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MPC is currently seeking a Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Public Health Fellow, for a full-time 40 hours per week (4-month) or part-time (8-month) position.     

MPC offers paid and unpaid Research Assistant positions, including Development Intern position. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2020 research assistant positions. MPC’s priority deadline for Fall 2020 research assistants is August 21, 2020, but applications will be considered after that date until all positions are filled. 


Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Public Health Fellow

About MPC:   

For more than 85 years, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area’s toughest planning and development challenges. MPC is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with an established track-record of high-quality research, advocacy, and demonstration projects to help our region and its local communities thrive. MPC works to solve today's urgent problems—with a focus on economic revitalization, vibrant neighborhoods, quality housing, and transportation choices and well-managed natural assets—and we think ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow.

With a professional staff of 28 and growing, several Senior Fellows and a team of Research Assistants, MPC’s 2020 budget is $5.8 million. More information on MPC can be found online at: https://www.metroplanning.org.

 The Opportunity: 

MPC is seeking talented candidates for our Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Public Health Fellow

MPC takes a holistic approach to improving community health outcomes by targeting structural determinants (e.g., improving access to transit, opening funding mechanisms for more affordable housing units, addressing disinvestment and displacement, ensuring equitable access to safe drinking water, piloting and evaluating mobility options for those with disabilities, mitigating the risk and severity of urban flooding, and weaving environmental justice into municipal planning and development processes). This emerging agenda is regional in scope, broad in mandate, and both resource and time-intensive. To expand MPC’s ability to execute this agenda, MPC is seeking talented candidates for our Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Public Health Fellow. 

The ideal candidate will have the research skills, relevant topical knowledge, and organizational acumen to advance multiple MPC health equity priorities. The paid fellow will work directly with staff at all levels of the organization, external partners, Board members, and MPC Research Assistants. This high-caliber career development opportunity will help one emerging professional build a career in urban planning or policy. The paid fellow can cite the distinction of the fellowship on their MPC blog posts, publications, and their professional résumé.

This position will play an important role in coordination, research, communications, and stakeholder engagement for the following health equity and planning areas:

 This fellow will report to the Manager of Health Equity and Planning, and assist with the following projects: 

  • Safe and Healthy Housing: MPC has long advocated for affordable, quality housing as a pathway to greater economic opportunity and improved individual family and community health. MPC is partnering with several City of Chicago departments to address substandard housing through research, policy identification, and potential implementation. For example, updating inspection parameters and strengthening code enforcement can prevent or improve chronic health conditions. This work will require research (e.g. understanding what has worked in other cities, funding mechanisms for remediation, etc.), advocacy and communications, and coalition building. The fellow will aid research, attend meetings, and bolster communications.
  • Cross-Sector Land Use and Community Planning: Health equity and environmental justice must be embedded as part of all regional, city, and neighborhood-focused planning. MPC co-facilitates a coalition working to improve everyday planning processes as well as helping shape a City of Chicago citywide plan. The fellow may assist with research (for example, how other cities have incorporated public health into their plans), stakeholder engagement, and writing memos to inform planning processes.
  • Rivers, Industrial Corridors, and Health: MPC serves as a backbone organization for the Great Rivers Chicago initiative, a cross-sector effort to make Chicago’s rivers more inviting, productive, and living. As part of this effort, MPC is working with community partners who are leading efforts to address the historical and ongoing effects of industrial riverfront uses. The fellow will assist in this partnership by contributing to public communications and advocacy based on recently completed research findings.
  • Build Back Better: Sparked by COVID-19, MPC is developing strategies for the region to become better equipped to deal with shocks (such as the current pandemic, natural disasters), and stressors (e.g., systemic racism, climate change), and create a region that is more equitable, sustainable, prosperous, and engaged. The fellow will contribute to this effort through research, stakeholder engagement, and policy development.

MPC seeks an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can juggle multiple deadlines at once. Ideal candidates will have a background in research, data analysis, and community outreach/engagement. Preferred candidates will have educational and/or professional experience in urban/regional planning, policy, urban studies, political science or another related field, and/or relevant volunteer or professional experiences.

Schedule and Compensation

The fellowship is full-time 40 hours per week for a 4-month period, or part-time for a 8-month period. The fellow will receive a stipend of $15,000 (without health benefits) for this position.

How to Apply

For the, the applicant must submit the following materials by email:

  1.     A cover letter that articulates specific interest in MPC and its health equity and planning agenda, how this fellowship will position the applicant for professional growth;
  2.     A current résumé;
  3.     A writing sample (1-2 pages);
  4.     Three professional references; and
  5.     (Optional) any other supporting evidence as the applicant sees fit (e.g. evidence of quantitative analysis, application of community development tools, GIS work, renderings, articles, etc.).

Please send application materials by e-mail to Ame Esterline at manager@metroplanning.org. No phone calls please.

MPC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Research Assistant

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

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

Fall 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 fall 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Overall program: 

MPC’s volunteer research assistants are a vital part of the organization’s success. Depending on the project at hand, RAs conduct original research, write blog posts and case studies, organize community meetings, perform GIS and quantitative analysis and a range of other work.

You may apply for an RA position at any time, but as a general guideline new RAs start around May 1, September 1 and January 2. Candidates receiving school credit or compensation through a fellowship or work-study program will receive preference in staffing decisions, but all are welcome to apply. MPC will have a very limited number of paid Research Assistant positions available in 2020; 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 Fall 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. 


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 2020. The priority deadline is August 21, 2020, but applications will be considered after that date 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.


Water Resources Management 

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

  • This position will involve municipal and local stakeholder engagement and education related to our Drinking Water 1-2-3 Technical Assistance projects. This position will also help with administration of the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative. Qualitative research and writing will be required, and knowledge of both water supply and stormwater management challenges is a plus.
  • This position will involve public and private stakeholder engagement, especially institutional, nonprofit, and for profit developers, engineers and planning consultants, and community stakeholders. Fluency with qualitative research, writing for a public audience, and soft skills of initiating and facilitating calls and meeting are required. Intermediate to advanced GIS mapping and database management is preferred, though not required.
  • In this position, the Research Assistant will provide support on MPC’s water-related legislative priorities. Topics include lead service line replacement and water rate affordability. Duties may include:
    • Research into nationwide policy best practices
    • Drafting communication materials, including policy memos, blog posts, and white papers
    • Assisting with management of diverse coalition to advocate for lead service line replacement
    • Data analysis, including statewide lead service line distribution and costs associated with lead exposure
    • Candidates should have strong research, analysis, and writing skills. Background knowledge of water policy is preferred, but not required.

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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