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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+/-, DOQ, 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 8/20/2014
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Planning Intern
Farr Associates
Chicago, IL
Farr Associates is an architecture, planning, and urban design firm located in Chicago, Illinois, dedicated to creating sustainable urban places. Within the firm there is an architecture studio and a planning studio. Work in the planning studio includes planning for neighborhoods, downtowns and corridors, sustainability consulting, urban design, and zoning codes.

Job Description:
The Planning Intern will support the members of the planning studio with various tasks including creation of maps and graphics, document editing, creation of presentation and meeting materials, research, and administrative tasks as necessary. The work environment is fast-paced with short deadlines. The successful applicant must have excellent organization skills and attention to detail.

Candidates must be available to work at least 24 hours per week, between 9am and 6pm. The ideal candidate has a flexible schedule and is looking for hours in excess of 24 hours per week.

This position is hourly; salary is commensurate with experience.

Job Qualifications:
Applicants must have experience in Adobe InDesign creating document layouts. The position also requires experience with GIS, and applicants must demonstrate the ability to create maps and diagrams. Preference will be given to those with knowledge of the following programs: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, GIS, Microsoft Office, and Google SketchUp. Graduate-level coursework in planning, landscape architecture, architecture, or another planning-related field OR a bachelor’s degree with 1-2 years of direct job experience is required. Candidates with 1-2 years of experience in a professional environment are also preferred.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and portfolio/work samples to Jeanette Velazquez at with “Planning Intern Application” in the subject line. Please indicate how many hours a week you are available to work in your cover letter. No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Posted 8/20/2014
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Economic Development Director
Village of Gurnee, IL
GURNEE, ILLINOIS (pop. 31,295) seeks its first Economic Development Director. A major hub of commerce and entertainment in northeastern Illinois, Gurnee delivers small-town friendliness with big-city vitality. Gurnee is a distinctive and progressive community that is home to two of the Midwest’s largest attractions – Six Flags Great America amusement park, and Gurnee Mills, a 1.9 million square foot destination shopping center. In addition to Gurnee Mills, the Village has another 21 shopping centers and 14 industrial/office parks. Gurnee is also a substantial hospitality center with more than 1,700 hotel rooms and 135 restaurants. The Village is 38 miles north of downtown Chicago, strategically located on I-94.

The Economic Development Director is a newly created position, offering the ideal candidate the chance to design and deliver the Village’s economic development program. The Director will also be in charge of developing and executing Village branding, marketing and promotion strategies. The Village seeks candidates with initiative, creativity and a proven track-record of retaining, expanding and recruiting businesses. The ideal candidate is a people-person adept at building relationships, not bureaucracy.

High energy, enthusiasm and passion are a must for this position. Ideal candidates will have strong communication skills, the ability to think and act strategically, and have the talent to tactfully negotiate and “close the deal.” A demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders including Village officials, intergovernmental partners, brokers, developers, and local business owners is required.

A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications, public administration or related disciplines is desired, or an equivalent combination of education, training and professional experience. Six years of progressively responsible experience in economic development, redevelopment, marketing and social media strategies in either the public or private sector are preferred. The position will report to the Village Administrator, and will serve as staff liaison to the Village's Economic Development Committee.

Salary is $90,000 +/- and competitive benefits. Residency is not required, yet a high level of community involvement is expected. Must be available for occasional night and weekend events. Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by September 8, 2014 to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, GovHRUSA, 650 Dundee Road #270, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3243; Fax: 866-401-3100. Electronic Submission Preferred.
Posted 8/18/2014
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Community Development Director
City of DeKalb, IL
The City of DeKalb seeks a talented professional with experience in both planning and economic development to become its next Community Development Director. This full-time exempt position will be responsible for leading and managing the reconstituted Community Development Department which consists of planning, economic development, building and property maintenance and CDBG administration. This includes supervision of an internal staff of six FTEs as well as management of outsourced building inspections.

The successful candidate will assist the City in managing the expiration of two TIF Districts, lead the effort in downtown redevelopment and be a key liaison to Northern Illinois University on coordination of “Communiversity” initiatives. Two of the key departmental projects in the next year include participation in Phase II of the Housing Study and coordination from start to finish of the City’s next Comprehensive Plan.

The Community Development Director will assist the City in striking a balance between historic preservation while addressing redevelopment opportunities. The Director will be responsible for coordinating economic development efforts in order to establish a proactive, business-friendly approach. The ideal candidate is personable, a proven leader, innovative thinker and an articulate communicator. This is an opportunity to lead and mold the department during an exciting time of new projects and redevelopment possibilities.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, public or business administration or a related field is required. A Master’s degree in urban planning, public administration or a related field is preferred. A minimum of 8-10 years of municipal experience is required.

The salary range is $94,590 - $134,618, plus excellent benefits. Email cover letter, resume and five professional references to: Michelle Anderson, Human Resources Director, 200 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115 or via email to by Friday, September 5, 2014. The City of DeKalb is a progressive community of 44,030 located 60 miles west of Chicago and proud home to Northern Illinois University. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted 8/18/2014
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Senior Planner/Urban Design Associate
Farr Associates
Chicago, IL
Farr Associates is an architecture, planning, and urban design firm located in Chicago, Illinois, dedicated to creating sustainable urban places.

We want to grow and are seeking a Senior Planner/Urban Design Associate. Projects in our studio focus on master planning, site planning, urban design, zoning, and community outreach. Our projects are often a hybrid of urban planning and urban design, and we are looking for candidates who can effectively contribute in both areas. This position will project manage studio projects, as well as manage and coordinate with other associates to produce plans and graphics.

The chosen candidate will possess these traits:
• Degree in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, or related field.
• 7-10 years experience
• Project manager experience
• Strong design background; architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design experience is a plus.
• AICP, AIA, or RLA and LEED AP preferred
• Proficiency in Adobe Suite required. GIS, AutoCAD, and SketchUp experience are a plus.
• Someone who shares our vision for sustainable, socially-equitable, economically-viable design
• Good communication, writing, and editing skills
• Strong organization skills, including the ability to coordinate and manage internal and external teams, on multiple projects at once.

This is a full time position with competitive salary and benefits.

If interested please email resume, cover letter and portfolio or selection of work samples as a single PDF less than 10 MB to: In the subject line include “Senior Associate Position Application.”

No calls please.
Posted 8/18/2014
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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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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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