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Village of Richton Park, Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development

Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development

The Village of Richton Park (population 13,765) is seeking talented, experienced and motivated candidates for the position of Community & Economic Development Assistant Director.  The Village of Richton Park is a mature community located in south Cook County, Illinois, approximately twenty-two (22) miles south of downtown Chicago.  The Village provides a full range of municipal services with a budget of $17 million.

The Community & Economic Development Assistant Director is an integral part of the executive management team responsible for the supervision and facilitation of key decisions concerning long range and day-to-day planning, zoning, economic development, building, code enforcement and community relations activities.  The Department of Community & Economic Development is comprised of the five divisions including Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Building, Code Enforcement and Community Relations.  The department has five full-time employees, one part-time employee and contracts for plumbing and electrical inspections and some economic development activities.

Essential duties and responsibilities include but not limited to managing the Community and Economic Development Department in the absence of the Director; develop, refine and implement the Village’s business attraction program, preparing marketing, advertising, tourism and promotional brochures.  Respond to citizen inquiries about local economic development activities and opportunities; managing the daily operations of Village-owned commercial properties, including performing routine site assessments, rent collection, tenant relations and routine leasing activities.  Preparing economic development reports, technical research studies, statistical reports and supporting data to assist with drafting or revising local legislation and plans.

The successful candidate will have the combination of interpersonal skills, technical competency and professional resilience to lead and guide the Village of Richton Park in its future growth efforts.   The Village is seeking an experienced professional with a minimum of five to seven years of experience in Planning, Zoning and Economic Development including three years of supervisory experience.  Previous Building and Code Enforcement responsibility is desirable.  Candidates must possess a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Economic Development or related field.  Individuals with AICP and/or, CEcD certifications and a Master’s degree are preferred.

The Village of Richton Park is offering a competitive benefits package and a starting salary range projected to be $75,000 – 84,000 +/- DOQ.  Candidates should apply online at  including cover letter, résumé and contact information for five professional references.  The Village of Richton Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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Application deadline:  Until position is filled

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