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MPC is currently accepting applications for a Content StrategistDevelopment Manager, Executive Assistant, Marketing Associate and Research Assistants. We also offer two paid fellowships, The Allard and Wayfinding Fellowships (details below), but the 2016 deadlines have passed.


Content Strategist

About MPC:

For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area’s toughest planning and development challenges.  MPC is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with an established tract-record of high-quality research, advocacy and demonstration projects to help our region and its local communities thrive. MPC works to solve today's urgent problems—with a focus on economic development, vibrant neighborhoods, quality housing and transportation choices and well-managed natural assets—and we think ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow.

With a current professional staff of 23, three Senior Fellows and a team of volunteer Research Assistants MPC’s 2017 budget is $4.1 million.  More information on MPC can be found online at: https://www.metroplanning.org

The position:

MPC is hiring a full-time content strategist who will be responsible for directing and creating highly strategic, persuasive and memorable content across all platforms. Working closely with the communications and marketing team as well as with program and development staff, the content strategist will 1) drive content via our channels that is timely, engaging, humanizing and aligned with MPC’s brand and mission and 2) engage new and existing audiences and motivate them to action (i.e. share our content, learn more, donate, etc.).

Primary responsibilities:

  • Develop content strategy aligned with organization work plan and help MPC meet business goals and objectives.
  • Develop an editorial calendar and work with communications team and program and development staff to publish content in a timely manner. Manage content distribution to online channels, traditional media, and social media platforms to increase web traffic and event attendance.
  • Write and edit a wide variety of content, including but not limited to blogs, newsletter, social media, general web, media materials, op-eds, and other stories that humanize MPC’s work.
  • Optimize content according to SEO, and use content management systems to analyze website traffic and users engagement
  • Work with staff to support and improve their own writing efforts, and ensure brand consistency.
  • Create a library of personal stories that humanize MPC work and can be deployed for both marketing and development activities.
  • Manage print and online production of materials (fact sheets, reports, invitations, etc) as needed.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

MPC seeks an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can juggle multiple deadlines at once. The ideal candidate holds a BA in marketing, public relations, journalism or in a relevant field, and has at least five years of relevant experience.

A qualified candidate:

  • is an excellent writer and has experience developing content on a wide range of platforms;
  • has experience working on CMS platforms, and with other marketing and communications tools including Mailchimp, Adobe Creative Suite;
  • is an analytical and creative thinker able to help expand audience engagement;
  • is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle concurrent tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
  • is able to communicate directly and work collaboratively with staff colleagues;
  • is passionate about the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission; and
  • enjoys a fast-paced, intellectually-stimulating workplace.

How to apply:

Please send the following materials by email to:

Angie Leyva
ALeyva@metroplanning.org    
Assistant
Metropolitan Planning Council 
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603

  1. A letter detailing how your experience relates to the job being filled;
  2. Your résumé and salary history; and
  3. A short writing sample (2-3 pages)
  4. Three references  

No phone calls please.
For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org 
MPC is an equal opportunity employer.


Development Manager

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), a Chicago based non-profit, seeks an experienced professional to guide its restricted fundraising program and assist with other development tasks. The position will report to the Vice President of Philanthropy.

Position Overview:

In order for MPC to achieve its top priorities, the Council must expand its operating budget.  Historically, the organization’s funding has been comprised of 40% foundation, 40% corporate, and the remaining from individuals, investment income and the modest occasional public sector grant. MPC will grow its budget by leveraging its success in foundation and corporate fundraising, as well create a more diversified revenue stream by deepening its individual giving. The Development Manager will contribute to this overall goal by executing the foundation and restricted corporate support fundraising efforts.

