Deputy Director of Community Development & Planning

Cook County Government

Job Overview

Cook County Offices

Under The President

Administrative Hearings


Bureau of Administration

Bureau of Economic Development

Bureau of Finance

Bureau of Human Resources

Bureau of Technology


Office of the President

Cook County offers great benefits and the chance to participate in a strong tradition of public service. Cook County is home to more than five million residents, roughly 45% of Illinois’ population. Cook County Government provides a range of vital services and programs that enhance the quality of life for residents across the region. These services range from health care to urban planning. Cook County is committed to empowering its employees to bring our constituents the best that public service has to offer.

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Director, assists in the development and implementation of various policies and procedures and coordinates the planning efforts related to the various grant programs in the Department’s Division of Community Development and Planning. Responsible for the overall strategic development, implementation, coordination and management of department grants and grant fund distribution to various communities and community agencies. Assists the Director to formulate and implement policies and procedures for funded programs, both current and future. Supervises staff assigned to the grant programs and provides direction to staff responsible for overseeing IDIS, database management and other systems for funded programs. Ensures managers are meeting program goals and State and Federal mandates. Represents the Director in confidential meetings related to key areas of responsibility and collaborates with grant recipients, providers and the local municipalities. Serves as liaison with HUD Chicago and Washington and other County Departments and Agencies who partner and fund community and economic development programs and projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors’ Degree PLUS a minimum of five (5) years’ work experience in planning, community and/or economic development OR, an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Five (5) years’ or more of experience working with HUD grants and/ or other federally funded government grant programs Or, an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree.
  • Fifteen (15) years’ experience working in community development, with HUD grants or other government funded community development programs – capital and public services.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Provides program design, oversight, management and policy development for federal grant programs including, but not limited to the Community Development Block Grant, and Emergency Shelter Grant programs, and County funded community development programs.

Evaluates applications and proposals requesting grant funding and prepares all public documents, citizen participation, project selection, monitoring and reports.

Ensures compliance with Federal regulations related to, CDBG and other funded programs;

Develops policies governing grants and operation procedures. Prepares responses to outside auditors and HUD monitors.

Serves as liaison and representative with HUD Chicago and Washington and other County Departments and Agencies, including the States Attorney’s Office, Comptroller, Treasurer, Human Resources, Budget, Finance, Human Rights, and Purchasing, as needed.

Assists the Director regarding fiscal management of each program that Deputy Director oversees, including the proper use and timely expenditure of funds.

Coordinates the HUD Annual Action Plan, Consolidated Plan and Comprehensive Annual Performance Reports.

Supervises work progress, gives direction on projects, and approves final product of the assignments to staff.

Meets with elected officials as necessary to carry out programs goals and as assigned by Director.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities And Other Characteristics

Thorough knowledge of Community Development practices and HUD funded programs relating to Housing and Community Development.

Skill in the collection, analysis and interpretation of statistical and demographic data.

Must possess professional judgment in dealing with sensitive and confidential matters.

Ability to assume responsibility, manage, supervise and coordinate professional staff in a variety of complex projects and tasks including grants administration, community- based planning, and research.

Excellent oral and written communication skills (including skills in preparing letters, memos and reports).

Excellent organizational project/program management follow-up, and process improvement skills.

Ability to decipher federal regulations.

General knowledge of basic accounting principles, methods and procedures.

Fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and other software applications.

This position requires moderate to extensive travel to work assignments throughout Cook County, for which the employee must provide his or her own adequate means of transportation.

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.

Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.

Benefits Package

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
  • Basic Term Life Insurance
  • Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
  • You May Qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)

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Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

This position requires successful completion of post-offer tests, which may include a background check, drug screen and medical examination.

Falsification of any information in the application process will result in disqualification, dismissal after hire, and/or placement on the County’s Ineligible for Rehire List for a period of two (2) or five (5) years. For current County employees, such falsification may result in discipline, up to and including termination, and placement on the County’s Ineligible for Rehire List for a period of two (2) or five (5) years. See Cook County Code of Ordinances, Article II, Sections 44-54 Unlawful Practices Relating to Employees and Employment – Penalty, 44-56 Political Discrimination; Cook County Employment Plan, Section V.N. Pre-Interview License and Certification Verification; Supplemental Policy No. 2014-2.13 Ineligible for Rehire List; and Cook County Personnel Rules 3.3(b) (7) (8) (18).


NOTE: As an internal candidate, should you be offered the position, salary allocations shall abide by the Cook County Personnel Rules.


Seniority Level

Mid-Senior level


  • Government Administration
  • Government Relations

Employment Type


Job Functions

  • Strategy/Planning
  • Business Development
  • Management

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