Deputy Director of Development & Planning Services, Village of Northbrook, IL

The Village of Northbrook, a vibrant suburban community of 35,000 residents, located 25 miles north of Chicago, with a diverse mix of residential, commercial, office, and industrial uses is currently seeking to fill the Deputy Director position in the Development and Planning Services Department. The Deputy Director will assist the Director in overseeing the administration of the Department of Development and Planning Services and help with a wide range of department activities, including new efforts by the Village to enact a Climate Action Plan, implement an affordable housing program, assist in the review of a variety of major development and redevelopment proposals and local economic development initiatives to assist with a post-pandemic recovery. The Deputy Director will provide direct or indirect staff support to a variety of Village Commissions staffed by the Department.


Successful candidates for consideration will demonstrate a solid foundation in planning principles and practices, particularly in the area of zoning (code amendments, rezoning, subdivision and special use permit review), economic development and sustainability. They will have excellent communication (written and verbal) skills, and a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service. The successful candidate will be a proven self-starter with a strong leadership skills and an enthusiasm for the profession, possess excellent organizational skills, and the ability to balance a multi-project workload.


Knowledge of: Principles and practices of urban planning and zoning; economic development principles and practices; sustainability initiatives; affordable housing; fundamentals of building permit review and processing, Proficiency with computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint is essential. Knowledge of ArcMap GIS, SketchUp, Photoshop, and Municipal ERP/Permit software is highly desirable.

Ability to: Analyze and compile technical and statistical data and prepare reports; utilize computer software to prepare professional reports, spreadsheets, maps, and presentations; perform complex professional planning work with minimum supervision; conduct and analyze planning studies and present the findings in an understandable manner; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; interpret and explain planning and zoning programs to the general public; work under pressure and meet established deadlines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives of other agencies, municipal officials and the public. Must have the ability to independently perform more complex professional planning work, train and provide direct supervision to support staff, and to assist in operations of overseeing the department in the Director’s absence.

Experience and Education:

Eight to ten years of progressively responsible professional planning experience in a public planning environment is required along with three to five years of increasing supervisory responsibility.

Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in planning or a related field considered useful in city planning work. A Master's degree and AICP certification is desirable.

Individuals must be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle safely and possess a valid driver's license. Village residency is not required.

Salary: The Village of Northbrook offers a competitive benefits package including health, life and dental insurance, a pension plan and generous time off and a starting salary range of $110,000 - $130,000 DOQ

Apply with resume and cover letter to: Village of Northbrook, Human Resources Manager, 1225 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062 or e-mail at, with Deputy Director in the subject field. Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 16, 2020, but the position will remain open until filled.

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