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MPC is currently hiring for a full-time Director of Water Resources,  Marketing Associate, a Water Resources and Municipal Outreach Consultant, and a 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 now accepting applications for Summer 2020 research assistant positions. MPC’s priority deadline for summer 2020 research assistants is March 16, 2020, but applications will be considered after that date until all positions are filled.


Director of Water Resources

The Opportunity

Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth. 

Over the past decade, MPC’s programming in sustainable, equitable water resources management has greatly evolved and expanded.  We spearhead legislative efforts at multiple levels of government, pilot market-based approaches to localized flooding, facilitate multi-sectoral collaboratives, direct on-the-ground technical assistance, engage in original research, and more. MPC is increasingly called upon to share the lessons of our work nationally, and throughout the Great Lakes region in particular.

The full spectrum of our water resources agenda requires policy and programmatic coordination by multiple partners across municipal, county and state borders, as well as the communication of complex technical issues to a variety of audiences, including the media. More than ever, this work requires consistent commitment to partnership with frontline community-based organizations and environmental justice advocates in order to advance water resources solutions that are restorative to both ecosystems and people. 

The Position

MPC is hiring a full-time Director of Water Resources to continue to build the organization’s environmental policy and programming. In the immediate term, the focus is on water supply and stormwater initiatives, with an eye toward growing the program to more expansively target climate resilience and other pressing environment challenges. The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage the existing work plan while envisioning and building toward greater impact.

MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with a background in public policy, advocacy, law, urban planning, engineering, sustainable development, and/or environmental management. Strong relationship and project management skills are crucial – experience facilitating large, multi-partner initiatives is a major plus.  At the outset, this Director will spearhead multiple legislative efforts targeting lead pipe replacement, strengthening the Illinois State Water Plan process, and securing funding for an objective analysis of the drivers of water rate increases. The Director will also guide policy changes in water resources management and broader environmental policy at the City, county and suburban level. Thus, experience in policy development and advocacy, coalition management, and campaigns is highly desired.

The Director will also supervise multiple staff and consultants engaged in local technical assistance, facilitation of the long-standing Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, research into stormwater management financing, and the establishment of an innovative stormwater credit program in suburban Cook County. Supervisory and mentorship experience, as well as strong project management skills, are a must.

MPC’s water resources management work does not stand alone. It is imperative that this work be integrated seamlessly with other organizational priorities and rooted in our organizational values (see below). It is expected that the Director will develop opportunities for integration of work across program areas, so versatility, inquisitiveness and creativity are essential to success.

The position will report directly to MPC’s Vice President Josh Ellis and will work closely with others on staff in multi-disciplinary project teams. 

Duties may include:

  • Supporting or managing MPC’s legislative efforts regarding lead pipe replacement, enhancement of the State Water Plan, and more;
  • Working directly with units of government, community organizations and a range of other stakeholders on local technical assistance projects;
  • Building resources to sustain and grow the program through multiple forms of fundraising;
  • Communicating MPC’s work through a variety of platforms and to a range of audiences, including elected officials and the media;
  • Translating lessons from MPC’s efforts into administrative or legislative policy reform recommendations, to be communicated through original reports, policy briefings, and dialogue with elected officials;
  • Researching best practices in water resources management for technical white papers and policy briefs, while also writing original content for a lay audience through newsletters, blog posts, and social media feeds;
  • Supervising and mentoring multiple staff and consultants, and guiding the projects those individuals in turn manage;
  • Coordinating public roundtable events and workshops to further MPC’s policy initiatives;
  • Participating actively on MPC’s Management Team; and
  • Other duties will depend on the background and expertise of the individual hired.

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 at least three years experience and:

  • is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle multiple tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
  • is a creative thinker, able to help build MPC’s environmental programming, and integrate it with other emerging MPC initiatives;
  • is able to work collaboratively with staff colleagues and external partners;
  • is passionate about the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s entire mission;
  • preferably has a Master’s degree in urban planning, engineering, public policy, or a related field (not required);
  • has knowledge of regional actors and institutions in Illinois and Indiana;
  • has demonstrated the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including government officials, developers and community-based organizations;
  • 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 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; and
  • is an excellent writer and public speaker.

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;

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


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.