The successful candidate will be highly organized, personable, able to work collaboratively but also independtly, able to juggle multiple deadlines, and possess excellent written communication skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with MPC’s program staff to develop a deep understanding of MPC’s priority programs. Attend regular programmatic meetings to inform proposal and prospect research.
  • Research foundation and corporate funders with a history of supporting MPC’s issue areas philanthropically.
  • Oversee the grant application process, including composing and editing LOI’s, proposals and reports, in conjunction with the program staff, as well as track all activity in a grants calendar (approximately 100-120 documents per year.)
  • Ensure that MPC’s program priorities are clearly represented in all proposals and with aligned with funders’ priorities.
  • Communicate regularly with program, communications and development staff on funding opportunities and associated deadlines.
  • Ensure all funders’ metrics are integrated into MPC’s tracking system. Work with program and research staff to ensure progress on outcomes and indicators are being reviewed by the Management Team and recalibrated on a regular basis.
  • Work with program, communications and development staff to execute sponsored events, forums and panel discussions, including researching potential sponsors, managing logistics, and assisting with promotional materials and post-event reports. Expand corporate partnership opportunities and interaction with donor cohorts, including Executive Advisors and Leadership Circle.
  • Coordinate with communications staff to ensure consistent messaging, repurpose content, and maximize impact of donor events and fulfill sponsor expectations.
  • Work with communications, program and development staff to create donor stewardship materials.
  • Input appropriate information into Raisers Edge database.
  • Research prospective individual donors and assist with donor communication.
  • Participate actively in Development team meetings and MPC staff meetings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • BA/BS degree required, experience in development, marketing or policy work.
  • Excellent writer and an effective ambassador for MPC; able to represent the organization before key audiences.
  • Self-starter and self-motivated; able to prioritize, handle multiple tasks and projects, and work in a deadline-driven environment. Able to work effectively with minimal hand-holding from the Vice President of Philanthropy, who needs to devote attention to growing other areas of fundraising.
  • Passionate about the issues MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission.
  • Creative and strategic thinker who can tailor MPC’s grants fundraising program to meet the organization’s needs, as well as align with foundation and corporate funding priorities.
  • Able to work collaboratively, and motivate staff colleagues and volunteers to participate in the fundraising process.
  • Experience with donor database and fundraising software and/or emailing marketing service (Raiser’s Edge, MailChimp, Constant Contact) a plus.

Search and Application Process:

The search process will reinforce MPC’s belief in the diversity of people and ideas.

Applications must include:

1) a cover letter that speaks to the ideal qualities and skills outlined in this position description;

2) a resume; and

3) three writing samples (one donor acknowledgement or solicitation letter, one grant proposal and one additional sample)

Applications should be sent to: jmyers@metroplanning.org with the subject line containing only the applicant’s name.

About MPC:

For more than 80 years, MPC has made the expansive Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area’s toughest planning and development challenges. MPC cares about the entire Chicago region—from its people and businesses, to its neighborhoods and transportation networks, to its lakes, rivers and parks. MPC understands that all of these regional assets need to work together effectively so that the Chicago metropolitan area can continuously reinvent itself and unlock its potential.

While MPC works to solve today's urgent problems—with a focus on economic development, vibrant neighborhoods, quality housing and transportation choices and well-managed natural assets— thinks ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow.

With a professional staff of 23 and a 2017 budget of $4.1 million, MPC has bold plans to execute by 2020. These ambitious plans require an equally ambitious development strategy and skilled development staff to finance an expansion of the work.

More information on MPC can be found online at https://www.metroplanning.org


Executive Assistant


The Opportunity

MPC seeks a detail-minded Executive Assistant who possesses enthusiasm for MPC's agenda and an eagerness to assist our leadership in furthering our mission. The Executive Assistant provides administrative, programmatic and organizational  support and reports directly to the President.

The Position

The Executive Assistant is responsible for:

  •  scheduling, coordinating, and handling meeting preparation and follow-up and occasional travel arrangements  for the President;
  • coordinating Board and Executive Committee meetings, including drafting agendas and correspondence, communicating needs and deadlines to relevant staff member  and preparing  meeting  minutes;
  • managing logistics for board meetings, committee meetings, roundtables  and other events;
  • daily monitoring of and handling responses to emails directed to the President and initiating social media posts;
  • assisting the President and  the  Vice President of  Philanthropy with development and  fundraising responsibilities;
  • researching, drafting and producing memos. correspondence and blog posts for a diverse set of audiences and partners;
  • fielding phone calls and emails, managing  mass mailings, assisting with  hospitality needs in common  office spaces and other general administrative  tasks;
  • providing program  support  to the transportation and regional investments team;
  • facilitating smooth internal communication between program, research, communications and development staff; and
  • updating MPC's Raiser's Edge constituent database and Outlook.

