Director of Revenue

Director of Revenue
Cook County Government - Bureau of Finance / Department of Revenue
 Chicago, Illinois
Job Description

The Cook County Department of Revenue is responsible for the billing and collection of business and individual taxes and fees and licenses in Cook County and continues in its efforts to increase tax compliance and collections initiatives. The department enforces the compliance of all applicable ordinances and maintains the 30-year Real Estate Open File. Also, manages the Cook County Liquor Commission and Video Gaming in unincorporated Cook County. The department researches and advises Cook County Board President on new taxes and fees and provides revenue collection information to various offices.

The Director of Revenue oversees the hiring, direction, and evaluation of Department of Revenue staff (including temporary workers). Advises President, County Board, and Chief Financial Officer in related matters and assists in the formation, interpretation, and development of revenue policy.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Sets policy regarding enforcement of taxes and collection procedures for Cook County Government including but not limited to ordinance applicability/review, audit, investigations, revenue recovery and collection processing. 
  • Research, evaluate, and estimate fiscal impact of new taxes, fees, and fines. Makes recommendations to the President and County Board on same.
  • Oversees, manages, and directs the work of Revenue Department employees (including temporary and seasonal workers) to ensure all services are providing to the public. Coordinates the duties of the staff within the divisions of the department.
  • Interfaces and consults with senior Administration personnel regarding various fiscal matters.
  • Collaborates with the Department of Administrative Hearing and Office of the State’s Attorney for revenue compliance matters and communicate with a wide variety of industry representatives, taxpayers, and other County Agencies.
  • Serves as the executive sponsor for strategic initiatives that include but are not limited to the development, maintenance and ongoing improvement of technology systems and implementation of revenue collection best practices and procedures.
  • Oversees the Cook County Liquor Commission for liquor licensing and video gaming with the Office of the President for unincorporated Cook County. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of governing ordinances, public finance, revenue collections practices and tax laws.
  • Knowledge of County administrative structure and other government entities.
  • Skilled in public speaking, management of resources, writing and math. Ability to quickly assess situations and make decisions.
  • Ability to interface with a wide variety of public officials, industry representatives and individual taxpayers.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate good administrative and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to institute problem solving techniques in diverse and sometimes emotional situations.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively.
  • Possession of excellent writing skills; ability to clearly articulate thoroughly written documents.
  • Good interpersonal relation skills. Must be able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy dealing with employee issues in a wide range of diverse situations.
  • Thorough knowledge of internal control concepts and procedures.
  • Ability to ascertain compliance with laws, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Ability to prepare departmental budget and allocations of funds.
  • Ability to develop, coordinate and implement programmatic changes.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree, PLUS a minimum of five (5) years’ progressively responsible experience in an operational capacity OR an equivalent combination of professional work experience, training and education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Finance or Business Administration.

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 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.

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