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Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development
Galesburg, IL
Galesburg, IL The Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development is a newly formed public/private partnership consisting of approximately 65 members dedicated to the economic vitality of the region. The Knox County region is strategically located between Chicago and St. Louis with major highway and railway access. The City of Galesburg is a progressive community that is home to Knox College, a prestigious liberal arts college and Carl Sandburg College, a thriving community college that provides important job training opportunities. In addition, the region includes the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad which employs more than 1100 people and has seven rail lines that converge in Galesburg. The President will report to a nine member Board of Directors that includes the political, educational and business leadership in the region. The Partnership is seeking candidates who are self motivated, confident and possess strong interpersonal communication skills. Candidates must have experience in marketing and industrial business development and retention. Success in targeting and growing jobs in the manufacturing and industrial sectors is highly valued. The Partnership is well funded with a dedicated revenue stream and a budget surplus. The next candidate will work with the Board to develop a vision and strategy for the new organization as well as be responsible for executing the strategy and delivering results. The region has a full range of economic development tools including TIF Districts, an Enterprise Zone that is home to 90 businesses and has room for expansion, job training programs and a 340 acre industrial park available for development. A Bachelor’s degree in business, planning or public administration or related discipline is strongly desired along with at least 5 -7 years of progressively responsible experience. Starting salary is $95,000+/- DOQ. Candidates should apply by August 25 with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 work related references to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, 650 Dundee Road #270, Northbrook, lL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240. Email contact is
Posted 7/24/2014
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Executive Director
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC)
Peoria, IL
Peoria, Illinois, TCRPC Executive Director. The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) is a unit of local government providing regional planning services to the Tri-County Region which includes Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties in Central Illinois. TCRPC is seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The Commission serves as a regional resource by providing a forum for leaders of local government, developing a vision for the future by defining regional issues, setting goals, and implementing plans. In addition to the Executive Director, the agency has 11 staff members. The TCRPC is designated as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the tri-county region. The MPO makes determinations on the allocation of transportation resources. Candidates must have at least five years experience as a director or assistant director preferably reporting directly to an elected or appointed Board, experience working with state and federal legislative and regulatory bodies, a strong background in finance and budgeting, demonstrated success in negotiations, experience in strategic planning, and the ability to work collaboratively with a large Board of Directors. In addition, it is desirable for candidates to have experience with or a strong interest in intergovernmental cooperation, association management, and a dedication to best practices in all aspects of agency operations and service delivery programs. The Executive Director also provides leadership and management over all functions and programs by managing TCRPC staff. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree; coursework in public administration, urban and transportation planning, business administration, finance or related field is preferred. Master's degree or other advanced degree strongly desired. Candidates must possess unquestionable integrity, creative problem solving skills, excellent interpersonal and writing skills, and an ability to represent the agency with credibility, transparency and a commitment to a high level of service. Salary: $105,000 +/-DOQ. Agency does not participate in state or local statutory pension programs. Send résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by August 22, 2014. Please apply via our online application system at: to the attention of Gregory F. Ford at, GovHR USA, 650 Dundee Road #270, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240; Fax: 866-401-3100.
Posted 7/24/2014
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Planner I / Assistant Planner
Engineering & Urban Services Department
City of Danville, IL
The City of Danville, IL (population 33,000) is seeking a full-time planner. Applicant must have a Bachelors Degree and at least 2 years practical experience. Under direction of the Urban Services Manager this position will perform professional level duties related to advanced planning activities and neighborhood development; prepare plans and reports for the CDBG program; work with all segments of the community including City departments, external agencies, the business community, neighborhood associations and other local stakeholders and the general public to develop plans, policies, procedures, and regulations related to community wide and neighborhood level planning and development; assist with the creation of and provide support to the City’s neighborhood associations; function as the historic preservation planner for the City and oversee the City’s Historic Preservation Program; and assist as needed with the implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and with the creation and implementation of other community plans and with various Danville Area Transportation Study (DATS) planning projects.

Full posting and application can be found at:

Apply by: 9/25/2014

Posted 7/22/2014
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Policy and Program Analyst (PPA066)
Policy Division
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Chicago, IL
Job Category: Assistant or Associate

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an analyst in the Policy Development division who will specialize in analysis to support the programming of transportation improvements in the region. CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. CMAP developed and now guides the implementation of metropolitan Chicago's comprehensive regional plan, GO TO 2040, which was adopted unanimously by leaders from across the seven counties in fall 2010. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents, GO TO 2040 establishes coordinated strategies that help the region’s 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. See for more information.

Position Description
The GO TO 2040 regional comprehensive plan emphasizes the importance of making transportation investment decisions based on rigorous criteria rather than on arbitrary formulas. Since the plan was adopted, CMAP has been exploring ways to enhance transportation programming in the state and region, including the agency's own funding programs. The policy and program analyst will be responsible for developing and executing methods to identify transportation system needs and to evaluate expected project performance. The ideal candidate for this position will have strengths in quantitative and qualitative policy analysis, both of which are central to performance-based programming.

