Director of Community Development, City of Crystal Lake, IL

The City of Crystal Lake, with a population of 40,743, is the largest community in McHenry County and is a city with a rich history, rewarding quality of life and tremendous community spirit. Located 50 miles northwest of Chicago and home to two Metra stations, Crystal Lake residents enjoy the many employment, cultural, and recreational opportunities of a major metropolitan city, yet live in a pleasant, small-town atmosphere. The City is a politically and financially stable home-rule community that covers 18.7 square miles, that is seeking a forward-thinking Director of Community Development with a passion for advancing the City’s goals and priorities, a strong commitment to public service, and exceptional customer service standards to play a strategic leadership role in helping to direct the business retention, development, construction, attraction and promotional activities of the City.

The City is rated AA+ and has a current annual budget (all funds) of over $100 million, with over 360 full-time, part-time, and seasonal personnel. The Director of Community Development reports directly to the City Manager and leads a department of 13 full-time and 2 part-time personnel.

This is an excellent opportunity for a talented public sector management professional to make a difference in a high-performing organization that employs the use of best practices. The fiscal year 2021-22 salary for this position is up to $178,012, commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience.

This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be considered as they are received.

For more information and a complete position profile, including responsibilities and minimum qualifications, please see

Questions can be directed to the Director of Human Resources at (815) 356-3653.

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