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Economic Development Planner

North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG)

NCICG, a regional planning agency that offers professional services to member communities, is seeking an energetic person to fill the position of Economic Development Planner.  The individual hired will work with rural communities in north-central Illinois with various responsibilities including, but not limited to, economic development activities, community development programs and grant writing.

A bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, economics or a related field is required.  A Master’s Degree is desired.  Bachelor’s degree with significant, relevant professional experience will be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.  AICP or CeCD certification is a plus.  Successful candidates should have several (4-6) years of experience in applicable program areas.

The candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills, public presentation skills and have the ability to work independently.  Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, and Microsoft Excel are necessary with knowledge of ArcView and Arc GIS software a plus.  The candidate should also possess and utilize the following traits: initiative, resourcefulness, thoroughness, accuracy, tact, firmness, sound judgment, and integrity.

A valid Driver’s License is required.

Primary job tasks:

  • Implementing and updating the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) along with completing annual reports for EDA.
  • Facilitate, with communities, economic development infrastructure projects to apply for state and federal funding.
  • Act as a contact with other State and Federal agencies including, but not limited to, EDA, FEMA, HUD, DCEO, IDNR and IDOT.
  • Maintain updated demographic data for the Economic Development District.
  • Share ideas and information with associations in the on-going improvement of the region.
  • Address non-routine matters and the ability to analyze complex situations, problems and data, and use sound judgment in drawing conclusions and making decisions.
  • Develop and/or update comprehensive plans and zoning and subdivision ordinances.
  • Must be able to attend night meetings as required and overnight conferences, if necessary.
  • Experience with CBDG, Revolving Loan program and the Enterprise Zone benefit is a plus

Salary will be commensurate with education background and work experience.  Excellent benefits.  Send resume, references and salary requirements to Shug Grosenbach, Office Manager, NCICG, 613 West Marquette Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350 or email to: sgrosenbach@ncicg.org. The position will be open until filled.  NCICG is an equal opportunity employer. www.ncicg.org.