Professional Planning Jobs

Professional Planning Job listings on this site are posted for three months or until the posted deadline. Web site 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.

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Senior Planner

Outagamie County, Appleton, WI

Salary Range: $62,483 - $78,499

Outagamie County (Appleton, WI) is seeking a Senior Planner to help lead the growth, development and preservation for a county located in one of Wisconsin's fasted growing metro regions.  The position is located in vibrant downtown Appleton, recently named one of the best places to live in the US (2019 -  

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.

The full job description & application details can be found here:

Posted March 22, 2019


Transportation Planner / Special Projects Coordinator

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Click here for complete job description.

See website to apply. 

Posted March 18, 2019


Planning NEXT

Who We Are

Planning NEXT is a leading community visioning and planning practice located in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Our tight-knit and fast-paced office is seeking a supportive and energetic team member to support our national practice. Our work is grounded in the belief that strong technical planning must be integrated with robust community engagement that brings people together to develop a shared vision for the future.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for someone passionate about making better places, focused on positively impacting people, and the talent to make us all better. The planner will assist project managers with key aspects of planning projects

Required Experience

• 3-4 years of post-graduate professional planning experience (this experience must be beyond any internship experience)

• Experience must be in a professional planning role (public sector or private consulting)

Click here for more information

Posted March 18, 2019

Deputy Director of Planning

Charter Township of Garfield


Population: 17,436

Salary Range: $49,605 to $58,605 to start depending on qualifications, plus excellent fringes

Open until filled. First interviews will be given to resumes submitted by March 21, 2019.

Please apply at

The Charter Township of Garfield is accepting applications for a Deputy Director of Planning. As a member of the Township Planning & Development team, primarily you will perform professional work in the fields of current and long range planning; evaluate or assist in the evaluation of all forms of development applications; assist with the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices to accomplish planning objectives; assist with planning studies, new and updated plans; and, coordinate and manage the Township Geographic Information System (GIS) and the Township Parks and Recreation program. Requirements: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in urban planning, environmental studies, public administration, or closely related field, and two years of professional planning experience. Two years of technical experience in GIS or completion of advanced GIS coursework is also required. Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desired within one year of the date of hire. Great work environment with four-day week and flex time for evening meetings.


Posted February 28, 2019 

Associate Planner

City of Minot, North Dakota

The City of Minot Human Resource Office is now accepting applications for the position of Associate Planner in the Planning Department. Full salary range for this position is $4,010- $5,953 per month.

This is mid-level technical support work in the Community Development Department, Planning and Zoning Division, performing a variety of planning support tasks. Work is performed under the continuing supervision of the Community and Economic Development Director and/or Principal Planner. Contact with others is frequent and involves communication of complex information presented in terms that the general public can understand. This individual shall possess a strong background in graphics and computer skills, and good communication skills, both oral and written.

Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree preferred, in the field(s) of community and regional planning, environmental planning, urban planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, geography or related field, and two years of professional experience. College courses in Geographic Information Systems preferred. May substitute five years of progressive, professional experience directly related to planning disciplines and land development towards education requirements; or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Possession of a valid North Dakota driver's license is required.

Applications and full job description is available on the website at and at the Human Resource Office located on second floor of City Hall (515 2 Ave SW).

This position is open until filled.

Posted February 25, 2019

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Executive Director

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking highly qualified candidates with demonstrated success in leading complex, results oriented comprehensive planning and regional transportation efforts to serve as CMAP’s next Executive Director. CMAP staff serves as the staff for the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

  • The next Executive Director will lead the important effort to collaborate with partners throughout the region in the implementation of the critical goals and objectives of this plan.
  • The next Executive Director will be a skilled leader who is passionate about comprehensive regional planning, and committed to collaborating with partners at all levels of government to identify issues and solutions critical to the success of the metropolitan area. The Executive Director must also be a motivating leader of a highly professional and talented staff who are passionate about transportation and comprehensive planning and dedicated to the mission of CMAP.

