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MPC is currently hiring for a full-time Manager of Corporate Partnerships and a full-time or part-time Manager of Finance and Administration

MPC offers paid and unpaid Research Assistant positions, a Marketing and Communications Intern position and a Development Intern position. We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2019 for these positions, but candidates can apply for Fall 2019 openings now. 


 Manager of Corporate Partnerships

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) seeks an experienced professional to expand corporate fundraising partnerships and individual giving.

In order for MPC to achieve its top priorities, MPC must continue to expand its operating budget. Which has grown substantially from $3.828 million in 2017.  Historically, the organization’s funding has been comprised of 40% foundation, 40% corporate, and the remaining from individuals, investment income and the occasional modest public sector grant. MPC has expanded its resource base by 17% and 15% respectively over the last two years. In order to sustain this growth, MPC is adding a staff person dedicated to individual and corporate giving.

A successful candidate will be highly organized, personable, able to work collaboratively but also independently, adept at juggling multiple deadlines, able to be externally facing, and possess excellent written communication and project management skills.  The position will report to the Vice President of Philanthropy and will work in close partnership with the Development Team and President.

Key responsibilities may include:

  • In conjunction with the Vice President of Philanthropy and Development Manager (who is currently focused on foundations), develop the individual and corporate partnership and fundraising strategy, which includes targeting and acquiring new corporate partners, while also maintaining and growing existing partnerships
  • Work in collaboration with Vice President of Philanthropy, President, Events Manager and Board members to identify, solicit and steward Annual Luncheon donors
  • In conjunction with program, communications and other development staff, oversee sponsorship, recruitment and stewardship for MPC Urban Think & Drinks, Roundtables, panels/forums and other events
  • Track all elements of corporate sponsorships, from contract execution (if applicable) to benefits, fulfillment and stewardship. The individual will be responsible for generating at least $100,000 in new or expanded individual and corporate support, including event sponsors, within FY 2019, and contributing to other fundraising goals
  • Cultivate new and existing pro-bono partnerships with corporations to expand MPC’s staff capacity and expertise on technical projects, stewarding long-term relationships
  • Create compelling collateral sponsorship and partnership materials to market funding opportunities, in collaboration with Communications team
  • Work with Vice President of Philanthropy to create individual donor appeal letters and stewardship pieces
  • Collaborate with Events Manager on donor stewardship events, including Leadership Circle events.
  • Secure face-to-face visits with individual and corporate donors and prospects
  • Collaborate with MPC’s program staff to develop a deep understanding of MPC’s priorities. Attend regular programmatic meetings to inform prospect research and partnership development
  • Research individual and corporate funders with a history of supporting MPC’s issue areas philanthropically
  • Input appropriate information into Raisers Edge/NXT database
  • Participate actively in Development team meetings and MPC staff meetings

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • A minimum of an Associate-level degree required, plus experience in development (fundraising) or marketing roles
  • Excellent writer and an effective ambassador for MPC; able to proactively represent the organization before key audiences
  • Self-starter and self-motivated; able to prioritize, handle multiple tasks and projects, and work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Able to work effectively with the Vice President of Philanthropy, President, Development Manager, Development Assistant, Events Manager and Director of Operations and Strategy
  • Passionate about the issues MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission
  • Creative and strategic thinker who can tailor funding opportunities to meet needs of individual and corporate partners, while also furthering MPC’s goals
  • Able to work collaboratively, and motivate staff colleagues and volunteers to participate in the fundraising process
  • Interested in developing their own individual and MPC’s organizational competency in diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Experience with donor database and fundraising software and/or emailing marketing service (Raiser’s Edge, MailChimp, Constant Contact) a plus

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 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 cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the job being filled;

2) Your résumé

3) Two short writing samples (one donor acknowledgement or solicitation letter, one stewardship report and one additional sample); and

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.


 Manager of Finance and Administration (Full-Time or Part-Time) 

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) seeks an experienced professional to execute key financial and administrative responsibilities for the organization. Reporting to the Director of Operations and Strategy, the Manager of Finance and Administration will ensure smooth operation of the office, compliance with financial policies and accurate maintenance of financial and administrative records. MPC will consider both full-time and part-time candidates for this opening.

