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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1214 - Manager of Strategic Planning

Job Description

GRADE: 315

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in the management of DuPage County's Strategic Plan development and implementation, performs related work as required

An employee in this class is responsible for facilitating the development of visions, goals and objectives, and implementation actions relating to DuPage County's Strategic Plan, including project management, planning, budget preparation, and development of recommendations for future strategic initiatives. Work involves monitoring external trends affecting County government, and working with County departments and elected officials, to refine the Plan and to design and implement improvements and/or changes to County government operations as required. Direction is received from the Chief of Staff.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Evaluates and administers all elements of the DuPage County Strategic Plan
• Serves as the primary staff liaison to the County's Strategic Planning Committee; works with department heads and elected officials on strategic initiatives relating to the plan and setting priorities for action
• Arranges for training as needed to measure productivity and outcomes from strategic initiatives
• works to strengthen the County's position in the community and in the region through systematic planning, financial analysis and strategic assessment
• Develops and defines best practice as well as non-conventional ideas and strategies in response to emerging and future trends and opportunities
• Develops long-range objectives and strategic plans for various County government components by identifying internal and external strategic issues that could affect growth, public value, and accountability
• Prepare proposals, recommend financial and non-financial strategic objectives and alternatives, and implement and maintain strategic and operational plans
• Supervises work of subordinate staff engaged in related accounting activities
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs, and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Identifies and resolves employee relations and performance issues, coordinates planning meetings with other units of government, not-for-profit agencies, for-profit organizations, and community groups
• Performs analyses, research, and economic/financial studies as required
• Reviews processes, recommends improvements, and leads change management efforts
• Evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of existing processes and strategic initiatives
• Makes frequent presentations to groups inside and outside of County government on strategic planning initiatives
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of public administration, planning
• Project management economics
• Principles of budgetary accounting
• Management and Leadership principles
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Analyzing and systematically compiling technical reports
• Planning, assigning and supervising the work of others
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Take action and communicate in meetings with required functional personnel to negotiate actions necessary for effective resolution
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Master's degree in Planning, Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance/Economics or related field and five to six years of progressively responsible professional experience in strategic consulting, planning and/or account management and new business development; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.