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Information Technology (IT) Director

Nature and Scope of Position The IT Director will provide leadership and strategic direction for the deployment, adoption and maintenance of all Village IT infrastructure and related systems and applications. This individual plays a central role in formulating, communicating and implementing an enterprise-level vision and strategy for the Village of Downers Grove and its IT systems. The position requires effective collaboration with department directors and other key staff and stakeholders throughout the Village, along with the management of contractual partnerships and external vendors that support the Village's technology infrastructure. The position serves as a member of the Village's leadership team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain a technology and data strategy that supports the Village's needs and goals.
  • Ensure that applications, networks and infrastructure are operational and matched to Village needs.
  • Review information technology opportunities on a formal, proactive basis to determine applicability for Village operations, with an emphasis on improving efficiency and application of Lean principles.
  • Collaborate with department heads and other staff to ensure that needs are understood and that new technology is introduced in a reliable and timely manner that supports and improves operations.
  • Manage IT staff and establish internal systems in a manner that emphasizes continuous improvement, customer service and productivity.
  • Manage Village contracted IT partners to obtain defined outcomes and desired service delivery.
  • Develop and institute policies and procedures to ensure the protection of the Village's IT assets and the integrity, security and privacy of Village information.
  • Serve as liaison to the Technology Commission, consisting of seven appointed resident volunteers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree in public/business administration, IT or related field preferred.
  • At least seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience in information technology with managerial experience for at least five (5) of those years.
  • Possess strong interpersonal relationship skills and the ability to develop trust, respect and credibility with Village staff, contractual partners and members of the community.
  • Demonstrate experience with effective contract and vendor management.
  • Excel in project management and be adept at influencing the participation of others in IT projects.
  • Demonstrate proven strength in the design and implementation of mission-critical application solutions and experience in the process of integrating or consolidating multiple systems.
  • Possess a successful track record of identifying and implementing new concepts and recommending forward-looking opportunities to Village leadership.
  • Consistently demonstrate exceptional communication skills - the ability to inquire about, explain, advocate for, and express facts and ideas in an effective manner, verbally and in writing.
  • Possess strong presentation skills - be able to present information in a clear and articulate manner in front of a diverse audience.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a "team-approach"; be able to operate in a collaborative decision-making environment and work effectively with multidisciplinary teams to achieve common goals.
  • Understand current technologies and be able to see beyond the existing business environment and envision future needs and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of successful system implementations.

Starting salary: DOQ plus excellent benefits: Medical/Dental/Prescription Participation Plan coverage; Vacation/Sick time; Paid Holidays; IMRF Pension

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. Position is open until filled.  

Finance Department Cashier (Part-Time)

The Village of Downers Grove is seeking two part-time cashiers, each serving 20-25 hours per week. The successful candidates must have strong communication skills with the ability to provide accurate and friendly customer service to village residents, which includes accepting payments for various village activities such as utility bills, parking and licenses. Must also have analytical skills to perform numerical calculations and the ability to balance the cash register daily, as well as understand and carry out oral and written instructions giving close attention to detail and accuracy. In addition, the Cashier must have the ability to organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines, multi-task and follow up assignments with a minimum of direction, and be proficient in Excel.

The individuals in this position will be responsible for processing accounts receivable billing,parking billing and accounts receivable collections. The successful candidates will have a High School diploma or equivalent. Accounts Receivable experience is desirable.

Hours are Monday - Friday; 20-25 hours per week during the department's 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. workday. Some Tuesday night hours will be required until 7:00 p.m. to cover the Cashier's window.

Salary: $18.51 to $25.45 per hour .

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. Position is open until filled.  

Development Planner

The Village of Downers Grove provides exceptional service with great employees. If you want to be part of a culture that values the excellence that results from communication, teamwork and innovation, the Village of Downers Grove is for you. The Village's success is built on an internal leadership philosophy that believes:

  • Communication makes us better
  • We should be tough on issues but easy on people
  • The best ideas can come from everyone and anyone

The Village is accepting applications for a Development Planner to join the Community Development Department. Successful candidates demonstrate a passion for the work, a positive internal and external customer service attitude, adaptability and an ability to understand and balance competing priorities. To learn more about the work we do, see these links:

The position would assist the Community Development Department in planning and implementing the Village's Comprehensive Plan and ordinances with regard to land use and development and provide technical expertise to staff and Village regulatory boards, including the Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Architectural Design Review Board

Examples of Major Duties:

  • Evaluating development proposals and petitions as they relate to the Village's Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance
  • Conducting research and analysis to prepare recommendations and completing written reviews and reports on current development proposals and petitions
  • Presenting reports to the Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Architectural Design Review Board
  • Case management including the coordination with various Village departments, external agencies, petitioners, and the public
  • Completing permit reviews to ensure zoning ordinance compliance.

The ideal Development Panner candidate will have a Master's Degree in urban planning or closely related field and two years of experience in a municipal planning department handling current development projects in a community with infill-type development.  Professional certification (AICP) is preferred at time of hire, but should be achieved within 2 years. 

Starting salary DOQ plus excellent benefits: Medical/Dental/Prescription Participation Plan coverage; Vacation/Sick time; Paid Holidays; IMRF Pension

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.  Position is open until filled.  

Seasonal Snow Plow Driver

The Village of Downers Grove is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Seasonal Snow Plow Driver in the Village's Public Works Department. This is an On-Call position. On-Call positions are temporary and will last approximately 4 months.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid Illinois CDL driver's license. Selected applicants must complete a pre-employment, post-offer background check, drug screen and applicant must provide a driver's license abstract from the Illinois Secretary of State.

Starting wage: $25.00/hour
Application Period:  Open until filled

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.

Crossing Guard

The Village of Downers Grove is accepting applications for the position of Crossing Guard to assist school children at assigned crossings before and after school. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to work in all weather. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact CSO Supervisor Timothy Sembach at the Downers Grove Police Department; Monday - Friday, 7:00 am- 3:00 pm at (630) 434-5636. 

Wage: $10.00 per trip ($20.00 a day) Position open until filled. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Village is looking for volunteers to work on special projects as needed, such as electronics recycling events, general office assistance, building improvements and emergency response.

If you are interested in becoming a Municipal Volunteer, please fill out the Online Application, which identifies your skills and availabilities. Applicants will be kept on file and called upon, as needed, or may apply for specific posted volunteer opportunities.

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