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MPC is currently hiring for a full-time Manager or Associate to focus on housing and community development policy, and an Associate to focus on community engagement. 

MPC offers paid and unpaid Research Assistant positions, an Marketing and Communications Intern position and a Development Intern position. We are currently accepting applications for Winter-Spring 2019 for these positions (details below). The priority application deadline for Winter 2019 is November 30, 2018, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.


Manager or Associate (Housing & Community Development Policy)

Over the past three years, MPC’s housing and community development work has greatly evolved through the development of the Cost of Segregation and Our Equitable Future research and recommendations. Through our work with more than 100 advisors, there are a host of ambitious housing and community development recommendations to implement over the next several years. We seek someone who can contribute to that vision, cultivate deeper relationships and help build a coordinated regional housing policy change framework. MPC prioritizes policy changes that address Chicago’s and the region’s inequitable distribution of affordable housing, and analyzes those through a racial equity lens. The full spectrum of our work requires policy and programmatic coordination by multiple partners across municipal borders, as well as the ability to communicate and work through challenging issues with everyone from heads of government to community residents. The ideal candidate will be passionate about engaging with communities in ways that honors and elevates their voices, committed to using policy change to advance the equitable distribution of affordable housing, adept at understanding and communicating ideas to and with a range of audiences, and committed to racial equity.

The Position:

MPC is hiring a full-time associate or manager (depending on experience) to support current and future projects that deepen the organization’s housing policy and community development work. MPC seeks a highly motivated individual with a background in urban planning, housing policy and community development. This individual will maintain existing housing policy initiatives and relationships, and be a part of developing new and innovative lines of work.      

The position will report directly to MPC Vice President Marisa Novara, and work closely with other members of the Housing and Community Development team. 

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Implementing all housing and community development recommendations in Our Equitable Future, from legislation to limit aldermanic prerogative, to partnering on the first coordinated regional Assessment of Fair Housing, to advancing increased housing options for people with involvement in the criminal justice system. Involves working in partnership with multiple organizations and at city, regional and state levels.
    • One priority recommendation needing a high level of leadership is the Community Impact Assessment Tool in partnership with DePaul’s Institute for Housing Studies. With assistance from another MPC Associate, duties include conducting pilots of the tool in 1-3 communities in early 2019; designing and coordinating evaluation of its effectiveness; managing annual updates including research around best practices, data sources and policy interventions that reflect the needs of end users; and conducting outreach and marketing, including leading trainings on the tool, presenting at community-sponsored and public events and designing creative ways to introduce the tool to new local, regional and national audiences, including funders.
  • Maintaining and building relationships with housing partners across the region to advance policies that increase the equitable distribution of affordable housing. Organizations may range from the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to community-based organizations doing on-the-ground work.
  • Supporting Elevated Chicago’s Systems Change Working Group co-led by MPC
  • Reforming policy and advancing systems change related to transit-oriented equitable development at CTA station nodes.
  • Supporting community-based ownership models e.g. land banking and cooperatives
  • Working with MPC’s communications team to write about and share materials with a variety of audiences, including elected officials and the media.
  • Coordinating public events and workshops to further MPC’s initiatives.
  • Supporting engagement of MPC committee members and other external partners.

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 Master’s degree in urban planning or other relevant field and/or has at least two years of relevant work experience and:

  • is a creative thinker able to help build MPC’s community development and housing policy work, and integrate it with other emerging MPC initiatives;
  • is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle concurrent tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
  • is able to communicate clearly and directly and work collaboratively with staff colleagues and external partners;
  • desires to make a positive impact on the greater Chicago region;
  • is patient and eager to learn;
  • is energized by the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission;
  • is passionate about developing their own as well as MPC’s competency in diversity, racial equity and inclusion;
  • has worked or otherwise been part of a diverse range of communities and community groups;
  • has a sense of humor;
  • is an excellent writer and public speaker;
  • is both entrepreneurial and executes skillfully on assigned work;
  • has a working knowledge of regional actors and institutions in northeastern Illinois; and
  • has experience communicating complex ideas to a diverse, public audience.

MPC is a values-driven workplace and we are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to creating a region that is:

  • Equitable: For MPC, equity means that every individual and community in our region has the opportunities they need to thrive. Promoting equity means that we recognize the harm that discrimination and racism have caused and continue to pose to our lives and neighborhoods. That’s why we drive policies, investments and ideas that ensure all current and future residents can reach their full potential.
  • Prosperous: For MPC, prosperity means that both metropolitan Chicago and all of its people are economically healthy and prepared for growth. MPC is focused on ensuring that everyone who lives and works in our region can provide for themselves and their families. We support commitments that bring resources, development, and fairly paid and quality jobs to all communities.
  • Sustainable: For MPC, sustainability means that our region meets the natural, human and financial needs of the present while improving conditions for future generations. MPC’s agenda supports ecological vitality, residents’ health and economic stability for the long term, and ensures that as things change, our region adapts.
  • Engaged and Responsible: For MPC, civic participation and effective government are cornerstones of our region’s viability. We drive policies that strengthen the participation and impact of residents in local and regional decisions. We also promote adaptive, collaborative, just and transparent governance at all levels.