Essential Functions
  • Assist with development of transportation project evaluation methods, particularly for transit projects but also highway, freight, and non-motorized projects.
  • Produce reports to document findings and recommendations.
  • Make presentations to CMAP committees and interact directly with stakeholders, which include transportation professionals and elected officials.
  • Help collect and summarize information about programming techniques in use by other agencies in the region and beyond.
  • Help carry out highway and transit system needs analyses to support long-range plan development.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • The ability to write and communicate effectively on issues of public policy and planning.
  • Excellent data management skills and the ability to collect, manipulate, and analyze large data sources in spreadsheets and databases, as well as the ability to generate and present findings from these data.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead moderately complex research projects.
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Familiarity with project evaluation tools such as Highway Capacity Software or microsimulation software is desirable.
  • Prior experience in quantitative evaluation of transit projects and/or transportation capital programming is preferred.

Education and/or Experience

  • A Master’s degree in Planning, Engineering, Economics, Public Administration or a related field is required.
  • Ability to work effectively in an environment using Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office products, with adaptability to other software.
  • Demonstrated skills with desktop computer databases, spreadsheets, and ArcGIS software.

Contact Information
Via email or U.S. mail, send your resume, cover letter with contact information, and Job Code (PPA066).


U.S. Mail: Human Resources
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606

Emailed resumes will receive an auto receipt. We do not send receipts for mailed resumes.
Position open until filled. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 7/22/2014
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Economic Development Coordinator (part-time)
Village of Winnetka, IL
The Village of Winnetka is seeking a part-time Economic Development Coordinator, a new position in the Village Manager’s Office. The Economic Development Coordinator is responsible for developing, guiding, and administering the Village’s economic development and business assistance functions. This position is primarily responsible for developing and executing the strategies that will enhance the vitality of the Winnetka’s three business districts—implementing and overseeing initiatives to encourage expansion and retention of existing businesses, as well as attraction of new businesses, in ways that create a sustainable long-term commercial base and promote the community’s core values.

Desired Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning; advertising, marketing, or communications; public administration; business administration; or a closely related field.
  • 3 to 4 years progressively responsible work experience.
  • Economic Developer Certification desirable.

Other Requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and to work effectively with business owners, developers, citizens, elected officials, and staff.
  • Good knowledge of business mathematics, statistics, research methodology, as well as experience with computer spreadsheets, databases and related software.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of business, real estate, and land use.
  • Experience in deployment of marketing techniques.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving skills.

This is a part-time position of approximately 20 to 25 hours per week. The schedule will be between the Village’s regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but may be extended in the event of emergency, disaster, workload, administrative obligations, or work in progress. The position requires occasional evening or weekend work. Work activities are typically conducted in a climate-controlled open office environment and noise levels are usually quiet.

Hourly Rate: $40 - $55 +/-, DOQ

The Village of Winnetka (population 12,200) is an established North Shore suburban community, located approximately 20 miles north of Chicago. Winnetka has a Council-Manager form of government. The Village Manager oversees six operational departments that provide the following primary services to the community: police, fire, and emergency medical services; highway and street maintenance and reconstruction; forestry; building and code enforcement; public improvements; economic development; planning and zoning; waterworks and sewerage; refuse collection; electric; parking system; and general administration. Winnetka has three business districts (Indian Hill, East/West Elm, and Hubbard Woods). In 2013, the Urban Land Institute (Chicago) conducted a two-part technical assistance panel process for Winnetka, which the Village is in the process of implementing.

Candidates should apply with application, resume, and cover letter. Position is open until filled. Applications may be obtained in person or downloaded from the Job Opportunities page at Submit materials and direct inquiries to:

Mark Swenson, Human Resources
Village of Winnetka
510 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: 847-716-3545

Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 7/14/2014
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Planner I
Village of Palatine, IL
The Village of Palatine is seeking a Planner to assist with current planning activities, serve as liaison to the Village’s Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, conduct comprehensive planning projects, and assist with the administration of the Village’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

