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Project Director- Economic Development  Chicago, IL  Posted: 7/12/2022
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Associate - W2

This position is within Cook County's Bureau of Economic Development

To apply send cover letter and resume to shakmanexemptapplications@cookcountyil.gov

General Overview: 
Functions in the capacity of Project Director with an emphasis upon directing research and support for program development for the Office of Economic Development. Coordinates    the administration, development, and implementation of various community and/or economic development and planning projects as assigned; facilitates any activities necessary to make these projects successful and works with municipalities, local governments, key stakeholders, educational institutions, and partners to develop projects in partnership with the Bureau of Economic Development. Provides technical and analytical expertise as it relates to the Bureau and strategies for economic and community development for the County. Represents the County on various commissions and tasks forces on behalf of the President and is responsible for tracking legislation that will have an impact on planning activities of Cook County. Guides the development and implementation of economic policy for the department. 
Key Responsibilities and Duties: 
Evaluates, and directs research into public access program objective and achievements. Ensures that reports and recommendations on long and short range projects, policies or programs related to housing, homelessness, economic development, and community development are compiled and assessed on time for review by key stakeholders. Creates and manages detailed project plans, schedules, budgets, and deliverables from concept through completion of the project. Oversees program execution and ensures established program goals and objectives are met while managing daily operational aspects of the project.  Develops and implements operating policies and procedures to ensure the effectiveness of programs.  Implements and monitors procedures utilized in program evaluation.  Coordinates and develops with municipal organizations, Federal and State governmental entities on projects that will affect Cook County and suburban municipalities to insure completeness and timely delivery of reports, etc.  Coordinates with the various County departments, agencies and bureaus to ensure that the County responds to all requests for assistance both financial and technical.  Monitors, researches, and identifies funding opportunities to support programs.  Evaluates programmatic metrics and oversees the preparation of impact narratives and program status reports.  Interacts with departments, groups and external organizations in the research process; conducts surveys where needed to update existing data or to create new databases.  Attends community, civic and business organization meetings to promote the Bureau's programs and initiatives.  
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  
Knowledge of a broad range of urban issues; State, Federal, local government legislative processes and impacts; communications industry, U.S. census map reading.  Knowledge of the principles and practices of program planning, transportation, environmental and economic development.  Knowledge of project strategies, monitoring, and evaluation methodology and techniques.  Knowledge of project management tools such as Gantt charts and project scheduling software; agile tools such as Scrum.  Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and SharePoint.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to document detailed project plans and project statuses to conduct meetings including formal presentations to diverse stakeholders.  Proven ability to deliver projects within scope and budget and mitigate issues that may interfere with project success.  Skill in research techniques, surveys; interpretation, analysis of census data; clear, concise writing.

Job Requirements


Minimum Qualifications:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree PLUS a minimum of three (3) years professional work experience in local government, community development, not-for-profit work, economic development or planning OR, an equivalent combination of professional work experience, training and education.  
Preferred Qualifications:  Master's degree.   Five (5) years' experience in community or economic development, public policy or urban  planning.  
Physical Requirements : Sedentary Work Sedentary Work involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.   The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.

To apply send cover letter and resume to shakmanexemptapplications@cookcountyil.gov


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