Freeport, IL, USA
Executive Director, Northwest Illinois Development Alliance (NIDA), (Regional pop. 50,000+). A consortium of communities and businesses in northwestern Illinois, the Northwest Illinois Development Alliance serves Stephenson County, the City of Freeport and other member municipalities and businesses in an area 25 miles west of Rockford, and 20 miles south of the Wisconsin border. The area is easily accessible to major metropolitan areas in every direction. Site of an 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate, known for more than 150 years as “Pretzel City” and home to several Fortune 500 companies, Freeport and its adjoining communities combine history and progress in an area offering both urban and rural living.
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.
Candidates will find all quarters of the region – private and public sector interests – aligned to assure the success of the next Director. Value-added agriculture and manufacturing comprise 25% of the local economy; more retail and industrial development is desired. Workforce development and business-education partnerships are goals for the region, as jobs are in good supply.
Candidates with initiative, creativity and a proven track-record of retaining, expanding and recruiting businesses are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is a people-person adept at building relationships, and will have:
High energy, enthusiasm and passion;
Strong communication and strategic planning skills;
The ability to direct a multi-disciplinary staff in the areas of planning and development, tourism, membership and business development;
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.
The position will report to an independent Board of Directors with representatives from the private and public sector. Salary is $130,000 +/- DOQ, and competitive benefits. Residency in Stephenson County is encouraged, and a high degree of visibility is expected.
Candidates should apply online by March 19, 2018, with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references to: Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook IL 60062 at www.govhrusa.com/current-positions/recruitment. Phone 847-360-3240.
Franklin, WI, USA
Economic Development Director, City of Franklin, Wisconsin (36,155). 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.
The Economic Development Director position offers the ideal candidate the chance to build on, and deliver the City’s economic development program, as well as the opportunity to develop and execute City marketing and promotion strategies.
The City 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.
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.
The position will report to the Mayor, will serve as director of the City’s Community Development Authority, and will be a staff liaison to the City’s Economic Development Commission.
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. http://www.govhrusa.com/current-positions/recruitment
Grand Traverse County, MI, USA
Grand Traverse County , MI (pop. 92,084) C ounty Seat: Traverse City. Grand Traverse County is one of the fastest growing counties in Michigan due to its ideal balance of downtown amenities surrounded by pristine natural resources. The County maintains a high quality of life in one of the Midwest’s most striking settings with a vibrant downtown community, a strong agricultural industry and extensive year-round recreational opportunities along 69 miles of Great Lake shoreline. Grand Traverse businesses and residents have a passion for their community, actively participating in community events and community building programs. The County is known for its world class cherries and wine, and is quickly becoming a center for hops and brewing. Home to the Cherry Capital Airport (serving American, Delta and United airlines), the County is proud of its burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of collaboration and looks to grow its businesses, while maintaining its natural resources.
The County Administrator is appointed by a seven (7) member County Board of Commissioners, each representing a district, serving two (2) year terms. The Administrator is responsible for the administration of the County Board’s goals, policies and programs as well as the management of the County’s services. The County Board of Commissioners is seeking candidates who have a strong financial background and will value relationships between the Commission, employees and the community. Successful candidates will also have a collaborative and team-oriented management style; a vision for strategic growth and natural preservation; a commitment to efficient and effective service delivery within a model workplace; and will have exceptional communication skills. The County provides full services to its residents and visitors, with 37 Departments staffed by approximately 500 employees and a budget of nearly $63M ($37M General Fund).
Candidates are required to have:
Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration or related discipline is highly preferred.
Six (6) years of progressively responsible executive level experience.
Prior County or City management experience is highly valued.
The Board is also interested in candidates with a diverse combination of educational background, professional experience and community involvement.
Starting salary is $120,000 to $145,000 +/- DOQE.
Apply with resume, cover letter, contact information and five (5) professional references by March 16, 2018; to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3240.
Glencoe, IL, United States
Glencoe, IL (pop. 8,900) The Village of Glencoe is an affluent, historic community located on the shores of Lake Michigan, approximately 20 miles north of downtown Chicago. Glencoe is a Special Chartered non-home rule, AAA rated community of approximately four square miles. The Village boasts a vibrant downtown, nationally ranked schools, award winning parks (many designed by acclaimed landscape architect Jens Jensen), historic neighborhoods with a rich architectural heritage (boasting the third largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in the world), and is the home of the Chicago Botanic Garden and Writers Theatre, a nationally-acclaimed theatre company.
Glencoe places the highest emphasis on customer service and excellence in municipal service delivery and has a long history of innovation. Glencoe is the first council-manager community in Illinois, one of many “firsts” in the Village’s history of innovation. The Village has an annual budget of $25 million (General Fund is approximately $18 million) and 100 full-time employees allocated across a fully integrated Public Safety Department (officers are cross-trained as firefighters/EMTs/police officers), full-service Public Works Department (including a municipally-operated water treatment facility and distribution network), Finance, the Village Manager’s Office and a municipal golf operation (a wholly separate enterprise fund).
The Finance Director is appointed by the Village Manager. The most recent Finance Director served the Village for 29 years, 19 as Finance Director. In addition to the Director, the department has 5 full time employees—an Assistant to the Director, an Accountant, a Data Coordinator, a Billing Coordinator and a Management Analyst.
The Village’s next Finance Director will be an integral part of the executive management team, participating in key decisions regarding economic development, capital planning and development, long- and short-term revenue and expenditure strategies, budget development and administration and all policies affecting the overall fiscal health of the Village.
