Assistant Planner AP221 Chicago, IL

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a full-time employee at the Assistant level in the Planning Department, with an emphasis on long range planning, municipal finance, and public administration.

Successful candidates would be part of a large department and provide intermediate technical and professional support of CMAP’s long-range comprehensive regional planning, technical assistance and local capacity building programs, and research, data analysis, and mapping work to contribute to the agency’s long-range and local planning efforts. Planning projects may include intermediate level comprehensive plans, corridor or subarea plans, plan implementation, studies of special topics such as housing or economic development, and similar planning activities. Research and Analysis projects may include intermediate level 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 as apparent or assigned. 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.

A Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Policy, Geography, G.I.S., Computer Science, Statistics, or a related discipline. A Master’s degree in Planning, Public Policy, Geography, G.I.S., Computer Science, Statistics, or a related discipline, some professional experience in planning, policy analysis, or related field is preferred. Multilingual preferred.

Visit the “Careers at CMAP” webpage to find the job description with full position requirements and detailed information about our benefits at Qualified candidates should apply online at to be considered. This posting is open until filled.

Company Description

CMAP is our region’s official comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners are implementing ON TO 2050, our newly adopted comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.  See for more information.

CMAP is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application!

CMAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


  • Certifications/Licenses and Association Dues
  • Conferences/Training
  • Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Flextime
  • Health Insurance
  • Holidays
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Personal Days/Floating Holidays
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance