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Associate Planner, City of Galesburg, IL

Associate Planner

The City of Galesburg seeks interested candidates for the Associate Planner position.  This is an exempt, full-time position compensated between $62,740.84 and $80,301.10 per year, depending on qualifications. 

General Description of the Position

Assists with current and long-range planning activities by conducting research, gathering data, managing records, and updating reports and the city website regarding current and planned developments. The position frequently interacts with and assists the general public, assists in the review of proposed site plans, subdivisions, zoning amendments, special and conditional use requests, annexations, historic preservation, and economic development.

Essential Functions

Administers/monitors contractual agreements for solid waste management program.

Assist in researching foundations, and federal and/or state government grant funds that may be used to improve the quality of life in Galesburg.

Assists with Administration of the Enterprise Zone, including but not limited to, processing and tracking incentives and preparing reports required by the State.

Assists with the Administration of all Tax Increment Financing Districts, including but not limited to, processing and tracking incentives, preparation of annual reports to the State Comptroller, preparing annual property tax abatement reports to the City Assessor, and coordinating the Joint Review Board meetings.

Assists with the Administration of local loans, grants, and other Economic Development incentive programs.

Assist in the development of short- and long-range plans; gather, interpret, and prepare data for

studies, reports, special projects, and recommendations; work collaboratively with other departments and agencies as needed.

Draft Code amendments, including amendments to the zoning code, subdivision regulations code, sign code, and appearance review guidelines; interpret codes; and identify potential code amendments.

Assist with the implementation of goals and policies identified in various city plans, such as the City's Comprehensive Plan, Downtown Strategic Plan, and Comprehensive Housing Study.

Assists with coordination, reviewing, and updating of the City’s zoning and subdivision regulations.

Assist with coordination of the Decennial Census and providing census data to individuals making requests.

Administration of the Historic Preservation Ordinance, annual Certified Local Government report, maintain the preservation database, and liaison to the Landmark Commission

Assist with developing and operating a local housing program.

Assist with the annual sale of surplus City properties.

Preparation of annual GASB 34 reports

Prepare maps, exhibits, or PowerPoint presentations, as requested, coordinate notices and

prepare mailings for public hearings.

Assist with filing, copying, mailings, file purging, and document scanning.

Assumes selected duties of the Director of Community Development as necessary.

Performs other tasks as assigned by the Director of Community Development.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning or related area.

  • Two to three years of professional experience in a related area is desirable.

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of urban planning.

  • Knowledge of cartography (i.e. GIS).


  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with all levels of staff, management, boards/committees, elected officials, grant personnel and the general public while maintaining a high level of professionalism.

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of local, state, and federal grant administration.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision while exercising good judgment and initiative.

  • To communicate effectively through strong written and verbal skills with co-workers and the general public.

  • Ability to take control of situations, think quickly, and adapt to stressful situations is a must;

  • and the ability to use good judgment and effectively solve problems is also required.

  • Ability to interpret zoning code, sign code, subdivision code and related development ordinances; must also possess the ability to comprehend, retain and apply City, State, and Federal policies and legislation, local ordinances, procedure manuals, etc.

  • Ability to operate various types of standard office equipment, including computers and related

  • software (e.g. MS Office suite, Google); previous experience utilizing computer software programs, such as GIS is a plus.

  • To be knowledgeable and compliant of the City’s safety procedures and practices.

How to Apply

To apply, all applicants must complete and submit an electronic application for employment through the City’s website at:

To receive full consideration for this vacancy, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Recruitment will continue until the position has been filled.

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