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Community and Economic Development Coordinator
Village of Bloomingdale, IL
Bloomingdale, IL (population 22,028) is seeking innovative and energetic candidates with strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach for the exciting new opportunity to work as a Community and Economic Development Coordinator. With its convenient location and nearby expressways, Bloomingdale is situated approximately twenty-five (25) miles west of the City of Chicago. Activity abounds in the village, from business and residential development and renovation, to ready access to plentiful shopping and recreation opportunities. Bloomingdale offers first class schools and public services, while boasting a wide and varied retail and commercial/industrial base.

This position serves as a liaison to developers, realtors, attorneys and other professional staff on proposed development within the Village. Duties include: coordinating the Village's involvement in long-term economic development projects; working with Village organizations to attract new businesses and encourage the retention of existing businesses; developing marketing techniques for the Village; and compiling and maintaining a data base profiling economic opportunities in the Village. Other responsibilities are identifying and articulating issues associated with a proposed development, an amendment to an existing development, or other requests of the Village, either through a formal staff report, findings of fact, or other verbal and written communication.

The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning, business or other relevant field with a Master’s Degree strongly preferred. Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is desirable. Additional requirements are five to ten years of progressively responsible municipal planning and development experience or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge skills and abilities for this job. Preferred attributes are strong analytical and communication skills, strategic planning abilities, and a demonstrated enthusiasm for working closely with Village officials, residents and the business community. The position reports to the Village Administrator. The pay range for this full-time, exempt-level position is $76,045 to $109,678 annually and it comes with a comprehensive benefits package.

Qualified candidates should submit an online application at by clicking the “Employment Opportunities” icon. Also required is a cover letter and resume explaining your interest in the position, qualifications and experience. The application deadline is December 19, 2014; although the position remains open until filled. Residency in the Village of Bloomingdale is not required. The Village of Bloomingdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Questions may be addressed to
Posted 11/21/2014
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Principal Financial Analyst
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
Chicago, IL
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), located in downtown Chicago, is currently accepting applications to fill the position of Principal Financial Analyst.

Under the general direction of the Manager, Capital Programs, Grants and Analysis, the incumbent is responsible for the coordination of capital programming initiatives and for the administration of the Five-Year Capital Program; capital grant issuance and administration; participates in the development of departmental objectives, policies and procedures; provides internal staff planning support; prepares and delivers presentations to the RTA Board of Directors, management and staff; and, interacts with counterparts at the Service Boards, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), local and regional governments and planning bodies, and other public transportation related entities.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  1. Manages the development and financing of the Five-Year Capital Program, its annual elements, RTA Bond Program and Strategic Capital Improvement Program (SCIP). Oversees and manages multi-year funding projections, future needs, cash flows for the RTA funded projects, and preparation of the annual Financial Capacity Analysis. Manages and administers the State of Illinois Bond Programs including project development, funding coordination, grants issuance, concurrence approval and requisition processing. Prepares quarterly project status reports for IDOT.
  2. Interacts with the FTA, IDOT, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), RTA and Service Boards, counterparts and staff to ensure timely preparation of preparatory, preliminary and final Capital Program funding marks, the RTA and Service Board Capital Programs, its updates, revisions, amendments and technical corrections. Coordinates the split of federal apportionments and the preparation and execution of various funding agreements, such as RTA/Northwestern Indiana and RTA/Southeastern Wisconsin Letters of Understanding; prepares funding allocation memos to the Regional Administrator of FTA.
  3. Administers the RTA’s Capital Program in support of the various internal and external initiatives, including project funding and reporting. Oversees the maintenance and updates to the Capital Program Procedures for the Grants Management staff. Administers Capital Program funding contracts and cash flows under Capital Grant Agreements. Reviews, analyzes and provides recommendations for Service Board concurrence requests. Obtains funding agency concurrences as needed.
  4. Oversees and manages the Capital Grant reimbursement process to the Services Boards, monitors RTA Bond expenditures and average useful life, prepares quarterly Capital Program and SCIP reports, and monitors regional Federal Un-obligated Balance. Prepares reimbursement requests and monitors cash receipts under Capital Program contracts. Prepares monthly Grant Requisition Reports (summary and detail) and reconciles the differences with the RTA Controller Division, Service Boards and auditors.
  5. Develops and maintains Capital Program Grant Management System database and enhancements and directs the integration of data with other computerized tools of the Planning, Finance and Information Technology departments, the Authority and Service Boards. Identifies improvements, both internal and external, that are necessary to manage and expend the Capital Program efficiently. Identifies the need for new procedures, reports and computer systems to improve Division’s ability to carry out its responsibilities. Provides training to others on how to use and maintain computerized databases and programs that are necessary functions of the Division.
  6. Develops principles and administers procedures including project selection, implementation, funding participation, cash flow, project programming, budget revision, concurrences and amendments, and grant closeout and reprogramming of funds, consistent with the Capital Program Procedures.

Knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Audit, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Public Administration, Operations Analysis, a related field, or equivalent work experience. Advanced degree preferred.

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible project management and program implementation experience in a public or private concern, including negotiations and consensus building experience in a project team environment, and a strong emphasis on financial analysis and planning, capital budgeting, accounting, development and communication skills. Strong quantitative skills including database and spreadsheet application development experience necessary.

The RTA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. The RTA reimburses for travel at the federal rate for mileage reimbursement. Relocation is not available. For more information about the RTA, visit our website at

Minimum Salary: $74,000

Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to:

Regional Transportation Authority
Human Resources, Attn: 14-PFA
175 W. Jackson, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL 60604

To apply online, go to:

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Posted 11/21/2014
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Community & Economic Development Director
Community/Economic Development Department
Village of Brookfield, IL
Brookfield, IL (19,500) A vibrant, diverse community with exciting economic development opportunities, seeks its first Director of Community and Economic Development.

Located 13 miles west of downtown Chicago, Brookfield combines convenient transportation with numerous community amenities including respected schools, an excellent library and an extensive parks and recreation system. The Village is experiencing economic growth and has been successful in attracting several recent redevelopment opportunities with more possibilities on the horizon.

The Village is seeking a progressive, approachable, highly collaborative community and economic development professional to serve as its next Director of Community and Economic Development. The position reports to the Village Manager. The Community and Economic Development Department has four full time and two part time authorized positions. The Community and Economic Development Director must have high integrity and a positive track record in customer service, team building within the department and with other departments, and leadership/management of employees. In addition, experience with economic development and redevelopment is critical to this position.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in urban planning, public policy, design or related field. A master's degree in urban and regional planning or related field a plus. Candidates must have 7-10 years increasingly responsible experience in executive level community development in the public sector or in a field closely related to the public sector. The successful candidate will have strong oral and written skills, strategic planning abilities, excellent analytical and negotiation skills and a demonstrated enthusiasm for working closely with elected and appointed officials.

Salary is $100,000 +/- DOQ. Residency in the Village of Brookfield is not required. Candidates should apply by December 17 to Heidi Voorhees at Electronic submission preferred. Tel: 847-380-3243. Additional information available at
Posted 11/12/2014
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Village Planner
Director of Economic Development, Planning, and Zoning
Economic Development, Planning, and Zoning Department
City of Belleville, IL
Administers and supervises the daily operations of the city’s planning, land use, zoning, grant-writing, GIS, and economic development programs. Position is appointed by and reports to the Mayor and supervises all department employees. Prepares and monitors departmental budget. Advises the Mayor, department heads and city Council on issues pertaining to land use, annexation, economic development, zoning, and other similar matters. Develops, directs, and implements economic development strategies in conjunction with public and private sector groups. Acts as advisor to city officials, departments, and citizen groups on matters relating to planning, land use development, zoning, and economic development. For a full job description, please visit: Deadline to apply: December 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Posted 11/05/2014
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Village Planner
Office of the Village Manager
Village of Buffalo Grove, IL
BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS (pop. 41,496) seeks a Village Planner to support its planning and economic development program.

Under the direction of the Community Development Director, this is a highly technical position that is responsible for directing and participating in the preparation of studies, plans, and projections dealing with land use, population, community facilities, transportation, housing, and similar factors affecting the development of the Village. Work includes responsibility for serving as staff advisor to the Village Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, and management of current, advance, and intergovernmental planning issues. Position responsibilities may include the preparation of reports, research and analysis of planning and development initiatives, as well as presentation of planning issues to resident, civic and business constituencies.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in urban or regional planning, or a related field is required; masters degree and AICP preferred; and a minimum of 6 years of experience in urban planning at the professional level. Must possess thorough and demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of urban planning. Candidates should have experience in development entitlement, including site planning, density and zoning review. The preferred candidate will possess skill in balancing multiple priorities, soliciting public input on planning issues affecting the community and conveying information succinctly.