How to apply:

Please send the following materials by email to:

Skyler Larrimore, manager@metroplanning.org

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

2) Your résumé; and

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

4) Three professional references 

No phone calls please.

For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org

MPC is an equal opportunity employer.


 Associate (Community Engagement)

 Over the past five years, MPC’s community-based planning work has greatly evolved and expanded.  Some of our initiatives, such as the Corridor Development Initiative, are longstanding but recently reinvigorated with a focus on equitable development near transit through a health and sustainability lens. Other initiatives, such as the Community Impact Assessment Tool, are in development and its further refinement through work with communities ahead. In addition, MPC’s organizational emphasis on diversity, racial equity and inclusion is reflected in work we are shaping and will be executing with decision-makers in the built environment. The full spectrum of our work requires policy and programmatic coordination by multiple partners across municipal borders, as well as the ability to communicate and work through challenging issues with everyone from heads of government to community residents. The ideal candidate will be passionate about engaging with communities in ways that honors and elevates their voices, adept at understanding and communicating policies and concerns to and with a range of audiences, and committed to racial equity.

The Position:

MPC is hiring a full-time associate to support the current and future projects that deepen the organization’s housing, community development and economic development impact.   MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with a background in urban planning, community development, and diversity, racial equity and inclusion. Strong relationship and project management skills and versatility are essential.  At the outset, this associate will support MPC’s community-based planning, housing policy development, and diversity, racial equity and inclusion work, and be a part of developing new and innovative initiatives.      

The position will report directly MPC Manager Kendra Freeman.

Primary responsibilities may include:

  • Provide project support and coordination for the Corridor Development Initiative and community educational and engagement activities.
    • Coordination of CDI workshops including meeting logistics, communication with external partners, outreach and engagement, volunteer management and content development
    • Synthesizing data and meeting outcomes to communicate recommendations and contribute to final report
  • Co-create technical assistance efforts tailored for and targeted to a range of stakeholders, including community-based organizations, developers and elected officials, around how to use and apply the Community Impact Assessment Tool.
    • Help to design and coordinate evaluation activities around the tool to track its use and effectiveness.
    • Manage annual updates to the Tool, including conducting research around best practices, data sources and policy interventions that reflect the needs of end users.
    • Conduct outreach and marketing around the Tool, including leading trainings, presenting at community-sponsored and public events and designing creative ways to introduce it to new local, regional and national audiences.
  • Work as part of a collaborative to develop, refine and test Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) training components for the creation of a DEI experiential leadership training cohort tailored for professionals shaping the built environment.
    • Assist the management of the DEI training cohort including recruitment and selection process, communication and correspondence with participants, coordination of technical assistance needs and deployment of support, coordination of cohort calendar and training materials and participation in evaluation process.
  • Contribute to the coordination of MPC equity initiatives and building internal capacity to implement equity-based toolkits across programs
  • Support engagement of MPC committee members and other external partners.

 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 Master’s degree in urban planning (or other relevant field) and/or has at least two years of relevant work experience and:

  • is a creative thinker able to help build MPC’s community-based planning, housing policy and DEI work, and integrate it with other emerging MPC initiatives;
  • 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 and external partners;
  • desires to make a positive impact on the greater Chicago region;
  • is patient and eager to learn;
  • is energized by the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission;
  • is passionate about developing his or her own as well as MPC’s competency in diversity, racial equity and inclusion;
  • has worked or otherwise been part of a diverse range of communities and community groups;
  • has a sense of humor;
  • is an excellent writer and public speaker;
  • is both entrepreneurial and executes skillfully on assigned work;
  • has a working knowledge of regional actors and institutions in northeastern Illinois; and
  • has experience communicating complex ideas to a diverse, public audience.

MPC has a values-driven workplace and we are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to creating a region that is:

  • Equitable: For MPC, equity means that every individual and community in our region has the opportunities they need to thrive. Promoting equity means that we recognize the harm that discrimination and racism have caused and continue to pose to our lives and neighborhoods. That’s why we drive policies, investments and ideas that ensure all current and future residents can reach their full potential.
  • Prosperous: For MPC, prosperity means that both metropolitan Chicago and all of its people are economically healthy and prepared for growth. MPC is focused on ensuring that everyone who lives and works in our region can provide for themselves and their families. We support commitments that bring resources, development, and fairly paid and quality jobs to all communities.
  • Sustainable: For MPC, sustainability means that our region meets the natural, human and financial needs of the present while improving conditions for future generations. MPC’s agenda supports ecological vitality, residents’ health and economic stability for the long term, and ensures that as things change, our region adapts.
  • Engaged and Responsible: For MPC, civic participation and effective government are cornerstones of our region’s viability. We drive policies that strengthen the participation and impact of residents in local and regional decisions. We also promote adaptive, collaborative, just and transparent governance at all levels.