Job Description:
  • Assist in the development and implementation of Comprehensive Plan.
  • Serve as primary staff liaison to the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Prepare and present Staff reports for public meetings.
  • Assist with the implementation of the Village Community Development Block Grant, including the preparation of the Action Plan, Consolidated Plan, and the various required reporting for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Discuss Village regulations with residents, property/business owners and developers.
  • Coordinate staff reviews of projects and work with petitioners.
  • Interpret planning and zoning policy for land developers, realtors and property owners. Explain local ordinances, codes and development plans of the Village.
  • Review maps, zoning codes, development codes, procedures and practices for Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Review and process subdivisions, planned developments, variations, special uses, and other formal development applications.
  • Assist with the enforcement of the Village’s Zoning Ordinance.
  • Contribute to redevelopment of the Village’s downtown and economic development activities throughout the Village, including administrative support for projects within the Village’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts.
  • Conduct studies of traffic movement and population density and growth. Perform related planning research, including short range studies, neighborhood analysis, and community renewal programs.
  • Draw maps, charts, sketches and plans to illustrate proposed designs or facilitate planning design work. Map the general character and condition of properties in designated areas through field studies.
  • Conduct routine site visits when reviewing planning and zoning related requests and developments.
  • Assess the impact of development proposals on the Village’s comprehensive plan. Prepare sub-area or neighborhood plans.
  • Attend meetings/seminars of area planning professionals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Department Director.

Qualifications: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in planning or similar field (with coursework in areas such as urban planning, land use planning, historic architecture and preservation, economic/community development, transportation planning, architecture, landscape architecture or engineering). A Master’s degree is preferred. One to three years of related experience.

  • Ability to collect and analyze planning data and prepare reports.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills, including addressing civic organizations, advisory boards and commissions.
  • Strong project management, time management and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships through interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in various computer programs including Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to work with other Departments to complete effective plan review.
  • Ability to meet deadlines especially in stressful work situations.
  • Valid Driver’s License required. AICP helpful, but not required.

Salary: $53,872 - $63,863/ year.
Hours: Full-time exempt position. 35 hours per week.
To Apply: Interested candidates should apply online at The position will remain open until filled.

The Village of Palatine is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 7/10/2014
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Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programming
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Chicago, IL
CMAP seeks a Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programming to manage staff and provide a strategic direction for CMAP’s policy development and analysis activities, with an emphasis on performance-based programming for the region’s transportation investments. As a member of CMAP’s management team, this person will work closely with the CMAP Executive Director, Chief of Staff, Deputy Executive Directors, and Principals on overall agency strategy, the allocation of staff resources, and setting short- and long-term research agendas for CMAP’s policy focus areas, including transportation, land use, economic development, housing, tax policy, and governance.

The individual in this position must have the creativity and vision to create a robust policy analysis agenda and the ability to manage diverse and highly technical work. Specifically, the Deputy Executive Director must have the ability to:

• Communicate well and clearly, distilling highly complex concepts into compelling, relevant, and understandable findings, recommendations, and presentations.
• Be a transformational leader with strong analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and interpersonal skills; supervise staff; monitor, evaluate, direct and train staff.
• Scope and oversee a diverse portfolio of agency work, including technical reports, issue briefs, and the management of committees and task forces.
• Implement transformative process improvements to CMAP’s transportation programming activities through policy development, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and stakeholder outreach and deliberation.
• Analyze, distill, and communicate complex transportation finance and tax policy issues orally and in writing.
• Clearly articulate transportation policy and programming principles, be proactive in solving transportation planning and programming problems, and react to complicated and ambiguous issues as they emerge.
• Set a research and policy agenda for CMAP’s work on the regional economy, including freight, manufacturing, economic indicators, and the public sector’s role in local, regional, and state economic development.
• Represent the agency in diverse policy and planning settings including transportation capital project development.
• Build consensus among diverse stakeholders on complex and challenging policy issues.

Essential Functions
• Manage CMAP staff in the areas of policy, capital programming and the transportation improvement program (TIP).
• Scope and oversee CMAP core program work in policy analysis and development, performance-based programming, and the TIP.
• Oversee delivery of a large number of complex and diverse technical reports, issue briefs, and other agency work products.
• Document the agency’s fulfillment of MPO transportation planning and programming requirements for the TIP, congestion management process, and long range planning activities including the financial plan.
• Oversee essential agency programming activities including the Congestion, Mitigation, and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, the Surface Transportation Program (STP), and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Develop and implement policies and process improvements for these programs.
• Manage agency’s approach to transportation investments in the long-range planning process.
• As a member of CMAP’s management team, establish and implement the agency’s strategic priorities, and be accountable for performance expectations.
• Serve as staff liaison to CMAP policy or coordinating committees, as appropriate.
• Present CMAP policy and programming work publicly in front of diverse and challenging audiences.
• Write agency issue briefs, memos, and strategic planning documents in the areas of transportation policy, economic development, and tax policy.

Reports to: Chief of Staff

Required Experience
• At least five years of progressively responsible management experience in an institutional transportation environment, either at a public agency, private firm, or civic organization with a close relationship to the regional transportation planning process.
• Demonstrated professional experience in managing and overseeing public policy analysis activities and related campaigns, including but not limited to transportation policy.
• A master’s degree in public policy, planning, public administration, or a related field.

