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MPC is currently hiring for a full-time Director of Marketing and CommunicationsAssociate (Rivers), Associate (Transit-Oriented Development and Land Use),  and a Marketing Associate

MPC offers paid and unpaid Research Assistant positions, a Marketing and Communications Intern position and a Development Intern position. The priority application deadline for Winter 2020 is Friday, January 31, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (before and after that date) until all positions are filled.


Director of Marketing and Communications

MPC is seeking a Director of Marketing and Communications to advance organizational goals through strategic communications. The Director will oversee and develop MPC’s brand, strategic media & messaging, marketing tools, and communications capacity, promoting MPC’s experts as thought leaders. Ultimately, the Director will elevate MPC’s profile and attract new supporters and allies to our work. 

Reporting to MPC’s President, the new Director will be a strong and creative team leader with extensive experience and a demonstrated track record of delivering a full range of integrated marketing, public relations and communications initiatives and activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance MPC’s new brand identity (to be adopted in Q4 2019); broaden awareness of its agenda and priorities; and increase the visibility of its overall impact across key stakeholder audiences.
  • Oversee the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of marketing and public relations activities related to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership.
  • Manage communication activities and content that promote, enhance, and protect the organization's brand reputation, staying on the cutting edge of emerging technologies.
  • Work with staff to develop effective message and communications strategies for a range of MPC’s policy, systems-change and narrative-change goals.
  • Co-develop and execute innovative public and private event concepts, including attracting top-tier speakers, moderators and event sponsors that grow MPC’s audiences, advance project goals and align with organizational priorities and values.  
  • Develop co-branded events and communications opportunities with peer organizations throughout the region and country, and coordinate closely with various coalitions.
  • Work with external advisors to design and launch an interactive content hub.
  • Provide media relations coaching and training to staff and prepare MPC experts for interviews and other public appearances.
  • Regularly conduct targeted outreach to local, state, regional and national reporters and bloggers; Develop key relationships with press and secure growth in top tier media hits.
  • Respond in real time to media inquiries on a range of issues (from TV networks and cable television to the trade press and bloggers)
  • Prepare, pitch and place news releases, op-eds, letters to the editor and other editorial products.
  • Oversee and mentor the communications team (Content Strategy Manager, Events Manager and Marketing Associate) to promote positive team culture, develop individuals professionally and exceed team goals.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the organization, building and sustaining mutually beneficial external relationships, and acting as on-the-record spokesperson for MPC, as needed.
  • Create and implement crisis communication strategy, as needed.
  • Other projects and tasks, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in journalism, media relations, public relations, marketing and/or communications.
  • Bachelors and/or Masters degree in journalism, communications or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to speak and write in a clear and understandable manner for internal/external audiences, including public officials.
  • Excellent news writing and editing skills required, preferably involving public policy.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills essential.
  • Personal relationships with major regional and national reporters and bloggers a plus.
  • Proven record of securing placements with traditional and digital media.
  • Competent social media skills and thorough knowledge of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and data visualization tools.
  • Knowledge of media database tools, including Meltwater, a plus.
  • Spanish-language skills and multi-cultural competencies a plus.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

A qualified candidate:

  • is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle concurrent tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
  • is a team player and project leader who is highly organized and brings an ability to see immediate task needs with an eye to the bigger picture of desired outcomes;
  • is able to communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with staff colleagues and multiple external partners;
  • is passionate about the issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission, as well as developing her/his competency in diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • is willing to navigate uncertainty and challenge assumptions and status quo thinking in a productive manner;
  • enjoys a fast-paced, challenging, intellectually-stimulating workplace;
  • is an excellent writer and an articulate speaker in a range of settings, including with the Board;
  • is entrepreneurial, and executes timely and skillfully on assigned work;
  • has a working knowledge of relevant stakeholders and institutions in the Chicago region; and
  • has experience communicating complex ideas to diverse audiences.

