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Regional Planner


Job Description:

The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) seeks a highly motivated, organized, and team-oriented professional to assist our Regional Planning and Community Development Department. The primary role is to plan, coordinate, and implement community, land use, and transportation planning projects throughout NWMCOG’s ten-county region (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties).    



Responsibilities include planning project initiation and coordination, meeting preparation and management, research, report and grant preparation and presentations to groups. 

Specific regional planning projects are community-driven and vary according to community/stakeholder needs and available resources. Projects or tasks implemented/coordinated by the Regional Planner may include working on economic development strategic plans, developing community-based programs, securing funding for community development projects and developing and/or scheduling educational programs that address issues of local/regional concern. Other projects/opportunities may also develop.



A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college in urban/regional planning, economics, public administration, or related field, with minimum two years’ work experience in planning, community development or related field is preferred.  Additionally, knowledge of intergovernmental processes and coordination, a familiarity with planning techniques and methods, and awareness of local, regional and statewide planning issues is required.

Applicants must possess excellent problem solving and analytical skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, a spirit of cooperation and courtesy to assist the public, excellent oral and written communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, and experience with GIS principles. Independent judgment, motivation, initiative, communication, teamwork, organization, attention to detail, listening, and facilitation, are also critical skills. Master’s degree in related field, AICP certification, demonstrated project management success, proven grant writing success, GIS proficiency, and project implementation capabilities are preferred qualifications.



This position may require considerable travel around the ten-county northwest Lower Michigan region, including occasional evening meetings and possible overnight stays. Must have valid Michigan driver’s license and be able to drive agency vehicle.



Anticipated annual salary range for this entry-level, full-time position is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The NWMCOG offers very competitive and comprehensive benefits.

Submit résumé, three references, writing sample (not to exceed three pages), and a letter of interest in the position that includes career goals by May 18, 2012 to: Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Regional Planning & Community Development Department, Attn. Mathias McCauley, P.O. Box 506, Traverse City, MI 49685-0506.    


The NWMCOG is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


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