Crest Hill, Illinois (pop. 20,459). The City of Crest Hill is seeking a collaborative and assertive professional for its next Community & Economic Development Director. The Director manages the activities of the City’s Community Development Department and directs programs to encourage and support residential and commercial development activity in the City of Crest Hill.
About the City
The City of Crest Hill is a strategically located community of strong neighborhoods, bustling commercial districts and beautiful open space in Will County that was incorporated in 1960 to preserve its small-town character. The City is located about 40 miles southwest of Chicago and is bordered by Romeoville to the north and Joliet to the south, with close access to I-55, I-80 and I-355.  Crest Hill is home to Carillon Lakes, a highly desirable senior living community with 1,100 homes; an industrial park anchored by Amazon, and two active TIF Districts, and a third district in process.  The City is making multi-million-dollar upgrades to its wastewater treatment plants and has joined the Joliet Water Commission to purchase Lake Michigan water in 2030.
Year-round recreational opportunities are provided by the Lockport Park District. Residents can enjoy an 18-hole golf course, recreational programming, a community center, pool and numerous playgrounds throughout the community. Residents and visitors alike flock to Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, which hosts an annual Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze and other seasonal activities.   
Crest Hill is a full-service community with an approximately $50 million total budget (including a $10.6 million General Fund), a ‘AA’ bond rating, low bonded debt and healthy reserves.  A professional City Administrator oversees a staff of 68 full-time employees (70 FTEs) in the departments of Community Development (includes the planning and building divisions), Police, Public Works & Streets, Water & Wastewater, and Finance.  Fire and emergency medical services are provided by two outside Fire Protection Districts.    
The City is nearing completion of a new municipal building, which will encompass the administrative offices, council chambers, community center, police department, and memorial garden. Planned development on the 18-acre site includes a 4-acre park/community gathering space, retail, and residential, with walking and bike trails.  The White Oak Public Library is also located on the site.
Future development opportunities include retail and commercial along Weber Road, 74-acre and 200-acre sites with residential and retail, expansion of an existing industrial park, sale of the old city hall for a retail development, and over 600 acres of desirable State-owned and unincorporated land primed for development.
About the Position    
Reporting to the City Administrator, the Community & Economic Development Director is a highly responsible professional position that plans, coordinates, and manages the operations of the Community Development Department; and develops and implements plans, policies, and programs to promote and increase residential and commercial activity in the City of Crest Hill.  The Director is responsible for coordinating staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Additionally, this position promotes business development and retention and oversees the activities of the Building and Planning Divisions (currently two administrative positions, two building inspectors, and one planner).
Position Requirements
The City is seeking an experienced and collaborative Director to lead the Community Development Department.  The successful candidate will have:
  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Economic Development, Business or Public Administration or related field.  A Master’s Degree in same is preferred.
  2. Minimum of five  (5) years of progressively responsible related experience, preferably in planning, economic development; or any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
  3. Certification with the Economic Development Council (CECD) and/or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred.  GIS experience is desirable.
  4. Knowledge of rules, regulations and effective implementation strategies for community and economic development programs and incentives, such as tax increment financing, other sales and property tax incentive programs, and developer agreements.
Compensation and Benefits     
The anticipated salary range is $105,000 – $130,000 +/- DOQ.   A comprehensive benefits package includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), health insurance including medical, dental, and vision coverage (also available to dependents), flexible spending account, and life insurance. The City also offers paid vacation, personal leave, holidays and sick leave.  The City does not have a residency requirement.  
Selection Process    
Apply by email to with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five (5) professional references as soon as possible – Open Until Filled.   Confidential inquiries may be directed to Maureen Barry, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240, x116.  
The City of Crest Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Posted: 2022-10-03

Posted: 2022-11-08

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