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Vice President for Development – Rockford Area Economic Development Council

Award-winning economic development organization offers a unique opportunity for an economic development trailblazer. Our public/private partnership organization seeks a Vice President to assume a leadership role in Northern Illinois to manage our Business Development programs and selected strategic projects. The Rockford, Illinois, Region is home to:

  • The sixth-largest Aerospace employment concentration in the U.S.
  • Growing Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare clusters.
  • A well-positioned, uncongested Air/Rail/Truck Logistics hub.
  • The third-largest city in Illinois, well within a 90-minute drive from Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison.

Candidates must possess great dedication, commitment, and strategic qualities as well as a broad range of business management skills. The organization’s staff is held to an extremely high level of professionalism and productivity. This person must be able to manage diverse and multi-level projects as a “self-starter,” capable of taking ideas and tasks at different levels and implementing them at a fast pace.

This position requires prior economic development experience as well as basic computer skills and database management experience. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required. A professional work environment and competitive salary/benefits are available.

Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to

Community & Economic Development Director – Village of Rantoul

The Village of Rantoul seeks an experienced, innovative, and dynamic professional to serve as the Community and Economic Development Director.  The selected candidate will lead the Village’s economic development efforts, along with overseeing the Building Safety, Planning/Zoning, and Community Development departments.  They will guide an economic development strategy focusing on areas of need, including the I-57 retail area, industrial park, downtown, and the decommissioned Air Force base.  The Director will work to strengthen relationships between the Village and industrial park employers, small business owners, Rantoul City Schools, Rantoul Township High School, and other community entities.

A Candidate should possess:

  • Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Urban Planning, or related field;
  • Experience in residential and commercial real estate development, finance, and management;
  • Ability to communicate and maintain effective working relationships with Mayor and Board of Trustees, department heads, community organizations, and the general public;
  • Ability to prepare and present reports and public recommendations verbally and in writing, respond to inquiries and complaints, and represent the Village in a variety of forums.

Salary is $80,000 +/- DOQ, and competitive benefits.  Residency within the Village’s corporate limits within six months of completing the six-month probationary period is required.

For more information and how to apply: [Click Here]

Director of Economic Development – City of Kankakee

The City of Kankakee (pop. 26,000) is seeking a Director of Economic Development.  Located just 50 miles south of Downtown Chicago, the City of Kankakee is a full-service community employing approximately 250 employees and an annual budget of $40M.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and administration of City programs and activities associated with Economic Development, including business retention/expansion/attraction and workforce development. The ideal candidate will have advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of economic development programming and administration. The candidate should have exceptional oral and written communications skills while demonstrating the ability to tactfully foster and maintain positive working relationships when dealing with the public. Under the direction of the Mayor, must demonstrate the ability to assist in the planning, directing, supervising, and coordinating of a program to generate and promote redevelopment and economic development strategies and activities throughout the City.

A Candidate should possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in economics, urban planning, public or business administration or related field; Master’s degree in an appropriate field preferred;
  • Three to five years of progressive economic development, urban planning, public administration, economics, business administration, or closely related field, experience with a track record of developing and implementing business attraction and retention programs. Supervisory experience is preferred;
  • Professional certification with the International Economic Development Council is preferred. If the incumbent does not possess this certification, he/she should be able to obtain it within one year of assuming the position (Certified Economic Developer);
  • Written/spoken fluency in a foreign language is beneficial, particularly Spanish;

Residency required within six (6) months of hire.  Interested applicants should apply online with résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by April 2, 2018 to Carolyn A. Croswell/Director of Human Resources  The City of Kankakee is an equal opportunity employer.(EOE)

Executive Director – Northwest Illinois Development Alliance

The Northwest Illinois Development Alliance is a public/private economic development corporation focused on retaining and expanding business, and diversifying the economic base of the City of Freeport and Stephenson County area in northwest Illinois. The Alliance is at an exciting time in its history, as it and three other organizations of similar missions are in advanced discussions about merging efforts to form what may become known as the Freeport Area Economic Development Corporation. In addition to NIDA, the organizations include the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce, the Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Freeport Downtown Development Foundation. The Executive Director of NIDA will oversee the newly formed corporation, and will manage the operations of a 501 C (6) organization focused on business advocacy at the local, state and national level.

A Candidate should possess:

  • Fund-raising skills and the ability to broaden the organization’s investor base;
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders including government officials and staff, brokers, developers, and local business owners;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications, planning, real estate, public administration or related disciplines; a Master’s degree is a plus;
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in economic development, redevelopment, marketing or real estate in either the public or private sector, or association work in the related fields, is preferred; and
  • Knowledge about the operations of a 501 C (3)/501 C (6) organization.

Salary is $130,000 +/- DOQ, and competitive benefits. Residency in Stephenson County is encouraged, and a high degree of visibility is expected.

For more information and how to apply: [Click Here]

Business Development Coordinator – City of West Chicago

The City of West Chicago, Illinois is seeking an individual with strong communication and interpersonal skills to serve as its Business Development Coordinator. This position is part of the Community Development Department and reports directly to the Director of Community Development. The position provides support for the economic development function within the Community Development Department.  Position duties include business attraction, recruitment, and retention.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, economics, marketing, public administration, public policy or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of five years previous experience in the field of community and/or economic development or a related field.


  • Bilingual – English/Spanish.
  • Experience with TIF.
  • Experience in marketing and social media along with graphic design.
  • Experience in a municipal environment.

Salary range $64,948 – 90,927.  Send resume, letter of interest and three professional references to “Ms. Carol LeBeau, Human Resources Coordinator, City of West Chicago, 475 Main Street, West Chicago, IL  60185.”  Position open until filled.  EOE

Economic Development Director – City of Franklin, WI

Growing, full-service city of vibrant neighborhoods and top-performing schools, the City of Franklin possesses a strong business base and climate, a convenient location to world-class amenities, and “is committed to being the best community in Milwaukee County.” Located 10 miles south of downtown Milwaukee and within easy access to Mitchell International Airport, Franklin is strategically situated between Milwaukee and Chicago, with convenient Interstate access. Franklin seeks a dynamic professional in the field of economic development to be at the leading edge of this exciting time for the City.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • High energy, enthusiasm, and passion;
  • Strong communication skills, the ability to think and act strategically, and the talent to tactfully negotiate and “close the deal.”
  • A demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders including City officials and staff, brokers, developers, and local business owners;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications, planning, real estate, public administration or related disciplines;
  • Seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic development, redevelopment, marketing or real estate in either the public or private sector is preferred; a Master’s degree may substitute for two years of experience.

Salary is $95,000 +/- DOQ, and competitive benefits. Residency is not required, yet a high level of community involvement is expected. Apply online with cover letter, resume and five professional references no later than March 12, 2018 to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook IL 60062 (847) 380-3240.  Click Here To Apply