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SG-W:/ job opening for land use director

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The Ecology Center, a regional environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, is hiring a land use programs director to oversee its advocacy efforts to stop sprawl and promote smart growth in Washtenaw County and southeast Michigan.

The Ecology Center is a regional nonprofit organization that works for a clean and just environment through grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and demonstration projects. Founded in 1970, the Center has approximately 3,500 members and supporters, 9 staff persons, several part-time consultants and interns, and an 11-person Board of Directors. The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, also a nonprofit organization, which operates the premier recycling programs in the state of Michigan.


The Land Use Programs Director will direct the land use advocacy programs of the Ecology Center. While the Center's interests are statewide, the Land Use Programs Director will focus on southeast Michigan, particularly Washtenaw County, where we see important strategic opportunities.

Over the past five years, the Center has played a leading role in the development of innovative land preservation policies and programs in Washtenaw County, including a November 2000 ballot proposal to preserve natural areas. We believe that there are now unprecedented opportunities to manage growth and slow sprawl in the county. Recent large-scale, proactive land preservation initiatives have drawn the support of a huge number of grassroots volunteers and of prominent business leaders. Many community leaders rank sprawl as the county's top problem.

The Campaign Director will work with grassroots activists, local environmental organizations, public officials, and business supporters to develop and enact a broad agenda for local smart growth reforms. The position will provide technical assistance to local groups and citizen activists on land use issues, and will explore the potential for enacting innovative policies and programs of regional planning, farmland preservation, natural areas protection, enhancements of transit and pedestrian/cyclist services, brownfields redevelopment, etc. The position may also explore working collaboratively with other organizations to promote a smart growth agenda in southeast Michigan and throughout the state.

In addition, the position has some shared organizational responsibilities and office duties..

Experience in public interest advocacy and/or community organizing;
Educational training or professional experience in urban planning, land use, transportation, and/or related issues;
Knowledge of Michigan land use and zoning laws;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Good writing and public speaking skills;
Ability to communicate well with a diverse set of people and organizations; and,
Good organizational skills.

Starting salary is $30,000 per year with an excellent benefits package. Hours are flexible.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Hiring Committee, Ecology Center, 117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Alternatively, please fax to (734) 663-2414 or email to info@ecocenter.org. For more information, please call (734) 761-3186.

Mike Garfield
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3186 ext. 104
(734) 663-2414 (fax)

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