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City of Des Plaines, Assistant Director of Community and Economic Development

Assistant Director of Community and Economic Development – Planning and Zoning

Are you a dynamic, results-driven professional passionate about fostering economic growth and community development? Do you aspire to play a crucial role in enhancing the prosperity and vibrancy of a thriving community? If you’re ready to make a significant impact and contribute to the bright future of Des Plaines, we want to hear from you! Apply now and become a key player in our mission to drive economic development and community success.


Starting Salary Range: $113,780.00 – $155,907.00 DOQ.


What You’ll Do:

  • Manage Planning & Zoning Board Meetings: Facilitate meeting agendas and serve as the primary liaison to the Planning & Zoning Board (PZB).
  • Coordinate Special Projects: Work with third-party consultant project managers on special area and corridor plans, extensive code amendments, and other unique projects.
  • Enhance Customer Experience: Continuously evaluate and improve customer interactions, both in-person and online, ensuring a seamless process through guides and application forms.
  • Implement Division Software and Tools: Customize and manage Tyler EnerGov software for planning, licensing, and permitting, while modernizing and organizing department records.
  • Personnel Management: Effectively manage a diverse team of professionals, ensuring efficiency and productivity.


  • Educational Background: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in urban planning, public administration, architecture, construction management, geography, political science, real estate, or a closely related field. A master’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • Professional Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience, including at least three years in a supervisory role, within business or government settings.
  • Technical Skills: Proficient in reviewing development plans and applying quantitative and geometric reasoning.
  • Leadership Abilities: Demonstrated ability to supervise staff effectively and establish professional relationships with employees, city officials, consultants, governmental representatives, and the public.
  • Technological Proficiency: High comfort level with local government management systems and technology, particularly EnerGov by Tyler Technologies, Bluebeam, web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Why Choose Des Plaines?

  • Vibrant Community: Our community is diverse, lively, and centrally located for commerce and transportation.
  • Stable Organization: We are mission-driven, financially stable, and professionally managed.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: We offer a generous benefits package, including IMRF pension, tuition reimbursement, post-retirement health savings plan, and deferred compensation plans.

Learn more and see the full job description at Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development – Planning and Zoning Division | Job Details tab | Career Pages (

Deadline: Open until filled.


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