Ms. Dorienne Preer, Principal
Human Resources

Email résumé with cover letter and include Job Code DDPP2014 to:

Mail résumé with cover letter and include Job Code DDPP2014 to:
Human Resources
CMAP: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606

Emailed résumés will receive an auto receipt. Position open until filled. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted 7/3/2014
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Executive Director
Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP)
Rockford, IL
Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) is a fully functioning Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) typical of an urban area with a regional population of approximately 339,000 people. We celebrated our 50th anniversary this year. Industry studies have consistently rated RMAP a “high-performing” MPO.

Uniquely situated between the metropolitan communities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, the Rock River Valley is the best of both worlds—a thriving “big, small-town community,” and also within easy driving distance of the attractions one might find in much larger cities. Our region sits on the precipice of reinvention and RMAP is primed for success.

We offer an opportunity to make your mark as a leader of an MPO that serves a region with significant challenges and also a number of interesting projects on the horizon. The successful incumbent will leverage his/her strengths to produce the following results:

… your passion and vision for great communities will translate into strong strategic planning and clear value-added deliverables

…your ability to plan, organize and direct MPO programs and functional operations will enhance the operations, programs and services offered by RMAP

…your success in providing direction and oversight of comprehensive planning, such as land use planning, balanced growth, zoning and subdivisions will help RMAP evolve in their organizational history and increase their value to our region

… your success in creating understanding of the distinct advantages of alignment and in facilitating alignment between multiple governing bodies will ensure a unified, active, and highly functional Policy Committee

…your collaborative effort will ensure that public and private partners are engaged in region wide planning and RMAPs brand is elevated within the community

…your ability to lead people will serve as the foundation for staff development and community engagement

The next Executive Director will be visionary, a “people person,” and have a CEO mentality. We are seeking a leader that has a history of progressive responsibility, experience working with elected officials, excellent communication skills, change management skills, and who will move the organization toward even greater accomplishments. Bachelor’s required. Master’s Degree in urban planning, traffic engineering, public administration or related field preferred.

For a complete position profile OR to apply, please contact:
C. Michael King, SPHR
workplace search group
Posted 7/2/2014
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Community & Environmental Planner
HeartLands Conservancy
Mascoutah, IL
HeartLands Conservancy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, is pleased to announce the availability of a Community & Environmental Planner position, located in Mascoutah, Illinois (metro St. Louis). This position assists the organization in working with local, regional, state and federal entities in identifying solutions and implementing projects/initiatives that will lead to the protection and stewardship of the air, land, water and other natural resources within southwestern Illinois. HeartLands Conservancy focuses on three external priority areas: land conservation, building greener communities, and engaging people with nature.

Job Description:
This is a full time, permanent, mid to upper level professional position focusing on advancing the organization's Building Greener Communities program area. This position provides leadership in identifying, funding and implementing projects and/or initiatives in support of this program area. The position will also provide the organization's leadership with key and timely information, strategies and best management practices relevant to proactively advancing the program area in the future.

Specific work activities involve:
  • developing relationships with and interacting with community leaders, agencies, and the public, in visioning/shaping projects/initiatives which meet the objectives of the Building Greener Communities program area;
  • identifying funding opportunities and developing proposals in support of selected projects/initiatives;
  • the development of program staff, oversight, and providing support to staff in the implementation of funded projects/initiatives;
  • assisting leadership in developing, implementing, evaluating and reporting on strategic priorities.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the development of a variety of environmental planning documents/tools, including, but not limited to environmental resource inventories, open space plans, farmland preservation plans, stormwater plans, and greenway and recreation plans. Incorporating census, economic and other sources of data within these plans is also necessary. Work is performed in accordance with well defined objectives and professional standards with the opportunity for independent judgment, subject to administrative and technical review by higher level supervisors while work is in progress and upon completion.

A masters degree in urban, environmental or resource planning, landscape architecture, or related fields, plus five years of experience in working with the principles, practices and objectives of community and environmental planning and principles of sustainable development. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification, Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) or equivalent certification is required. LEED AP (Neighborhood Development) certification is desired.

  • Knowledge of the factors involved in environmental and recreation planning including principles of open space and farmland needs analysis and planning, greenway planning, complete streets, natural resources planning, green infrastructure, water quality analysis and planning, and Phase II stormwater requirements.
  • Direct experience utilizing the principles and practices of geographic information systems, including ESRI products, is desired.
  • Experience with community ordinance development, comprehensive plan and technical report writing is highly desired.
  • Ability to independently secure and analyze facts through research, interviewing and investigation; to prepare alternatives, think creatively, and exercise sound judgment in arriving at conclusions.
  • Ability to present results of projects effectively in oral, written and graphic form.
  • Experience in researching, application, award and implementation of state and federal grants and contractual agreements.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, state, regional and local officials, and the general public.