The Finance Director is an important communicator – the Director must be able to discuss complex financial concepts and strategies in a manner that can be readily understood by individuals with and without municipal finance backgrounds, and as a member of the Village’s leadership team, the Director communicates within the organization about Village goals, priorities and work plan initiatives.
The Finance Director must maintain a forward-looking perspective, constantly scanning the horizon in efforts to anticipate future problems and work toward developing potential solutions – candidates must be creative, innovative, committed to process improvement and excited to think about local government service delivery and financing in new, progressive ways.
The Finance Director leads a professional team and encourages staff growth and development by offering learning and professional development opportunities and providing coaching and feedback.
Candidates must have a master’s degree in public policy, public administration, finance, business administration or a related field, plus at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience in executive-level financial administration, a portion of which is in the public sector. CPA or Certified Public Finance Officer designation is a plus.
The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative team-player with strong communication skills and a passion for outstanding municipal service delivery.
Salary: $150,000 +/- DOQ. The Village of Glencoe offers a competitive benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates should apply no later than March 9, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 references to www.govhrusa.com/current-positions/recruitment to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, GovHR USA , 630 Dundee Road #130 Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3240
Alachua County, FL, United States
Alachua County, FL (pop. 263,496) Alachua County, FL is seeking energetic, professional and accomplished candidates for their next Court Services Director. Ideal candidates will have well rounded management experience with a focus on criminal justice. The new Director will have several opportunities in this position: to lead this organization through the accreditation process, continue to develop award-winning programs in criminal justice and behavioral health systems, and to create an avenue to forge an eager group of employees into an empowered team. Alachua County, “Where nature and culture meet”, offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities with its varied parks, walking/biking trails and strong emphasis on land conservation to maintain the rural, historic and natural character of the County as well as a diverse cultural scene through festivals, museums and artist shops. The county seat, Gainesville, is an award-winning city that is home to the University of Florida as well as major medical facilities including a large VA Medical Center. Additionally, the County is home to Santa Fe College, voted #1 for Community College Excellence by Aspen Institute. Originally created in 1824, the County was settled primarily around the Florida Railroad which fueled its agriculture growth. The County continues to offer areas of rural development such as Alachua, home to the world’s largest fresh water natural springs, Historic Hawthorne, Waldo and Micanopy (oldest inland city in FL), and High Springs with beautiful rivers, freshwater springs and other natural attractions as well as the urban center of Gainesville. Centrally located in Florida, it is a short drive to the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean or Disney World in Orlando.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experiences:
A strong commitment to creative problem-solving through teamwork and professionalism, outstanding supervisory and administrative skills, highly developed interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and ability to develop programs, policies and procedures that evolve with the organization.
A demonstrated record of leadership with a comprehensive knowledge of criminal justice, behavioral health systems, evidenced based programming for risk assessment, relationship building with internal and external partners of Court Services as well as the ability to facilitate the development of a strong solutions based, client service focused department that adheres to the County’s core values.
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, psychology, public/business administration, or related discipline from an accredited college or university is required along with extensive progressively responsible experience (5 to 7 years) in criminal justice in a supervisory capacity. Must successfully obtain the FDLE Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Certification within 6 months of employment.
The County offers a hiring salary range is $85,000 - $95,000. Appointment salary DOQ. A comprehensive benefit package including the Florida Retirement System, health insurance, life insurance, flexible spending account and voluntary participation in a deferred compensation program. Apply online at www.GovHRUSA.com/current-positions/recruitment with resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references by March 2, 2018 to the attention of Sarah McKee, Vice-President, GovHRUSA, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847) 380-3240. Pursuant to Florida Open Records Law, applications and resumes are subject to disclosure.
Bayside, WI, United States
Chief of Police, Bayside, WI (pop. 4,400). Tucked along the western shores of Lake Michigan, Bayside is an attractive, suburban community with beautiful neighborhoods and a small-town feel. Ten miles north of downtown Milwaukee, Bayside is adjacent to Interstate 43. The Village seeks skilled public safety professionals with strong communication skills as candidates for its next Chief of Police.
Once comprised of summer cottages and farms, the Village was incorporated in 1953. Today, Bayside is 2.39 square miles, and more than 80% of property in the Village is zoned residential, with the remaining set aside for nature conservancy, commercial, and recreational use. The Village has no industrial or manufacturing uses.
The Village is a full-service municipality, and prides itself on providing excellent customer service. The department has 13 sworn positions authorized; vacancies exist and some retirements are imminent, providing the new Chief with staffing and organizational opportunities. Patrol officers and sergeants are unionized positions. In 2017, the Police Department responded to approximately 6,600 calls for service.
Dispatch services are provided by the Village to seven neighboring communities, as well as the North Shore Fire Department. The North Shore Fire Department serves seven municipalities, including Bayside.
The successful candidate will:
Possess a passion for public service;
Be adept at combining a hands-on management style with strong leadership, and an ability to work with a variety of stakeholders;
Be strategic thinking and an exceptional communicator;
Be able to thoughtfully represent the interests of the Department and the Village, with a high level of community engagement; and
Be comfortable working in a collective bargaining environment.
Candidates should also have:
A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, public policy or related fields. A Master’s degree is highly desired. Command leadership training such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Southern Police Institute Command training or similar programs are a plus; and
Have at least ten years of service in law enforcement, including five years of supervisory and/or administrative experience in a full-time, paid police department; or equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
The starting salary range is $95,000 - $103,000 +/- DOQ. The Village offers a competitive benefit package. The Police Chief is appointed by and reports to the Village Manager.
Candidates should apply on-line by February 26, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to www.govhrusa.com/current-positions/recruitment to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240. The Village of Bayside is an Equal Opportunity Employer.