Acts as executive head of the Community Development Department and is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the department including the planning, organizing, directing, budgeting and supervising of the department employees and programs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Functions as the City’s primary community development officer and exercises either direct or functional control over such operations as planning and zoning, building permits, and neighborhood services;
Provides policy advice to the City Manager, the City’s Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, the City’s Land Use Committee, and the City Council; drafts ordinances; attends City Council meetings, committee meetings, staff meetings, and related conferences;
Develops, administers, and monitors the departmental budget; directs department activities toward the fulfillment of established goals and objectives; confers with and advises subordinates on difficult work problems, the development and installation of new work procedures and policies, and methods of coordinating department services;
Develops general procedures and operational planning for the effective operation of the department and its divisions;
Formulates department policies, rules and regulations;
Supervises and disciplines all department employees for violation of City, department and/or division policies and procedures;
Evaluates performance of all department employees;
Prepares the department’s budget request and reviews expenditures of appropriations;
Formulates and prescribes work methods and procedures to be followed by employees;
Appraises conditions of work and takes the necessary steps to improve departmental operations;
Prepares reports and summaries of ongoing departmental programs and projects;
Monitors department procedures for compliance with appropriate working agreements;
Attends professional society meetings, participates in panel discussions and speaks in areas of competence;
Performs public relations work promoting department services;
Keeps informed of current developments in the field of Community Development, which might affect departmental operations;
Provides for the adequate training of all department personnel;
Receives and responds to complaints concerning department operations and employees;
Initiates basic studies and inventories, development of planning concepts, preparation of plans and implementation of plans;
Coordinates the designing of master plans and drafting of enabling legislation;
Directs and coordinates special planning projects and activities as required by the City Manager or the Plan Commission;
Provides professional advice and expertise to the Plan Commission;
Directs and coordinates the housing rehabilitation and neighborhood revitalization programs.
Prepares and submits applications for Community Development Block Grant, Urban Development Action Grant, and other various grants;
Performs related duties as required;
Education & Experience:
A minimum of ten (10) years of actual administrative experience in municipal planning, building codes and/or community development;
A comprehensive and broad knowledge of the modern principles and practices of the fields of planning, and/or community development;
A Bachelor’s Degree in planning or a related field;
Ability to maintain discipline and the respect of employees, to lead and command employees effectively, and to instruct employees in proper work methods and techniques;
Ability to plan, assign and coordinate activities performed by a large group of employees;
Physical skills necessary to perform the duties of the position;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, City officials and the public;
The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
Good judgment, thoroughness and dependability;
Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skill and ability.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, land use planning and community development;
Strong knowledge of human resources management principles, practices, and procedures;
Strong financial management skills;
Good knowledge of applicable laws and labor relations;
Good knowledge of sources of information related to problems of local government;
An understanding of the political process while avoiding personal involvement in political issues;
Skills in communication and interpersonal skills to professionally and respectfully interact with coworkers, managers, the public, and government officials to exchange or convey information, both orally and in writing;
Proficiency in use of technology including smart phone, iPad and PC.
Proficiency in use of the Microsoft Office Suite;
Ability to write clear and concise reports, memoranda, directives and letters;
Ability to develop comprehensive plans from general instructions;
Ability to accomplish assigned administrative tasks with a minimum of supervision and with only general directions;
Ability to plan and supervise the work of others;
Personal and professional integrity of the highest order;
Valid State of Illinois Class D driver’s license.
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT USED
Personal computer including word processing and permitting software, iPad, smart phone, calculator, telephone, fax machine, and any other tools of the trade that may come into common use or be necessary to perform needed tasks.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work is generally performed in an office environment and includes occasional site visits to businesses or prospective development sites. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, except for office equipment background noises, subject to frequent interruptions by telephone callers and walk-in visitors. Occasional evening and weekend work hours to meet deadlines; must travel to various City locations to participate in presentations and meetings.
Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
Position open until filled.