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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Company: City of Decatur Illinois
Location: Decatur
Posted on: February 6, 2020

Job Description:

Decatur, IL (73,500) - The City of Decatur is seeking an energetic, professional and accomplished professional to serve as the next Director of Community Development. The ideal candidate will have well-rounded management experience in public and/or private sectors with a focus on neighborhood revitalization, community development, planning/zoning and/or code enforcement. The Director of Community Development will provide leadership to the City's economic development efforts, neighborhood redevelopment initiative, current and long-range planning efforts in coordination with the City's strategic plan, as well as directing and managing planning, zoning, development review, permitting, building inspections and code compliance activities. More information about the City's current strategic goals can be viewed on the City's website. Decatur's strong local economy is underpinned by the presence of two Fortune 500 companies, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Caterpillar, who together employ over 8000 people locally. In addition, the community has a large and growing health care industry with over 3,500 employees. Decatur is located in the heart of the most productive farmland in the world, and the agriculture sector has been a huge part of Decatur's local economy since its inception. This is an exciting opportunity for a professional governmental executive to join a progressive organization with 450 employees, and an annual budget of $180 million. Qualifications: -- -- -- -- -- Bachelor's degree in public administration, urban planning, business administration, architecture; or appropriate combination of work experience in a related field. A Master's Degree is a plus. -- -- -- -- -- Seven to ten years of experience at a managerial level in any of the following: commercial and residential development and redevelopment, either in a municipal, quasi-public, or private economic development agency; industrial and commercial real estate; planning, construction, and marketing of industrial and commercial properties; planning, directing and controlling urban development programs and staff. -- -- -- -- -- Proven track record for turning around neighborhoods facing significant physical decline and in designing and implementing programs to improve socioeconomic conditions leading to intergenerational poverty and limited access to opportunity. -- -- -- -- -- Experience in negotiating performance based incentive agreements, such as tax abatement schedules, tiered incentives, and/or recovery/recapture provisions, and including the use of Federal, State, and local tools such as Enterprise Zones, tax increment financing, revenue bonds, CDBG, Section 108 Loans, special service areas, and/or special assessment districts. -- -- -- -- -- Demonstrated achievement in partnering with and engaging diverse populations to identify needs and address concerns, and to identify, design and implement solutions. -- -- -- -- -- Thorough knowledge of State laws, charter ordinances and requirements governing housing standards, zoning, subdivision development and land use in Macon County and the City of Decatur. -- -- -- -- -- Knowledge of the principles and practices of city and regional planning, including planning research techniques and statistical reporting methods. -- -- -- -- -- Skill in planning and supervising the preparation of planning studies following general policy guidelines to include scheduling and controlling work of departmental subordinates. -- -- -- -- -- Willingness to make a long-term commitment to service in Decatur. -- -- -- -- -- Able to coach, counsel, guide and mentor key staff members, and generally establish and maintain productive and positive working relationships with city employees, external partners and the general public. Starting salary range is $125,000+/- DOQ/E with an excellent benefit package. Residency is required within the corporate limits of the City of Decatur within six months of appointment. Candidates should submit r--sum--, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by February 24, 2020 to www.GovHRJobs.com to the attention of Mark R. Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. For additional information about the position and/or the selection process, contact Mark R. Peterson at mpeterson@govhrusa.com or at (309) 825-5091. EOE/AA

Keywords: City of Decatur Illinois, Decatur , COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, Executive , Decatur, Illinois

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