3900) is in Kent County, just 40 minutes east of Grand Rapids. This is a year-round position that requires the zoning administrator duties an average of 12 to 20 hours per week. The detailed job description can be found on the Township website at

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter with salary requirements no later than January 5, 2021 to Michelle Alberts, Grattan Township Clerk via email at [email protected].

Posted: December 17, 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: December 16, 2020 

Executive Director

Main Street Grosse Pointe / DDA 

The City of Grosse Pointe was recently selected as a Michigan Main Street community and is seeking an Executive Director. The Board of Directors of Main Street Grosse Pointe, a Downtown Development Authority (DDA), is looking for an experienced professional who will work with stakeholders to develop and implement a transformation strategy to enhance an attractive, walkable traditional downtown.  The Village, Downtown Grosse Pointe, is comprised of a three-block area in the heart of the Grosse Pointes with a mix of local and national retailers, restaurants, services and offices.

Position Overview: The Executive Director will create and manage operations of the Main Street Grosse Pointe organization and programs and projects. The Main Street Executive Director will be a positive and energetic source for the long-term success of The Village and will support the Main Street Program by serving as a listener, communicator, collaborator, clearinghouse, facilitator and coordinator based on the four points (organization, promotion, design and economic vitality) of the Main Street Program. The Executive Director will be responsible for promoting public awareness and development of the program and will act as liaison to other government and community organizations.

Salary Range: $65,000 - $75,000 per year DOQ with a competitive benefits package through the City of Grosse Pointe.

How to apply: Submit cover letter and resume to Main Street Grosse Pointe Board, 17000 Kercheval, Suite 212, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230, via email to [email protected], or at (see also job description). Deadline is January 15, 2021.

Posted: December 15, 2020 

Associate Planner

St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning Commission

The St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning Commission is accepting applications for the position of Associate Planner.  This employee reports to the Planning Director/Deputy County Administrator and will perform professional planning and related work in the preparation and implementation of county and local master plans, recreation plans, transportation plans, and other functional plans.

The Associate Planner will collaborate with and make recommendations to community partners and stakeholders on a wide variety of initiatives, including bike trails and water trails, community planning and zoning, recreation planning, and other special projects. The Associate Planner will participate in meetings of the planning commission and serve as staff planner to various boards, commissions and committees. This position will also promote public interest in planning activities through presentations to community groups and organizations.

Employment qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a closely related field – geography, resource management, etc. – and at least three years of recent experience in performing responsible planning activities.  A master’s degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Applicants must have effective written and oral communication skills.  Strong GIS skills and experience in community outreach and partnership development would be a plus.

The salary range for this position is $45,170 to $59,442 annually.  St. Clair County offers a comprehensive benefits package, as well as flexible scheduling and remote work opportunities.

To view the full job description and apply for the position, please visit

Closing Date: 1/14/2021 11:59 PM

Posted: December 2, 2020 

Planning and Zoning Manager

Pittsfield Charter Township

Position Title: Planning and Zoning Manager
Department: Utilities and Municipal Services (UMS)
Supervised by: Director of Utilities and Municipal Services
Supervises: No supervisory responsibility
Position Type: Full-Time, Non-Union, FLSA Exempt
Compensation: Non-Union Salary Grade 6 ($50,871-$66,134)

Pittsfield Charter Township (Washtenaw County) is accepting applications for a Planning & Zoning Manager in the Utilities and Municipal Services Department. This is a Full-Time position with competitive pay and benefits.

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the UMS Director, the Planning and Zoning Manager oversees and coordinates the process for site plan reviews, conditional use permits and rezoning submissions; as well as plans, directs and coordinates the application, review and enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance and zoning appeals to the ZBA. Also responsible for providing support to the planning, engineering and zoning operations within the Department and ensuring alignment with established policies and practices. This position requires independent judgment and action, along with the ability to provide the gold standard of public service.

For more information including a complete job description, requirements, and information on how to apply, please visit EOE

Posted: December 1, 2020