Candidates must have strong oral and written skills, media skills and the ability to build effective relationships throughout the region and with state leaders. Possess a bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy or related field. A master’s degree in urban and regional planning, public administration or related field is highly desirable. Knowledge of local, state and federal processes and funding mechanisms is important. Starting salary is $200,000 + DOQ. Apply online at at once but not later than March 29, 2019 to Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA. Email: [email protected]. Tel: 847-902-4110.

Click HERE to Apply!

Posted February 22, 2019


Planner 1/ Assistant Planner SESC Officer
Manistee County

Manistee County currently has an opening for the position of Planner 1/Assistant Planner SESC Officer.  Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Environmental Planning, Public Administration/Policy, Park and Recreation Administration or Environmental Science.  Have knowledge of the principles and practices of planning.  Knowledge of a relevant specialization such as zoning, land use or attainable housing is desired.  Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection. Knowledge of effective writing techniques and verbal communication.  Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office applications, Adobe Suite software, ESRI Arc GIS, and Internet applications. Desire to work both in office environments and the field. Must possess a Michigan Vehicle Operators License.  A resume and references should be forwarded to Lisa Sagala, HR Manager/Assistant Administrator, Manistee County Courthouse, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660, no later than Friday, March 08, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.   EOE

Posted February 22, 2019

Community Development Director

City of Chelsea

Under the general supervision of the City Manager, plans, directs, and administers the City’s economic development initiatives, including business development, recruitment, and retention that will enhance jobs, tax base, blight removal and community and neighborhood stabilization. Oversees activities of the Community Development Department, and serves as the primary staff person assigned to the Planning Commission and Chelsea Area Construction Agency. May serve as City Manager in absence of both the City Manager and City Administrative Director.


Key Responsibilities and Duties
1. Plans, directs, and administers the City’s economic and development initiatives including business development, recruitment, and retention.

2. Serves as the City’s Planner for site plan review and approval process. Attends all meetings of the City Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

3. Serves as liaison and advisor to the City Manager, City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and other authorities on land-use issues, and public and private development activities.

Full Job Description available at

A qualified candidate will demonstrate the following qualifications and background.

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in community or economic planning, public administration, or related field is required. A master’s degree is preferred.
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in planning, community and/or economic development or related field. Previous experience in a municipal setting with City Planning responsibilities strongly preferred.
  • Substantial knowledge of the laws, ordinances, related legislation, and professional principles and procedures pertaining to community and economic development.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of building construction, plan review, and conducting site inspections and applicable state and local land use ordinances and regulations.

Wage Scale
$62,941 - $81,827 annually.

A comprehensive benefit package is also included. Wage for the person hired depends on accomplishments and experience.

Resumes accepted until March 1st, 2019.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to the address noted above to the attention of John Hanifan or to [email protected]

Posted February 14, 2019 

Planning and Zoning Administrator

Village of Elk Rapids

 The Village of Elk Rapids (pop. 1642), seeks a full-time professional Planning and Zoning Administrator. $46-54,000 DOE. Generous benefits package includes excellent health, dental and vision; paid holidays, vacation and retirement plan. Must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in planning (master’s degree preferred) with two years’ experience. AICP certification or ability to attain certification required. Must have excellent verbal, written and presentation skills. The Village of Elk Rapids Council and Planning Commission have a set of strategic goals to guide the priorities of this position. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success working with the public, and a working knowledge of community/economic development programs available through the State of Michigan. Demonstrated experience in grant writing a plus. This will be a rewarding position for the right candidate. Full details and community profile at Submit resume and professional cover letter stating specifically how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, no later than 5 pm, Friday, February 22. Early applications appreciated.

