Now Hiring: Associate & Senior Associate

Woman in glasses and a dark blue sweatshirt points to a map and talks with children about their community. MUSE Community + Design is looking for our next great Associate and Senior Associate! See details below about both opportunities and how to apply.

About the Firm 
Muse Community + Design (MUSE), is an innovative urban planning and public engagement firm founded in 2014 and located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. We help communities manage change by creating plans, processes, and policies to implement a shared vision. We believe our work is enhanced by diverse experiences and perspectives. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex, are encouraged to apply. We offer a generous benefit package and are committed to a high quality of work-life balance.  

Associate
We are a busy and growing practice and seek to add a dynamic associate to our team who can work on a variety of public engagement, mobility, and urban planning projects. Approximately 90% of the work will be in support of client-based projects; 10% of the work will be dedicated to the preparation of proposals and related materials as well as firm communications.   

The ideal candidate will: 

      • Have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion 
      • Be highly organized and self-motivated 
      • Be a creative thinker and problem-solver 
      • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal, and graphic) 
      • Have a passion for working with neighborhoods and communities  
      • Thrive working both independently and as part of a high-performing team, and have comfort managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment  

The position is full-time and will be based at our office in Wicker Park. Some night and weekend meetings are required. The starting salary is $60,000 DOQ. Benefits include company health insurance, monthly transit pass, matching retirement contributions, a combination of in-person and remote work and paid time off.  

Qualifications and Skills 

      • Proficiency with MS Office, in particular Word and Excel, required 
      • Proficiency in Adobe Creative suite  
      • Proficiency in GIS desired 
      • Experience creating and updating websites in WordPress desired 
      • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, communications, public policy or related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides equivalent background sufficient to perform the position duties) 
      • 1-3 years professional work experience 
      • Consulting experience a plus 

How to Apply 
Please send a cover letter, resume, three (3) professional references, and up to three (3) work samples (of which you are the primary author/creator) to Katrina Balog at katrina@musecommunitydesign.com with “Associate Position” in the subject line.  The position will remain open until filled. No calls, please.



Senior Associate

We are a busy and growing practice and seek to add an experienced and dynamic senior associate to our team who can work on a variety of public engagement, mobility, and urban planning projects. Senior associates manage projects delivering high quality work on time and on budget and helps the firm maintain client relationships. Senior associates are responsible for quality control of all deliverables, managing project teams both internally and externally, and managing processes and documents.

Approximately 80% of the work will be in support of client-based projects; 20% of the work will be dedicated to the preparation of proposals and related materials as well as firm communications. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Be highly organized and self-motivated
  • Be a creative thinker and problem-solver
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal, and graphic)
  • Have a passion for working with neighborhoods and communities
  • Thrive working both independently and as part of a high-performing team, and have comfort managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Have experience managing budgets, projects, and people

The position is full-time and will be based at our office in Wicker Park. Some night and weekend meetings are required. The starting salary is $75,000 – $80,000 DOQ. Benefits include company health insurance, monthly transit pass, matching retirement contributions, a combination of in-person and remote work, and paid time off.

Qualifications and Skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office, in particular Word and Excel required
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative suite desired
  • Demonstrated ability to manage project deliverables and budgets
  • Experience in one or more of the following technical areas: zoning, mobility, transportation, community engagement, urban design
  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, communications, public policy or related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides equivalent background sufficient to perform the position duties)
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification desired
  • Prior consulting experience desired
  • 5-7 years professional work experience
How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, three (3) professional references, and up to three (3) work samples (of which you are the primary author/creator) to Katrina Balog at katrina@musecommunitydesign.com with “Senior Associate Position” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. No calls, please.