Values-Driven Workplace:

MPC has a values-driven workplace and we are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to—and willingness to have active conversations about—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 the Northeastern Illinois region 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 at 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 proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Great Rivers Chicago Associate

MPC is hiring a full-time Associate to support Great Rivers Chicago, a signature project under our Land Use and Planning cluster. MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong project management skills, along with the ability to execute strategies and learn new tasks quickly. This role requires flexibility and working with individuals in many different sectors, ranging from nonprofit organizations, to community organizations, to government partners, to the private sector.

This role is highly collaborative and requires knowledge of the broader Chicago community as well as the ability to identify needed tasks to successfully implement communications strategies, including authoring blog posts and coordinating newsletters, events and media, as well as connecting project partners to resources and expertise, and using research skills to guide project components.

The position will report to MPC Director of Land Use and Planning Christina Harris.

 

Primary responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide project support to place-based community projects
    • Support Our Great Rivers grantee projects by providing support and assistance to external partners in applying for funding, relationship building and pro-bono resources
    • Plan monthly convenings of organizations involved in riverfront projects and implementation
    • Collect information to assess the short and long-term impacts of past and current community-led projects
    • Support a multi-faceted communications strategy around telling stories of the impacts of community-led projects
  • Complete an assessment of progress on Our Great Rivers goals
    • Evaluate and document progress on 2020, 2030, and 2040 goals categorized under Inviting, Living and Productive
    • Provide input into prioritizing goals to be championed in 2020 by the City of Chicago’s River Ecology and Governance Task Force
    • Document progress made and still needed on each goal in the Our Great Rivers vision
    • Develop research and advocacy strategy for identified and unfulfilled 2020 goals
  • Build political will to implement Our Great Rivers and associated projects
    • Support work associated with the City of Chicago’s River Ecology and Governance Task Force
    • Complete research for current and future advocacy objectives

 

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 has a broad understanding of Chicago’s neighborhoods and politics and holds a degree in a relevant field (this can include but is not limited to: urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, community development, economics, political science, public administration, etc.) and has at least one year of relevant work experience (this can include internships). Knowledge of the river system, environmental issues and environmental justice are a plus. Work and internship experience should include writing, research and working with other partners to achieve defined objectives. The ideal candidate:

  • is a creative thinker able to help connect the Great Rivers Chicago work with other MPC initiatives;
  • is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle concurrent tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
  • is experienced with the Adobe Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop (preferred, not required);
  • is experienced with GIS programs such as ArcMap or QGIS and online mapping libraries (Google maps, Cardo DB, etc.): strong spatial analysis and mapping skills (preferred, not required);
  • 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 competencies on 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 cultural competency with an ability to communicate ideas to many different types of audiences and partners.

How to apply:

Please send the following materials by email to: Andy Recillas, 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 references  

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.


Transit-Oriented Development and Land Use Associate

MPC is hiring a full-time Associate to support current and future policy work and technical assistance to advance our equitable development agenda. This role requires strong GIS, graphic and data visualization skills along with the ability to conduct market analysis, create development project budgets, and translate research and data into stories and language that non-experts and community members can understand and act upon.

This role includes supporting existing initiatives like Elevated Chicago and CDIs as well assisting with research and technical assistance around broader land use issues. The tasks may range from providing general education on TOD to policy research and advocacy on how public financial incentives can be used to catalyze more equitable and sustainable development. The Associate would assist with advancing MPC’s ETOD program and growing the organization’s expertise on land use and development tools and practices.

MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong project management skills, along with the ability to execute strategies and learn new tasks quickly. This role requires flexibility and the ability to work with individuals in many different sectors, ranging from nonprofit organizations, to government partners, to the private sector. The ideal candidate will be able to synthesize varied sources of information, analyze available data and summarize findings clearly and concisely.

The position will report to MPC’s Director of Land Use and Planning Christina Harris and work closely with Director of Community Development and Engagement Kendra Freeman on TOD and CDI related activities.

