As you can see by my resume, I have several years of experience on the public side and private side. By having this experience, I can offer a larger range of expertise in the field of development as well as other Community Development Department needs. Being able to coordinate meetings and discussions with a wide array of individuals, I am able to negotiate and facilitate the needs of both sides of the table.
While working for the City of Aurora, I was introduced to a wide array of areas within the Community Development Department. Although my emphasis was on the development side, I did aide fellow co-workers in the Planning Department, Historic Preservation and Code Enforcement. Being able to coordinate my skills with these departments has made me a well rounded individual within the department.
I have extended these skills in my previous private sector job. As the Planning & Zoning Manager for Orleans Homebuilders, my emphasis was on the Entitlements for the company. As I grew in this position, my areas of interest were utilized in other fields. I was first introduced to land development and land acquisition and finally into market research. All areas of these fields were demanding in their own way. I quickly grasped the knowledge of each area and excelled at them. As part of my education at Orleans, I have come to grasp the basic knowledge of civil engineering practices as well as best management practices.
While working at the Village of Hoffman Estates, I was able to expand my knowledge in the Community Development Block Grant portion of the Planning Division. I was – more... in charge of administering the CDBG projects for the Village and maintain all aspects of the program. I was also involved in re-writing the fee schedule and building design guidelines prior to my departure. Within this role, I was able to further my understanding of site plan reviews and annexation agreements.
At my most recent job, I was able to branch out my experience of zoning and permitting with SAC Wireless. During this time, I was able to work with numerous municipalities throughout the nation regarding zoning approvals and pulling building permits for telecommunication tower upgrades. This position provided me the opportunity to get my foot back into the planning field.
While working for all entities, I have had the ability to fine-tune my public speaking skills. While with both companies, I prepared and presented reports to all levels of Municipal meetings. Along with these meetings, I had the opportunity to meet with local and state officials to discuss plans and projects.
While embarked with a tremendous workload with all companies, I have had the ability to tackle more than one project at a time. This is essential in both areas of my career and has proven to be beneficial to me and therefore able to carry on this trait as I move forward with my career. – less