Community Development Director, Village of Lincolnwood, IL

The Village of Lincolnwood, Illinois (12,590 - 2010 census) is seeking a qualified professional to be the Village’s Community Development Director. The current Director is retiring from the Village in November. Lincolnwood operates as a professionally managed Home-Rule municipality directly north of the City of Chicago with an area of 2.7 square miles, and a unique blend of residential, commercial and manufacturing areas. The Village is located in Cook County and is governed by a Board of six Trustees and Village President who appoint a Village Manager who oversees the daily operations of the Village. In addition to the Community Development Department, the Village is a full-service community with Departments for Police, Fire, Public Works, Finance, Parks and Recreation and the Village Manager’s Office. The Community Development Department is an integral part of the Village that works extensively with other Departments, the community, and the region as a whole.

The Department oversees a $1,170,000 annual budget and consists of five full-time staff members, one part-time staff member and contracted services for all plan reviews and inspections. Staff resources for the Department include sharing a Management Analyst with the Fire Department. Community Development is a multi-functional department responsible for administering the Village’s building, zoning, development and sign codes. In addition, both long range land-use planning and economic development initiatives are pursued and managed by the Department. Services provided by the department include plan review, permit issuance, and construction inspectional services.

The Director reports directly to the Village Manager. The Department includes a Development Manager who oversees the day-to-day functions of the Department and is the Village Zoning Officer. The Department also includes a full-time Coordinator, Account Clerk, Code Enforcement Officer and a graduate school Intern. Lincolnwood contracts with SAFEbuilt for the review of all building plans and inspections for projects. The Department is responsible for the Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Economic Development Commission. These Commissions normally meet at least once a month. The Department is active in spurring development through membership in ICSC, maintaining a list of available commercial properties, and in providing a robust review process for development projects. Lincolnwood maintains three Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) Districts including the Devon-Lincoln TIF, the North Lincoln TIF and the Northeast Industrial District TIF which is set to expire at the end of this year.

The educational requirements for the position include a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree, from an accredited College or University in Community Development, Planning, Public Administration or related fields. A minimum of seven to ten years of experience in a progressively responsible position in planning or economic development is required. The salary range for the position is $119,342 - $157,532 with the starting salary dependent on the qualifications of the successful candidate.

The Village is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all interested parties to apply for the position within the guidelines outlined in this section. To apply, please submit an application, resume, cover letter, and three professional references at You can view the full recruitment packet at

If you have questions, please contact Heather McFarland, Assistant to the Village Manager, 6900 North Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712, or by e-mail at Electronic submissions are preferred.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 9.

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