 

Primary responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Support the Land Use and Planning program

  • Research, evaluate and provide recommendations on topics such as development incentives, zoning and land use reforms and state legislation.
  • Support development of a Conservation Action Plan, including restoration and conservation goals and strategies for the Little Calumet River in partnership with other organizations.
  • Conduct policy analysis and research related to sustainable revenues for development and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure, open space and wetlands.
  • Track and evaluate development processes, policies and projects with potential for significant neighborhood, city or regional impacts. Provide research and analysis to help craft MPC’s organizational position and recommendations.
  • Assist with developing and executing communications strategy to leverage MPC’s voice on land use and planning issues.
  • Provide support to a newly constituted Land Use & Planning Committee of board members and other volunteers.

 

Support to the Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) program

  • Provide research support to the Elevated Chicago Systems Change and TOD Working Groups to develop and evaluate recommendations for the city’s TOD policy plan required in the 2019 ordinance.
  • Research and provide recommendations to measure the short and long-term impacts of projects that employ a community-centered planning approach, including the CDI.
  • Support the technical analysis for CDIs including but not limited to: zoning and land use analysis, market research and financial analysis.
  • Work with the Community Development & Engagement team to educate a broad range of stakeholders on transit-oriented development, addressing such issues as increased density, zoning changes, parking reductions, and displacement pressures.
  • Provide project management for updating and integrating of the ETOD toolkit and calculator.

 

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 has a broad understanding of the Chicago region and holds a degree in a relevant field with at least two years of work experience. Experience should include writing, research and working with other partners to achieve defined objectives. The ideal candidate:

  • is a creative thinker able to help connect land use and equitable development work with other MPC initiatives;
  • is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle concurrent tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
  • is experienced with GIS programs such as ArcMap or QGIS and online mapping libraries (Google maps, Carto DB, etc.) with strong spatial analysis and mapping skills;
  • is experienced with the Adobe Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop;
  • is able to conduct market analysis and develop a project pro forma;
  • is able to work independently on analysis and research focused tasks;
  • 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 competencies on 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 comfortable 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.

How to apply:

Please send the following materials by email to: Andy Recillas, 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 references  

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 Associate

MPC is hiring a full-time marketing associate who is responsible for coordinating communications 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, and other duties as necessary.

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

Primary responsibilities may include: 

  • Drives social media strategy and embodies organizational voice via online channels (Twitter, Facebook).
  • Supports MPC’s content strategy in the creation of digital materials, including blog posts, video/audio content, infographics and other materials that exemplify our work.
  • Maintains analytics, dashboards, and supports communications systems.
  • Supports organization events by creating marketing materials, implementing communications strategies to help build an audience, and executing day-of logistics.
  • Provides graphic design support, creating and editing basic materials as needed.
  • Supports media outreach by creating press 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 of 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 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 issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission, as well as developing her/his competency in diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • is willing to navigate uncertainty and challenge assumptions and status quo thinking in a productive manner; and
  • enjoys a fast-paced, intellectually-stimulating workplace.

MPC has a values-driven workplace and we are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to—and willingness to have active conversations about—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 the Northeastern Illinois region 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

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

4) Three references  

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.


Research Assistant

The priority application deadline for Winter 2020 is Friday, January 31, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (before and after that date) until all positions are filled.

Winter/Spring 2020 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 2020, particularly for the following priority projects:

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.

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.

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.

Government Effectiveness. 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.

Transportation. MPC works on a wide range of transportation issues and advocates for strong regional policies.  This RA will work on projects including a report on universal mobility and research around transportation demand management.

Stormwater management. MPC works to prevent flooding, improve water quality and foster social, economic and environmental benefits within communities. Through our work at state, regional and local levels on stormwater management, we are helping build resilient communities through green and grey infrastructure improvements. This RA position would support facilitation of the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative,  as well as advance our research on stormwater policies, planning, and funding mechanisms. Skills needed include some knowledge of stormwater solutions, urban planning and or environmental policy/law/economics, qualitative and quantitative research and writing with GIS skills a plus.

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.

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 overall 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 2020 is Friday, January 31, 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 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. 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 internship will start Winter/Spring 2020 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 2020 is Friday, January 31, 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 fulfill 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 2020The priority application deadline for Winter 2020 is Friday, January 31, 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 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: 

The priority application deadline for Winter 2020 is Friday, January 31, 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 fulfill 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.

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