MPC is looking  for an intelligent, highly organized, personable individual who  thrives in a collegial work  environment and can juggle multiple  deadlines at once. The preferred candidate will have a bachelor's degree and at least 2 years of work experience. Prior administrative experience and policy interest/experience is strongly preferred. The last two individuals in this position were promoted, demonstrating our commitment to advancement. The ideal candidate  will have the following core competencies of highly successful MPC employees:

  • Entrepreneurial: a self-starter, able to proactively identify, prioritize and complete tasks, handle multiple projects and deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment, able to chart a course and map out the path to a problem solution, and extremely detail-oriented
  • Relationship Builder: able to develop sincere connections and establish rapport with diverse groups and individuals, able to maintain and cultivate relationships even during conflict
  •  Passionate, Eager and Positive: passionate about the issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization's mission, able to contribute positively to group problem solving, always seeking solutions, volunteering and taking initiative
  • Curious: demonstrates desire for lifelong learning and self-improvement, engaged in the news and current  events, not afraid to ask why and seek to understand context
  • Team Player: capable and willing to work collaboratively with  staff and volunteers, consult the team for guidance, value positive contributions, tap strengths of all staff and ask for help when  needed
  • Strong Communicator: an excellent writer and communicator who can competently represent the organization and its work  to the public, board members, donors and audiences of all kinds
  • Analytical Thinker: able to identify root causes and causal relationships, challenge assumptions and identify pros and cons of possible paths forward
  • Socially and Emotionally Intelligent: able to read people and situations, anticipate reactions, read between the lines, and be aware of emotional  reactions

Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region.  As an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional  growth.

How to Apply

Please send the following materials by e-mail or mail:

  1. A letter detailing how your experience relates to the job description;
  2. Your resume and salary history;
  3. A brief writing sample; and
  4. Three references.

Skyler Larrimore
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603
slarrimore@metroplanning.org

No phone calls please. MPC is an equal opportunity employer. 


Marketing Associate

About MPC:

For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area’s toughest planning and development challenges.  MPC is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with an established tract-record of high-quality research, advocacy and demonstration projects to help our region and its local communities thrive. MPC works to solve today's urgent problems—with a focus on economic development, vibrant neighborhoods, quality housing and transportation choices and well-managed natural assets—and we think ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow. 

With a current professional staff of 23, three Senior Fellows and a team of volunteer Research Assistants MPC’s 2017 budget is $4.1 million.  More information on MPC can be found online at: https://www.metroplanning.org

The position:

MPC is hiring a full-time marketing associate who be responsible for coordinating communications output for the organization. The Marketing Associate will support the Director of Marketing and Communications and the Content Strategist in content creation, campaign implementation, digital strategy, event support and other duties as necessary.

Excellent writing and project management skills are required. The position will report to MPC Marketing and Communications Director Emily Blum and will work closely with program and development staff.

Primary responsibilities:

  •  Coordinates and maintains social media strategy and embodies organizational voice via online channels.
  • Provides graphic design support, creating and editing infographics, fact sheets and other basic materials.
  • Supports MPC’s content strategist in creation of materials, including blog posts and personal stories that intellectually and emotionally engage people in our work.
  • Runs analytics, develops dashboards, and supports communications systems.
  • Supports organization events by creating materials, implementing communications strategies to help build audience, and executing day-of logistics.
  • Supports media efforts by creating media materials and fielding calls as needed.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

MPC seeks an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can juggle multiple deadlines at once. The ideal candidate holds a BA in communications, marketing, public relations or related field and has 1-2 years relevant work experience.

A qualified candidate:

  •  is an excellent writer and has experience developing content on a wide range of platforms;
  • has experience working on CMS platforms, and with other marketing and communications tools including Mailchimp and Adobe Creative Suites.
  • is an analytical and creative thinker able to help expand and engage audiences;
  • is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle concurrent tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
  • is able to communicate directly and work collaboratively with staff colleagues;
  • is passionate about the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission;
  • enjoys a fast-paced, intellectually-stimulating workplace;

How to apply:

Please send the following materials by email to:

Angie Leyva
ALeyva@metroplanning.org  
Assistant
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603

  1. A letter detailing how your experience relates to the job being filled;
  2. Your résumé and salary history; and
  3. A short writing sample (2-3 pages)
  4. Three references  

 No phone calls please. 
For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org
MPC is an equal opportunity employer.


Allard and Wayfinding Fellowships

The Allard Fellowship, named for longtime MPC President Jean Allard and generously seeded by Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal in her honor before Allard passed away in 2012, is designed to attract young talent not currently in a position to volunteer at MPC. The most competitive candidates will submit applications and nomination letters that establish why they deserve and need a paid fellowship at MPC. This fellowship will help the organization achieve economic and racial diversity goals.

The Wayfinding Fellowship, supported by a fund generously seeded by a longtime MPC Board member, is designed to cultivate and retain an established, well regarded MPC Research Assistant. Current MPC Research Assistants who have been with the organization for a minimum of two months, as well as those whose tenure with MPC ended within ten months of the application deadline, are eligible; all applicants must be nominated by an MPC Board, committee or staff member. Because the Wayfinding Fellow must have proven high performance at MPC, the most competitive candidates will identify how they plan to lead a discrete project articulated in MPC’s work plan.

Fellows will work three to four days per week for six months, compensated by a $10,000 stipend. Fellows also will benefit from structured and informal networking and mentorship opportunities with MPC staff and volunteers, as well as recognition on MPC’s web site.

In 2017 MPC will once again offer a Fellowship. We are no longer accepting applications or nominations for 2016.

How to Apply

Please send the following materials by e-mail to Josh Ellis, program director and research assistant coordinator, at jellis@metroplanning.org:

For the Allard Fellowship, the applicant must submit a current CV, a writing sample of no more than 5 typed pages, and other supporting evidence as the applicant sees fit (e.g. evidence of quantiative analysis, GIS work, renderings, articles, etc.). The applicant must also submit a cover letter that articulates specific interest in MPC, how this Fellowship opportunity will position the applicant for professional growth, and why, but for this Fellowship, the applicant would not be in a position to volunteer at MPC. Finally, the applicant must also be nominated by a non-family member. The nomination letter should be included in the application materials, should articulate the nominee's potential for a career in urban and regional development policy, and should establish why the nominee deserves and needs a paid fellowship at MPC.

For the Wayfinding Fellowship, an MPC Board, committee, or staff member must nominate a current MPC Research Assistant who has been with the organization for a minimum of two months, as well as those whose tenure with MPC ended within ten months of the nomination deadline. Both the nomination letter and a cover letter by the nominee should articulate how the nominee's work at MPC has contributed substantively to MPC's mission, and how a paid fellowship would foster that nominee's professional growth and further MPC's work plan. The nominee must also submit a current CV.

No phone calls please. For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org

MPC is an equal opportunity employer.


Research Assistant

Starting Date: Rolling start dates

Current needs: 

Research assistants play an important role at MPC, offering essential support for our projects, working with staff on a daily basis, attending meetings, and learning about how planning policy works in the real world. We especially like RA applicants who are talented writers, investigators, communicators, and/or GIS users.

We’re currently recruiting RAs for winter and spring 2017, particularly for the following priority projects:

Great Rivers Chicago. This project is working to implement an exciting vision for the next 100 years of Chicago’s rivers. Community engagement, GIS, research, writing, and design skills needed.

Cost of Segregation. This project is looking to quantify the negative impacts of our economically and racially segregated region. GIS, qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills needed.

Transform Illinois. This project is identifying ways to make our governmental bodies more effective by streamlining delivery and consolidating services. GIS, qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills needed.

Equitable transit-oriented development. This project works to encourage more of the region’s development to occur in areas near our public transportation lines, so as to reduce congestion, eliminate pollution and boost economic development. We are currently examining opportunities for infill station development and suburban TOD. Community engagement, GIS, research and writing skills needed.

Stormwater management: This program includes a number of discrete projects, including facilitation of the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, research into stormwater infrastructure financing and more. GIS, qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills needed.

Overall program: 

MPC’s volunteer research assistants are a vital part of the organization’s success. Depending on the project at hand, RAs conduct original research, write blog posts and case studies, organize community meetings, perform GIS and quantitative analysis and a range of other work.

You may apply for an RA position at any time, but as a general guideline new RAs start around May 1, September 1 and January 1. Candidates receiving school credit or compensation through a fellowship program will receive preference in staffing decisions, but all are welcome to apply. Fall and winter RAs are expected to commit at least two full days of work per week, and summer RAs at least three.

How to Apply: 

Please send the following materials by e-mail to Kara Riggio, manager and research assistant coordinator, at kriggio@metroplanning.org:

a current resume;

a cover letter articulating your specific interest in MPC, the current projects you have the most interest in and what you believe you can add to them, and a proposed schedule;

a short (2-3 page) writing sample, and if applicable, examples of geospatial analysis or design work

No phone calls please. For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org

MPC is an equal opportunity employer.

Notices for available positions at MPC are posted here.

Submit applications by e-mail or mail only; no phone calls please.

MPC is an equal opportunity employer.

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Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616 info@metroplanning.org

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