in Indiana’s Duneland in the Chicago metropolitan area



Working smartly to enhance the quality of life for nearly 800,000 people along the southern shore of Lake Michigan, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is seeking an exceptional individual to assume primary responsibility for Public Participation Planning. The selected candidate will play a substantial role in the development of NIRPC’s upcoming 2050 Comprehensive Regional Plan.


The Public Participation Planner is responsible for building and sustaining relationships with NIRPC stakeholders, partners, and the general public at large. The Public Participation Planner executes all aspects of NIRPC’s Public Participation Plan in coordination with all planning staff at NIRPC, including senior leadership. This position is critical to NIRPC’s role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties in Indiana. The selected candidate will:

Minimum requirements

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