How to apply:

Please send the following materials by email to:

Skyler Larrimore, manager@metroplanning.org

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

2) Your résumé; and

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

4) Three professional references 

No phone calls please.

For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org

MPC is an equal opportunity employer.


Research Assistant

We are now accepting applications for Winter-Spring 2019The priority application deadline for Winter 2019 is November 30, 2018, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Winter/Spring 2019 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/Spring 2019, particularly for the following priority projects:

Cost of Segregation. This project is looking to quantify the negative impacts of our economically and racially segregated region.  Phase III projects include support in launching a campaign to develop an a community-informed equity platform for the 2019 mayoral election, 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 communcation 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 a report on universal accessibility of transit, advocacy related to sustainable transportation funding, and research and a launch event on the relationship between business and transit.

Research. MPC's Research Team works to collect and analyze data in service of programmatic areas, as well as other relevant topics of interest for the region's residents. We are looking for research assistants with a strong interest in furthering work related to affordable housing/land use, and are also interested in analyzing key demographic trends with a specific focus on racial equity. Strong data collection and analytical skills needed, including experience using quantitative/spatial analytics platforms like ArcGIS, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Excel.

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

Urban development monitoring (to be combined with another project). MPC monitors and reviews high-impact real estate development projects on an ongoing basis in order to be more fully informed, positioning us to take a proactive stance at opportune moments. We are looking for an RA to dedicate part of their research assistantship to overseeing and updating the development tracking database, analyzing trends, and convening briefings to staff.

Innovative Land Use. This project is working to plan for productive reuses of underutilized land. Current work includes exploring opportunities for land acquisition or reuse for parks, conservation areas, renewable energy, etc. Strong GIS, research, and writing skills necessary.

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 2019; please indicate in your application if you are seeking a paid or unpaid position. 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 Winter 2019 is November 30, 2018, but 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 a 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 fullfill an internship requirement

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. 


Marketing and Communications Intern

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) seeks one or more intern(s) to support its marketing, communications, community relations, and event coordination efforts. All MPC interns benefit from exposure to a broad range of regional planning policy issues, hands-on communications experience, and the opportunity to connect with a variety of planning agencies, community groups, civic partners, and officials. 

The Marketing and Communications Intern will work closely with our communications team, development team, and program staff to cultivate and promote content that highlights MPC and the impact of our work, donors, and partners. We are looking for a detail-oriented individual with excellent graphic design, research and writing skills. The ability to think critically and work independently is essential.

This unpaid internship will start Winter-Spring 2019 and has flexible hours Monday through Friday. An ability to work at least 15 hours per week is preferred. Please include your weekly availability and desired start and end dates with your application. 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. 

Responsibilities may include:

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Write, design and edit content for key communications, including MPC’s social media, blog, e-newsletter and other editorial opportunities
  • Assist with designing, creating and updating MPC’s printed materials, including fact-based issue pages
  • Identify, summarize and share media coverage internally
  • Support projects that promote MPC’s work (i.e., organizational brochures, PowerPoint presentations, marketing push emails, impact reports to donors and other marketing collateral)
  • Research opportunities for MPC to partner with new organizations

Social Media

  • Write social media posts on topics related to MPC’s supporters, events and programs for various social media platforms
  • Monitor, track and evaluate the effectiveness of social media content for metrics of activity, reach and engagement
  • Research how other foundations and nonprofits use social media, and recommend best practices based upon this analysis

Events

  • Assist with event logistics, including Eventbrite setup and management
  • Prepare sponsorship and marketing materials for events

Desired Qualifications:

  • Preferred: Current undergraduate- or graduate-level students studying Journalism, Marketing, Communications, Business, Political Science, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Graphic Design or related fields
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency with various social media platforms—especially Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Proficiency with basic visual design, photo or video (and relevant software and digital tools, like Adobe InDesign and MailChimp) is a plus

How to Apply:

The priority application deadline for Winter-Spring 2019 is November 30, 2018, but 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:

  • A current resume
  • A cover letter articulating your specific interest in MPC, your relevant professional experience, and a proposed internship schedule
  • Two or more writing samples from a wide range of formats (i.e., press releases, fact sheets, articles and social media content)
  • 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 fullfill an internship requirement

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.


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-Spring 2019The priority application deadline for Winter 2019 is November 30, 2018, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis 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 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 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 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: 

The priority application deadline for Winter-Spring 2019 is November 30, 2018, but 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 fullfill an internship requirement

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.

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.

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