Water Resources and Municipal Outreach Consultant

MPC is hiring a full-time or part-time consultant to support a number of critical projects related to water supply, stormwater and natural resources policy. MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with a background in urban planning, land use, development, climate resilience, environmental policy, law, and/or public administration. This project will involve research, data analysis, stakeholder engagement and technical assistance projects with multiple local units of government, in particular within the Little Calumet and Lower Des Plaines watersheds. Strong relationship and project management skills, versatility and entrepreneurialism are absolutely essential, as is the ability to develop and maintain a working rapport with government staff, elected officials and concerned citizens.

 The position will report to Vice President Josh Ellis until a new Director of Water Resources is hired. This position will run from March 2020 until December 2020, with a possible extension into 2021 contingent on funding. If hired for a full-time opportunity, the consultant will be eligible for MPC benefits offered to employees. If hired part-time, the consultant will be ineligible for MPC employee benefits. 

Primary responsibilities may include:

  • Serve as the primary project manager for technical assistance to two municipalities as part of Drinking Water 1-2-3, an initiative to support Chicagoland communities to better manage their drinking water systems. Depending on relevant experience, the technical assistance projects could include assisting a community in conducting a water loss audit based on the American Water Works Association’s M36 manual, convening stakeholders to identify a municipality’s water priorities and produce a recommendations report, producing a lead service line inventory and plan for removal, or helping to facilitate a pilot study to equitably set water rates. Expertise in water supply is not necessary, but experience with municipal outreach is a plus.
  • Assist with data collection and analysis to establish an inventory of green stormwater infrastructure throughout the region.
  • Coordinate logistics and ensure timely follow-up and relationship management for regional stakeholder outreach for StormStore, an MPC and Nature Conservancy initiative to create a stormwater credit trading market place in Cook County. The consultant will help prepare and finalize marketing materials for the opportunity, and secure willing partners to take advantage of a pilot through MWRD.
  • Collaborate with Associate Justin Keller to establish a vision and plan the event series logistics for a 2021 Drinking Water 123 Academy, aimed at municipal officials and water-related staff.
  • Develop public education materials for Will County around water conservation needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

MPC seeks an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can meet deadlines. The ideal candidate holds at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and has at least three to five years of relevant work experience.  

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 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;
  • enjoys a fast-paced, challenging, intellectually-stimulating workplace;
  • is an excellent writer, and an articulate speaker in a range of settings;
  • is entrepreneurial, and executes timely and skillfully on assigned work;
  • has a working knowledge of relevant stakeholders and institutions in the Chicago region—particularly related to water management and stormwater institutions; and
  • has experience communicating complex ideas to diverse audiences.

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; 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.


Manager of Finance and Administration

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.

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. We are looking for candidates with a track record of improving business operations, overseeing and negotiating with external vendors, communicating financial information with various stakeholders, and building human resources programs and services for staff.

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
  • Maintain financial accounting systems for cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit control, and petty cash; Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Manage the recruitment, hiring and on-boarding processes (training, IT, etc.) for new staff, and monitor performance and invoicing for contract-based hires as well.
  • 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.
  • In consultation with MPC’s General Counsel, draft and revise contractual agreements with external vendors, sub-grantees, and professional service providers, and monitor performance and expenses during contract duration; assures compliance with all state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • 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
  • Oversee MPC’s compliance with and reporting for state, regional and city lobbying laws
  • 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, slarrimore@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 

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 Summer 2020 research assistant positions. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Summer 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 Summer 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 policymakers 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 2020; please indicate in your application if you are seeking a paid or unpaid position. Summer RAs are expected to commit at least three days of work per week. 

How to Apply: 

We are now accepting applications for Summer 2020 research assistant positions. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. If you are interested in a position, please send the following materials by e-mail to manager@metroplanning.org:

  1. A current resume;
  2. A cover letter articulating your specific interest in MPC, the current projects you have the most interest in and what you believe you can add to them, and a proposed schedule; and
  3. A short (2-3 page) writing sample, and if applicable, examples of geospatial analysis or design work.
  4. Compensation or credit:
    1. Compensation from MPC: Please note if you are applying for an unpaid Research Assistant position, or if you require compensation from MPC. 
    2. External compensation: Note if you are seeking Federal work-study compensation or external funding from your college/university or an outside program to fund your position at MPC. 
    3. Please note if you are applying for this position to receive college/university course credit, or fulfill an internship requirement

No phone calls, please. 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 Summer 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 deadline for Summer 2020 research assistants is March 16, 2020, but applications will be considered after that date 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 Summer 2020 The priority application deadline is Monday, March 16, 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 Summer 2020 is Monday, March 16, 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.

Notices for available positions at MPC are posted here.

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

MPC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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

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