Posted February 7, 2019

Community Planner
City of Monroe

The City of Monroe is accepting applications for a Community Planner. Full-time position responsible for administering the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and grants related to economic and community development.  May serve as liaison/staff to specific City boards, commissions and committees, and performs various other land use and urban planning work. Requirements: Seven or more years’ experience in planning or related municipal environment, preferred. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, in urban planning, public administration or a related field. Master’s degree and AICP certification preferred. Must also possess a valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record, and the ability to maintain one throughout employment. Must also reside within 20 miles of the City of Monroe’s boundaries within 1 year after employment. Salary range: $46,234.50 to $69,322.50 to start (DOQ), plus excellent fringes. Accepting applications until filled. Send application, resume, and letter of interest to: City of Monroe Human Resources, 120 E. First St., Monroe, MI  48161, email [email protected] or FAX: 734- 243-2187. Visit the City of Monroe Website at  EOE

Posted January 28, 2019

Community and Economic Development Director
City of Madison Heights
Population: 29,694
Compensation:  $90,958 - $101,019
Open until filled – first review February 22, 2019
Please apply at  and upload references/credentials/EDUCATION


Madison Heights, Michigan which operates under the traditional City Council-Manager form of government, is seeking a Community and Economic Development Director to work under the supervision and direction of the City Manager.  The Community and Economic Development Director is a Department Head level position that supervises and coordinates the City’s Community and Economic Development Department including planning, zoning administration, economic development, geographic information systems and code enforcement divisions.  This position is joining the Madison Heights team at a time when economic development is in the forefront, and will be essential to building the City’s already strong economic base.

The position also oversees and coordinates the City’s contractual building inspection and building code staff, and may coordinate the contractual engineering staff, acting as City liaison for all professional engineering and construction projects in the City.

 See complete Job Description and Requirements at

 Benefits include, but are not limited to, participation in the Michigan Employee Retirement System Defined Contribution retirement plan, Retiree Health Care Defined Contribution savings plan, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, medical, dental, as well as access to an on-site medical clinic with no co-pays for physician/nurse office visits or generic prescriptions.

 To apply please submit resume, salary history, city application, 4 professional references.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 4, 2019.

Posted January 28, 2019

 Economic Development Director

City of Westland


Population:  84,000

Compensation:  $82,879 - $97,505

Closing Date:  2/18/2019

To Apply:  To see the full job description and apply for this position, please visit the following website Economic Development Director Posting

Position Summary:

This position reporting to the Mayor or designee, executive level position responsible for all aspects of leading City economic development interests.  City liaison to the Brownfield Authority, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA), the Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) and the Westland Chamber of Commerce. 

This position requires a team player attitude, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail and ability to coordinate multiple activities and projects. The Director must have a clear understanding of acceptable business practices as they relate to the delivery of municipal services and financial oversight and must have the ability to collaborate with other federal, state, county or local agencies and entities as needed. Position will have extensive interaction with Mayor, City Council, City Directors, municipal employees and general public.

Posted January 25, 2019

Building Department Supervisor

City of Westland


Population: 84,000

Compensation: $29.61 - $33.84 (35 hours per week)

Closing Date: 2/18/2019

To Apply: To see the full job description and apply for this position, please visit the following website Building Department Supervisor Posting

Position Summary:

This position reports to the Building Department Director. The successful individual will be responsible to coordinates activities involving the duties of inspection, plan review, ordinance compliance pertinent to Building and Planning Departments. Successful candidate will have thorough knowledge in inspection, plan review and code and ordinance enforcement. Education and Experience Requirements: Licensed Building Inspector and Plan Reviewer with State of Michigan. Ability to become a registered Building Official with State of Michigan within 6 months of employment. Five years’ experience in inspection, plan review and code and ordinance enforcement.

This position requires a team player attitude, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail and ability to coordinate multiple activities and projects. The Supervisor must have a clear understanding of acceptable business practices as they relate to the delivery of municipal services and must have the ability to collaborate with other federal, state, county or local agencies and entities as needed.

Posted January 25, 2019

Regional Planner - Entry Level:  Short-term (1 year) with potential of Long-term employment.
Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG)  (Gaylord)


Regional planning agency is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide technical planning assistance in the field of community/regional planning in Northeast MI. Position will entail developing/implementing community master, recreation, economic, strategic, environmental plans, data analysis, assisting on zoning ordinance development and social media sites. Requires a bachelor's degree in planning or related field. Must possess excellent written and verbal skills. GIS skills preferred.  Must be able to work well independently or in a team environment. Salary commensurate with qualifications.

