The Village of Algonquin, IL

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Now Hiring: Community Development Director

The Village of Algonquin, IL (Pop. 30,897) is seeking applicants for the position of Community Development Director within the Community Development Department. 

This full-time Community Development position reports to the Village Manager and is responsible for continuing the revitalization of the village’s old town district, enhancing thriving commercial districts, promoting the Algonquin Corporate Campus, and maintaining beautiful tree-lined residential subdivisions.

The Community Development Department, as a whole, is responsible for land use planning, economic development, building inspection, permitting, and code enforcement. The Community Development Director leads a team of 8 FTEs, manages several outsourced service contracts, and is responsible for an annual operating budget of over $1.5 million. More information related to the position can be found below.

About the Community

The Village of Algonquin provides residents and businesses an exceptional quality of life with recreational amenities, educational opportunities, and a numerous mixture of restaurants and shopping malls which offer a variety of leisure time activities.

Algonquin sets the standard for excellence for providing a family-friendly and safe community. In our most recent Annual Community Survey, 9 out of 10 residents rated their neighborhood as a place to live and Algonquin as a place to live as either “Excellent” or “Good.” In addition to those quality of life indicators, over 90 percent of residents reported to feeling “Very safe” or “Safe” in their neighborhoods during the day and at night. Overall, residents continue to feel satisfied with the quality of life.

In addition to providing a friendly and safe community, Algonquin believes in providing residents leisure opportunities involving the great outdoors. There are abundant parks and recreation amenities in Algonquin, with a park located within walking distance of most residents.  There are 21 parks conveniently located throughout the Village to ensure regional connectivity. The Village of Algonquin strives to achieve environmentally friendly initiatives along with appealing environmental aesthetics. 87 percent of Algonquin residents rated the maintenance of parks as either “Excellent” or “Good.” Algonquin continues to receive recognition for providing premier parks and trails for its residents as it has been named a Tree City USA for 25 consecutive years, since 1996, by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Home to approximately 30,900 people, Algonquin is nestled in the Fox River Valley which lies in both Kane and McHenry Counties and is conveniently located 45 miles from the Chicago Loop. The Village was officially incorporated in 1890 and has experienced much of its growth since 1990. At the 1990 Census, Algonquin had 11,663 residents which increased to 23,276 at the 2000 Census and to 30,046 at the 2010 Census. The median age of Algonquin residents has been steadily increasing with further population growth.  In 1980, the median age of Algonquin residents was 28.9, with the median age at 38.7 in the 2010 Census. 

The median household income in Algonquin is $98,092 according to the 2010 Census, up 23 percent from 2000.  Approximately 86 percent of Algonquin households have an annual household income above $50,000.

The Village of Algonquin offers a variety of housing choices, a large majority of which fall into the single-family category. Single family homes can be found varying in unique and charming styles, set into many types of neighborhoods. The diversity in housing choices adds to the appeal of Algonquin which is demonstrated by 95.5 percent of total housing units being occupied.

 

Governance and Organization

The Village of Algonquin was incorporated on February 25, 1890 and operates under the Council-Manager form of government, which was adopted by ordinance in 1995.  Algonquin is a home rule unit of government by virtue of its population.  A President and Board of Trustees elected at large for four year staggered terms set policy for the Village.  A Village Clerk is also an elected position, serving four year terms. The Village Board appoints the Village Manager to carry out its directives and oversee the delivery of public services.  The Village Manager also supervises the daily operations of the Village and all of its departments. 

Algonquin earns its reputation as the “Gem of the Fox River Valley” by providing quality services and amenities to the community. The 2020 Annual Community Survey which was sent to 1,500 randomly selected residential households highlights the top-quality services per department.  In addition, the survey highlighted the Village’s customer service. Overall, employee interaction was rated overwhelmingly Excellent or Good in all three evaluation categories: knowledgeable (89 percent), responsive (87 percent), and courteous (91 percent).

Village services are organized among four major service areas:  General Services Administration, Community Development, Police, and Public Works.  Each of these departments is further delineated into specific teams that provide public services.  Overall, the Village has 132 full-time and 57 part-time/seasonal staff.

About the Role

The next Community Development Director will be expected to have a strong background in urban planning, economic development, building and zoning, historic preservation, code enforcement, and administrative leadership.  The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of delivering results, and creating a positive work environment characterized by innovation and teamwork while demonstrating personal and professional integrity.  Hiring range for this position is $109,141.40 - $127,304.81, D.O.Q., with a competitive benefit package.