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 meetings and events.

Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by November 21, 2014 to: Mr. Arthur Malinowski, Jr., Director of Human Resources at Faxed, mailed or hand delivered applications and/or resumes will not be accepted. Please indicate Village Planner in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled, with the initial review of applicants expected to occur during the week of November 24, 2014.

Posted 11/01/2014
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Part-time Planning & Transportation Manager
DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference
Oak Brook, IL
The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference is looking for a Part-time Planning & Transportation Manager. This Non-Exempt position would require approximately twenty hours per week, under the general supervision of the Executive Director.

• Manage and implement the planning and transportation programs of the Conference, under the general direction of the Executive Director.
• Work with the Transportation Project Manager and assist in the fulfillment of the DuPage Council of Mayor’s Planning Liaison (PL) contract and scope of service. Possible supervisory opportunity depending on qualifications.
• Staff and/or supervise staffing of assigned conference committees; communicate actions and recommendations to the Board of Directors and full Conference.
• Oversee the Conference’s ongoing intergovernmental transportation projects and initiatives, and develop new components of the Conference’s transportation work program where appropriate.
• Represent local planning and transportation needs and concerns in various regional forums.
• Attend meetings and maintain professional relationships with transportation, planning, and other government agencies as needed to ensure progress of Conference projects.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Working knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, transportation, public administration and project management.
• Familiarity with transportation and planning agencies and their functions.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Bachelor’s Degree in transportation planning, planning, public administration or closely related field from an accredited college or university with four years of relevant experience. Master’s Degree preferred.
• Ability and experience in supervising staff and growing staff capacities preferred.

Starting hourly wage for this part-time position is expected to be approximately $25 per hour. Application deadline is November 21, 2014 at 3 pm. Send resume to Suzette Quintell at DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, 1221 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523.
Posted 10/30/2014
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Planning, Building, and Development Department
Waukegan, IL
Lake County, Illinois is a financially stable, professionally managed, AAA rated County located in northeastern Illinois, with Lake Michigan to the east, Wisconsin to the north and the City of Chicago to the south. Lake County is the recipient of One of the Healthiest Companies in America award. Lake County is seeking applicants to join the Lake County Planning, Building and Development Department team! We are looking for motivated self-starters able to work independently in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. We are currently seeking candidates for the following position:

$45,867.00 - $55,838.00

Planners serve as project managers, coordinating development review of complex projects (subdivisions, Conditional Use Permits, Planned Unit Developments, zoning variances, and commercial site planning) by a multidisciplinary team of County staff. Planners must have excellent collaborative skills to educate applicants and collaborate with an interdepartmentally. This individual will conduct site plan/site capacity review, evaluate natural resource protection, and inspect sites for compliance with plans and conditions, prepare written reports and present project proposals to governing bodies and the public. Maintaining a positive and cooperative working relationship with internal and external stakeholders, planners engage in options thinking to move their peers forward to realize the vision of permit applicants.

Required Skills
The ideal candidate is familiar with principles and practices of municipal land use regulation and State Statutes pertaining to planning and zoning. They will also be a self-starter who is able to quickly understand a project, capable of maintaining mission alignment and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The candidate should also be able to act as an effective liaison between government agencies, developments, elected and appointed officials, and community groups for development proposal efforts and special projects. In addition, the ideal candidate will be experienced in GIS and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and other technologies, with the capacity assume more responsibility in technology, website and software management/maintenance. They should be interested in sustainability and determining how local government can have a positive impact in environmental efforts. Similarly, they should be familiar with plant-identification, landscaping design and best practices. Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively with public officials, other agencies, internal and external stakeholders, and the public are essential. Finally, they should possess strong research, data assemblage, and analytical skills.

Required Experience
We are looking for someone who has completed a Bachelor’s degree program from an accredited university or college with major course work in planning or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred. Good knowledge of the principles and practices of planning; sound techniques of research; quantitative analysis and report preparation. Background and experience in sustainability initiatives and landscaping review/ inspection is preferred.

