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MPC is currently hiring for a contract, part-time Content Strategist Manager. The priority application deadline for this contract Manager-level position is October 16  

MPC offers paid and unpaid Research Assistant positions, including a Development Intern position. We are now accepting applications for research assistant positions Winter 2020-21

About MPC

Dedicated to shaping a better, bolder, more equitable future for everyone, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) believes that every neighborhood has promise. Every community should be heard. And every person can thrive. Since 1934, this independent, nonpartisan organization has served metropolitan Chicago’s communities and residents to change perceptions, reimagine conversations, and defy the status quo. Through thoughtful collaboration with local communities, businesses, and governments, MPC is a bold change-maker, addressing the region’s toughest planning and development challenges. We believe that strong partnerships rooted in respect and trust are critical to creative and effective problem-solving. 

EEOC/Diversity Statement: 

MPC is an equal opportunity employer. We stay true to our mission by celebrating the differences among us. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our workplace and encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply. We will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or retaliation of any kind and we promote a climate of mutual respect for our employees.


Contract Content Strategist Manager

The position:

The Metropolitan Planning Council is seeking a talented temporary, contract part-time content strategist manager who will be responsible for directing and creating highly strategic, persuasive, and memorable content across all platforms. Reporting to the Director of Marketing & Communications, the Contract Content Strategist Manager will work closely with the Communications team and program staff. The Contract Content Strategist Manager will manage and help create blogs, websites, and other various pieces of designed content that is timely, engaging, humanizing, and aligned with MPC’s brand and mission. Design and project management skills are necessary for success in this role. This is a temporary contract role, beginning in November 2020, lasting approximately four months with the potential for contract expansion or extension as special projects arise.

 Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Drive design and execution of the dissemination of various pieces of MPC content, managing the blog calendar, assigning blogs to program staff and publishing in a timely manner according to the editorial calendar. This will require proactive outreach to program teams for blog content, coaching staff on how to improve their blog writing, and editing blog drafts to ensure consistency and SEO optimization.
  • Write and edit a wide variety of website content, including but not limited to blogs, reports, and other communications pieces that humanize and further the work of MPC.
  • Design and edit a variety of report materials, presenting and translating a range of data, surveys, and content to accessible pieces, including but not limited to flyers, reports, booklets, etc.
  • Manage print and online production of materials (fact sheets, reports, invitations, etc.) as needed.
  • Identify images for report materials, flyers, blogs, and website pieces that are consistent with the MPC brand. 

How to Apply: 

The priority application deadline is October 16, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send the following materials by e-mail to Ame Esterline at manager@metroplanning.org:

1) A letter detailing how your experience relates to the job being filled;

2) Your résumé;

3) A short writing sample (2-3 pages); and

4) Three professional references. 

No phone calls, please.

MPC is carefully following CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health health and safety guidelines due to COVID-19. The organization has implemented a work from home policy for all staff and research assistants. 


Research Assistant

We are now accepting applications for Winter 2020-21 research assistant positions. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. MPC’s priority deadline for research assistants is December 11, 2020, but applications will be considered after that date until all positions are filled. 

MPC is carefully following CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health health and safety guidelines due to COVID-19. The organization has implemented a work from home policy for all staff and research assistants. 

Winter 2020-21 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 Winter 2020-21, particularly for the following priority projects:

Water Resources management: MPC uses research, advocacy, education and technical assistance to: 1) ensure clean, equitable and abundant drinking water; 2) prevent flooding and improve water quality; 3) facilitate and encourage stewardship of our natural assets; and 4) foster social, economic and environmental benefits within communities. We are currently seeking two RAs to support our Water Resources work: 

  1. This position will involve municipal and local stakeholder engagement and education related to our Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy initiative. This position will also help with the administration of the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative. Qualitative research and writing will be required, and knowledge of both water supply and stormwater management is a plus. 
  2. This position will involve public and private stakeholder engagement, especially institutional, nonprofit, and for profit developers, engineers and planning consultants, and community stakeholders. Fluency with qualitative research, writing for a public audience, and soft skills of initiating and facilitating calls and meeting are required. Intermediate to advanced GIS mapping and database management is preferred, though not required.

