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Planning and Economic Development Department
Village of Lemont, IL
The Village of Lemont, Illinois (pop. 16,000) is accepting applications for a full-time planner within the Planning & Economic Development Department.

Job Description
Under the supervision of the Planning and Economic Development Director, this full-time position is responsible for a wide variety of planning functions such as conducting plan reviews, interacting with developers and the general public regarding zoning issues, providing professional planning recommendations to elected and appointed boards, participating in the creation and implementation of plans, and assisting the Director with economic development activities. The position also serves as the staff liaison to the Planning & Zoning Commission. Salary range for this position is $54,510 - $76,314 with a competitive benefit package to qualified applicants.

Desired Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Administration or a closely related field and two (2) to (5) years experience, preferably within a municipal environment, is required. A master’s degree and proficiency with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are preferred but not required. Qualified applicants will have knowledge of municipal zoning, local government organization, practices and procedures related to land subdivisions, planning research techniques, and computer applications relevant to land use planning. Must have the ability to perform highly detailed reviews and technical studies and make public presentation to public hearing bodies.

How to Apply
Please submit your resume, cover letter and completed job application to Eileen Donahue, Human Resource Generalist, 418 Main Street, Lemont, IL 60439 or via email at for consideration by March 13, 2015. Application and full job description can be found online at
Posted 2/26/2014
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Economic Development Coordinator
Community Development Department
City of Urbana, IL
Join Our Team! The City of Urbana is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented professional with a background in economic development, urban planning, business or a related field to assist with economic development initiatives at one of downstate Illinois' most innovative and progressive cities. The selected candidate will be responsible for assisting with the retention and expansion of existing businesses, attracting new commercial and industrial development, and improving the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors.

Who We're Looking For:
The successful candidate will have:
• Bachelor’s degree in economics, urban planning, public or business administration, finance, or a closely related field.
• Two (2) years of relevant work experience (a master’s degree in a related field may substitute for one year of the required experience).
• Knowledge of urban planning, zoning, real estate, finance and economic development principles.
• Knowledge of geographic information systems for mapping and graphic purposes.
• Proficient experience with Microsoft Office, ESRI ArcGIS, Microsoft Access, and Adobe Creative Suite.
• Experience with Tax Increment Financing, Enterprise Zones, and other incentive programs.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Knowledge of central business district redevelopment, especially previous experience with a downtown revitalization project.
• Certification by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or the International Economic Development Council as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).
• Additional years of economic development, marketing, and/or public sector experience.

Why a Career @ Urbana?
Job satisfaction. A generous benefits package. A diverse, inclusive and supportive environment. These are just a few of the many reasons to consider the City of Urbana as the next step in your career. The City of Urbana prides itself on being a progressive, dynamic community and is internationally distinguished as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the state’s flagship public university and one of the preeminent research institutions in the world.

Compensation: $24.57 – $26.03/hr. (annualizes to $51,105.60 - $54,142.40) + excellent benefits.

To Apply
Applications for this position will be accepted online at: until Friday, March 20, 2015 at 5 p.m. CST. Interested applicants should include a letter of interest addressing how you meet the qualifications listed under “Who We’re Looking For” section of the job announcement (please limit your response to one page). Additional materials may be attached to your electronic application. This position may be filled at the Economic Development Specialist level depending on qualifications.

The City of Urbana Welcomes Diversity!
We foster an environment that values and encourages mutual respect, inclusion of all people, and utilizing differences and similarities as an organizational asset. EOE.
Posted 2/26/2014
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Community and Economic Development Intern
Community and Economic Development Department
Village of Brookfield, IL
Community and Economic Development
Internship Opportunity

The Village of Brookfield, IL, population 19,500+ and home to the Brookfield Zoo, has an internship opportunity available in the Community and Economic Development Department for the summer of 2015. Working under the general direction of the Community and Economic Development Director, this internship is an excellent opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including downtown and Ogden Avenue corridor redevelopment, current and long range planning, economic development planning, zoning administration, and code review. The internship will include assisting the staff in reviewing various zoning applications, reviewing and revising zoning ordinances and code text amendments, preparing information and analysis for staff reports, assisting in field research for a variety of planning issues and other special studies as assigned. Additionally, the intern will have opportunities to continue to expand the Village’s GIS offerings and map products.

The selected candidate will work on one or two selected projects with the goal of having a finished work product by the end of the internship as well as day-to-day department work. The intern will be encouraged to participate in planning related opportunities in Northeastern Illinois. This planning internship requires 400 hours over the summer with flexible scheduling. The successful candidate must have successful work towards a Master’s Degree in urban or community planning or related field, have a basic understanding of ESRI ArcGIS 10.1-3, and must possess a valid driver’s license. The internship offer is contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screen.

Desired qualifications include one year experience with ESRI ArcGIS products (version 10.0-10.3), Python scripting experience, a basic understanding of ESRI ArcGIS online products, and prior applied planning experience

The salary is $15/hour (400 hours). Interested applicants should send a completed employment application along with a resume, writing sample, transcript, and references to: Michelle Robbins, Director of Human Resources, Village of Brookfield, 8820 Brookfield Ave., Brookfield, IL 60513, by 5 pm on March 10, 2015. Employment applications may be found at

The Village of Brookfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted 2/26/2014
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Planning Intern
Community Development Department
Village of Mount Prospect, IL
The Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois, population 54,167 is located 22 miles from downtown Chicago and five miles north of O’Hare International Airport. The Community Development Department, which includes the Planning, Health, and Building Divisions, is seeking to hire a Planning Intern for summer 2015.

