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MPC is now accepting applications for a full-time Executive Assistant and Associate to join staff in June 2018. We are also seeking a candidate for our inaugural King W. Harris Summer Internship (paid). 

MPC offers unpaid Research Assistant positions and an unpaid Development Intern position. We are still accepting applications for Summer 2018 (details below). 


Executive Assistant

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 development support and reports directly to the President. This position is available starting June 1, 2018.

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, blog posts and guest columns 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;
  • 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 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

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 résumé and salary history;
  3. A brief writing sample; and 
  4. Three professional references.

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

No phone calls please.  This position is available starting June 1, 2018. For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org

MPC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Associate 

MPC is hiring a full-time Associate to support current and future projects that deepen the organization’s effective government and water management agendas. We seek a highly motivated individual with a background in local government, public administration, or related fields. Strong relationship, project management and data analysis skills as well as adaptability are essential. Ability to accurately assess and creatively solve complex issues is a must. This position is available starting June 1, 2018.

Skills Needed

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 degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Planning, Law or other relevant field, and has at least two years of relevant work experience. The ideal candidate also has a variety of the skills and experience listed below. Candidates should be specific and accurate in their application materials about which of the following skills and experience they have:

  • direct experience with local government operations, particularly municipal government;
  • interest in multijurisdictional approaches and projects, and experience supporting such initiatives;
  • knowledge of public finance principles and practice, and financial analysis abilities;
  • research and data analysis skills including quantitative or statistical analysis;
  • some legal knowledge and experience (although a law degree or license is not expected of candidates for this position);
  • understanding or background in water utility operations or water resource management;
  • ability to interact with local government staff and elected officials of many types;
  • experience in meeting facilitation, including focus groups and formal public meetings, and ability to productively manage discussions on challenging topics;
  • experience designing and implementing training programs or curricula for educational programs and/or professional development; and
  • understanding of regional actors and institutions in Illinois.

Responsibilities

This Associate is responsible for advancing MPC’s work to drive policy change at the local level across two main programs: water resources and effective government. Initially in the water program, the selected candidate will help implement local use of the recently-released Drinking Water 1-2-3 guide through educational trainings and other outreach activities, and will help lead research and pilots on cost-saving strategies and governance models for water utility service and water rate affordability solutions. In the effective government program, the selected candidate will be among the first staff hired to launch a newly designed program to build local government capacity, and will help local governments pursue increased collaboration, service sharing, and consolidation.

Duties will include

  • Contributing to, and in some cases leading, locally-sponsored technical assistance projects on the topics of intergovernmental collaboration, service sharing, and consolidation.
  • Participating in all project phases, including project scoping, meeting and focus group facilitation, quantitative and qualitative research, development of recommendations, production of final products and implementation actions, and extensive coordination with local sponsors.
  • Supporting projects within MPC’s water program, including those outlined in MPC’s Water Supply Action Agenda.
  • Engaging and working with multiple local and regional stakeholders to execute on MPC’s governance and water initiatives.
  • Researching best practices in water management and municipal governance for white papers and policy briefs, while also writing original content for a general audience through newsletters, blog posts, and social media feeds.
  • Assisting with MPC’s legislative work and policy advocacy, as well as translating lessons learned into policy reform recommendations, to be communicated through original reports, policy briefings, and dialogue with elected officials.
  • Coordinating public events, forums and workshops, as well as advisory committee meetings and focus groups.

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

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 résumé;
  3. A brief writing sample; and 
  4. Three professional references.

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

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

MPC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


King W. Harris Summer Intern 

MPC is seeking talented candidates for our inaugural King W. Harris Summer Internship, named in honor of MPC’s former Board Chair and current Senior Fellow for Housing. The ideal candidate will have the research skills, relevant topical knowledge and organizational acumen to advance multiple MPC Housing and Community Development priorities. The paid summer intern will work directly with staff at all levels of the organization, external partners, Board members and MPC Research Assistants. This high-caliber career development opportunity will help one emerging professional build a career in urban planning or policy. The summer intern can cite the distinction of the internship on their MPC blog posts, publications and their professional résumé.

 This intern will assist with the following projects:

  • Conduct research and engage community-based and regional stakeholders in the development of a community impact assessment tool. This tool will help communities better understand the impact of new development on key areas of community concern, such as housing affordability and small business vitality, and to help manage neighborhood change more equitably;
  • Help with research and programming for MPC’s anti-displacement work. This will include identifying and writing about best practices and case studies from across the country, as well as helping to facilitate collaboration among regional partners to develop and advance anti-displacement priorities in Chicagoland;
  • Assist MPC’s Communications team in shaping the organization’s overall communications strategy and creating content to advance MPC’s housing and community development agenda. This will include contributing to the organization’s blog and social media platforms, amplifying outreach efforts, and helping capture stories and topics relevant to this work; and
  • Support MPC’s Research team in gathering and analyzing data to assess the affordability, flood risk, proximity to transit and other characteristics of housing in the Chicago region and its peer regions.