The ability to present planning ideas clearly; read, analyze, and interpret complex technical documents, procedures, or governmental regulations; write routine reports and correspondence; and effectively present oral and written information to customers, other employees, stakeholder groups, and governing bodies.

Lake County government offers a competitive salary and benefit package, and is committed to being an employer of choice.

Apply on-line at


Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted 10/29/2014
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Development Analyst I
Will County Land Use Department
Joliet, IL
This Development Review Division entry-level position is responsible for assisting with implementation planning and associated challenging matters of interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of related ordinances and regulations.

Accredited Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or related field required, prior experience or internships and Masters Degree preferred.

SALARY RANGE: $45,000 - $50,000 D.O.Q.

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

*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. Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted 10/27/2014
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Executive Director
Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA)
Chicago, IL
Chief staff member of a 67-year-old organization with total assets of $1 million and four, full-time employees. Serves as executive officer to provide strategic leadership, raise funds and plan, organize and direct the staff, programs and activities of the association to assure that objectives are attained. Builds and maintains effective internal and external relationships with a diverse constituency. Recommends and participates in the formulation of policies and makes decisions within existing policies as they have been approved by the Board. Achieves fiscal and program performance, forward-looking programming and the constructive, transformative growth of the association.

Visit to view job description and requirements.

Please email resume, cover letter and references by 12/1/2014 to:
Posted 10/27/2014
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LTA Assistanct Planner (LTA069)
Local Planning Division
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Chicago, IL
Local Technical Assistance Program (LTA069)
Assistant Planner

Company/Agency: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Job Category: Assistant Planner
Experience Required: Up to 2 years
Salary Range: $45, 000 – $55,150

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a full-time Assistant Planner to help implement the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

CMAP was created in 2005 to integrate planning for land use and transportation in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. On October 13, 2010, CMAP released GO TO 2040, the region’s long-range comprehensive plan. The agency is now focused on implementing the plan, which includes technical assistance to local governments as a major activity. For more information on GO TO 2040, visit

Position Description
The LTA program was initiated in spring 2011 to create new resources for local planning in the Chicago region. It is designed to result in a series of innovative local projects that support livability principles, implement GO TO 2040, and build capacity in local communities. Approximately 50 projects are currently underway, and over 90 have been completed, with more planned to begin in 2015. Projects include comprehensive plans, corridor or subarea plans, zoning revisions, capital improvement plans, studies of special topics such as housing or economic development, and similar planning activities. This program requires travel throughout the region; candidates must have the ability and willingness to work with communities across the region. For more information on the LTA program, please visit

Essential Functions
CMAP will recruit a planner at the Assistant level with the knowledge, experience, and skills to assist in the implementation of local technical assistance projects, focusing on the intersection between housing, land use, and transportation.

Qualifications and Skills:
• Knowledge of local planning practice in northeastern Illinois, including plan and ordinance preparation, development review, and the role of appointed and elected officials.
• Experience in comprehensive planning and understanding the links between transportation, land use, housing, economic development, environment and natural resources, and community development.
• Ability to provide technical assistance, conduct training and workshops, and develop innovative, collaborative solutions to build local capacity.
• Experience working with elected officials and local government staff in designing and implementing policies and strategies that support sustainability and address socioeconomic inequities.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Strong organizational and time management skills and attention to detail.
• Interest and ability to interact with partner agencies, local governments, and the general public.
• Ability to work on complex projects, coordinate tasks for multiple projects concurrently, and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

It is understood that candidates for the Assistant position will have limited work experience, but they should demonstrate strong interest and familiarity with the topics addressed by CMAP. Demonstrated ability to contribute to complex projects and work as part of a team is required.

Education and/or Experience
A Masters degree in Planning or a related discipline is required. Assistant level positions are typically filled by candidates with up to 2 years of experience.

Contact Information
Send your cover letter and resume with contact information and Job Code (LTA069) to:


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 10/22/2014
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Division Manager
Programming Oversight and Compliance
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
Chicago, IL
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), located in downtown Chicago, is currently accepting applications to fill the position of Division Manager, Programming Oversight and Compliance.