The position is responsible for assisting the Planning Division with a variety of research and analysis tasks related to current and long range planning. Duties include assisting with various publications, neighborhood and commercial area studies, development plan reviews, GIS projects, and economic development reports. Additional tasks may include code enforcement and others essential in day-to-day operations of the Department of Community Development.

The Village of Mount Prospect will only consider candidates that are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in urban planning, geography, or a related field. The position pays $10 per hour and requires a 37.5 hour work-week. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Consuelo Andrade, Senior Planner, by March 15, 2015 at the Village of Mount Prospect, 50 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056. Email cover letters and resumes to or fax to (847) 818-5329. EOE
Posted 2/22/2014
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Regional Planner & Policy Analyst
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC)
Portage, IN
Planning for a region of 770,000 people (per 2010 Census) in the Chicago Metropolitan Area


• Familiarity with regional planning and demographic concepts
• Bachelor’s degree is required in urban or regional planning, information science or a related field.
• Master’s degree with at least two years of experience is desired. AICP certification is preferred.
• Demonstrated abilities in use of spreadsheets, word processing, presentation graphics and communications software, along with working knowledge of GIS.
• Knowledge and experience in identifying data sources, conducting research and analysis, and retrieving, accessing and working with U.S. Census and other Federal and State information.
• Ability to quickly respond to requests for information and analysis, identify and project trends, and interpret and relate data to overall regional goals.
• Proficiency in basic math skills, including fundamental statistical analysis, as well as English grammar
• Strong written and verbal communications and customer service abilities
• Demonstrated ability to prepare and give public presentations while making information understandable
• Problem-solving and time management skills, and a customer-oriented service ethic
• Ability to work effectively as a team member
• Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks


• Position the agency as a go-to source for identifying and interpreting regional trends
• Conduct policy analysis of freight and logistics planning, economic development, and other planning activities related to updates and implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan
• Manage demographic, transportation performance, environmental justice, economic, housing, fiscal and other data for internal and external users
• Establish and organize a regional, open-source data clearinghouse
• Analyze demographic, statistical and financial data, relate to overall regional goals, develop recommendations, and clearly communicate findings based on this analysis
• Prepare and format data, information and other materials to support planning and programming
• Respond to internal and external inquiries pertaining to data, information, analysis, display and interpretation
• Extract and analyze demographic data for use in travel demand modeling and other planning activities
• Forecast distributions of regional population, households, employment and other socio-economic attributes
• Prepare reports, planning documents and apply for grants, as required
• Expected to travel and attend events outside the office
• Update and maintain statistical data for agency website and reporting


SALARY / WAGE PARAMETERS: Salary: $41,368 – 45,505 depending on qualifications


The employer reserves the right not to fill this position. Apply by 4:30 p.m. March 20, 2015. However, the position will remain open until filled.


Steve Strains, Deputy Director/ Director of Planning
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN 46324
219-763-6060, ext. 130;

Posted 2/10/2014
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Land Use Planner
Kane County Development & Community Services Dept.
Geneva, IL
Salary $42,000 to $52,000 DOQ

Hours 35 HRS/WK

Kane County is accepting applications for a land use planner. Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in land use planning or related field. Master degree is preferred. At least three years of direct experience in land use planning is required. Direct experience with county land use planning, developing a county or municipal comprehensive land use plan, sustainable development, historic preservation agriculture, local food systems, providing planning assistance, economic development planning and experience with Geographic Information Systems are desirable. Applicants should possess exceptional organizational skills, as well as strong written, presentation and public communication skills as well as experience working with social media and marketing tools. A strong work ethic, proactive nature, and team-oriented attitude are essential. Benefits include health, pension, vacation and holidays.

How to Apply
Letters of application and current resume accepted by:
County of Kane
Department of Human Resource Management
Building A, Room 207
719 Batavia Avenue
Geneva IL 60134
Position open till filled.

Applicants must pass criminal background check.

EEO Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.
Posted 2/10/2014
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Village Planner
Community Development Department
Village of Hinsdale, IL
The Village of Hinsdale is seeking a progressive, highly collaborative individual with strong administrative and planning skills for the position of Village Planner in the Community Development Department.

General Responsibilities:
Position will be responsible for current and long-term planning programs for the Village. The full-time exempt position will work under the general direction of the Director of Community Development/Building Commissioner and will be responsible for conducting plan reviews, meeting with developers regarding proposed development, developing plans and programs for utilization of land and physical properties, coordinating planning activities with other Village departments and outside agencies, proving professional planning advice to the Village Board, serving as the staff liaison to the Village’s Plan Commission and Historic Preservation Commission.

Position Requirements:
Successful candidate will have considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning and the ability to analyze and interpret plans and determine whether plans conform to the provisions of the applicable codes and ordinances.

The ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with elected officials, commission members, employees, supervisors, agencies and the public is essential.

Successful applicant will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or a related field and at least 5 years practical planning experience required. A Master’s Degree and/or AICP certification preferred but not required.

Starting Salary Range:
Starting annual salary DOQ with a salary range starting at $74,289. The Village offers an excellent benefits package.

Selection Process:
Candidate should be prepared to take a physical evaluation, including a drug and alcohol screening and undergo a thorough background investigation. Interested candidates should submit a resume along with a cover letter and three business references to the Village of Hinsdale, Village Manager’s Office, Attn: Human Resources 19 E. Chicago Hinsdale, IL 60521, fax: 630-789-7015, e-mail: The position will remain open until filled.

The Village of Hinsdale is an EOE employer
Posted 2/2/2014
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