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Economic Development Manager, Village of Schaumburg, IL

The Village of Schaumburg is a thriving community of 78,723 residents located 11 miles west of O’Hare International Airport and approximately 26 miles northwest of Chicago. Not only is Schaumburg the twelfth-largest community in the State of Illinois, but it is also home to the second-largest concentration of retail, office, and commercial activity. Notable village distinctions include being rated as an excellent or good place to live by 95%of respondents in the National Community Survey; having multiple highly-awarded and accredited departments; and being recognized as a Better Business Town by The Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.

The village employs approximately 600 employees in 12 departments, including police, fire, engineering and public works, communications, community development, cultural services, economic development, finance, general government, human resources, information technology, and transportation. Our employees work to serve the residents and strive to make Schaumburg the best community it can be.


Economic Development Manager

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received. This position will remain open until filled.

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $94,563.00 - $115,839.00 annually dependent on qualifications. The salary range for this position is $94,563.00 - $137,116.00.

Please attach as part of your application all necessary documents verifying that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.


This position is assigned administrative and management work designed to provide professional support to the Director.  The position is responsible for the implementation of economic development programs for the village, including planning, coordinating, and monitoring programs and projects that are designed to retain existing businesses, attract new businesses, and secure new economic investments.  Work assignments range from very specific and involved to very general responsibilities are normally performed under minimal supervision and are subject to assessment through reports, conferences, and observation or results obtained.  Assigned projects can include unique situations that arise in the village, sensitive or confidential issues, potential changes in village policies, or large-scale projects that require interdepartmental cooperation and coordination.  This position assumes responsibility for assigned projects and will be required to analyze different approaches to projects and make recommendations and/or decisions on how to address and manage the project and related problems. Supports the Director in planning, implementing, and reviewing a variety of economic development initiatives including TIF District, marketing, communication, business attraction, business retention, tourism, and workforce issues.  Additional responsibilities may also include the preparation of materials for the village president, board of trustees, or advisory bodies of the village as directed.  


  1. Develops, coordinates, and/or administers economic development projects or initiatives at the direction of the Director, with little or no supervision. In the performance of these duties, the position is expected to make decisions on the best course of action for the department.

  2. Responsible for marketing the village to prospective businesses; including collecting and compiling relevant census and statistical information as well as maintenance of business lists, building and space-available inventories, market absorption dynamics, and similar information needed by prospective businesses.   

  3. Supports the marketing of the village’s economic development efforts and the new TIF District through reports, emails, websites, and other social media applications.  Responsible for managing the advertising campaign and making related decisions in the best interest of the village, including a selection of local regional, and national publications, and maintaining and recommending the advertising budget.

  4. Works with the Director to manage the business retention visit program by scheduling visits, taking notes at the meetings, and summarizing the visits for a year-end report. Assists in the end-of-year report of visit findings that will be presented to the Village Board.

  5. Reviews and makes recommendations regarding Cook County incentive applications. Assists the Director in the management and creation of TIF districts, including making budget recommendations, reviewing TIF agreements, preparation of required reports, project management, and presentation to the Joint Review Board and other village boards and commissions.

  6. Attends and represents the village at events outside regular business hours to actively market and promote the village.  Events will be related to economic development programs including Schaumburg Business Association programs, ICSC Shows, AIRE seminars, and others.

  7. Meets with property owners, developers, realtors, businesses, and prospective businesses.  Analyzes needs and recommends sites and facilities to these individuals. Assesses fiscal impact of potential developments and coordinates issues within the village.    

  8. Provides technical advice and assistance to other departments, various boards, commissions, and committees on economic development-related items.  Regularly attends meetings and presents reports and staff recommendations to boards and commissions. 

  9. Provides support to the Schaumburg Business Development Commission (SBDC) by working with SBDC members to; select educational topics, select the featured business of the month, preparation of agendas, provide steering committee assistance, and help with the general SBDC meetings.  

  10. Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, business administration, or a related field.

  2. A minimum of three years of experience in urban planning and economic development with municipal governments or planning agencies.

  3. Certification with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and/or the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.

  4. Proficiency with current computer technology, job-specific software, and customer service systems


The Village of Schaumburg has a competitive benefit package with coverage that begins on the first day of employment and includes: flexible benefit Section 125 plan including health, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and a retirement plan through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The Village also provides paid holidays, paid vacation, sick leave, tuition reimbursement, succession development, and more.


Candidate screening process may consist of an application review, skills testing, employability assessment, interviews, reference checks, and other job-related testing or verifications. Chosen candidates will be subject to a background and criminal history investigation, and qualifying pre-employment medical examination and drug screen (including cannabis).


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