Planner II, City of Highland Park, IL

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

Description of Primary Purpose: Performs intermediate to advanced current, long range and strategic programmatic planning activities with primary emphasis on current planning projects related to historic preservation and housing program administration including the provision of staff assistance to various City Commissions and the City Council.

Qualification Requirements: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in public or business administration, urban planning, urban affairs, geography, historic preservation or related field and at least 5 years of professional planning and program administration experience, preferably implementation of programs that address affordable housing needs; or a Master’s Degree in relevant field and at least 3 years of professional program administration experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certification & License: Driver’s License, AICP (preferred).

Required Knowledge, Skills and Proficiencies:

  • Experience in and comprehensive knowledge of planning principles and practices including an understanding of the short-term and long-term socioeconomic, environmental, fiscal and political implications of planning and programmatic decisions.

  • Creative problem solving skills and ability to gather relevant information to help solve less well defined practical problems.

  • Willingness and ability to learn, work hard and contribute in a deadline driven team environment.

  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.

  • Ability to prepare business letters, memoranda, abstracts, and other documents. Strong public speaking capability and technical report writing skills

Additional information, full description, and application available at:

*** Please provide three writing samples (business memo, email communication, report, class paper, etc.), and salary requirement as a part of the application process. ***

Title: Planner II

Department: Community Development

Hiring Range: $60,078 - $75,099

Top of Grade: $90,118

Closing date: 1/7/2021 4:00 PM Central

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