Interested applicants should submit the following for consideration:

  • Resume, not to exceed three pages
  • References (minimum of three), not to exceed one page
  • Cover Letter, not to exceed two pages, which includes specific responses to the following questions:
    • Why you are interested in working for a nonprofit organization?
    • Why have you chosen to specialize in environmental/resource planning?
    • Which of the above-referenced qualifications are your strengths?
    • Which of the above-referenced qualifications are you weakest in?
    • Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
  • Applicant may submit examples of up to three representative projects that they have led and had a significant impact upon. Examples should include up to one page (per project) of text, describing the overall project, as well as your specific contribution to the project, as well as up to two graphics (per project). Graphics should be no larger than 11” x 17”.

The above-referenced information may be submitted for consideration in the following format(s):

1. Information may be submitted via email to, in a total file size not to exceed 5mb. Attachments should be clearly labeled as resume, references, cover letter, Project Narrative(s), Project 1 Graphic, Project 2 Graphic, etc.
2. Information may be submitted in paper format to: HeartLands Conservancy, 406 East Main Street, Mascoutah, Illinois 62258. (Please include a CD of all information along with your paper submission.)

Position will remain posted until filled. Qualified candidates will be contacted for further consideration. HeartLands Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 7/1/2014
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Economic Development Coordinator
Village Manager's Office
Village of Lake Zurich, IL
Grade 8, Range: $60,481 - $76,594
FLSA Code: Non-Exempt
Deadline to Apply: Open until filled; first review will occur on July 21, 2014

The Village of Lake Zurich (19,631) is a non-home rule community located in the southwest corner of Lake County approximately 35 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The Village has a diverse economic base of over 600 businesses primarily located along the Route 12 retail corridor and industrial park. The Village has a $50 million operating budget and 160 full-time employees.

Summary: The primary function of this position is to perform local economic development, initiate the planning and implementation of incentive agreements, promote marketing efforts targeted to the business community, and research economic development strategy and policies to advance the Village’s goal of broadening its retail, commercial and manufacturing/industrial base. The Coordinator will serve as the Village’s primary marketing contact and will create strategies to attract and expand existing businesses with a special focus on downtown revitalization and redevelopment. The Coordinator will report directly to the Village Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Act as an economic development strategist and provide assistance in the development of specific short-term and long-term economic development goals.
  • Establish programs and practices which create a framework for business development to enhance the vitality of Lake Zurich, with an emphasis on downtown revitalization.
  • Participate in negotiations of development agreements, evaluate fiscal impacts, communicate decisions, and present reports and agreements to the Village Manager.
  • Conduct outreach efforts to include site visits, attend business functions, and assist existing businesses with expansion plans.
  • Design and administer marketing plans to promote Lake Zurich as a competitive destination, including the production of written and electronic publications, brochures, fliers, and visual presentations to enhance the Village’s image.
  • Serve as liaison between the Village and businesses in the negotiation and development of performance agreements and evaluation of fiscal impacts.
  • Monitor the local business climate by tracking vacant office and industrial space and create quarterly retail/industrial vacancy reports.
  • Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with the general public, area businesses, potential investors and developers, brokers, the media, and others.
  • Maintain and upgrade professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and practices of economic development including business retention and expansion, municipal finance, real estate development and reuse, development marketing and small business development strategies.
  • General municipal zoning, infrastructure, planning, and land use.
  • Economic development practices which leverage private sector investment and public sector inducements.
  • Local government organizational theory, financial analysis, public sector finance, and municipal budgets.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in the field of Marketing, Real Estate, Business, Economics, Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration or a related field. This position requires at least two years’ experience in applying principles of economic development, including but not limited to: commercial district revitalization, business recruitment, demographic and market analysis, and experience with TIF districts. Applicants should have strong interpersonal and communication skills and present an energetic and enthusiastic presence when representing the Village. Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job will be considered.

The Village of Lake Zurich complies with all federal and state laws regarding discrimination and equal employment opportunity.

Applicants should contact the Human Resources Division at 847-540-1692 for more information or visit the Village online at The Village of Lake Zurich is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other protected factor.

Please submit a cover letter and resume with a minimum of four professional references to or by mail at Division of Human Resources, Village of Lake Zurich, 70 E. Main Street, Lake Zurich, IL, 60047.

Posted 6/26/2014
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Senior Planner
Department of Business Affairs, Community Growth and Engineering
City of Fort Dodge, IA
This is a multi disciplined position incorporating the principles of urban planning to work with multiple partnerships in bringing plans and projects to completion. This involves projects from the initial design and development stage to final implementation working with both private developers and other public sector agencies.

Applicants will have a bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of experience in urban planning. Applicants must complete the following items as part of the application process. Complete job description and application packet are available on the city website Please make sure that all items are included with your application.
1. Resume
2. Cover letter
3. Completion of application and attached questions. Please limit answers to no more than one page per question.
4. References may be requested during the selection process. Applicants should have a list of references prepared should they be requested.