An Equal Opportunity Employer.

Send cover letter resume, and 3 references to: [email protected].  Deadline: February 28, 2019.

Posted January 22, 2019

Planning Consultant 
MainStreet Planning Company


MainStreet Planning Company is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a planning consultant in our Grand Rapids Township office.  This position requires advanced skills in application of zoning ordinances; writing of zoning ordinance amendments and general law ordinances; preparation of Master Land Use Plans; site plan and development review; analysis of applications for rezoning; analysis of applications for a variance; recreation planning; public presentations; and meaningful analysis of citizen input.  This position primarily requires representation of municipal clients at Planning Commission meetings.

Requirements for the position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or a related degree; or Juris Doctor with municipal law experience
  • Advanced knowledge of Michigan planning and zoning laws, and Open Meetings Act
  • Experience with administration of zoning ordinances and writing of ordinance amendments
  • Experience with site plan and development review
  • Experience as consulting planner, municipal staff planner, or municipal legal counsel for a minimum of eight years
  • Concise, direct, and technical writing skills
  • Willingness to attend several evening meetings per month-must own and operate an enclosed motor vehicle
  • Strong work ethic and ability to meet frequent, multiple deadlines
  • High regard for rule of law balanced with individual liberty

Interested persons may apply to Timothy Johnson at: [email protected]

Please attach a cover letter, technical writing sample (site plan review, zoning ordinance amendment, zoning plan section from a Master Plan, etc.), and a short statement on how zoning law may be balanced with individual liberty.

Hourly wage:     $30.00/hour

Deadline for applications:  February 15, 2019

Posted January 22, 2019
Planning & Zoning Assistant (Part-Time)
City of Hudsonville


The City of Hudsonville will be hiring a part-time Assistant to the Planning/Zoning Director. Starting pay will be $15.57/hour.  Application and job description can be found at  To apply, submit a resume and job application to Patrick Waterman at [email protected]. Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position must do so by February 1, 2019.   Complete job posting here

City of Hudsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Posted January 17, 2019

Preservation Planner
City of Ypsilanti


The City is seeking a professional planning position assisting in economic and community development for the city.  Under the direction of higher-ranking professional employees this classification performs a wide variety of technical, administrative and research work.  Work is performed within general professional and departmental guidelines and in line with the Redevelopment Ready Community Certification. The Preservation Planner is responsible for protecting the heritage of the City by safeguarding historic resources, integrating current land use and zoning practices, fostering civic beauty and pride and providing information and assistance to the public and developers who live and work in the City.

Complete job description, prerequisites, salary and benefits, and how to apply here

Posted January 11, 2019

Director of Economic and Community Development
City of Dearborn


The City of Dearborn is seeking a highly qualified professional who is driven to help define a dynamic future for a progressive, international and diverse community to serve as its Economic and Community Development (ECD) Director. The City is an established first ring suburb that offers tremendous opportunities due to the quality, number, and resources of its partners, its institutions, and regional economy.

This is an appointed position reporting to the Mayor. Responsibilities include: Directs and oversees a comprehensive interdisciplinary economic development program for the City of Dearborn which includes business retention, business recruitment, new business start-up, retail development, and right-sized real estate investment to strengthen the commercial tax base while promoting and encouraging programs that enhance the City's sense-of-place and quality of life. The success of this program relies upon developing a close, trusting relationship with the existing business community and with key stakeholders such as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Wayne County Economic Developers, Chambers of Commerce and other economic development organizations in new business development areas. Manages the ECD Department and budgets for approximately 30 professional staff responsible for economic development, community development, the federal Community Development Block Grant, the federal HUD Grant for senior housing and vouchers, and special projects as assigned by the Mayor. Residency in the City of Dearborn within one year is required. 

For the full description and to apply, please go to

Posted January 11, 2019

Community Development Director
Wauconda, IL


Wauconda, IL (14,125), located in Lake County, Illinois, approximately 45 miles northwest of Chicago, is seeking highly professional, energetic candidates interested in serving as Community Development Director.

