The City of North Chicago is looking for a Chief of Staff capable of leading and managing the departments, offices and affairs of the city, under the direction of the Mayor. The Chief of Staff supports and leads strategic, tactical and operational initiatives to grow revenue, reduce costs, strategize the budget, improve efficiency and enhance the overall image of the city. The Chief of Staff must be a creative problem solver who can broker win-win situations. The successful candidate must understand the political environment, be able to manage priorities, staff roles and responsibilities, and recognize external factors impacting the City. The Chief of Staff's office is part of the Mayor's office located in City Hall.
North Chicago is a home-rule municipality under the Illinois Constitution, approximately 36 miles north of the Chicago "Loop." Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, North Chicago is the proud home to Naval Station Great Lakes, the only training command for United States Navy recruits and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center – the nation’s first fully integrated Veteran’s Affairs and Department of Defense entity. Each year, thousands of people visit the city to attend Navy recruit graduations, visit world renowned Abbott Laboratories, receive treatment from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, attend medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and visit the Jelly Belly Candy Company.
This community of 30,038 is one of the busiest destinations on Chicago’s North Shore and is proud of its racial and ethnic diversity. Historically, North Chicago was known for the large populations of Eastern European immigrants. Today, it includes a wide range of cultures and races, including African Americans, Hispanic and Latinos, Asians, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The City of North Chicago is home to some of the top employers in Lake County, which significantly increases the city’s daytime population. Along with this, North Chicago has freight and commuter rail lines, two commuter rail stations, easy access to major highways, and a municipal water plant and distribution system. The city of North Chicago is an all-American community and a great place to live, work and play.
As a home-rule unit of the government, the city operates under a strong mayor form of government. Other key elected officials include the seven members of the city council (alderman) who make up the legislative branch of the city's government. The city also has an elected clerk and treasurer. The mayor, council members, clerk and treasurer are elected at-large for four-year terms, with one council member elected from each of the city's seven wards. The current mayor, Leon Rockingham, was elected in 2005 and is a lifelong resident of North Chicago. He served as North Chicago's 4th Ward Alderman from 1989 until 2001, has served as Mayor Pro Tem and headed the council's executive committee under two former mayors. The city also is proud of its historically stable administrative leadership, with the previous Chief of Staff in the position for 10 plus years.
North Chicago government is a full-service, public service agency with approximately 200 fulltime employees. Full time employees other than exempt and appointed personnel are unionized and represented by Service Employees International, the North Chicago Illinois Council of Police, and the International Association of Firefighters. The new Chief of Staff will be expected to work closely with all city departments, alderman and key staff, including: the Mayor's Office/Administration, Office of the Comptroller, Economic & Community Development, Fire, Human Resources, Information Technology, Police, Street and Water Departments. The Chief of Staff understands the political environment, management priorities, staff roles and responsibilities, and recognizes external factors impacting the city. Department heads for the Comptroller's Office, Human Resources, Economic & Community Development, Fire, Information Technology, and Public Works report directly to the Chief of Staff.
The successful candidate will be experienced in daily supervision and management of a city government. This position requires professional and engaging communication skills and the ability to collaborate. The next Chief of Staff should have a working knowledge of local and state laws which regulate and relate to the operation of good city government.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required in business administration, public administration, finance, human resources, city or regional planning, or related field. Master’s degree highly preferred.
The salary range for this position is $153,033 – 182,888. The actual salary will be determined by the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.
The City of North Chicago provides an excellent and very competitive array of benefits. Apply online to www.GovHRjobs.com with your resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references to GovHR USA to the attention of Jim Dinneen, Vice President. Application deadline is October 29, 2021.