Under the general direction of the CFO, the incumbent is responsible for the implementation of initiatives to ensure the Service Boards (CTA, Metra, and Pace) are complying with statutory, administrative, and regulatory program requirements, as well as to ensure optimal programmatic and operational performance, in an effort to deliver safe, efficient and effective public transit service. Ensure that capital projects are executed efficiently and effectively, including performing technical reviews and engineering assessments of major transit design, construction and procurement projects within the capital program. Ensure that project investments within the capital program will assist in developing a State of Good Repair for the region’s transit assets. Ensure that RTA planners and the regions Service Boards are administering State and Federal Grant funded projects in accordance with State, Federal, ADA and other applicable codes, rules, regulations and procedures. Reporting to the Audit Committee of the RTA Board, administers the Rail Safety Oversight Program for the CTA’s rapid transit system as required by the FTA State Safety Oversight Rule 49 CFR Part 659 and MAP 21 regulations to ensure a safe and secure transit system. Prepares and delivers reports and presentations to the RTA Board of Directors, management and staff; counterparts at the Service Boards, local, regional and national governmental and planning agencies and other public transportation related entities. Manages day-to-day responsibilities of the two units.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  1. Directs and coordinates the overall operations of the division in accordance with established goals and objectives, and performs other related duties as required or assigned.
  2. Develops, maintains and oversees the compilation of a complete, accurate and coordinated division level Work Plan for integration with the department’s annual workplan and that supports the RTA’s strategic goals and objectives.
  3. Directs the development and implementation of a comprehensive capital oversight program for the RTA and Service Boards including 1) monitoring capital project status during project life cycle (scope, budget, schedule); 2) review and monitoring of Project Management Plans (project overview, organization/staffing, management controls, conceptual design, final design, construction, closeout, quality assurance, risk management, contract administration, communications); 3) assessment of technical capacity; 4) identification of deficiencies and development of corrective action plans; 5) participation in value engineering and constructability reviews; 6) assessment of project’s operational effectiveness; 7) development of lessons learned reports and documents; 8) development of management reporting tools; 9) participation in the RTA capital program prioritization process, including involvement in Alternatives Analysis, to facilitate the allocation of resources; 10) providing input into the capital grant administration process, including assistance with the review of contracts and change orders; 11) providing analysis of Service Board asset inventory including an overall evaluation of the state of good repair and condition assessment; 12) Develops and Administers Capital Optimization Support tools to allow Service Boards to correctly develop capital budgets and assure that such associated projects are in accordance with the Regions Strategic Plan. 13) providing recommendations and policy changes to strengthen and improve the program’s effectiveness.
  4. Administers the Rail Safety Oversight Program for the CTA’s rapid transit system including, but not limited to 1) directing reviews of the RTA’s System Safety Program Standards and Procedures; 2) assessments of CTA’s System Safety and Security Program Plans; 3) monitoring CTA’s internal safety and security reviews; 4) performance of on-site safety and security triennial reviews of the CTA’s implementation of their program plans; 5) monitoring CTA’s reporting of accidents and hazards; 6) investigating accidents; 7) monitoring CTA’s development and implementation of corrective action plans; 8) providing reports and certifications to the FTA as required; and 9) providing recommendations and policy changes to strengthen and improve the program’s effectiveness.

Knowledge, skills and mental development equivalent to the completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in an appropriate Architectural, Engineering or Planning discipline, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.

A minimum of seven to ten (7 - 10) years of progressively responsible experience focused on project management practice in a public or private planning, research, development or engineering concern, including negotiations and consensus building in a project team environment. Experience in a public transit capital projects environment desirable, particularly those with passenger rail mode. Also must have demonstrated supervisory/management and project management oversight experience. Strong technical, quantitative and communication skills are essential.

Minimum Salary: $99,000

The RTA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Relocation is not available. For more information about the RTA, visit our website at Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to:

Regional Transportation Authority
Human Resources, Attn: 14-DMPOC
175 W. Jackson, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL 60604

To apply online, go to:

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Posted 10/14/2014
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CD Associate (CDBG and Supportive Housing Programs)
Community Development Department
City of Urbana, IL
The City of Urbana is accepting applications for a varied and highly responsible technical and professional position in the Grants Management Division of the Community Development Department. This is a part-time position of up to 32 hours/week.

The successful candidate will perform general administrative functions related to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Supportive Housing Programs. Functions include program management and planning, authorization of grant payments, monitoring of grant recipients, completion of grant reports, preparation of supportive services grant applications, and coordination of the Consolidated Social Service Fund application process.