Interested applicants should send in all materials to Human Resources, 819 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge, IA 50501 or emailed to the address below. Applications accepted until position is filled. First review and consideration of applications will take place starting July 14th, 2014.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (515) 576-6869 or email at

Pre-employment post-offer physical examination includes a drug test. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.  EEO/AA Employer
Posted 6/20/2014
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Principal Transportation Planner
McHenry County Division of Transportation
Woodstock, IL
The challenges the Division of Transportation face have become increasingly complex and diverse as McHenry County is mixed with traditional rural development yet continues to evolve into an urbanized setting. This position will oversee planning activities consistent with County, metropolitan, State, park district, conservation district, township, and municipal plans. Also, this position will work to continue to coordinate mass transit services in McHenry County and oversee the County’s planning efforts including traffic analysis, transit operations analysis, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities planning for annual updates to the five year Transportation Program and implementing the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.

This position will be required to: develop, interpret, coordinate, implement and monitor transit and transportation policy and planning work, including completion of written documents and reports; track, develop and analyze various local, regional, state and federal funding programs and project details, including preparation of reports; design and prepare maps, charts, and other graphic materials to illustrate plans or reports; present transit/transportation planning issues before community groups, civic leaders, and/or elected officials; develop and evaluate consultant scopes of services and proposals for planning studies; analyze and evaluate transportation related data; prepare plans and projections of future transit, transportation, economic or demographic conditions and trends; investigate and review federal and state legislation and regulations for potential impact on transit/transportation plans and programs; oversee the Transportation Planner position; oversee the Planning Liaison for the McHenry County Council of Mayors(COM) and direct all planning assistance required for CMAP and the COM; and, provide general administrative and technical assistance as directed by the Design Manager and/or other Division of Transportation management staff.

Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university in planning, geography, engineering or related field and five to seven (5-7) years of progressively responsible related experience; OR Master’s degree in planning or a related field and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional experience. American Institute of Certified Planners (ACIP) certification or ability to obtain within 2 years is not required but is desirable. Candidate should possess excellent analytical, communication, public speaking, and organizational skills.

Salary $53,448 - $66,800
Hours: Full Time - 40 hours per week

McHenry County offers paid holidays, personal days, vacation and sick leave, and a comprehensive benefit package. No applicant for employment shall be discriminated against because of age, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin or disability.


Please Submit Application and Resume Materials:
McHenry County Administration Building
Human Resources Department
2200 N. Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, Il 60098

McHenry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted 6/19/2014
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Community Planner/CDBG Coordinator
Transportation, Engineering and Development Business Group
City of Naperville, IL
SALARY: $54,140 - $61,974 annually

The City of Naperville seeks a highly-motivated, energetic and innovative professional to join our Planning Services Team as the CDBG Coordinator. The Community Planner/CDBG Coordinator will be largely responsible for the overall coordination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Social Services Grant (SSG) Programs by effectively implementing all aspects of the grants’ administrative procedures and the systems support distribution of grant funds. Allocating funds and tracking expenditures from these programs is a critical responsibility.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing new Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs each year for approval by the City Council; preparing grant applications and consolidated planning strategy for submittal to HUD, meeting HUD reporting requirements and serving as liaison to the Fair Housing Commission; processing & reviewing recipient agreements for adherence to grant requirements and partnering with the Finance Dept. in budgeting & dispersing grant funds; and assisting City Legal staff and HUD staff in monitoring program performance. The candidate will also be responsible for managing the City’s Social Services Grant Program.

The position requires an individual to be skilled in the use of computers and various software applications including spreadsheets, word processing, database and graphics, as well as knowledge of basic accounting and budgeting principals. Problem solving skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and an ability to develop and maintain good working relationships is essential. Candidates must possess strong skills conducting research, attention to detail, managing multiple priorities, and meeting deadlines.

Minimum requirements include: Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or a related field required and at least one to two years experience in CDBG administration and program development strongly preferred. A valid State of Illinois Driver’s License is also required. The preferred candidate will have familiarity with Federal rules and regulations pertaining to CDBG Programs and at least three (3) years of project management experience.

The City of Naperville is located 28 miles west of downtown Chicago and occupies a land area of 37.58 square miles with a population near 146,000. Ranked as a top community in the United States to live and work, the City boasts nationally acclaimed schools and libraries, as well as exceptionally low crime and unemployment rates. Money Magazine has twice recognized Naperville as a “Best Places to Live” community. In return for your expertise we’ll provide you with career growth opportunities, competitive benefits package, and an on-site fitness center.