Education/Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Administration, or related field with a minimum of five years’ experience in planning, in a municipality or similar organization, is required.  Master’s degree in a related field, AICP and/or CEcD accreditation, supervisory experience, preferred; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills:  The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge of the following:

  • Zoning, sign and subdivision laws, standardized building and property maintenance codes, and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption, implementation and enforcement.
  • Community development programs and processes.
  • Principles, theories and application methods of municipal planning, zoning and urban design.
  • Planning processes that pertain to aesthetic considerations, architecture, landscape, environmental regulations, and historic preservation.
  • State Statutes, traffic impacts, environmental controls and economic development.
  • Standard analytical and research methodologies and statistical procedures as used in planning and development work.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems (Munis).
  • Municipal service delivery and departmental administration.
  • Supervision of staff, including setting goals and evaluating performance.

Additionally, the next Community Development Director will possess the following abilities to:

  • Comprehend complex problems, to identify alternative solutions and to prepare appropriate recommendations.
  • Analyze, create and recommend policy and procedure changes when necessary.
  • Work with personal computers and software applications.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees and the general public.
  • Work well in a team environment and cohesively work across all areas of the organization and the community.

Challenges and Opportunities

  • The Village’s Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2008 and the next Community Development Director will be expected to lead the next update of this important policy document. The Comprehensive Plan outlines will outline Algonquin’s long-range strategies for addressing housing, businesses, transportation, and community parks and facilities within the community.
  • Development of the Algonquin Corporate Campus, a high-quality office and industrial park aimed at increasing employment opportunities in Algonquin. Located just a few miles north of Interstate 90 in the highly desirable Randall Road corridor, the location offers approximately 700 acres with utilities, in tracts up to 100 acres. 
  • Business attraction, retention and expansion of existing businesses in the Randall Road corridor, East Algonquin Road, and Old Town Algonquin, remain an important objective of the Village. The Community Development Director will be expected to play a lead role in enhancing these retail corridors to maintain the high-quality standard of architectural design in a competitive market.
  • Continued focus on redevelopment of the Old Town Algonquin District. Requires working with stakeholders to enhance residential, retail, dining, and recreational opportunities.  Village recently completed a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of Main Street as a catalytic project to spur private development in the area.  The Village has also assembled a large tract of land (Block 1) in the Old Town Algonquin district with the future goal of conveying this parcel for future private development.  This area is in an active tax increment financing (TIF) district and the next Community Development Director will be an active partner in this project.
  • Algonquin is very fortunate to have many protected and restored natural areas in our community. A Conservation Design Ordinance was adopted to help balance physical development with the natural environment in our community. It is important the next Community Development Director maintain this balance between economic development and our environment.
  • The Village has historically relied on an efficient and accurate building plan review and permitting process as one of its best tools for economic development. Recent process improvements leveraging technology, including remote virtual inspections, have further improved the efficiency of this service.  The next Community Development Director will be expected to embrace continuous improvement in the building and code enforcement areas.

Ideal Candidate

  • A confident and strong leader, who can articulate and build consensus toward the future with a sense of vision for the community.
  • A demonstrated track record of creative/entrepreneurial approaches and a desire to offer “outside the box” strategies to community issues and challenges.
  • An excellent communicator who readily and enthusiastically engages staff and the public and someone who is responsive, approachable, accessible, and comfortable dealing with a high level of citizen and business engagement.
  • A leader who believes public service is an honor and a privilege and is committed to the highest standards of customer service. The next Community Development Director should be comfortable in delegating appropriate work to staff, but also be comfortable in “rolling up their sleeves” and undertaking various projects on their own.
  • A tactful, fair, kind, and emotionally intelligent demeanor and a high sense of integrity and ethics.
  • An inclusive, collaborative leadership style and an engaging, confident interpersonal style that acknowledges and respects the roles of all stakeholders.
  • The ability to create a welcoming workplace culture through trust and delegation, the ability to motivate and build a high-performance results-driven team, serving as a mentor to employees and encouraging their professional development.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to complete and submit an employment application, along with a resume prior to March 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.  Completed applications materials may be submitted to the Village by using the "Apply Online" button below.

Alternatively, completed applications may be e-mailed to HR@algonquin.org or mailed to: Village of Algonquin, Attn: Human Resources, 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL  60102.

The Village of Algonquin is an equal opportunity employer within every definition of the concept.   A copy of our Outreach Program is available upon request.