Executive Director

Posted on February 22, 2019

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking highly qualified candidates with demonstrated success in leading complex, results oriented comprehensive planning and regional transportation efforts to serve as CMAP’s next Executive Director. CMAP is the highly respected regional planning agency for metropolitan Chicago. CMAP staff serves as the staff for the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

  • A nationally recognized, innovative agency, CMAP coordinates strategies to help the region’s 284 communities and seven counties address transportation, housing, economic development, open space and environmental issues. CMAP is governed by a 15-member Board comprised of individuals appointed by elected leaders from the City of Chicago, and the seven counties. The Executive Director reports directly to the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee, which have joint responsibility for approving the regional transportation plan.
  • CMAP was initiated in 2006 by state legislation and is a recognized model of non-partisan regional cooperation. The agency has had two Executive Directors since its inception, has a $20 million budget and 107 full-time employees. CMAP is highly respected throughout the region for the high caliber planning reports that are developed through transparent public engagement, data analysis and extensive collaboration with regional partners. This progressive approach to identifying issues and potential solutions to opportunities and challenges in the region culminated in the adoption of the ON TO 2050 Plan in October 2018. The next Executive Director will lead the important effort to collaborate with partners throughout the region in the implementation of the critical goals and objectives of this plan.
  • The next Executive Director will be a skilled leader who is passionate about comprehensive regional planning, and committed to collaborating with partners at all levels of government to identify issues and solutions critical to the success of the metropolitan area. To accomplish the goals and objectives of the ON TO 2050 Plan, the Executive Director must also be a motivating leader of a highly professional and talented staff who are passionate about transportation and comprehensive planning and dedicated to the mission of CMAP.


Candidates must have strong oral and written skills, media skills and the ability to build effective relationships throughout the region and with state leaders. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy or related field. A master’s degree in urban and regional planning, public administration or related field is highly desirable. Knowledge of local, state and federal processes and funding mechanisms is important. Starting salary is $200,000 + DOQ. Candidates should apply online at www.govhrjobs.com at once but not later than March 29, 2019 to Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA. Email: HVoorhees@govhrusa.com. Tel: 847-902-4110.