Director of Community Development, Village of Palos Park, IL

The Village of Palos Park is located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. With a population of just under 5,000 people, it is a charming community nestled in the midst of dense wooded land, rolling hills and natural ravines. With its small-town feel, Palos Park is a wonderful place to live and raise a family in a natural environment.


Village of Palos Park, is seeking an innovative and experienced municipal professional to lead the Community Development Department. This position is appointed and reports to the Village Manager. This is a unique opportunity for a dedicated, dynamic individual to enhance Community Development focus within a building department environment. The Village annexed over 1,450 acres of land in 2016 that will result in creative planning opportunities over the next several years.

Duties includes the management of staff to assist with enforcement of housing, zoning, building, subdivision and construction site environmental protection, regulations and codes. The Director of Community Development will be responsible for organizational direction and leadership of the Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Plan and economic development goals for retaining and attracting businesses.

The Director of Community Development will manage all aspects of the issuance of building permits, mechanical, electrical and plumbing inspections and must have a comprehensive understanding of building and municipal codes. Position provides staff support to Zoning Board of Appeals, Plan Commission and Historic Preservation Commission. Development of policy recommendations and presentations to Village Manager, elected officials, Zoning Board, Plan Commission and consultants will be required.


The Village of Palos Park offers a generous benefit and leave package. Starting salary range is $80,000 to $90,000 depending on qualifications and experience. This position is part of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). Residency in the Village of Palos Park is not required.


The salary range for Director of Community Development is $80,000 - $90,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Residency in the Village of Palos Park is not required.


Position requires ability to interact harmoniously with municipal staff, residents, contractors and developers. Strong administrative, organizational, communication, and computer skills required. Ideal candidate will have Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Architecture or related field, with five years of municipal experience in a lead position in planning, building, administration, or economic development.


Candidate screening process will consist of an application review, interviews, reference checks, and other verifications. Chosen candidates will be subject to a complete background check.

Interested applicants should submit resume, cover letter, and a minimum of three (3) professional reference to Village of Palos Park, Richard B. Boehm, Village Manager, 8999 W. 123rd Street, Palos Park, IL 60464 or to no later than May 27, 2021.

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