The ideal candidate will have these distinguishing traits:
• Self-motivated, professional team member with strong knowledge of Community Development Block Grant and Supportive Housing programs, preferably with previous CDBG/SHP experience and/or familiarity with federal regulations and guidelines governing the CDBG/SHP Programs at the local level.
• Strong project management background; the ability to manage multiple priorities, and the ability to thrive in a team environment.
• Excellent interpersonal, follow-through, and communication skills, both orally and in writing, and a collaborative approach to problem solving.
• Strong commitment to working with low- and moderate-income residents and the agencies which serve those citizens.
• Sufficient education, training, and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities, which would typically be acquired through a bachelor's degree in accounting, social work, finance, urban planning or a closely-related field, plus one year of professional related experience.

This position will remain open until filled, but the next review of applications will occur after Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. CST. A cover letter and resume are not required, but they can be helpful to detail your relevant experience.

The City of Urbana Welcomes Diversity!
We foster an environment that values and encourages mutual respect, inclusion of all people, and utilizing differences and similarities as an organizational asset. We welcome applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity. EOE.
Posted 10/13/2014
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Planning Manager
Community Development Services Department
City of Urbana, IL
The City of Urbana Community Development Services Department is seeking a professional, detail-oriented and innovative leader to direct the daily activities of the department's award-winning Planning Division.  The successful candidate will be responsible for performing complex and difficult planning and development projects and supervising the day-to-day activities of the Planning Division staff. This includes coordinating zoning administration, historic preservation, neighborhood planning, subdivision/ development review, annexation, research and long term planning studies, as well as providing staff support to the City Council, Urbana Plan Commission, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Development Review Board and representing the City on a variety of intergovernmental committees and teams.

The Planning Manager will also supervise, mentor, counsel, and develop staff to meet work program objectives; including the delivery of work products on schedule within budget, and in accordance with progressive planning principles, best practices, and high quality standards. This is an appointed, at-will position that serves at the pleasure of the Mayor. Residency within Urbana city limits is not required.

Qualifications include:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field. Applicants with a degree in a related field (such as Geography, Public Administration, etc.) must be able to demonstrate substantial coursework in urban planning principles.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience performing professional planning work, including three (3) years of supervisory experience. A master’s degree may substitute for one year of experience.
  • Excellent analytical, verbal, and public presentation skills.
  • In-depth and broad-based planning experience
  • Proven ability to manage complex, long-range projects involving multiple stakeholders, sensitive political issues, and diverse communities.
  • A Master’s degree in Urban Planning or related field and AICP certification are strongly desired.

For more information or to apply, visit: Applications are accepted online . A resume, cover letter and professional writing sample are strongly recommended and may be attached to the application.

Deadline to apply: This position will remain open until filled, but the first review of applications will take place after Oct. 31, 2014. Electronic (faxed or emailed) submittal of application material will not be accepted.

Urbana, Illinois is a vibrant, dynamic community (pop. 41,250) located in the heart of east central Illinois and is internationally distinguished as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign, the state's flagship public university and one of the preeminent research institutions in the world. Urbana has also been recognized as one of the top ten high-tech communities in America by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Wired magazines and as the tenth greenest city in America by Sperling's Best Places Rated; in addition, the American Planning Association recognized our West Urbana Neighborhood in 2007 as one of the Ten Great Neighborhoods in the country.

Posted 10/2/2014
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Deputy Planning Director
Planning Department
Village of Tinley Park, IL
The Village of Tinley Park seeks Deputy Planning Director for a highly responsible administrative/management position involving technical work in planning and directing all operations of the planning areas. This position requires extensive knowledge of land use, architectural design, urban design, Village Ordinances and State laws. Minimum Qualifications: Masters Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture or related field; AICP Certification preferred; Eight (8) years responsible urban planning experience in a governmental or consulting environment; Three to Five (3-5) years supervisory or management experience; Any equivalent combination of education and experience, additional education substituting on a year for year basis for the required experience; Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Design, Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp; Valid Driver’s License. Residency Requirement: Must establish and maintain residency within the planning area as defined in the Village’s comprehensive plan within one (1) year of employment.

Pay Range: $74,555 - $97,278 (DOQ) plus generous health/dental/vacation benefits package.

Application Process: Submit cover letter, resume and completed Village of Tinley Park Application for employment found at: www.tinleypark.orgPosition open until filled.
Posted 9/24/2014
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