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GURNEE, ILLINOIS (pop. 31,295) seeks its first Economic Development Director. A major hub of commerce and entertainment in northeastern Illinois, Gurnee delivers small-town friendliness with big-city vitality. Gurnee is a distinctive and progressive community that is home to two of the Midwest’s largest attractions – Six Flags Great America amusement park, and Gurnee Mills, a 1.9 million square foot destination shopping center. In addition to Gurnee Mills, the Village has another 21 shopping centers and 14 industrial/office parks. Gurnee is also a substantial hospitality center with more than 1,700 hotel rooms and 135 restaurants. The Village is 38 miles north of downtown Chicago, strategically located on I-94.  


The Economic Development Director is a newly created position, offering the ideal candidate the chance to design and deliver the Village’s economic development program. The Director will also be in charge of developing and executing Village branding, marketing and promotion strategies. The Village seeks candidates with initiative, creativity and a proven track-record of retaining, expanding and recruiting businesses. The ideal candidate is a people-person adept at building relationships, not bureaucracy.


High energy, enthusiasm and passion are a must for this position. Ideal candidates will have strong communication skills, the ability to think and act strategically, and have the talent to tactfully negotiate and “close the deal.” A demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders including Village officials, intergovernmental partners, brokers, developers, and local business owners is required.


A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications, public administration or related disciplines is desired, or an equivalent combination of education, training and professional experience. Six years of progressively responsible experience in economic development, redevelopment, marketing and social media strategies in either the public or private sector are preferred. The position will report to the Village Administrator, and will serve as staff liaison to the Village's Economic Development Committee.


Salary is $90,000 +/- and competitive benefits. Residency is not required, yet a high level of community involvement is expected. Must be available for occasional night and weekend events. Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by September 8, 2014 to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, GovHRUSA, 650 Dundee Road #270, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3243; Fax: 866-401-3100. Electronic Submission Preferred. 

Date Posted: August 14. 2014