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Transportation & Community Development Director – Chicago, IL

Organization: Center for Neighborhood Technology

Position Title: Transportation and Community Development Director

Location: Chicago, IL

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Salary commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: None posted.

Posted On: May 13, 2013.

Organization Overview:

Founded in 1978, CNT ( is an award-winning urban sustainability innovations laboratory that develops, tests, and replicates innovative programs and policies to make urban communities more livable, affordable, and sustainable, creating tangible community economic and environmental benefits. CNT’s work promotes the efficient use of energy, water, transportation, land, and infrastructure resources, aiming to simultaneously improve both the economy and the environment, while reducing the cost of living. CNT’s work combines cutting-edge research and analysis, public policy advocacy, the creation of web-based information tools for transparency and accountability, and the advancement of social ventures which speed adoption of these innovations.


The Center for Neighborhood Technology seeks an experienced professional as the leader of its Transportation and Community Development Program (TCD). The program’s mission is to increase the location efficiency of urban regions by supporting and developing vibrant sustainable communities around existing transportation assets and promoting diverse mobility options.

To meet this challenge, CNT has developed tools and metrics which make transparent the benefits of transit, transit-oriented development, and cargo-oriented industrial revitalization; and assists cities and regions in identifying and pursuing transportation-centered development strategies that foster resource efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce household cost of living.

CNT seeks a creative and effective leader with the vision, skills, and entrepreneurial approach to help redirect public and private investment flows in the United States toward smart, livable communities. This person will work closely with CNT’s other programs and affiliate organizations. The Director reports to CNT’s CEO.


  • Provides strategic leadership to our Transportation and Community Development (TCD) program
  • Leads and manages the TCD program and staff
  • Develops TCD project goals, objectives, strategies, or initiatives in collaboration with other CNT staff
  • Represents CNT in transportation and community development policy and economic development regional and national venues and coalitions
  • Provides transportation and community development contract services to municipalities and planning agencies.
  • Working with our Research and Development division, develops and oversees a research program designed to further TCD objectives
  • Secures foundation and contract revenue sufficient to grow the program
  • Develops and maintains strong working relationships internally and externally with key stakeholders
  • Develops reports and presentations to communicate TCD strategy, and the value of location efficiency and transportation infrastructure to a broad group of stakeholders including but not limited to: community and civic groups, transportation and economic development professionals, media, government, foundations and nonprofits.
  • Participates in the CNT staff leadership group


  • 10+ years of experience in transportation planning, transportation economics, transportation financing, market research and/or microeconomics
  • Strong data analysis and data management skills
  • Strong program development, project management, policy development and fundraising experience
  • Understanding of housing finance and/or urban development issues and policies. Experience in helping design value capture systems through mechanisms such as tax-increment financing, special service areas, municipal bonds, or business improvement districts. Experience in or knowledge of freight planning, industrial development, transit oriented development, brownfields and workforce development helpful.
  • Ability to work with nationally prominent teams, organizations and decision makers
  • Working knowledge of transportation analysis such as travel demand management or transit planning; and knowledge of statutory and regulatory frameworks relevant to transportation
  • Demonstrated experience in producing opinion-shaping publications for popular and technical audiences;
  • Knowledge of, interest in, and use of information technology and social media
  • Ability to work collaboratively and develop effective teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Masters degree in Urban Planning, Economics, engineering or related field
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and activities simultaneously
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor.

The preferred candidate is an organized, collaborative, and creative professional with strong communication and interpersonal skills. He or she will have the ability to anticipate issues; propose solutions; represent them in public venues; implement them successfully with flexibility, persistence and resilience; and to creatively work with partners, networks, and leaders, both nationally and locally.

How to Apply: 

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to:

Human Resources – TCD, Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2125 W. North Avenue, Chicago IL 60647.

Fax to 773-278-3840 or email to

Contact Information:

Center for Neighborhood Technology,

2125 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

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