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Organization: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Title: Senior Planner - Freight
Location: Downtown Chicago, IL
Application Deadline: 2018-09-23
Posted: 2018-08-23

Position Description:

Position Purpose

The Senior Planner will be responsible for management, oversight, and implementation of CMAP’s
forthcoming Truck Routing and Community Studies, a project to investigate truck mobility and
investment needs in three of the region’s industrial and logistics clusters. As North America’s freight
hub, northeastern Illinois experiences large amounts of truck movement, with significant impacts on
the region’s economy, as well as local congestion, safety, and quality of life. The project will focus on
improving truck routing across jurisdictions, in addition to addressing local permitting processes,
delivery management, and community impacts as appropriate to the cluster. Throughout the project,
the planner will be expected to emphasize the recommendations of ON TO 2050.
The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate knowledge about the interactions between
infrastructure, land use, goods movement, and regional public policy. Preference will be given to
those who possess strong ability to collect and analyze data, manage research, oversee consultant
work, conduct outreach, and communicate findings to a broad range of audiences. The candidate
should demonstrate an interest in the complex challenges addressed by long range planning. This is
a new position with the opportunity to shape goods movement planning and policy in North
America’s freight hub.
 Manages CMAP’s Truck Routing and Community Studies; conducts and coordinates
research, data collection and analysis, and other project tasks.
 Uses the Agency’s project management methodologies and tools to manage project scope and
achieve time, budget and deliverable objectives.
 Oversees the work of external contractors or consultants.
 Monitors expenditures against project budget; reviews and approves invoices; confirms work
completed, deliverables, and timeliness; identifies and reports variances.
 Conducts and guides outreach including coordinating, planning, attending, and/or leading
meetings with external partners, stakeholders, and the general public. Establishes and
maintains positive relations with community officials and representatives. May serve on
committees, task forces, and other bodies to represent CMAP.
 Attends internal department meetings as well as external committee meetings, outreach
events, and workshops as assigned. Some in-region travel required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of urban and/or regional planning practice and an understanding of
environmental, social, land use, transportation, and goods movement considerations in planning,
with specific experience in freight policy and planning projects.
 Demonstrated understanding and/or interest in the complex connections between
transportation, development, the metropolitan economy, and regional governance and policy.
 Skill in general principles of research, data collection and analysis, and technical writing.
 Ability to compile and effectively communicate technical information to external and internal
audiences orally, in writing, and in presentations.
 Successful experience as project manager in developing and managing scope, cost/budget,
timeline and deliverables of projects, and use of project management tools to monitor project
 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, community
or civic leaders, public sector officials and staff, partner agencies and organizations, and the
general public.
 Ability to manipulate and analyze data sources in spreadsheets, databases, and geographic
information systems (GIS), generate findings from these data, and communicate results to a
non-technical audience.
 Ability to work with limited supervision.
 Familiarity with the governance structure in northeastern Illinois is desired.
Education and Experience
An undergraduate degree urban planning, policy, public administration, engineering, or related field
is required; Master’s degree preferred, and extensive experience in professional planning,
researching, analyzing and writing, and supporting public planning projects and initiatives that may
include some supervisory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. A
minimum of five years of relevant prior work experience is required.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and résumé via the web at www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers. Please
refer to Job Code (SPF82018).