This is a highly responsible professional, administrative, and management work planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the Community and Economic Development Department.
Work involves responsibility for the planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the City's Planning and Redevelopment Division, Economic Development Division, and Inspections Division in furtherance of City Council goals and adopted policies. Supervision is exercised over professional, technical and office support staff. Work is performed under administrative direction of the City Manager, who reviews through conferences and reports for overall effectiveness.
Examples of Essential Job Functions:
Responds to requests and initiates development projects in accordance with Council goals.
Researches, reviews, edits, and prepares reports, memoranda, and policy recommendations for review and consideration by the City Manager and City Council.
Prepares and administers annual department budget, reviews and approves requests for materials, contracts, and purchases of services, supplies and equipment.
Oversees the administration of funds involved in various community development projects; coordinates with outside agencies and departments involved with community projects; coordinates application processes for state and federal grants.
Represents the City at a wide range of community and economic development meetings on the neighborhood, city wide, business district, and regional and bi state basis.
Serves on and provides staff support to a number of City Boards and Commissions.
Coordinates and supervises the activities of the Planning and Redevelopment, Economic Development and Inspection Divisions, works directly with Division Heads to direct and monitor performance within their divisions.
Meets with other department heads regarding projects that involve interaction with and cooperation of other City agencies to ensure successful, cooperative efforts.
Maintains a safe work environment for employees; develops standards and procedures for safe work practices; instructs employees on safe work practices.
Responds to public inquiries concerning City policy related to planning and development; administers enforcement of the zoning, building, and related development codes.
Provides effective and efficient customer services and promotes and maintains responsive community relations.
Recommends personnel actions; disciplines employees.
Requirements of Work:
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Public Administration, Geography, or other related field (Master's degree is preferred); with at least 7 years of progressively responsible community development experience that includes a minimum of five years of significant supervisory experience. Must have solid knowledge of the laws, ordinances, and statues that apply, strong leadership, project management skills, and proficiency with computer office applications. A history of innovative thinking, contract administration, prior position advancements and a commitment to continued education are highly desirable.
Thorough knowledge of the advanced principles and practices of urban planning including current, strategic, and comprehensive planning.
Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of economic development, industrial and commercial business promotion, economic data gathering and report preparation, and public relations.
Thorough knowledge of management principles and practices as they relate to the efficient administration of planning, zoning, code enforcement, and economic development.
Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of professional, technical, and clerical employees.
Ability to quickly acquire a comprehensive knowledge of Illinois planning, subdivision, and zoning law.
Ability to analyze complex planning policy issues and recommend legislative action.
Ability to express ideas effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to establish effective working relationships with other City officials, employees, the public, business community representatives, developers, and other public agency and governmental representatives.