The Manager of Finance and Administration is a new role at MPC. The successful candidate will be highly organized, personable, able to work collaboratively but also independently, adept at juggling multiple deadlines, and exhibit excellence in writing, financial and project management, and quantitative analysis.

Key responsibilities may include:

Finance:

  • Execute monthly financial close and annual audit with support from external accountant and other staff
  • Develop annual organizational budget and monitor/communicate progress to relevant staff
  • Develop program budgets, financial reports, and monthly and year-end financial statements (Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows) for funders and Board of Governors
  • Oversee the preparation of financial statements and budgets for funder reports and proposals, including government contracts administration and invoicing
  • Forecast expenses and revenue and monitor 12-18 month cash flow based financial results and knowledge of evolving programmatic work plans
  • Collaborate with the Director of Operations and Strategy, external accountant and Board Treasurer to strengthen and execute existing financial processes, including revising the Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual; Oversee compliance with internal control procedures
  • Monitor budget and sub-contractor relationships for Q4 2019 office renovation
  • Liaison with and prepare for MPC’s Audit & Finance and Investment Committees of the Board of Governors
  • Process accounts payable and receivable activity, including deposits, invoices, credit card reconciliations, check requests and related materials in Quickbooks, as required

Administration:

  • Manage payroll, benefits enrollment and administration, and bi-monthly 401k contributions
  • Lead and enhance monthly timesheet collection process for staff, and the attribution of staff salaries to programs; Monitor staff time compared to budget throughout the year.
  • Serve as lead project manager for Q4 2019 office renovation, including managing project timeline, sub-contractor relationships and employee relocation and remote working schedule in Q4
  • Lead process of digitizing and archiving MPC files in preparation for office renovation in Q4 2019 (perhaps with external contractor)
  • In consultation with MPC’s General Counsel, draft and revise contractual agreements with external vendors, sub-grantees, and professional service providers
  • Research best-in-class employee benefits and salary benchmarks; Update Personnel Policies with Director of Operations and Strategy and General Counsel
  • Manage the recruitment and hiring process for Research Assistants (Interns) and form new relationships with local universities and colleges for work study students, as required
  • Initiate or support other special projects in areas of responsibility

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • A minimum of an Associate-level degree required, plus 3-5 years of solid experience in financial management and business administration. Previous nonprofit and accounting experience and certifications is a plus.
  • Demonstrated track record in leading and improving business processes and maintaining strong financial controls for a company or organization; experience with financial accounting systems and databases; understanding of GAAP accounting for non-profits; ability to analyze data, and prepare financial reports/statements
  • Passionate about the issues MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission
  • Excellent writer and an effective ambassador for MPC; able to represent the organization’s financial picture before key audiences
  • Self-starter and self-motivated; able to prioritize, handle multiple tasks and projects, and work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Able to work effectively and collaboratively with all staff, including the President, Director of Operations and Strategy, Vice President of Philanthropy, Development Manager, and Development Assistant
  • Interested in developing their own individual and MPC’s organizational competency in diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Ability to make sound decisions in a changing environment and to proactively anticipate future needs
  • Experience with Quickbooks and Excel highly preferred; experience with donor database and fundraising software (Ex. Raiser’s Edge) a plus

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 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 cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the job being filled;

2) Your résumé

3) Two short writing samples (one internal memo/report and one additional sample)

4) Three professional references 

**Please note in your application if you are applying for this position as a full-time or part-time role.

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 no longer accepting applications for Summer 2019The priority application deadline for Fall 2019 is August 15, 2019, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (before and after that date) until all positions are filled.

Fall 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 Fall 2019, 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 communcation 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 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 policy making and the legislative provess 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 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 Fall 2019 is August 15, 2019, 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 internship will start Fall 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 Fall 2019 is August 15, 2019, 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 Fall 2019The priority application deadline for Fall 2019 is August 15, 2019, 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 Fall 2019 is August 15, 2019, 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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