Position Openings

Planning Director

Ada Township is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Planning Director. The current Planning Director is retiring following a successful 20+ years of service to the Township.

Ada Township, population 14,391, is a world-class community located just 12 miles east of Grand Rapids. Ada residents are very proud of their unparalleled amenities. From Legacy Park to the 1867 Covered Bridge, Ada is the type of community that attracts all walks of life. With quaint neighborhoods, award-winning schools, a regional trail system and easy access to the big city, Ada is one of Michigan’s premier communities. The Ada Village area is nearing completion of a major physical transformation that will retain the traditional small-town character of the historic Village core, while replacing its 1970’s-era shopping center with a walkable, mixed use environment with traditional urban form.

The director will play an integral role in leading planning efforts with consultants, including but not limited to:

  • 2021 Master Plan Update
  • Comprehensive Review and Update of Zoning Regulations
  • Completing Envision Ada Village Buildout
  • Review/Recommend Operational Improvements for Planning Department
  • Assisting with Implementation of Township Space Needs Study for Facilities
  • Assisting with Expansion of Township Trail System

Individuals with experience in preparing professional quality site plan reviews and that possess excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include the administration of the Township’s zoning ordinance and master plan; preparation of professional planning reviews; presentation to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Township Board; supervision of contracted building department, zoning administrator, other support personnel and professional consultants; preparation of ordinance amendments and other written reports; and frequent interaction with the public.

Applicants required to have 5 years of experience in municipal planning and/or related field. AICP certification is preferred. Click HERE to view the position description including full experience and educational requirements.

Compensation range for the position is $80,788 to $88,302 (DOQ), plus a full benefit package including a defined contribution retirement plan with a 10% Township contribution.

Please submit cover letter, resume and five professional references to Julius Suchy, Township Manager at or by mail at PO Box 370 Ada, MI 49301 by 5:00 pm on Thursday June 24, 2021. Ada Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.