Equitable transit-oriented development:  Equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) prioritizes the land around transit as model locations for holistic community development partnering with locals leaders to shape projects that are responsive to the social, cultural, economic and environmental needs of the neighborhood.  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. MPC is currently conducting an analysis of TOD development since the TOD ordinance passed in 2013, and preparing to lead a community engagement process in East Garfield Park and Washington Heights. An RA would support Elevated Chicago work and general TOD education and outreach. Skills needed some knowledge of community development principles,  data analysis,  GIS, research and writing skills, community outreach and logistics coordination.

Effective Government: This project is identifying ways to make our governmental bodies more effective by streamlining delivery and consolidating services, both through the advancement of state-level enabling legislation and through local technical assistance projects. GIS, qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills needed, and a strong interest in policymaking and the legislative process is desirable.

Government outreach and legislative tracking: Supports work to develop relationships with policymakers at multiple levels, develop and advance legislative initiatives, and increase overall organizational capacity for policy change.

Housing and Community Development: This project will include conducting research on community impact assessment models and conducting an analysis of how this tool might be adopted locally, based on local and state-wide policies. This will also include analysis of approaches to create and implement equitable housing and development strategies, researching best practices for inputs to include in a community impact assessment tool and conducting research around key resource needs to support the development of a tool.

Our Equitable Future: Projects include advancing a community-informed equity platform during the early days of Mayor Lightfoot's administration, support in coordinating a diversity, equity, inclusion cohort as well as supporting the advancement of other Our Equitable Future recommendations led by MPC. Community outreach and project coordination, qualitative and quantitative research and strong writing and communication skills are needed.

Transportation: MPC works on a wide range of transportation issues and advocates for strong regional policies.  This RA position will work on projects including implementation of a report on universal accessibility of transportation, advocacy related to sustainable transportation funding, and developing of transportation policies for a post-COVID environment.

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 or work-study program will receive preference in staffing decisions, but all are welcome to apply. MPC will have a very limited number of paid Research Assistant positions available in 2020-21; please indicate in your application if you are seeking a paid or unpaid position. Summer RAs are expected to commit at least three days of work per week. 

How to Apply: 

We are now accepting applications for Winter 2020-21 research assistant positions. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. If you are interested in a position, 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.
  4. Compensation or credit:
    1. Compensation from MPC: Please note if you are applying for an unpaid Research Assistant position, or if you require compensation from MPC. 
    2. External compensation: Note if you are seeking Federal work-study compensation or external funding from your college/university or an outside program to fund your position at MPC. 
    3. Please note if you are applying for this position to receive college/university course credit, or fulfill an internship requirement

No phone calls, please. 


Development Intern

The Metropolitan Planning Council is seeking a detail-oriented individual with excellent communication and multi-tasking skills for an unpaid Development Internship. We are now accepting applications for Winter 2020-21. The priority deadline has passed, but applications will be considered until all positions are filled. 

Candidates receiving school credit or compensation through a fellowship or work-study program will receive preference in staffing decisions, but all are welcome to apply. 

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 acknowledgment; 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 acknowledgment 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 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 
  • 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 pursuing 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 all positions are filled. 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, your relevant professional experience, and a proposed internship schedule; and
  3. A short (2-3 page) writing sample, preferably related to fundraising.
  4. Compensation/credit: 
    1. Compensation from MPC: Please note if you are applying for a unpaid Internship position, or if you require compensation from MPC. 
    2. External compensation: Note if you are seeking Federal work-study compensation or external funding from your college/university or an outside program to fund your position at MPC.
    3. Please note if you are applying for this position to receive college/university course credit, or fulfill an internship requirement

No phone calls, please. 

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

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Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616 info@metroplanning.org

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