Dedicated to shaping a better, bolder, more equitable future for everyone, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) believes that every neighborhood has promise. Every community should be heard. And every person can thrive. Since 1934, this independent, nonpartisan organization has served metropolitan Chicago’s communities and residents to change perceptions, reimagine conversations, and defy the status quo. Through thoughtful collaboration with local communities, businesses, and governments, MPC is a bold change-maker, addressing the region’s toughest planning and development challenges. We believe that strong partnerships rooted in respect and trust are critical to creative and effective problem-solving.
MPC is a values-driven workplace, and we are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to creating a region that is:
MPC is an equal opportunity employer. We stay true to our mission by celebrating the differences among us. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our workplace and encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply. We will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or retaliation of any kind and we promote a climate of mutual respect for our employees.
Over the past two decades, MPC’s environmental programming has evolved and expanded, and now is in need of new leadership, both to steward existing initiatives and to build for the future. MPC has a particularly strong program, team, and track record in multiple facets of water resources management. At the same time, MPC has built momentum and intersections in a range of broader spheres–climate resilience, environmental equity, public health—and specific topical areas, such as air quality.
MPC spearheads policy change at multiple levels of government, facilitates multi-sectoral collaboratives, provides direct on-the-ground technical assistance, engages in original research, and more. MPC is increasingly called upon to share the lessons of our work nationally, and throughout the Great Lakes region, in particular. The Director is expected to lead a strong team in all facets of MPC’s environmental policy work.
The full spectrum of our environmental agenda requires policy and programmatic coordination by multiple partners across municipal, county and state borders, as well as the communication of complex technical issues to a variety of audiences, including the media. More than ever, this work requires consistent commitment to partnerships with frontline community-based organizations and environmental justice advocates in order to advance solutions that are restorative to ecosystems and people.
MPC is hiring a full-time Director of Environmental Policy. The Director will inherit a highly successful water resources program and team, and is expected to advance current priorities, such as launching a stormwater credit trading program and advancing state legislation mandating the replacement of lead pipes. The Director will also scope and continue to build the organization’s broader environmental policy and programming. The Director will also build on MPC’s organizational commitment to anti-racism in the process and outcomes of our environmental initiatives. The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage the existing work plan while envisioning and building toward greater impact, which will include collaborating with other staff at MPC working transportation, land use, housing and other planning topics. The Director will also supervise multiple staff and consultants engaged in a variety of types of work – research, advocacy, technical assistance, and beyond. The Director will be a primary spokesperson for the organization, able to convey MPC’s priorities and values through a variety of media, and able to communicate complex intersections between environmental policy, racial justice, government capacity and more.
2021 priorities will include leadership within multiple legislative efforts targeting lead pipe replacement and water justice issues, strengthening the Illinois State Water Plan process, and working with multiple state agencies to embed environmental equity into their processes and funding. The Director will also lead advocacy efforts to stand up an Environmental Equity Working Group for the City of Chicago, to contribute to MPC’s broader efforts to inform the structuring and priorities of the We Will Chicago citywide plan, and to establish a clear and impactful role for MPC in regional climate resilience and other regional sustainability strategies beyond Chicago.
While this Director will inherit the existing momentum of MPC’s water resources work, those efforts cannot stand alone. It is imperative that this work be integrated seamlessly with other organizational priorities and rooted in our organizational values (see below).
The position will report directly to MPC’s Vice President Josh Ellis and will work closely with others on staff in multi-disciplinary project teams.
Core duties include:
MPC seeks an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can juggle multiple deadlines at once. The ideal candidate has at least three years of relevant experience and:
Dedicated to shaping a better, bolder, more equitable future for everyone, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) believes that every neighborhood has promise. Every community should be heard. And every person can thrive. Since 1934…
How to Apply:
The priority application deadline for the Director of Environmental Policy position is January 22, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send the following materials by e-mail to Ame Esterline at firstname.lastname@example.org:
1) A cover letter articulating your specific interest in the role and what you will bring to it;
2) Your résumé;
3) A short and relevant writing sample (2-3 pages); and
4) Three professional references
No phone calls please.
MPC is carefully following CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health and safety guidelines due to COVID-19. The organization has implemented a work from home policy for all staff and research assistants.
How to Apply:
The priority application deadline for the Director of Environmental Policy position is January 22, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is…