MPC seeks an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can juggle multiple deadlines at once. Ideal candidates will have a background in ArcGIS mapping, research, data analysis and community outreach/engagement. Preferred candidates will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in urban/regional planning, policy, urban studies, political science or another related field, and/or relevant volunteer or professional experiences.

Schedule and Compensation

The Internship is 40 hours per week for a 3-month period from approximately June to August 2018. The intern will receive a stipend (without health benefits) for this position.

How to Apply

For the King W. Harris Internship, the applicant must submit the following materials by email:

  1. A cover letter that articulates specific interest in MPC and its housing and community development agenda, how this Internship will position the applicant for professional growth;
  2. A current résumé;
  3. A writing sample (1-2 pages);
  4. Three professional references; and
  5. (Optional) any other supporting evidence as the applicant sees fit (e.g. evidence of quantitative analysis, GIS work, renderings, articles, etc.).

Please send application materials by e-mail to Skyler Larrimore, Operations Manager, at manager@metroplanning.org. No phone calls please.

MPC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Research Assistant

We are now accepting applications for Summer 2018 Research Assistants. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. 

Current needs: 

Research assistants (RAs) 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 urban 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 Summer 2018, particularly for the following priority project:

Transportation. This position will include support on a range of technical analyses, stakeholder coordination, and advocacy oriented projects. Responsibilities will include:  conduct technical research, conduct literature reviews, document meetings, conduct data analysis in Excel, develop GIS maps, prepare for and participate in meetings.  Required skills include proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Powerpoint and Excel), good interpersonal skills, strong organization ; Proficiency in GIS is preferred.

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 2. 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: 

The priority application deadline for Summer 2018 has passed, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.  If you are interested in a position for Winter or Spring, please send the following materials by e-mail to manager@metroplanning.org:

  1. A current resume;
  2. 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; and
  3. 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


Development Intern

The Metropolitan Planning Council is seeking a detail-oriented individual with excellent communication and multi-tasking skills for an unpaid Development Internship for Summer 2018. Interns may receive school credit for this position, if they are eligible through their college/university. 

This individual should have a strong understanding of and/or interest in fundraising, philanthropy, marketing, and nonprofit management. The individual will contribute and receive exposure to a variety of projects associated with the front and back-end operations of a Development department.

The individual work in collaboration with a team of five other staff and will have the opportunity to help shape innovative fundraising ideas for MPC.   

Over the course of the internship, the individual will have responsibilities involving support for fundraising campaigns; major gifts; marketing; gift acknowledgement; Raiser’s Edge database entry; and fundraising research.

Responsibilities:

Fundraising Campaigns

  • Assist with creation, copywriting, and production of solicitation and stewardship materials including direct mail letters, e-mails, online ads, social media, blog posts, and donor acknowledgement correspondence

Marketing

  • Assist with projects that promote the work of MPC (i.e. brochures, fundraising pitches in the Regionalist e-newsletter, Impact Reports to donors)

Database, Gift Processing/Acknowledgement

  • Train on Raiser’s Edge donor database
  • Support gift acknowledgment letter processing, and database clean-up projects
  • Perform basic level analysis (For example, research trends in MPC’s 2017 Annual Luncheon giving)

Research

  • Conduct research on corporate and foundation prospects
  • Assist with research on potential and current individual donors

Events

  • Assist with preparation and execution of MPC’s signature Annual Luncheon fundraising event on Sept. 12
  • Support MPC’s Communications and Development team to create unique Urban Think & Drink, Roundtable and other special public events.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Preferred: Current (or newly graduated) graduate-level students studying Nonprofit Management, Social Work, Marketing, Business, Communications, or related field. Current undergraduate junior or senior students pursing a relevant degree will also be considered.
  • Outstanding writing skills and an effective communicator
  • Detail-oriented, inquisitive, and thoughtful
  • Efficient and effective multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team player with the ability to work independently and self-direct
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, Database experience (Raisers’ Edge preferred)

How to Apply: 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this position is filledPlease send the following materials by e-mail to manager@metroplanning.org:

  1. A current resume;
  2. A cover letter articulating your specific interest in MPC, your relevant professional experience, and a proposed internship schedule; and
  3. A short (2-3 page) writing sample, preferably related to fundraising.

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

Notices for available positions at MPC are posted here.

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

MPC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

This page can be found online at http://www.metroplanning.org/about/Employment0.html

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

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