Village Planner, Village of Burr Ridge, IL

The Village of Burr Ridge is undergoing a significant phased reorganization to its staffing structure, and is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team in the valued role of Village Planner. This is a highly self-directed, hands-on opportunity with unique experience available to an entry level position. This position will report directly to the Village Administrator and will routinely communicate with elected and appointed officials, as planning and zoning is a highly-valued service in Burr Ridge. The successful candidate will be well-positioned to pursue senior-level management opportunities after several years in this position due to the depth and breadth of experience available in the position’s listed duties.


The ideal candidate will possess the following experience, approach, and traits:

  • Minimum of two years’ professional experience in a planning setting; experience in a relevant internship may be considered as part of this requirement

  • A bachelor’s degree in urban or community planning, public administration, or a related field; a Master’s degree in a similar field and AICP designation are highly preferred but not required

  • Ability to independently evaluate commercial, residential, and mixed-use development proposals before the Village

  • Confidence and ability to present, communicate, and dialogue in written and verbal form to elected and appointed officials as the staff liaison to the Village’s combined Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals

  • The willingness and stamina to work long hours, occasionally outside of normal business hours, including regularly attending evening meetings of the Plan Commission and Board of Trustees

  • Ability to communicate with the general public on matters of Code Compliance, while serving as the Village’s Code Compliance officer as it relates to zoning matters, including acting as a representative to the Village Administrative Adjudication program

  • Management skill in assisting other staff with the Village’s building permit process, including acting as the Zoning Administrator

  • A highly positive attitude in matters of constituent service, including a natural inclination for problem-solving and teamwork in working with both internal and external stakeholders

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and at least four professional references by email to ewalter@burr-ridge.gov by April 13, 2021 with the subject heading of “Planner – Burr Ridge”; the selected candidate is intended to begin in May 2021. All interviews will be conducted in person in a socially-distanced manner, although interviewees are permitted to request that their first-round interview be conducted via Zoom upon request. Final interviews must be held in person. Interested applicants may visit www.burr-ridge.gov/faqs/employment for more information about the position. Mailed or in-person applications will not be accepted. The offered starting salary for this position is $60,000 with an excellent health benefits and life insurance, IMRF pension, and vacation and holiday package included. Partial work-from-home arrangements to encourage work/life balance are supported by the Village.


The Village of Burr Ridge is an equal opportunity employer.

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