Assistant Planners / Analysts


Date Posted



Urban Planning September 13, 2018 Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Chicago, IL, USA

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The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire full-time employees at the Assistant level in the Local Planning Department, with an emphasis on long range planning, research and analysis, economic development and market analysis, or municipal/county government.

CMAP is the Chicago region’s official comprehensive planning agency integrating planning for land use and transportation in the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois. The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range comprehensive regional plan to help the region implement strategies that address community, prosperity, environment, governance, and mobility through inclusive growth, resilience, and prioritized investment. At CMAP we recognize that one of our greatest assets is our people. And a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, ideas, and lifestyles represented by CMAP employees will allow us to provide the best possible service to our region. For more information on CMAP and ON TO 2050, visit

Position Purpose

CMAP seeks Assistants to be part of a large department and provide technical and professional support of CMAP’s long-range comprehensive regional planning, the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, and research, data analysis, and mapping work to contribute to the agency’s long-range and local planning efforts. Planning projects may include comprehensive plans, corridor or subarea plans, zoning revisions, studies of special topics such as housing or economic development, and similar planning activities. Research and Analysis projects may include GIS mapping, data processing, quantitative spatial analyses, and the development and documentation of new business intelligence tools and products, and methodologies for quantitative analysis.

Assistants are primarily expected to perform technical work researching, analyzing and writing technical planning documents and supporting public planning projects and initiatives, and related work. Assistants may also be asked to contribute to other CMAP activities, including but not limited to the implementation of ON TO 2050, as well as the agency’s general activities in policy, programming, and planning. Work is typically performed under the close supervision of a Planning Principal. This position requires travel throughout the region and candidates must have the ability and willingness to work with communities across the region.

Closing date: September 29th, 2018