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[Posted 2020-08-14]

Community Relations Liaison /Project Coordinator - Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) seeks resumes from qualified individuals who are inspired by the future and what it could be and want to be part of a team to help shape it. Consider joining us by acting as the Community Outreach Liaison/Project Coordinator for MAPA and the Heartland 2050 Vision.

Specific areas of work include: execution and follow-through including project management, meeting new people and winning them over, creative problem solving and finding alternative ways to succeed, relationship building through strong personal and presentational communication, serving as a connector while seeking opportunities for collaboration, and a firm commitment to ensuring all individuals and communities have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to attain their full potential.

MAPA is the Council of Governments serving a six-county MAPA region (Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties in Nebraska and Mills and Pottawatomie Counties in Iowa). MAPA performs work related to planning, community development, and transportation and other issues of regional significance.

Heartland 2050 is a long-range vision for the future of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area. In the coming years, the region will experience dramatic demographic changes and face increased challenges related to the workforce. The Heartland Vision addresses these issues through collaborative leadership, a quality growth strategy for transportation and housing, and an eye toward improved access to opportunities for all.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as project manager for Heartland 2050 Implementation Committees and work groups.
    Provide facilitation and support.
  • Work with Heartland 2050 stakeholders to prioritize goals and activities and identify funding opportunities for implementation.
  • Facilitate Heartland 2050 action teams to execute projects and initiatives.
  • Represent MAPA at community meetings and connect Heartland 2050 strategies to community-based projects.
  • Coordinate with MAPA staff to enhance public outreach and participation. Commit to listening to underrepresented and marginalized populations to ensure all voices are included in the planning process.
  • Identify opportunities for partnership with cities, counties, states and other stakeholders in public participation.
  • Establish strategic partnerships and collaborations to further the Heartland 2050 vision and initiatives.
  • Ensure that equity is a regional goal and that progress towards this goal is measured in MAPA’s planning work. Coordinate the development of an organizational equity assessment to be conducted annually.
  • Assist in identifying opportunities to include robust representation from communities of color in MAPA Boards, committees, stakeholder groups.
  • Assist with creating and maintaining a comprehensive communications strategy for Heartland 2050.
  • Assist with Heartland 2050 events, to include the Summit, Speaker Series, and Learning Site Visits.
  • Must be able to work independently with good time management and organizational skills.
  • Good written and verbal communications skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external customers required.
  • May perform other related duties as required and assigned.

 Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, Communications, Planning, Public Administration, Public Relations or similar program preferred and/or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 2-5 years program management and facilitation experience.
  • Technology of Participation (TOP) Facilitator and IAP2 certifications preferred.
  • Knowledge of the practical application of the principles, practices, and techniques of regional planning and planning research.
  • Knowledge of the administration and organization of the various governmental units within the MAPA area.
  • Knowledge of the regulations, standards and procedures that relate to planning and community and economic development, committee facilitation and project management.
  • Experience in community development/economic development as a community organizer
    Ability to coordinate all phases of a specific program with other programs of MAPA,consultants and others.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials, public and private agency employees, groups interested in planning, diverse populations, and the general public, as well as fellow employees.
  • Highly organized individual who takes pride and ownership of work.
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills.
  • Outgoing personality who enjoys working with/helping people.
  • Ability to work well as a team member.
  • Skills in Google Apps for Business, Microsoft Office, Zoom, (or other virtual platforms).
  • Knowledge of Wordpress preferred.

MAPA reserves the right to hire at an appropriate level and duties may be adjusted to fit the candidate’s qualifications. Salary Range: $50,000 - $75,000. MAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Position will remain open until filled.

Job Type: Full-time

For more information on MAPA see our website www.mapacog.org


[Posted 2020-08-14]

Economic Development Planner-Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) seeks resumes from qualified economic development planning professionals to provide COVID-19 recovery assistance to economic development agencies in the MAPA region.    Specific areas of work include:  collaborating with economic development partners to  determine the economic impacts of COVID-19;  assessing needs; developing best practices and strategies;  updating the MAPA certified economic development strategy relative to future pandemics;  assisting in the development and management of a revolving loan fund; and community outreach.   This position is a grant funded position that is approved for at least two years with a possibility of a longer duration depending on approved future projects.  

