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Collinsville, IL- Senior Planner

Collinsville, IL (population 25,838).  The City of Collinsville, Illinois is seeking an energetic, experienced, passionate and motivated individual for the position of Senior Planner.  The City of Collinsville is a full-service municipality located 12 miles east of St. Louis.   Its residents enjoy the lifestyle of a safe, affordable and family-oriented community while being just minutes away from the urban amenities of a world class metropolitan area.  Collinsville is known for its midwestern charm, its outstanding schools, its beautiful park system and its thriving local economy.

The City of Collinsville is a home-rule municipality that operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City has a $55.7 million annual budget for the FY2018-19 fiscal year. 

This newly created Senior Planner position will involve highly responsible and complex municipal planning activities.  The position is part of the City’s Community Development Department which provides the following major community services:  Planning, Zoning Administration, Building Safety, and Code Enforcement.  The Community Development Department currently consists of eight (8) full-time employees and three (3) part-time and is led by the Assistant City Manager.

In addition to managing all municipal planning activities, this position will assist the Assistant City Manager with the supervision of departmental personnel and the oversight of certain departmental operations.  The position will require, in addition to the education, experience and competencies outlined below, a person who is passionate about public service, motivated make a positive and lasting impact on the community through proactive and progressive vision, and, above all, is a servant leader. 

This position will be directly responsible for all of the City’s current and long-range planning activities as well as the administration of the municipal zoning code.  In terms of specific planning activities, the Senior Planner will be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of short-range and long-range municipal plans in the following areas: multi-modal transportation, public facilities, environmental management, parks and open spaces, storm water, waste water, public infrastructure, and neighborhoods. The position will also be responsible for overseeing and periodically updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan as well as aiding in the City’s Strategic Planning activities.

The following are key attributes that the City is seeking in its new Senior Planner:

  • Strong leadership capabilities with a desire to nurture staff growth and development.
  • Outstanding technical skills and knowledge in the fields of urban and regional planning.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with groups and individuals with diverse backgrounds and opinions.
  • Excellent communication skills including strong public presentation abilities and effective writing skills.
  • A thorough working knowledge of various technologies and systems which are frequently used in the field of urban planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders on a myriad of planning activities and issues.
  • A proven ability to effectively manage complex projects.
  • A passion for public service and a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

The most attractive candidates for this position will possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • At least five (5) years of responsible experience in the field of urban and/or regional planning. 
  • An undergraduate degree in urban planning, land use planning, public administration, or some other closely related field of study.
  • AICP certification.
  • A graduate degree in urban planning, land use planning, public administration or some other closely related field of study is highly desirable. 
  • Some supervision experience would also be considered desirable.

The starting salary range for this position is $71,000 to $85,000 DOQ/E.  The City also offers an outstanding fringe benefits package. Residency within the corporate limits of Collinsville is preferred but not required.   The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates should apply online no later than December 17, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references to to the attention of Mark R. Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #130 Northbrook, IL 60062.  Please direct any questions about this position to Mark Peterson at 309-825-5091.

Posted:Nov 16,2018

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