Job Opportunity: Associate Planner for Upper Merion Township!

Upper Merion Township, located in King of Prussia, PA is looking for a highly motivated Associate Planner who will report directly to the Township Planner. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the Township Planner in all phases of municipal planning functions, long-range planning, as well as writing zoning and land development ordinances and overseeing economic development activities under the direction of the Township Planner.  The Associate Planner will have primary responsibility for maintenance and operation of the Township’s Geographic Information System (GIS).
The Associate Planner will (including, but not limited to):
·         Participate and assist in the review of land development and subdivision applications; and in the absence of the Township Planner, coordinate the plan review process with the Township’s Engineer, other departments, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
·         Assist in the drafting and preparation of the plan elements, code amendments and presentation materials for review by the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and other boards, commissions and departments.
·         Manage Residential Storm Water, grading and erosion control permits including permit review and issuance and inspection of improvements.
·         Assist in the preparation and implementation of the Economic Development Plan, as directed by the Economic and Community Development Committee.
·         Provide assistant and answer questions related to planning, development and zoning to developers and the public.
Minimum Qualifications:
·         Bachelor’s Degree in Urban, Regional or City Planning; or Architecture or Geography from an accredited college (a suitable combination of experience, education and training may be considered).
·         Prior Planning experience desired.
·         Superior customer service skills.
·         Ability to develop positive working relationships with elected and appointed officials, as well as the public.
How to Apply:
·         For immediate consideration, applicants should complete an employment application by visiting and submit the full job application, cover letter and resume via email to: no later than the close of business on Monday, December 7, 2015.

The Starfish Foundation Event Tomorrow, 12/1!

Give back by having a great meal!! Tomorrow, 12/1 from 11:00 a.m. – close, eat at Gullifty’s in Bryn Mawr and 20% of your order will go to The Starfish Foundation, an organization which helps at-risk Ecuadorian youth achieve a post-secondary education.

The flyer works all day, but feel free to stop by anytime from 7 PM to 9 PM for food and/or drinks to meet some the Starfish volunteers

See the flyer below for details. You must have the flyer with you for 20% to go to The Starfish Foundation!

Thank you to our MPA alumnus, Dave Grady, for sharing! Check out the organization’s website at

Starfish Foundation Flyer 12.1.15

Student Spotlight: Kamira Evans

We interviewed current student Kamira Evans to get her perspective on public service, the MPA program at Villanova, and more!


What do you think is the most valuable aspect of Villanova’s MPA program?

There are several facets of the program that I find extremely valuable. One is the collaborative learning style that is encouraged in the classroom. The opportunity to learn not just from the professor but from each others real world experiences is very beneficial. It’s great to be able to work through various viewpoints and thought processes, and to see case studies through the eyes of a colleague.

Another aspect that I think really positively impacts the program is the Advisory Board. I recently had the privilege of attending the Annual MPA Advisory Board meeting, and it was very interesting to see the process from the perspective of a student. I’m currently taking Public Personnel Management, and it was interesting to see the Department engaging in the processes of organizational learning and knowledge management in a way that benefits the students.

What’s your favorite thing about the Nova Nation?

I really like how the MPA program makes an effort to be inclusive and hold events for MPA students so that they feel like they are a part of the Nova Nation. I also love the overall commitment to community service that the University embodies.

How has your time with the MPA Program thus far helped you in your career?

The process of analyzing my organization and department from different angles has really helped me think about the challenges we face and potential solutions that can be implemented.

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Kamira Evans


Job Opportunity: Administrative Assistant for Edgmont Township!

Looking for a job? Check out this opening!

Administrative Assistant – Edgmont Township is seeking an Administrative Assistant. This position provides administrative support to the Township Manager, Assistant Manager, Building Department Administrator and the Finance Administrator. Essential job functions include basic office tasks such as filing, faxing, emailing, copying, and monitoring deadlines. Additional duties include assisting with Building Department operations, assisting the Finance Administrator and Assistant Manager with day-today operations, and assisting residents with questions pertinent to municipal governance. A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration or a related field is required. Prior experience in a similar office setting is preferred, but not required. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and application for employment to Samantha Reiner, Township Manager at by December 4, 2015. Edgmont Township is an equal opportunity employer.

Further details regarding the job description are in the Administrative Assistant Job Description.

Apply for the position here.

Learning from Experience: Villanova’s ICMA Student Chapter attends the APMM Fall Managers Meeting

Check out this write-up from ICMA Student Chapter President, Brandon Ford, about the APMM Fall Managers Meeting! Great work, Villanova ICMA!!


On October 30th 2015, the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management (APMM) held its annual Fall Managers Meeting at the Upper Merion Township Building. Several members of the Villanova’s Unitas Student Chapter of ICMA (Jaime Snyder, Christian Jones, Da’Vine Johnson, & Christian Slater) and I were lucky enough to have opportunity to attend the meeting with Dr. Wheeland, our chapter’s advisor. The meeting featured three panels covering the topics of grant funding opportunities, the solicitor/manager relationship, and misconduct investigations & discipline essentials for municipal police departments. Each panel consisted of distinguished speakers from across the public service spectrum, including municipal managers, solicitors, and staff from the PA Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.

The APMM Fall Managers Meeting was an exceptional chance to learn more about the field of municipal management from practitioners in the field. Don’t get me wrong, the MPA program at Villanova is fantastic and provides a great foundation for aspiring managers, but nothing beats engaging with and learning from those in the field! Villanova students, myself included, had many opportunities throughout the day to interact with managers and administrators from across the state. The fact that many of the professionals in attendance were Villanova alumni made a great learning experience even better, as we were able to learn firsthand from their experiences with the MPA program, their transition from student to practitioner, and about many of the issues they face on a daily basis.

P.S. – Villanova’s Unitas Student Chapter of ICMA is always looking for new members. Membership is FREE and open to ANY student (grads and undergrads) interested in public service. If interested in joining, contact Dr. Wheeland at You can also visit their website for more information.

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