by Matt Cowall
Thursday, September 26, 2019

LIAA is seeking an experienced, highly-creative professional with strong leadership and strategic thinking skills for our Community Planner position based at our Traverse City office. The Community Planner will help LIAA provide the best land-use planning and community development services available in Michigan. The person in this position will help cities, townships, villages and counties across the state work together in developing more sustainable, healthy communities that preserve Michigan’s cultural and natural resources while building greater community resilience.

We provide a reasonable salary (salary range: $40K–$50K+, depending on experience and education), good benefits, great colleagues, a comfortable work environment, and meaningful causes worth working for, all in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.

The ideal candidate is a creative and engaging person with truly excellent writing and communication skills, a willingness to travel, and passion for the work. We prefer a person with some experience and an advanced degree in urban planning or a related field. Experience and expertise in areas such as ecosystem and natural sciences, landscape architecture, and/or community development and design are also desirable. Differentiators include proficiencies in InDesign, SketchUp, Photoshop and AutoCAD, and experience facilitating community meetings.

How to Apply

Please send an email to, attaching a well-written cover letter, a résumé, and three professional references as soon as possible. All documents should be provided in PDF format. Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled.