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The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is expanding, and we’re seeking passionate colleagues to make positive change.

Our world is evolving and so are we, increasing the amount of staff and leveraging smarter ways to work to strengthen our deep commitment to advance meaningful regional change to better meet the challenges of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Following the turbulence of 2020 and deepening of the inequities laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re more committed than ever to shaping a stronger, more resilient region where everyone can thrive.

At MPC, we’re changemakers, conveners, researchers, planners, and policy experts – a diverse staff all committed to advancing the region we all call home. Join our team: Vice President of Philanthropy & Communications, StormStore™ Product Marketing Consultant (Contract), Associate

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

Vice President of Philanthropy & Communications: apply here

MPC seeks a Vice President of Philanthropy and Communications who will report to the President, be a part of the Senior Leadership Team and have the following responsibilities:

Fundraising Responsibilities

  • As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, contribute to the development of MPC’s strategic plan and remain versed in MPC’s program areas and projects to identify funding sources and trends that will help build new funder relationships
  • Create and implement a comprehensive fundraising growth plan that includes individual, foundation, corporate, planned gifts and sponsorships
  • Track and evaluate all fund development activities and provide regular reports to the President, Board of Governors, and senior staff advising on areas of concern and providing strategies to accomplish goals
  • In partnership with the finance team, prepare and review revenue projections as they relate to the overall organizational budget and track throughout the year
  • Manage and support the Director of Grants Management, Manager of Corporate Partnerships and Development Associate
  • Provide strategic guidance to the development team for all fundraising activities
  • Build staff capacity to identify and assist with strategic development opportunities
  • In partnership with the President, enhance Board engagement in donor identification, cultivation and fundraising activities; and
  • Prepare and present regular updates to the Board on development efforts

Communications Responsibilities

  • Manage and support the Director of Communications
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Director of Communications and three other communications staff to develop fundraising appeals, the annual report, website/social media and planned giving materials
  • Provide communications strategy, planning support and guidance for MPC events, including the annual luncheon
  • Contribute to a marketing and communications strategy to expand visibility and knowledge of MPC’s value to the Chicagoland Region through its programs/projects, policy work; advocacy stakeholder engagement and strategic initiatives


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree and fundraising credentials a plus; a minimum of 10 years of progressive fundraising experience
  • Demonstrated personal success in securing individual gifts, foundation grants and corporate sponsorships
  • Demonstrated experience in and an understanding of the connection between fundraising and communications to meet development goals
  • At least 5 years of experience managing a team to success
  • Experience with Board engagement
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
  • Experience with event coordination
  • Skilled in relationship building, donor prospecting, cultivation and solicitation
  • Excellent communications skills (written and verbal); discreet and experienced in handling highly confidential information and materials
  • High level of computer proficiency and familiarity with donor databases. (Window, Microsoft Office products, CRM database Raiser’s Edge NXT)

EEOC/Diversity Statement 
MPC is an equal opportunity employer. We stay true to our mission by celebrating the differences among us. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our workplace and encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply. We will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or retaliation of any kind and we promote a climate of mutual respect for our employees. 

Associate: apply here

The position will report to the Director of Transportation, supporting both transportation and water resources projects, and work closely with others on staff in multi-disciplinary project teams. 

Scope of Role 

The Associate will support research, advocacy, and project coordination including for transportation and water resources projects. The Associate performs task management in support of projects, managing internal and external communications to project partners, conducts foundational research, supports advocacy activities, develops meeting summaries and documentation, and supports tracking project outcomes. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Project coordination and support for transportation, water resources and related projects 
  • Stakeholder outreach, meeting management, documenting and tracking project outcomes 
  • Analytical research in support of program efforts  
  • Data analysis and use of GIS to analyze trends and create maps as well as other data visualizations to communicate research findings 
  • Advocacy activities including participating in various coalitions to collaborate on advancing policy change, and supporting development of correspondence and blogs to describe policy issues and solutions


  • Knowledge of federal, state, and regional transportation agencies and processes   
  • Ability to conduct analysis of transportation data sets including Census, household travel survey and specialized data such as regional sidewalk dataset
  • Ability to conduct mapping and analysis in GIS 
  • Experience analyzing and translating research findings into practical recommendations that can inform policy decisions. 
  • Knowledge or interest in water resources policy is a plus 
  • Strong oral and written communication and time management skills 
  • Ability to analyze data in support of research, projects, reports and other communications 
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and organize efficient work processes, collaborating with managers and peers, supporting timely outcomes 
  • A nimble and creative mindset with emotional intelligence, compassion, patience, and a sense of humor
  • Interpersonal communication skills strong enough to test and embrace new ways of working

Education & Experience 

A bachelor's degree in public policy, urban planning, public administration or other relevant fields. Master’s degree is highly desirable. Depth of experience may be substituted for formal or degree certification. 

Please respond to the following prompts in the cover letter:

  • Please detail experience with GIS and data analysis
  • Please describe experience working on transportation planning and policy issues
  • Please detail any experience working on water policy issues
  • Please detail experience maintaining productivity in a dynamic working environment

EEOC/Diversity Statement 

MPC is an equal opportunity employer. We stay true to our mission by celebrating the differences among us. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our workplace and encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply. We will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or retaliation of any kind and we promote a climate of mutual respect for our employees. 

About MPC

Dedicated to shaping a better, bolder, more equitable future for everyone, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) believes that every neighborhood has promise. Every community should be heard. And every person can thrive. Since 1934, this independent, nonpartisan organization has served metropolitan Chicago’s communities and residents to change perceptions, reimagine conversations, and defy the status quo. Through thoughtful collaboration with local communities, businesses, and governments, MPC is a bold change-maker, addressing the region’s toughest planning and development challenges. We believe that strong partnerships rooted in respect and trust are critical to creative and effective problem-solving. 

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

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

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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Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616 info@metroplanning.org

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