Assistant Village Planner, Village of Morton Grove, IL

The Village of Morton Grove, Illinois, is seeking an entry-level planner to assist the Department of Community and Economic Development with a variety of planning, zoning, and development activities. The Department supports long-range planning activities, zoning administration, and community and economic development initiatives. The Department works closely with other Village departments, developers, property owners, builders, investors, public agencies to achieve its department objectives and the common vision for the Village of Morton Grove.

The Assistant Village Planner will, under the direction of the Land Use Planner:

  • Serve as the initial point of contact on zoning and compliance inquiries

  • Review permit applications for zoning compliance

  • Review plans and proposals for new development

  • Help prepare Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission agendas, case materials, and staff reports

  • Attend and participate in public meetings held by Village Boards and Commissions (evening meeting attendance required)

  • Research and report on issues relating to land use and economic development to help shape Village regulation and policy

  • Participate in long-range planning projects, business outreach, and community development initiatives

  • Produce graphics and exhibits to support Department reports and projects

  • Assist the Department of Community and Economic Development as needed and directed to carry out department responsibilities

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years private or public sector planning experience OR a Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, or administration. In addition, the following knowledge, skills, and abilities are required:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning, economic development, and land use regulation

  • Clear and professional writing skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Excellent verbal communication and customer service skills

  • Ability to make accurate mathematic calculations

  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgement

  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite desired

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample no later than 5:00 PM (CST) on Friday, August 7, 2020. Writing samples should be no longer than 5-10 pages in length. Technical and academic writing samples preferred. A planning portfolio (less than 10 MB) may be submitted, but is not required.

Salary range $43,000 - $47,000 DOQ. IMRF pension and excellent benefit package included.

Mailed applications must be postmarked on or before August 7, 2020, in order to be considered. Applications may be emailed to or mailed to:

Department of Community & Economic Development

Village of Morton Grove

6101 Capulina Avenue

Morton Grove, Illinois 60053

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