America's Central Port District

Granite City, IL United States

America’s Central Port District is seeking a full-time Planner who will be responsible for completing a variety of tasks and managing projects to improve the appearance of the Port’s 1,200-acre campus, secure funds to reinvest in aging Port infrastructure/facilities, and increase the impact of the Port’s operations on the communities it serves.

The ideal candidate will work well independently, seek collaboration with coworkers and other stakeholders, and bring a planning-mindset to each project. Reports to the Deputy Director.


  • Advances existing Port plans by identifying, prioritizing, and coordinating the implementation of next steps;
  • Provides research, analysis, and recommendations on project proposals;
  • Refines project scopes, schedules, and budgets for building, infrastructure, landscape, and related improvement projects in collaboration with coworkers and vendors;
  • Oversees the design of property improvement projects and keeps the pre-construction phase of each project on schedule;
  • Coordinates with the engineering/construction department to provide a seamless hand off from pre-construction to bidding and construction;
  • Authors RFP’s/RFQ’s to hire professional services necessary for completing specialized tasks;
  • Obtains quotes and oversees the construction of small improvement projects such as signage and landscaping;
  • Gathers, organizes, and reports data used to evaluate Port performance and track project/community impacts;
  • Creates reports, graphics, maps, and exhibits;
  • Authors grant applications to source outside project funding from state and federal grants;
  • Identifies new Port and community opportunities and independently create a business case for proceeding with the project(s);
  • Professionally represents the Port District in a variety of meetings with community, Port Board, vendors, consultants and elected officials;
  • Provides research and administrative support to the Deputy Director, as needed; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field and 1-3 years of relevant work experience. A Master’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field will substitute for work experience.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of the real estate development process and principles of economic development, community development, and urban planning
  • Ability to work in both office and field environments (must be comfortable with physical activities such as walking uneven terrain)
  • Excellent computer skills, including: Microsoft Word and Excel required; Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and/or ArcGIS experience desired; and
  • The ability to learn new software applications, as needed.


  • Share the Port’s mission of making a positive impact in the community
  • Ready to learn new skills and new information in support of the project at hand
  • Possess an inherent respect for others and able to interact professionally with the Port’s vendors and business associates
  • Exercise discretion when dealing with prospective tenants and business partners

The position will remain open until filled. 

About us

America's Central Port is a public port authority, economic development agency, landlord, and developer. Our 1,200-acre property is located on the site of a former U.S. Army logistics base, just across the McKinley Bridge from St. Louis, MO. Through its redevelopment efforts, the Port has attracted over $300 million in private investment since 2007 and is responsible for over 2,460 local jobs. Our staff includes on site maintenance, security, and office personnel whose contributions make the Port a great place to live and work.

America's Central Port is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Economic Development and Revitalization
Salary Range
$49,203 - $61,362

Contact Information

Ben McCall
1635 W First St
Granite City, IL
United States
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