The City of Naperville complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals needing accommodations in the recruitment process should notify Human Resources in advance at (630) 305-7066.
Posted 6/19/2014
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Transportation Team Leader
Transportation, Engineering & Development Business Group
City of Naperville, IL
SALARY: Low $80’s to Mid 90’s, dependent upon qualifications

The City of Naperville seeks a dynamic professional to lead and set strategic direction for the Transportation team. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for determining appropriate city strategies and managing relationships regarding transportation with regional partners including Metra, Pace, RTA, DuPage Mayors and Managers, county governments and adjacent municipalities. As a vital partner to city residents and businesses, the chosen candidate will represent the city on transportation and traffic issues before federal, state, county and other governmental bodies, TAB, advisory and neighborhood groups as appropriate. Additional responsibilities will include assisting in the development and management of neighborhood traffic control policies, the Capital Improvement Program, traffic safety initiatives, and development related transportation issues. You will work with individual city departments to answer citizen inquiries, gather information, or resolve complaints as well as develop cooperative working relationships with representatives from other local governments and community organizations in order to better promote the community’s assets & events.

The selected candidate will be providing innovative leadership for the Transportation Team. This will involve creating and facilitating an environment of employee participation, creativity, risk-taking and decision-making at all levels of the Team and the Business Group in addition to assisting with employee training and skills development. This position will be accountable for working collaboratively, in a matrix environment, with other Teams in the Transportation, Engineering, and Development Business Group, as well as other city departments and groups, to achieve common goals and provide transparent customer service. There will also be budget responsibility and oversight of the City Community Development Block Grant and Social Services Grant programs associated with this position.

At a minimum, requirements include a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Planning, and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in a related field. A valid Illinois State Driver’s license is required.

Preferred candidates will possess a master’s degree in Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Planning or a related discipline, and a Registered Professional Engineer’s license (P.E.) for the State of Illinois and/or AICP certification. Proven abilities to effectively innovate, and to lead a professional staff are desired.

The City of Naperville is located 28 miles west of downtown Chicago and occupies a land area of 37.58 square miles with a population near 146,000. Ranked as a top community in the United States to live and work, the City boasts nationally acclaimed schools and libraries, as well as exceptionally low crime and unemployment rates. Money Magazine has twice recognized Naperville as a “Best Places to Live” community. In return for your expertise we’ll provide you with career growth opportunities, competitive benefits package, and an on-site fitness center.
Posted 6/19/2014
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Program Associate for Transportation
Northwest Municipal Conference
Des Plaines, IL
The Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC), a council of government representing forty-three municipalities and one township in the north and northwest suburbs, is seeking a motivated, responsible, energetic individual for the position of Program Associate for Transportation.

Description of Responsibilities

The Program Associate for Transportation coordinates transportation planning and programming activities on behalf of NWMC members, assists with project management on regional studies, provides assistance to members in preparing transportation grant applications for federal and state programs and acts as a liaison for members to various federal, state, county and regional transportation agencies. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

• Represent the needs of NWMC members to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and other transportation and planning agencies.
• Manage the Surface Transportation Program (STP) for the North Shore Council of Mayors, including oversight of project funding and implementation.
• Monitor transportation programs including the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Program (CMAQ), the Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Local Technical Assistance/Community Planning Program to ensure municipal access and understanding.
• Assist with managing various NWMC led planning initiatives, such as the NWMC Bicycle Plan, including consultant hiring, plan development and implementation.
• Disseminate information to NWMC membership via NWMC Transportation Newsletter, weekly briefings and other written and verbal means.
• Prepare agendas and minutes for various committees and task forces.
• Advance the NWMC Communications Plan via social media and other avenues.
• Perform other duties as assigned by Executive Director, Deputy Director and Transportation Director.


A bachelor’s or master's degree in urban planning, public administration or a related field from an accredited college or university is required.

A successful candidate for the position will also demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

• Strong ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.
• Solid organizational skills, including the ability to work independently.
• Proven ability to follow complex oral and written instructions.
• Excellent interface skills, especially with elected and appointed local government officials and transportation professionals.
• Working knowledge of federal and state transportation, environment, and economic development programs and agencies is a plus but not required.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following items to be considered for the position:
• Cover letter;
• Full resume including education, experience and other relevant responsibilities; and,
• Names and contact information for three professional references that have knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications for this position.

Please send all three items via email (must include subject line: NWMC Program Associate) to Larry Bury, NWMC Deputy Director, at

Position open until filled. EOE
Posted 6/17/2014
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Community Development Department
City of Crystal Lake, IL
As a vital member of the Community Development Department, under the general direction of the Planning and Economic Development Manager, the Planner provides planning and development services with an emphasis on excellence in technical skills and the provision of service to the customer. We seek candidates who possess:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration or related field;
  • At least 6 months to 3 years of related work experience as an intern or planner preferably in a municipal setting;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of urban planning, plan review and zoning best practices;
  • Effective customer service skills and exceptional oral, written and interpersonal communications skills;
  • Excellent computer, analytical and technical skills, proven problem-solving ability and ability to use sound judgment that results in effective decision making;
  • The Ability to anticipate short and long-term needs and take action in a pro-active and community-oriented manner.

