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Economic Development Director
Calumet City, Illinois

Calumet City, IL (pop. 37,000)  Calumet City is an historic, diverse community that serves as a regional destination for shopping and business activity in the southern suburbs of Chicago.  In addition to the River Oaks Center Mall which is home to more than 100 retail businesses, Calumet City has growing and successful light manufacturing industries, restaurants and numerous small businesses. 

Calumet City is located 19 miles from Chicago’s downtown and is immediately southeast of Chicago.  Calumet City borders Indiana and is immediately north of Lansing, Illinois.  Its major commercial areas include Torrence Avenue (Route 6) where River Oaks Center is located and Sibley Avenue which is home to numerous smaller shopping areas. 

The Economic Development Director will be responsible for the recruitment, retention and expansion of business in Calumet City. 

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated, successful experience in economic development in the south suburbs in the past five years; candidate must also posses the following skills: redevelopment, marketing, the administration of county, state and federal technical assistance programs, and the development of collaborative relationships with the business community and other stakeholders. 

An ability to negotiate and close deals and to work with elected officials as well as state and regional development agencies is essential. A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, planning, economic development or related field and 5-10 years of increasingly responsible economic development leadership experience are required; possession of a real estate license and/or an advanced degree in business, public administration or related field is a plus.  

Starting salary range is $95,000 +/-, DOQ. The City will consider a contractual relationship or status as a city employee.   Apply on line with cover letter, resume and contact information for five professional references at once but no later than October 11 to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President, Voorhees Associates.  Electronic Submission Preferred. Tel: 847-580-4246.