Park Ridge, Illinois is a picturesque suburb of 37,480 residents located 14 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, convenient to O’Hare Airport, major expressways, CTA and Metra trains. Incorporated as the village of Park Ridge in 1873 (and reorganized as the City of Park Ridge in 1910), Park Ridge is a prime residential community that retains its distinctive, small-town charm.
The City’s vibrant Uptown shopping area includes the Metra station, Public Library and several charming parks where live musical concerts and special events are held in the summer. Throughout the City, tree-lined streets, pleasing architecture, excellent schools and ample parks help make Park Ridge one of the most desirable family communities in the Chicago area.
Unique shops, famous name stores and popular restaurants fill the Uptown area, where award-winning new buildings in The Shops of Uptown blend serenely with historic ones. The Uptown Park Ridge skyline is graced with cupolas, church spires and the 100-foot tower of the Art Deco Pickwick Theatre, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the charming Uptown shopping area, Park Ridge offers other shopping and dining convenient to every neighborhood, including South Park, Village Green, the Dee Park area bordering Oakton Ave. and the Higgins Corridor bordering Chicago.
The City of Park Ridge is a full-service community with a FY 2021 total budget of nearly $78 million (including a $36 million General Fund). (The City is currently under a “Stub Year” budget while transitioning to a Calendar Year budget.) City officials are elected for four-year terms. The mayor and city clerk are elected by the community at large. The City Council is composed of the mayor, city clerk and seven aldermen, one from each of the city’s seven wards. The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government, with the City Manager overseeing a staff of 200 FTEs in the departments of Administrative Services, Community Preservation and Development, Finance, Fire, Police, and Public Works.
About the Position
The Community Preservation and Development Director reports to the City Manager and is responsible for the visioning, leadership, planning, and budgeting of the Community Preservation and Development Department. Additionally, the position has overall program administration and coordination for all long-range community planning, zoning and land use, building and construction activities, property transfer taxes, environmental health, and animal and nuisance control programs. The position serves as the primary liaison from the Department to City Council and Council committees, the Planning and Zoning Commission, Appearance Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and community/business leaders.
The Director supervises a staff of 13 people in the Community Preservation and Development Department. Divisions within the CP&D Department include Building Safety (enforcement of the City-adopted building codes), Planning (enforcement of the City’s land use policies and regulations), Zoning (compliance enforcement with zoning code), Environmental Health (enforcement of food code, inspection of food establishments, animal and nuisance control), and Economic Development (business retention and recruitment, liaison with economic development consultant and civic organizations). Eight Department employees report directly to the Director.
A primary goal for the CP&D Department this year is to complete an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and begin related implementation activities. Other challenges and opportunities for the position will include continuing to improve efficiency and customer service by fully implementing the City’s current systems and exploring options for other technology/digital enhancements. Overseeing new economic development and the retention of existing businesses will also be a high priority for the successful candidate.
The City is seeking a Director with strong strategic thinking and public process facilitation skills to lead the CP&D Department. The successful candidate will have:
- Bachelor’s Degree in urban/regional planning or related field and five (5) to seven (7) years of community development or related experience.
- Minimum of five (5) years of progressive supervisory experience.
- American Institute of Certified (AICP) Certification preferred.
- Master’s Degree preferred.
- Considerable experience in collaborating with elected officials, staff, developers, businesses, and residents.
- A desire to pursue community/economic development best practices and innovative strategies and techniques.
- Strong communication skills and demonstrated history as a pragmatic problem solver who will help identify solutions and manage processes to facilitate effective community and economic development policies and programs.
Compensation and Benefits
The anticipated starting salary range is $135,000 – $146,000 +/- DOQ. A comprehensive benefits package includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), health insurance including medical, dental and vision coverage, and life insurance. The City also offers paid vacation, holidays and sick leave. The City does not have a residency requirement.
Apply online at www.govhrjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references by June 21, 2021. Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Maureen Barry, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240, x116.
The City of Park Ridge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted: May 18, 2021