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Director of Community Development
Community Development Department
Freeport, IL
The City of Freeport is seeking a hands-on, high energy Community Development Director. The Director acts as a liaison to developers, realtors and other planners on proposed development, administers and enforces the planning and zoning rules and regulations, and prepares and administers all economic and community development grants. Also responsible for code enforcement.

A key responsibility of the Director will be to help identify and attract new businesses consistent with the City’s goals and to help develop strategies for business retention. He or she will manage activities in the City Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts. Providing technical support for plans and projects will also be required.

Candidates must have an extensive working knowledge of zoning, annexation, and site development rules, regulations and ordinances; ICC codes; and knowledge of financial instruments for encouraging private development. The ability to conduct public hearings on a variety of planning and development issues and determine the City's capacity for economic development is required. Qualified candidates will excel at customer service, interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, have unquestionable integrity and ethics, be a team player and be comfortable working in a small city environment. He or she will have to be “hands on,” capable of functioning with a small staff and be highly collaborative.

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college, with concentration in planning, public administration, business administration or other related field, Master’s degree preferred. Previous employment in a Community Development Department, five years increasingly responsible experience as a supervisor or assistant supervisor in planning, zoning or a community development related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Current AICP accreditation or the ability to become accredited within one year of hire is required.

Please email resumes to:

Human Resource Manager by 2/22/15
Posted 1/29/2014
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Director of Planning & Development Administration
Columbia, IL
The City of Columbia, Illinois (pop. 9,707), seeks an experienced and skilled professional to lead its planning and development activities in a growing, progressive community just 15 miles south of downtown St. Louis. This newly created position will be responsible for directing the City’s short and long-term planning efforts as well as overseeing the Building & Zoning Department. The Director of Planning & Development Administration serves as the Zoning Administrator and will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the City’s Zoning, Subdivision, and Building Codes. Additionally, this person will work closely with the City Administrator and coordinate on special projects with other departments, such as Economic Development and Public Works.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field (master’s degree preferred) and a minimum of five years of relevant work experience (AICP certification is desired). Residency in the Columbia city limits is required. Compensation, which includes a generous benefits package, is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume, by February 20, 2015, at 4:30 p.m., to James Morani, City Administrator, 208 S. Rapp Ave., Columbia, IL 62236 (envelopes should be clearly marked “Employment Application”) or send to
Posted 1/28/2014
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Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator
Marinette County
University of Wisconsin Extension
Marinette, WI
As a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension, employed with Marinette County, the Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator is an educational leader in teaching, accessing and applying research findings from the fields of leadership and organizational development, community development, local government education, business and economic development and natural resources in order to meet identified educational needs and interests of citizens, civic groups, businesses and local governments. The Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator takes a scholarly approach in strengthening communities and local government through educational programming that builds understanding and leads to improved decision-making and leadership skills.

To apply and see more position details visit:

Deadline: 2/10/2015
Posted 1/26/2014
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Associate Planner, Transportation Planning
Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission
Springfield, IL
About the Commission:

The SSCRPC serves as the joint planning body for Sangamon County and the City of Springfield, as well as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation planning in the region.

The Commission works with other public and semi-public agencies throughout the area to promote orderly growth and redevelopment, and assists other communities in the region with their planning needs. Through its professional staff, the SSCRPC provides overall planning services related to land use, housing, recreation, transportation, economic development, environmental protection, natural hazard mitigation, and various special projects of interest to the region’s communities and agencies. The SSCRPC’s professional planning staff prepares area-wide planning documents and assists the County, cities and villages, as well as special districts, with planning activities.

Oversight is provided by a 17 member Commission which includes representatives from the Sangamon County Board, Springfield City Council, special units of government, and six citizens appointed by the City and the County.

Additional information about the Commission may be found on its website:

The Associate Planner for Transportation Planning:

Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Senior Planner for Transportation Planning, the Associate Planner assists with and helps coordinate a number of transportation planning activities, particularly related to public transportation planning. The Associate Planner will perform professional planning duties and assist the Senior Planner in such areas as:

•Preparation of transportation planning documents.
•Staff support for the local transportation planning body and mass transit district.
•Public transit informational materials.
•GIS mapping projects.
•Travel demand modeling.
•Data collection and analysis.
•Special studies and projects.

General Duties:

(1) Assists in the coordination and staffing of the Commission’s responsibilities associated with the Springfield Area Transportation Study (SATS) including secretariat duties, preparation of reports, and presentations for SATS review.
(2) Prepares schedules and brochures for the Springfield Mass Transit District.
(3) Serves as a technical and professional resource for citizens, community leaders, and other partners, with emphasis on public transportation issues.
(4) Assists with special studies and projects in support of the SATS Long Range Transportation Plan.
(5) Prepares maps and data analysis for special studies and complex projects.
(6) Maintains files and documentation related to transportation studies and projects.
(7) Maintains and utilizes the SATS travel demand model.
(8) Develops and writes various reports and studies.
(9) Carries out other duties as required.

Education: BA or BS in Planning or related field.

Desired Skills:

•Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.
•Excellent demonstrated organizational ability and experience in research and analysis would be beneficial.
•General computer skills and knowledge of spreadsheets are essential. Experience with Adobe Illustrator and Publisher would be beneficial.
•Knowledge of GIS is required. Experience with ArcGIS 10.x. and ArcGIS online would be particularly beneficial.
•Experience with travel demand modeling, particularly TransCad, is highly desirable but not required.
•Ability to answer questions and work with the public, interest groups and other agency staff on a daily basis is necessary.
•Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently in performing planning duties are essential.

A current Illinois driver’s license or the ability to obtain such license prior to date of hire is required.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range for this position is $35,000 to $39,000 and will be based upon the education, experience and demonstrated skills of qualifying candidates. Benefits include participation in municipal retirement system, paid vacation, paid sick days, health, dental and life insurance and optional cafeteria plan.