MAPA is the Council of Governments serving a six-county region (Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties in Nebraska and Mills and Pottawattamie Counties in Iowa).  MAPA performs work related to planning, community and economic development, and transportation and other issues of regional significance.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Grant and sub-contractor management.
  • Coordinating with economic development partners identify impacts of COVID-19, assessing needs, and county-wide and regional recovery strategies related to the current pandemic and similar future events.
  • Disseminate information on disaster recovery programs, services, and planning tools. 
  • Assist economic development partners in applying for disaster-related funding assistance from state and federal sources.
  • Provide project management assistance on state and federally funded economic development projects.
  • Interest and knowledge of small business lending programs. 
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with staff, economic development professionals, state, and federal agencies, etc.
  • Assist in regional planning and resiliency efforts related to the current pandemic and similar future events.
  • Assisting with community outreach.

Requirements Include: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in community and regional planning, public administration, or a relevant degree with one to two years’ experience.   
  • Experience with economic development programs is desired but training will be offered to the right person.
  • Must be able to work independently with good time management and organizational skills.  
  • Good written and verbal communications skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external customers required.

MAPA reserves the right to hire at an appropriate level.  This position will be filled at the Associate or Planner level based on qualifications.   MAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  Position will remain open until filled.

For more information on MAPA see our website www.mapacog.org


[Posted 2020-04-28]

Community Development Planner - Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) seeks resumes from qualified community development and planning professionals to provide disaster recovery assistance for communities. Specific areas of work include: preparing disaster recovery assessments and strategies; grant writing and project administration of infrastructure projects; housing and business recovery activities; property acquisition and demolition of disaster damaged homes; and planning activities. This position is a grant funded position that is approved for at least two years with a possibility of a longer duration depending on approved future projects.

MAPA is the Council of Governments serving a six-county region (Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties in Nebraska and Mills and Pottawattamie Counties in Iowa). MAPA performs work related to planning, community development, and transportation and other issues of regional significance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collect, review, interpret, and present data.
  • Prepare disaster needs assessments and recovery plans for cities and counties.
  • Provide education and training to local governments about availability of disaster recovery programs, services, and planning tools.
  • Assist local governments in identifying and applying for disaster-related funding assistance from state and federal sources.
  • Provide project management assistance on state and federally funded infrastructure, housing, business recovery, and property acquisition projects.
  • Maintain project files, monitor project schedules and budgets, and preparation of progress and financial reports for funding agencies.
  • Ability to work with city and county officials and staff, program clients, subcontractors, state and federal agencies, etc.
  • Participate in regional collaboration and planning efforts relating to mitigation, response, and recovery efforts associated with future disaster events.

Requirements Include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in community and regional planning, public administration, or a relevant degree with one to two years’ experience a plus.
  • Experience with Hazard Mitigation Grants, Community Development Block Grant, Economic Development Administration programs is desired but training will be offered to the right person
  • Must be able to work independently with good time management and organizational skills.
  • Good written and verbal communications skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external customers required.

MAPA reserves the right to hire at an appropriate level. This position will be filled at the Associate or Planner level based on qualifications. MAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Applicants should apply with a resume at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Marjory Bell, HR Manager.


[Posted 2019-12-18]

Deputy City Administrator - City of Papillion, Nebraska

Position open until filled. EOE

The City of Papillion, Nebraska, is seeking a Deputy City Administrator to work alongside the City Administrator. The Deputy Administrator works independently managing multiple department heads and serves a significant role on the leadership team. Papillion is a rapidly growing community located in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan area. Currently, Papillion’s population is 23,889 and projected to increase to 90,000. Strong Papillion economic growth provides the Deputy City Administrator new and exciting opportunities. Papillion’s elected officials value experience, education, and job performance, and therefore pay top dollar to recruit and retain the best talent in the region.

Starting salary range $89,038 - $116,973 DOQ. Excellent benefits. Exempt position. Interested applicants should apply online on the City’s website page at www.papillion.org under Human Resources, Applicant Portal. Profile document: https://www.papillion.org/DocumentCenter/View/6227/Deputy-City-Adminstrator-Profile-

Interested applicants, please apply at:
https://www.papillion.org/218/Human-Resources

For more information on this position, contact:
Amber Powers, Assistant City Administrator
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(402)597-2032