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Community Development Administrator, Village of Morton Grove, IL

The Village of Morton Grove, Illinois (pop. 25,297) is a mature near-north suburb of Chicago with immediate access to interstate, public transit, and recreational trail networks. Residents enjoy the comforts of suburban living, access to 400 acres of Cook County Forest Preserves, a mix of small businesses and national retailers, a short commute to Chicago’s Loop, and a community rich in diversity. Today, over 40% of residents were born outside of the United States, an increase of over 7% since 2000.

The Village of Morton Grove is seeking an innovative and strategic leader to serve as its next Community Development Administrator. Under supervision of the Village Administrator, the Community Development Administrator is tasked with overseeing all zoning, planning, and community and economic activities for the Village. The position directly supervises the Zoning Administrator. The Department works closely with other Village departments, developers, property owners, builders, investors, and public agencies to achieve its objectives and the common vision for the Village of Morton Grove.

The Community Development Administrator will, under the direction of the Village Administrator:

  • Assume full responsibility for all Community and Economic Development services and activities, including zoning administration, land development support, economic development initiatives, business advocacy and promotion, community development programs, and long-range planning.

  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with Village staff, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, business owners, residents, and community organizations.

  • Review and respond to development proposals with a thorough understanding and application of the Village’s land use regulations, goals, and vision.

  • Oversee the Assistant Village Planner and ensure compliance with the Village’s unified development ordinance through interpretation, administration, and enforcement.


  • The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or a closely related field. Master’s degree preferred.

  • At least five (5) years of professional work experience in a municipal setting involving at least three (3) years of experience in a supervisory capacity in community development, redevelopment and revitalization, economic development, planning, zoning, and municipal projects.

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

  • Excellent communication skills as well as strong mathematical and analytical capabilities, proficiency in Microsoft Office (emphasis on Excel) and Adobe operations as well as other Village software and customer service. Fluency in English required.

  • Clear and professional writing skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgement.

  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of customer and employee information.

Salary range $95,000 to $122,000 DOQ. IMRF pension and excellent benefit package included.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter. Applications accepted until position is filled.

Job Description

Cover letters should be addressed to the attention of Zoe Heidorn, Community Development Administrator.

Resumes and cover letters may be emailed to (include “Community Development Administrator” in the subject line) or mailed to:

Village of Morton Grove Attn: Human Resources 6101 Capulina Avenue Morton Grove, Illinois 60053

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