Planner, Village of Frankfort, IL

FRANKFORT, IL (20,077) a vibrant, desirable community located 37 miles southwest of Chicago is seeking a dedicated Planner to join their Community and Economic Development Department.

Frankfort is an exceptional blend of high-quality lifestyle and small-town charm and is best known for its distinctive housing, award-winning schools, low taxes, stable political climate, vibrant historic district, numerous quality public festivals, and highly accessible location. The Village is located three miles south of I-80, six miles west of I-57, and in close proximity to multiple commuter train stations. People find Frankfort to be one of the most desirable places to raise a family.

Growth and development in Frankfort is guided by a Daniel Burnham award winning Comprehensive Plan. The residents and businesses of Frankfort have a vested interest in the community and continually monitor local policies to ensure quality remains a central focus. Frankfort’s bustling downtown business district is uniquely positioned as a historic, walkable urban center. The additional major commercial corridors of U.S. Route 30 and U.S. Route 45 run east-west and north-south through the Village. Frankfort’s industrial cluster is centered along Laraway Road and features many smaller industrial and commercial uses, with significant land available to accommodate future growth.

The Planner reports to the Community and Economic Development Director and is responsible for complex planning work in the areas of planning and development, redevelopment, zoning administration, historic preservation, and long-range planning. This position works with considerable independence and is also responsible for processing development and zoning applications; reviewing technical documents, plans, and applications; performing research, analysis, and site inspections; and providing responsive, courteous, and efficient customer service to the public.

Qualified individuals will be expected to have:

  • A minimum of one (1) to three (3) years of planning or municipal experience and an AICP certification or the demonstrated ability to obtain certification within one (1) year of employment.

  • A bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, urban affairs, geography, historic preservation, or a related field is required along with knowledge of basic GIS skills.

  • Experience in collaborating with staff members and residents; and a desire to pursue modern concepts, planning best practices, and innovative strategies and techniques.

  • 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.

  • Practice as a problem solver who will help identify solutions and manage processes to facilitate effective planning procedures, policies, and programs.

  • An experienced communicator, who is focused on customer service and has excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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

The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $70,000 +/- depending on qualifications and experience. Apply electronically at with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five (5) professional references by February 5, 2021 to Rachel Skaggs, GovHR USA. Tel. 847-380-3240.

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