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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1946 - Senior Housing and Community Development Planner

Job Description

GRADE: 311

Under general supervisor performs work of considerable difficulty in professional consolidated planning work; and performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for the independent performance of major planning and community development functions or projects requiring various combinations of skill in research, analysis, management development, presentation or interpretation of concepts and data pertaining to planning and implementation of plans and the community development program.  Work is performed according to general instructions from the Community Development Manager.  A Senior Housing and Community Development Planner is distinguished from Housing and Community Development Planner by the size, complexity, creative demands, regulatory expertise, public relations outreach and independence of performance of assigned projects or functions. 

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.

• Reviews and independently manages the technical aspects of planning projects and/or community development programs
• Communicates regularly with senior staff and outside agencies to assure timely and effective completion of projects
• Participates as a team member on a wide variety of planning projects and/or community development programs
• Provides technical direction to subordinate staff working on planning and/or the community development programs
• Assists in the development of long-range and short-range  plans and programs for the County
• Acts as resource to department on project management, fiscal impact, environmental analysis, compliance, regulations,  and related issues
• Coordinates the needs and input of municipalities and other outside agencies within countywide plans and programs
• Coordinates with staff and assists in the preparation and implementation of all phases of the Federal consolidated planning process, including additional funds received by County from time to time
• Conducts citizen engagement surveys and exercises to obtain appropriate data for estimates and projections of community needs
• 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, practices and techniques of urban planning, zoning and community development
• Techniques of planning research and how to apply them to general and specific urban planning studies and projects
• County, State and Federal laws pertaining to community planning and development
• Project economics
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Formulating effective plans and programs for urban and community development
• Interpreting planning and community development requirements and objectives to interested groups and the general public
• Project organization and evaluation of project performance
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and email
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• 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
• 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
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Planning or related field, with an emphasis on housing and community development; and two to four years of experience in community development, planning, grant administration, project management, or construction escrow administration or related experience; 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.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license.