Winnetka, IL (12,187), Beautiful north suburban community known for its tree-lined neighborhoods, excellent schools and high level of municipal services is seeking an experienced planning and land use professional to serve as its next Community Development Director. A home rule community with a AAA bond rating, Winnetka is located in Cook County, Illinois, approximately 16 miles north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. Winnetka has three separate and distinct business districts and recently completed its first Downtown Master Plan. It is a full-service municipality with water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, refuse, and electric utilities. The Village has an annual budget of $70 million and 153 full-time employees. The Community Development Director is appointed by the Village Manager. The current Community Development Director is retiring after 16 years of service to Winnetka. The department has five full-time employees, one part-time employee and contracts for building inspections, sanitation, and plan review services. The department has significant responsibilities for advisory boards and commissions, including Design Review Board, Landmark Preservation Commission, Plan Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Community Development Director is an integral part of the executive management team, leading and facilitating key decisions regarding planning, zoning, building, and economic development issues and initiatives. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, or a related field. An AICP designation and/or master’s degree is a plus. Candidates must have at least ten years of increasingly responsible experience in planning and zoning, of which five years are supervisory experience. Past responsibility for building and code functions is critical. The successful candidate will be a highly collaborative executive with a proven track record in excellent customer service, process improvement, planning and zoning administration, strategic thinking, planned development, economic development, and with the ability to work closely with elected and appointed officials and department heads on the Village’s short and long-term planning needs. The Village of Winnetka offers a competitive benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary: $145,000 +/- DOQ. Candidates should apply no later than March 8, 2017 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five references to GovHRUSA.com/current-positions/recruitment to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #130 Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3240.