MPC is currently accepting applications for three positions:
In addition, applications for Research Assistants are always accepted.
Program Director: Infrastructure Finance
Posted: January 2013
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. MPC works with business, government, and community leaders across the expansive region of northeast Illinois, northwest Indiana, and southeast Wisconsin.
In recent years, MPC’s work on innovative infrastructure finance has included securing passage of public private partnership (PPP) legislation, guiding congestion pricing case studies for the Tollway, and advising the Tollway, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, CTA, and the City of Chicago on emerging tools. With the right leadership, this work is poised for greater impact.
Our region’s agreed-to infrastructure priorities require new funding tools. These tools, such as value capture instruments, public-private partnerships, and variable priced tolls or parking are part of the answer to aging infrastructure and constrained budgets to fund infrastructure. The goal of MPC’s innovative finance agenda is to fundamentally rethink how we invest in our communities. The public and private sector should be rewarded for working together to more efficiently and effectively deploy resources to regain the Chicago region’s competitive edge, and shape a new era of sustainable economic prosperity that supports cities’ and the region’s business plans. The Council is currently partnering with several governmental organizations on innovative financing efforts.
MPC is hiring a full-time program director to support and advance our leadership on innovative infrastructure finance. MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with a background in finance (public, real estate, investment) and economics. Strong relationship and project management skills and versatility are absolute essentials to success. This person will lead innovative infrastructure finance project, with exact responsibilities dependent on the candidate’s skills and experience.
- Perform analysis on using innovative financing tools to build new infrastructure in our region, including value capture, public-private partnership, variable priced parking, congestion pricing, special assessment, joint development, and other tools
- Document existing state and regional structures and tools to determine how they can advance regional infrastructure plans
- Research best practices in innovative financing and infrastructure for technical white papers and policy briefs, and write original content for lay audience to be disseminated through newsletters, blog posts, and social media feeds
- Educate regional leaders on best practices in innovative finance for infrastructure to demonstrate application to specific local projects
- Determine if additional financing tools are necessary to implement regional infrastructure plans and lead advocacy, legislative, or existing authorities to use those tools
- Identify federal funding streams that could be leveraged with value capture or other investments and organize support to secure resources for projects
- Coordinate public roundtable events and workshops to further MPC’s policy initiatives
- Work with regional leaders and organize stakeholders (developers, investors) to access data, assess potential, and advance implementation of innovative financing opportunities in the Chicago region such as Union Station, Bus Rapid Transit, O’Hare Western Bypass and Access
- Identify other projects in the region best suited to be implemented through innovative financing and lead a financing feasibility team
- Work with the region’s state or local authorities and with existing tools to implement key infrastructure projects
Other duties as assigned.
MPC seeks a highly organized, dynamic, and motivated individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can meet deadlines. The ideal candidate has five or more years of public finance experience and:
- is an excellent writer and speaker;
- 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 innovative finance agenda over time;
- is able to work collaboratively with staff colleagues;
- is passionate about the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission;
- has a Master’s degree in business, economics, public policy, or a related field;
- has knowledge of urban planning and policy issues in the Chicago region (please refer to MPC’s website for a list of issues: www.metroplanning.org);
- has demonstrated the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including government officials, developers and community-based organizations;
- has knowledge of regional actors and institutions in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin;
- is familiar with ArcGIS software and geospatial analysis, statistical analysis, and basic graphic design software; and
- has experience communicating complex ideas to a diverse set of audiences, including public officials and private investors.
To Apply, please send:
1) A letter detailing how your experience relates to the job being filled;
2) Your résumé; and
3) A 1-2 pp. persuasive writing sample to:
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60603
No phone calls please. Applications lacking any one of these three requirements will not be considered. For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org.
MPC is an equal opportunity employer.
Mission Continues Fellow
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY: The Mission Continues is seeking one (1) Post 9-11 Veteran to serve as a Mission Continues Fellow with Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago, IL, starting May 4th, 2013. The Fellow will serve for 20 hours a week for 26 weeks focusing on organizational communications and event logistics, while completing monthly professional development assignments, and inspiring others in the community to serve. Fellows will receive a cost-of-living stipend. Throughout the Fellowship, The Mission Continues makes every effort to connect Fellows with the resources to achieve their post-fellowship goals - in the workforce, in education, or in continuing service.
Fellowship Position Summary
- Provide comprehensive assistance to MPC’s Communications teams to present stories, advocacy materials, and data through written content, audio and video, and social media in thoughtful, compelling ways.
- Assist with promotion of MPC’s annual Placemaking contest.
- Assist with events planning, in particular Roundtables and the Annual Luncheon.
- Track federal and state legislation for internal staff briefings.
- Other tasks as needed or as appropriate to fellow’s interest or experience.
- Post 9/11 Veteran; no longer on Active/Guard/Reserve Status (IRR/ING is acceptable)
- Minimum 24 months of time in service unless serious injury was sustained preventing further service; Attained honorable discharge
- Clean criminal record check
- Minimum 4-year undergraduate degree
- Strong communication, time management, and organizational skills preferred
- Ability to work in a professional team environment
To apply for the Fellowship, visit www.missioncontinues.org and input Metropolitan Planning Council as your referral source on the application. The application deadline is February 11, 2013. For additional information contact email@example.com.
Starting Date: Rolling start dates of May 1, September 1, January 1
Current needs: MPC is currently seeking research assistant candidates with proven abilities in survey development and analysis, GIS-based geospatial analysis and/or statistical analysis, and program evaluation. It is expected that these candidates will work primarily on MPC's water resources, Community Building Initiative, Commute Options, Employer-Assisted Housing, and Transportation Innovation projects.
MPC is also currently seeking research assistant candidates with a strong interest in communications, social media, web content development, audio and video production, and design.
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 newsletter articles, 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 1. Candidates receiving school credit or compensation through a fellowship program will receive preference in staffing decisions, but all are welcome to apply. As a general rule of thumb, fall and winter RAs are expected to commit at least two full days of work per week, and summer RAs at least three.
How to Apply
Please send the following materials by e-mail to Josh Ellis, program director and research assistant coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- a current resume;
- 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 a short (3-4 page) writing sample.
No phone calls please. For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org
MPC is an equal opportunity employer.