Application: Submit resume, a writing sample, three professional references, and a completed Sangamon County Employment Application to:

Springfield Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission
ATTN: Transportation Planner
Sangamon County Building
200 S. 9th Street
Room 212
Springfield, IL 62701-1629

Candidates not submitting the required information will not be considered. A Sangamon County Employment Application is available on-line at or from the address above. Review of applications for this position will begin January 23, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

Sangamon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 1/16/2014
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Senior Planner
County of Will Land Use Department
Joliet, IL
The County of Will is accepting applications for the position of Senior Planner in the Development Review Division of the County’s Land Use Department.

This Development Review Division senior-level supervisory position is responsible for implementation planning and assumes direct responsibility for challenging matters of interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of related ordinances and regulations.

Accredited master’s degree in urban planning or related field and three (3) years directly related experience, or accredited bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field and four (4) years directly related experience required. Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred.

The salary range is $60,000 - $75,000, plus excellent benefits.

Completed Will County Employment Application or Resume with cover letter and salary history may be submitted by mail, fax or hand delivered. Only interviewed applicants will be notified of the selection process. Deadline: February 4, 2015 by 4:30 p.m.

Will County Human Resources Department
302 N. Chicago Street - 2nd Floor
Joliet, IL 60432
Fax: (815) 774-6355

The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted 1/16/2014
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Community Development Director
Community Development Department
City of Wood Dale, IL
The City of Wood Dale (population 13,770) is seeking an experienced, forward-thinking professional with a background in community and economic development for the position of Community Development Director. The selected candidate will be responsible for the supervision of a number of functions including, but not limited to, planning and zoning, building inspection, code enforcement, economic development, and familiarity/experience with Building Code interpretation. The department currently has 6 employees (including this position) and 1 part-time employee.

A Bachelor's degree in urban planning, public administration, economic development, public policy, business or related field is required. An MPA, MBA, CBO, CEcD, or AICP Certification is highly desired. Five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in community development, economic development, planning or closely related field, or any equivalent combination of education and experience, is desired. Attendance at Thursday night meetings is required. This position reports to the City Manager.

Exceptional communication skills, strong writing ability, and team-oriented professionalism are essential; ability to work with elected officials, City staff, the business community, potential developers and a variety of other stakeholders is a must. Residency is not required. Current salary range is $88K - $127K, with the starting salary DOQ. Candidates should send their resume, cover letter and City Employment Application to the City of Wood Dale, 404 N Wood Dale Rd, Wood Dale, IL 60191, Attn: Human Resources. Applicants may also submit application materials and/or inquiries to the City at Position is open until filled.

The City of Wood Dale is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted 1/10/2014
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Economic Development & Special Projects Coordinator
Kendall County Economic Development Department
Yorkville, IL
Kendall County seeks a full-time professional to coordinate the County’s economic development programs and assist the County Administrator on special administrative projects as assigned. Job description and application can be found at Hiring salary range $45,000 - $48,000 (DOQ).

Please mail application, cover letter, resume with professional references by January 30, 2015 to: Kendall County, c/o Administration Econ Dev Position, 111 West Fox Street, Yorkville, IL 60560. Application and complete job description are available via the Kendall County website at: .
Posted 1/6/2014
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Planning and Zoning Director
Village of Homer Glen, IL
The Village of Homer Glen (pop. 24,220) is seeking a dynamic, skilled and accomplished planning and zoning professional to fill our Planning and Zoning Director position. Homer Glen is located in northeastern Will County, approximately 25 miles southwest of Chicago. The Village encompasses 22.2 sq. miles of land. The Planning and Zoning Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Village’s planning and zoning program and services. In addition, the Director will administer all aspects of the Village’s Zoning Ordinance. The Director serves as staff liaison to the Village’s Plan Commission.

The position is appointed by the Mayor with advice and consent from the Village Board. The position reports to the Village Manager. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration or a related field with seven years of progressively responsible experience in the field of planning and zoning. Public sector experience is desirable.

Salary range is $65,000 to $80,000, depending upon qualifications. Excellent benefits package. Residency is not required. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and four work related references by Friday, January 30th to the Village of Homer Glen, Attn: Heather Kokodynsky, 14933 S Founders Crossing, Homer Glen, IL 60491 or via e-mail to

Posted 12/30/2014
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Real Estate Development Project Coordinator
R.A. Smith National
Naperville, IL
The Real Estate Development Project Coordinator reports to the Senior Development Director at the company’s Naperville, Illinois office, and manages due diligence and the coordination of new real estate development projects. The Project Coordinator is also responsible for managing municipal research, preparation of due diligence reports, initial site planning and the project sub consultants from inception to construction. Additional responsibilities include the development and maintenance of project schedules, and preparation of municipal applications and submittal packages.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Candidates for this position should have a degree in Engineering, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture or other related field, and the ability to manage multiple projects and changing priorities. Candidates should have three to five years’ experience in related fields, with a general understanding of real estate development, building and site design; have a working knowledge of building codes, zoning regulations and municipal approvals/permits and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Candidates should also have the ability to meet deadlines and provide high quality service to clients; ability to multi-task and quickly adapt to changing priorities. Candidates will have proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, MS Project, and AutoCAD.

R.A. Smith National provides its employees with a robust benefit package which includes: A competitive salary, medical, dental, vision, life, disability, legal and other valuable options; generous time-off programs, 401K with an employer match; professional and career development opportunities, a highly regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client service, quality and pursuit of excellence in all we do.

Candidates interested in applying for this position should forward their resume to R.A. Smith National is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity of its workforce.
Posted 12/5/2014
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