The Community

With a long-standing reputation as a great place to raise a family, the Village of Long Grove is noted for its nationally top-rated public schools and low crime rate. The Village’s commitment to strong environmental values, open space preservation principles, and low-density development means Long Grove residents and businesses enjoy a small town, pastoral atmosphere located midway between Chicago and Milwaukee.

Long Grove is one of 45 villages in Lake County, Illinois. Lake County, the third most populous county in Illinois with a population of over 700,000, is located north of Chicago. Long Grove residents enjoy a median household income of $207,275 with 70 percent of the population age 25+ having a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to 2020 Census data.

8,366 people reside in Long Grove’s 12+ square miles and enjoy the annual Chocolate, Strawberry and Apple Festivals organized in partnership with the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association. A local brewery complements the charming and historic downtown, which features a mix of local shops, restaurants, services, and entertainment. Long Grove has intentionally planned the community to retain large open green spaces, balancing new commercial development and preservation opportunities to serve the needs of current and future residents. It places a high value on sustainability and, as one of the first communities in Illinois to enact environmental regulations, is an environmental pioneer.

Residents and visitors enjoy two Lake County Forest Preserves within the Village- Buffalo Creek and Heron Creek – and easy access to other preserves located throughout Lake County. Another popular preserve, the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve, is part of the Long Grove Park District properties.

The Position

The Village Manager is appointed by and reports to the Village Board. Serving as the Village’s chief administrative officer, the position supervises and coordinates the work of all Village departments and intergovernmental service agreements and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The Village Manager is responsible to the Board and residents for ensuring proper administration of all Village affairs, preparation, and implementation of an annual budget, updating and implementation of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan. 

Four employees currently report to the Village Manager – the Assistant Village Manager, Assistant to the Village Manager, Building Permit Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant. The Village Manager strategically assesses ongoing staff needs (skills, proper staffing, and structure) and recommends changes to the Village Board.

The Village Manager establishes an effective working relationship with the Board of Trustees and works closely with individual trustees on assigned areas of responsibility which include budget and financial management, public roads and pathways, downtown partnership, public safety, and marketing/ communications.

Major duties involve long-term planning and integrated budget management and administration of the General Fund, Capital Fund, TIF districts; financial management and long-range financial planning; preparing the agenda, supporting materials, and recommendations for and attends all regular and special Board meetings; providing leadership and human resource management with responsibility for directing staff, recruiting employees, employee development, and providing employee feedback throughout the year via formal annual performance reviews; directing, negotiating, and coordinating work performed by professional consultants, including the Village Attorney and the Village Engineer, recommends changes to consultant relationships as appropriate; managing the contractual performance of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, addresses public safety services, and needs; representing the Village in intergovernmental matters with a variety of agencies and with officials of neighboring municipalities, as well as the downtown business association and recruiting and establishing long-term business relationships through a targeted Economic Development program.

Education and Experience

The position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration, engineering, finance, or a related field.

Five years of responsible senior level administrative management experience in a comparable organization. An advanced degree is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and management experience will be considered.

Salary and Application

The anticipated salary range for this position is $170,000 – $180,000 +/- DOQ, based on the successful candidate's experience and qualifications. The Village provides health insurance benefits and paid time-off and participates in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund which includes pension, short term disability, and permanent disability programs. Employment agreement available. Residency is not required. 

Interested candidates should apply online by October 27, 2023 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five (5) work-related references to the attention of Riccardo (Rick) Ginex, Vice President, GovHR USA Tel: (847)380-3240.

Long Grove is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: October 27, 2023

Posted: 2023-10-10