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The City of Evanston, Illinois

Director of Community and Economic Development


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Evanston, IL (75,000) Dynamic and historic lakefront community immediately north of Chicago seeks experienced, proven, progressive candidates to lead its Community and Economic Development Department comprised of 30 FTEs and responsible for a budget of $2.7 million.  Department includes Building and Inspection Services Division, Economic Development Division, and Planning and Zoning Division. Evanston is home to Northwestern University and is an ethnically, racially and economically diverse community. The City enjoys a diversified tax base, a vibrant downtown, strong neighborhoods, thriving commercial districts, and beautiful tree lined streets. Position is appointed by the City Manager. The most recent Director left for a City Administrator position. Qualified individuals will be expected to have a strong background in management and leadership, urban planning and development, and community and economic development best practices. Candidates must have ten years increasingly responsible experience in an upper management position in a community of comparable size and complexity. Position requires bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, business administration or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. Excellent interpersonal/communication/presentation skills essential. Additional information regarding the position can be found at the Consultant's website: Starting salary $140,000+/-, depending on qualifications and experience. Residency not required. Apply by May 24, 2013 in confidence, to the City’s Executive Search Consultant: ATTN: Heidi Voorhees, President, 500 Lake Cook Road, Suite 350, Deerfield, IL  60015. Electronic submission preferred. TEL: 847/580-4246.