Our Planners are responsible for all aspects of current planning including development reviews and zoning cases, zoning administration, long-range planning, business attraction and retention, marketing and promotion of our community, working collaboratively with the local business community, commercial real estate professionals, elected officials and all City staff.

The salary range for this position is $61,214 to $89,065. Salary commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience.

The City of Crystal Lake provides an excellent fringe benefit package to its full-time employees that includes medical, dental, vision and prescription benefits, life insurance coverage, development programs, technology incentives and more.

Please see the Crystal Lake city website at for additional information regarding our community. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, visit the city website at or please contact Ann Everhart, Director of Human Resources
at 815.356.3653 or

Completed application packages should be sent to:
Ann Everhart, Director of Human Resources
City of Crystal Lake
100 W. Woodstock Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Posted 6/13/2014
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Community and Economic Development Coordinator
Village of Forsyth, IL
The Village of Forsyth (3,490) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Community and Economic Development Coordinator.

Job duties include, but are not limited to, serving as Zoning Official and Plat Officer for the Village, providing staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission, providing administrative oversight of building inspection and code enforcement activities, and performing economic development activities, including business attraction, expansion, and retention activities.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in city/urban, land use, or regional planning, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, public or business administration, political science, economics, finance, marketing, or a closely related field; three (3) years experience in community development, economic development, planning, or a closely related field; or, any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Starting salary is $50,000-$55,000, DOQ/E, plus benefits.

Please submit cover letter and résumé to or to Village Administrator, Village of Forsyth, 301 S. Route 51, Forsyth, IL, 62535. Position open until filled.
Posted 6/6/2014
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Community Development Coordinator
Business & Community Development Department
City of Palos Heights, IL
The City of Palos Heights, pop 12,960, located in the southwest suburban Chicagoland area is seeking a Community Development Coordinator. Position responsibilities include but not limited to; business retention and attraction, zoning administration, comprehensive planning, marketing and promotion of City and business. Should have knowledge of TIF districts, state and county incentive programs, and serve as liaison on Economic Development committees, ZBA and Plan Commission committees, Chamber of Commerce, and City Council committee. Applicant must have 3+ years experience in municipal environment. Bachelor’s degree required, master preferred, in Planning/Public Administration or related field. Must be organized, work well with developers, public, and team. Should have knowledge of technology, social media, and applicable software. Salary DOQ. Resume’s via e-mail or address to Daniel Nisavic, City Administrator, 7607 College Drive, Palos Heights IL. 60463. Position Open Till Filled.
Posted 6/4/2014
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Economic Development Coordinator
Community & Economic Development Department
Village of Lisle, IL
The Village of Lisle, IL (22,390) a dynamic community that includes a vibrant corporate corridor, an award-winning revitalized downtown, world class amenities and high quality of life, seeks candidates for the full-time position of Economic Development Coordinator.

This position is responsible for the preparation and implementation of economic development initiatives, plans, programs and services. Under the general direction of the Community & Economic Development Director, performs complex and professional level research, design, implementation and monitoring of programs that encourage business recruitment, retention and expansion, revitalization, and job creation in the Village of Lisle. Examples of essential functions include: plans and implements programs related to the Village’s goal of expanding its retail and commercial base including ongoing downtown redevelopment; initiates efforts to attract new businesses to Lisle and assists existing businesses in expanding; meets with potential new businesses and identifies site opportunities; maintain and regularly update the Village’s available properties inventory; coordinates regular meetings with area brokers and commercial property owners; and acts as a Village liaison to local and regional business and development communities, the Economic Development Commission, Chamber of Commerce, and other business and/or civic organizations.

Qualifications (Education & Experience): The successful candidate will be expected to have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business/public administration, urban planning, economic development or related field. Master’s Degree, CEcD designation, or real estate license is a plus. Minimum of three years progressively responsible direct experience in economic development, retail/commercial real estate or related field. A proven ability to work collaboratively and creatively; knowledge of and experience with the application of development, real estate transactions, and business attraction/retention principles, business/financial instruments and concepts relative to loan packaging, and related federal, state and other resources for economic development/business assistance; ability to gather, analyze and review data to make informed decisions and recommendations; excellent communication (verbal, written and presentation) skills; familiarity with Microsoft Office software suite; and also demonstrate the ability to build successful working relationships with staff, elected and appointed officials, the business and development communities, as well as the general public.

Compensation: Hiring salary range is $70,000 - $77,000 DOQ with excellent benefits.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (occasional evening Village Board and Commission meeting attendance required)

Application Process: Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by Wednesday, June 18, 2014 with a cover letter, resume, five (5)-year salary history, and three (3) professional references to Eric Ertmoed, Administrative Services Director at Please reference Economic Development Coordinator in the subject line of the email. Candidates requiring reasonable accommodations under the ADA should contact Human Resources at (630) 271-4100.

The Village of Lisle is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted 6/2/2014
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