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Crime Prevention Specialist (Part-Time)

The Village of Downers Grove is currently seeking a qualified individual for the part time position (25 hours per week) of Crime Prevention Specialist for the Downers Grove Police Department Crime Prevention Unit. Applicants will be required to successfully complete a panel interview ,a skills demonstration, and a thorough background investigation.

The position requires a high level of interpersonal skills to interact with adults and children while presenting crime prevention/safety education programs in the community. The Crime Prevention Specialist serves as a liaison for the Police Department with community organizations such as the Park District, Fire Department, and School Districts 58 and 99.

Applicants must have a high school diploma and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Computer knowledge and typing skills are required in order to prepare lesson plans and various reports. Prior police experience and prior public speaking experience is preferred. This position will be filled prior to the beginning of the 2015/2016 school year. Position is primarily Monday through Friday daytime hours, but may require flexible hours to handle programs and weekend community events. EOE

Application Period: Open until filled. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.

Development Planner/Senior Planner

The Village is accepting applications for a planner to join the Community Development Department as either a Development Planner or Senior Planner, depending on qualifications. Successful candidates will demonstrate a passion for the work, a positive internal and external customer service attitude, adaptability, and an ability to understand and balance competing priorities.

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The position would assist the Planning Manager 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;
  • Assisting with other project management functions, such as requests for proposals (RFP), working with consultants, grant administration,etc. 

The ideal Development Planner 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.

The ideal Senior Planner candidate will have a master's degree in urban planning or closely related field and six to eight years of experience in a municipal planning department handling current development projects in a community with infill-type development. Professional certification (AICP) is required at the time of hire.

Starting salary:  DOQ
Excellent Benefits:

  • Medical/Dental/Prescription Participation Plan coverage 
  • Vacation/Sick time 
  • Paid Holidays
  • IMRF Pension 

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:

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

Application Period: Open until filled. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.

Part Time Shelver 

Downers Grove Public Library is seeking a friendly, enthusiastic shelver for our customer centric Circulation team. Shelvers monitor the automatic materials sorter, shelve materials, and keep materials in order.  In addition, shelvers help support the department by performing closing procedures and other tasks as needed.

 We are looking for candidates who have the ability to:

● File alphabetically and numerically accurately
● Perform detail work accurately
● Prioritize and multitask in a detailed environment
● Walk and stand for extended periods
● Lift materials and push carts loaded with books
● Adapt well to technological changes

This position is a year-round, part-time position averaging about 14 hours per week and includes daytime, evening, and weekend hours. The salary is $10.20 per hour.

Anyone interested in this position should submit an application to Nancy Poch, Circulation Services Supervisor, by Monday, July 27. Application forms are available at the Circulation Service Desk or on the library website. The Downers Grove Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Maintenance Worker I Public Works

The Village of Downers Grove is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Maintenance Worker I in the Village's Public Works Department. This position performs skilled and unskilled labor tasks, usually a member of a work crew, using hand tools, power tools and heavy equipment in order to repair and maintain Village roads, water mains, storm sewers, traffic control facilities, grounds, buildings and equipment.

Skills and Abilities:

  • The use of construction equipment, power and hand tools
  • Written and verbal language sufficient to effectively understand and follow verbal instructions in English and perform manual labor in order to perform duties in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to be courteous of fellow employees, citizens, and businesses while performing repair and maintenance duties.
  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail.


  • High school diploma or equivalent and some construction experience.
  • Candidates must have a valid Illinois class B commercial driver's license (CDL) with air brakes. In addition, the successful candidate must pass a criminal/driving history background check and drug‐screen.
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal instructions and perform manual labor; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position.  Must be available to work weekend and evening hours as required.  This is a bargaining unit position in the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, Public Employees Division.  

Starting wages for this position are $41,827 per year, increasing to $59,753 after six years, with benefits.

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

Water Manager

The ideal candidate for Water Manager will have the ability to manage, direct, and coordinate the activities of the Water Division at the Village of Downers Grove that includes system operation/regulatory compliance, fixed-network AMR system, SCADA, and construction and development plan review/permitting. Fast-paced work environment with active annual maintenance programs including hydrant maintenance/painting and flow testing, valve turning, large meter testing and leak detection. Supervises snow removal operations. He/she will have clear, concise, and open communication skills; a technical-based management style combined with administrative know-how and professionalism; a record of creative problem solving and positive employee relations.

Position reports to the Assistant Director of Public Works - Operations. The Water Division has nine full-time employees serving a current customer base of 47,833 people, 16,600 service connections and a FY2015 budget of approximately $19 million.

Minimum Qualifications: To be considered for this position, candidates must have three to five years of increasingly responsible experience in the management of municipal drinking water operations that includes supervisory responsibility and a high school diploma supplemented with technical courses in water distribution systems and safety. An Associate's degree in business administration, management, engineering, or a closely related field is preferred, or any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Candidates must also possess an Illinois Class C Public Water Supply Operator's License and an Illinois Class B CDL driver's license with air brake endorsement, and have a satisfactory driving record.

Salary: $68,740 to $82,488 with potential to $94,517 annually, DOQ

Supplemental Information: Upon eligibility, the Village will contribute the employee contribution of 4.5% and the employer contribution to a retirement program administered by the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). In addition, the Village provides excellent medical, dental and prescription plan coverage, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Selection Process: Each candidate's background will be evaluated on the basis of information submitted at the time of application to determine the level and scope of the candidates' preparation for the position. Only the more qualified candidates, as determined by the screening process, will be invited to participate in the selection process. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. The position also requires applicants to have a physical examination and a drug test prior to employment.

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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