The successful Community Development Director candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of applicable building code, land use, and zoning regulations.
  • Have a history of oversight of, and effectively maintaining compliance with building and zoning requirements; ability to oversee the permitting process for the Village; provide technical assistance for site planning and zoning issues.
  • Serve as the staff liaison and provide support to the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, including processing of various zoning items such as zoning petitions, subdivisions, zoning text/map amendments, annexations, PUDs, or other development related items.
  • Ability to participate as directed to support development and commercial growth within the Village.
  • Have an engaging communication style applied equally and comfortably with residents, elected officials, the business community, contractors and staff.
  • Have a strong commitment to excellent customer service and be highly collaborative, with a proven track record of achievement working in a municipal environment. 
  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, ten years of progressively responsible experience in related fields including five years of experience in a municipal organization in a position of leadership and management.  

Apply online by February 11, 2019 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references to  to the attention of Paul Harlow, GovHR USA.

Click HERE to Apply!

 Posted January 8, 2019

Transportation Planner
Networks Northwest (Traverse City)


Networks Northwest is seeking a transportation planner who assists with the management and implementation of the Networks Northwest Regional Planning & Community Development Department’s transportation programs.  This individual must have the ability to work individually and as a team.  

Examples of work include (but not limited to):

  • Implements planning and community development programs as outlined in the Department’s Transportation Programs (examples include: Asset Management, Rural Task Force, Small Urban Task Force, Traverse Transportation Coordinating Initiative);
  • Assists the Department, including program development and liaison with MDOT and local transportation agencies;
  • Provide transportation planning expertise on planning projects to Agency staff and stakeholders;
  • Conduct transportation planning training workshops and informational meetings;
  • Manage other planning projects and write reports as required. 

Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position must do so by January 18, 2019.  The full job description and application process/timeline can be found at

 Networks Northwest is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted December 27, 2018


Director for Regional Planning and Community Development
Networks Northwest (Traverse City)


Networks Northwest is seeking a management professional to coordinate the development, supervision, and management of the Networks Northwest’s Regional Planning & Community Development Department.  This individual must have the ability to supervise a professional staff of planners. 

This position includes, but not limited to, working knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of planning and community development; ability to supervise the work of professional and support staff; working knowledge of Federal and State planning and community development programs; working knowledge of the current methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; an understanding and ability to work with local units of government; ability to make presentations to stakeholders and the public; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; ability to keep accurate records and prepare analytical reports; ability to identify and pursue grant opportunities and manage a departmental budget; ability to work with other professionals and the general public; ability to manage, direct, motivate and develop professional and support staff; ability to manage confidential information. 

Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position must do so by January 18, 2019.  The full job description and application process/timeline can be found at

Networks Northwest is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Posted December 27, 2018


Community Planning Manager
The Alliance for the Great Lakes

The Alliance for the Great Lakes is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Community Planning Manager in Detroit. The Alliance is a mid-sized, non-partisan NGO with a vision of a healthy Great Lakes for all people and wildlife, forever. This new position will lead the Alliance’s efforts to build Detroit as a leader in implementation of integrated water management, with a strong emphasis on utilizing green stormwater infrastructure strategies. 

Minimum Knowledge/Skills, and Competencies 

  • Bachelor degree plus 3-5 years of experience in urban planning, land use or municipal policy, transportation planning, public health or related field.

  • Strong working knowledge of Detroit’s political and municipal structures.

  • Familiarity with Complete Streets and integration of green stormwater management into capital projects.

Job Parameters

  • This position is full-time and consistent with Alliance employment policy. 

  • Salary to be commensurate with experience.

  • Excellent benefits including health, vacation and retirement plan, are included.

  • The preference is for this position to be located in Detroit, with occasional travel around the Great Lakes region.


Complete job posting here

Application Process
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, references to: [email protected]. Include job title in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Materials should be compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their materials and further guidance and updates about the hiring process by e-mail, with interviews provided for finalists. No phone inquiries please.

Posted December 26, 2018