Senior Planner, Village of Frankfort, IL

The Village of Frankfort is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Senior Planner in the Development Services Department. Frankfort, Illinois (pop. 20,126 est.) is a thriving, vibrant community located 32 miles southwest of Chicago, just a few miles south of I-80 and west of I-57. Founded in 1855, Frankfort consists of a well maintained historic residential and commercial center surrounded by modern shopping centers, upscale subdivisions and a sizeable industrial area. Chicago Magazine named Frankfort one of the top places to live just a few years ago. Frankfort also received recognition as “Top Ten Best Cities for Illinois Families,” “One of the Safest Cities in Illinois,” “Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburb.”

The opening of this position arose from the promotion of the incumbent, who will remain closely involved with the successful candidate to assure a smooth transition and acclimation to the local environment. The position is highly responsible across a variety of disciplines, including community and economic development, planning, and zoning. The position is the lead contact and project manager for all planning, zoning and development matters, regularly interacts with the public, and serves as the staff liaison to the Plan Commission/ZBA and occasionally other committees such as the Historic Preservation Commission or Land Use & Policy Committee.

The position reports to and serves under the general direction of the Assistant Village Administrator, who currently also serves as the Director of Development Services. Attendance at regular and special evening or weekend meetings is required. Typically, this means two or three weekday evenings each month, but may vary as necessary.

The successful candidate is expected to hit the ground running in managing multiple projects and priorities, facilitating progress in public meetings, providing responsive and courteous customer service, and exercising high levels of good judgment, tact, and diplomacy. The candidate will be a strong communicator who is confident but approachable when interacting with the community, Village officials, staff and others.

Ideal Candidate: Successful candidates for consideration will demonstrate a solid foundation in planning principles and practices, particularly in the area of current planning (rezoning, subdivision, special use and variance review), and will have the ability to take control of situations, think quickly, and adapt to stressful situations. The successful candidate will be a proven self-starter with the ability to effectively prioritize and organize a heavy workload and will demonstrate strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. They will be comfortable exercising discretion in decision making, managing ambiguity and working under pressure to meet established deadlines.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban/Regional Planning, public administration, or related field; Master’s Degree preferred.

  • Minimum of five (5) years full-time planning and/or development experience. Prior municipal experience is a plus.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to conduct research, prepare comprehensive, legible and understandable reports and information for a variety of audiences, and present findings at public meetings.

  • Ability to use ArcGIS 10.x for map making, data inquiry and analysis.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

  • Ability to visit, examine and from time to time, post signs on property, which may entail traversing rough and uneven ground through brush, grass, mud, or snow.

  • Ability to manually operate various types of standard office equipment and audio/visual equipment.

  • Valid driver’s license.

Preference may be given to candidates with:

  • AICP certification.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Adobe software products (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).

  • Familiarity with creating and maintaining public-facing ArcGIS Online applications.

  • Prior government experience, particularly in responsible planning positions.

  • Specialized knowledge in related fields such as economic development, civil engineering, landscape architecture or construction management.

Salary & Benefits:

The anticipated starting salary range is $70,000 to $90,000 DOQ. This full-time position is eligible for the Village of Frankfort’s comprehensive employee benefits program which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Retirement benefits through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) are provided along with the option to participate in a 457(b) plan offered through ICMA-RC and/or IPPFA. The Village of Frankfort offers a tuition reimbursement program for eligible degree programs and provides paid vacation, personal days, sick days, and holidays.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by August 14, 2020. Review of resumes will begin August 17, 2020. The selected finalist will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check, reference check, and post offer drug screening. Candidates requiring reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Village Administrator at 815-469-2177.

Apply with resume, cover letter and four professional references to:

Village of Frankfort

Attn: Jeffrey W. Cook, AICP

Assistant Village Administrator

432 W. Nebraska Street

Frankfort, Illinois 60423

with copy to:

Village of Frankfort

Attn: Zachary D. Brown, AICP

Director of Utilities

432 W. Nebraska Street

Frankfort, Illinois 60423

The Village of Frankfort is an equal opportunity employer.


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