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Employment at the Montgomery County Planning Department

For more than 80 years, the Montgomery County Planning Department has won acclaim for planning innovative solutions to land use and development challenges. We apply smart growth strategies to cultivate vibrant new urban centers and transit-oriented development, forge environmental protections, preserve historic features and encourage great community design. Interested in working at the Montgomery Planning Department and enjoying a rewarding career in community planning? Check out our openings.

Presenting the 2014 Planning Department Employee Service Award recipients. These employees represent years of service from five to 35.

Openings

Senior Planner (13672)

The Montgomery County Planning Department, a premier planning agency, seeks two Senior Planners to participate in a full range of planning activities applied to the suburban and urban areas in Montgomery County, MD. The selected candidates will be required to assist or lead master plan efforts, assess the impact of development proposals, evaluate proposed public facilities, and recommend best land uses and zoning.

The successful candidates will possess research and analytical abilities, be able to clearly organize and communicate information, know and understand best practices in land use planning, review regulatory requirements, apply appropriate federal, state and county codes and prepare written technical reports. The ability to present to citizen groups and public officials is essential. This position requires strong written and oral communication skills. Experience with GIS is desirable.
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Master Planner Supervisor (11575)

The Montgomery County Planning Department in Silver Spring has an opening for a master planner/supervisor of master plan coordination for Area 1. This position provides an opportunity to shape the urban centers of Montgomery County, Maryland.

The position of master planner/supervisor for Area 1 will lead a team performing review and analysis of master plans. The ideal candidate will have outstanding analytical capabilities, design skills and a proven record of providing leadership and negotiating successfully for the highest quality for Montgomery County. The candidate should have a strong understanding of zoning, planning areas, community activity and development potential inside the beltway. This position requires extensive experience in project leadership and development coordination. The ideal candidate must also demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work directly with residents, developers, planners, architects, engineers, attorneys and public officials. This position will be required to analyze and process information resulting in the adoption of a master plan in a targeted planning area. Fieldwork and occasional evening meetings are required. Applicants called for an interview should bring a writing sample and be ready to discuss the master plan process.
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Planner Coordinator (10208) and Senior Planner (11910)

The Montgomery County Planning Department in Silver Spring, Maryland has an opening for a Senior Planner and a Planner Coordinator in Area 3, Master Planning Section. These positions provide an opportunity to work with a team that will help guide future development in the rural and suburban areas of Montgomery County, Maryland, extending from Potomac, north to Clarksburg and Damascus, and east to Olney and Fairland.

The selected candidates will help develop comprehensive area master plans for Area 3. The primary tasks include assisting with data collection and analysis, preparing and analyzing GIS data, conducting public outreach activities, and responding to citizen inquiries. The selected candidate will be required to coordinate land use recommendations with other agencies, prepare technical reports, meet regulatory deadlines, use electronic tracking databases, deliver presentations to the Planning Board, attend civic association meetings, and respond to information requests from residents, developers, planners, architects, engineers, attorneys and public officials. Fieldwork and occasional evening meetings are required.

In addition to the above mentioned duties, the Planner Coordinator will also assist in developing master plan work programs, create and manage outreach efforts, organize and write planning documents, and present final recommendations and plans. The responsibilities include leading designated projects or studies; and planning, directing, and coordinating the work of other planning staff.

Candidates must possess strong analytic capabilities, experience and interest in master planning, as well as agricultural and rural open space preservation. Strong oral and written communication skills, experience with GIS, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and PC based planning and mapping programs, interest and ability to work directly with the public on technical issues and the ability to work successfully in a multi-disciplinary setting are required.
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Projects Division Chief (12271)

The Montgomery County Planning Department serves a rapidly growing and culturally diverse population of nearly one million people on the border of Washington, D.C. For more than 80 years, our agency has cultivated a national reputation for excellence in planning. Montgomery County planning staff is responsible for both long range planning and the regulatory review of development applications and works in a diverse environment that includes downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring, as well as suburban and agricultural areas.

The Research and Special Projects Division Chief manages a team of seven people who are responsible for demographic, land use and economic data collection, housing policy, and market studies related to master plans. In addition, the division oversees numerous special studies, such as the current Rental Housing Study, a study looking at the colocation of public facilities, and a Master Plan Reality Check.

We are seeking a person who has an in-depth background in research and research methods – with an emphasis on economic and housing issues, an experienced and hands-on manager, someone who is familiar with overseeing large-scale research efforts and studies, and an innovative thinker who can bring new ideas to the management team.

This position is one of four division leadership roles reporting to the Deputy Director. The selected candidate will lead a division staff with diverse backgrounds. The role includes the day to day activities associated with the management of professional staff, from setting work schedules to completing performance evaluations and addressing any personnel matters.

The person selected will also be responsible for both preparing the annual division budget and managing it. The chief is expected to review and control expenditures in accordance with the approved budget.
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Transportation Planning Engineer (11686)

The Montgomery County Planning Department serves a rapidly growing and culturally diverse population of nearly one million people on the border of Washington, D.C. For more than 80 years, our agency has cultivated a national reputation for excellence in planning. Montgomery County planning staff is responsible for both long range planning and the regulatory review of development applications and works in a diverse environment that includes downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring, as well as suburban and agricultural areas.

The Functional Planning and Policy Division seeks a Transportation Planning Engineer to oversee the review of County and State transportation capital programs and projects to ensure consistency with our Master Plans and best engineering practices. Working with reviewers in other divisions and departments, determine a mutually acceptable analysis process and produce a set of recommendations to help ensure that these programs and projects integrate the Commission’s planning, environmental, and urban design goals; present these programs and projects to the Montgomery County Planning Board; and defend the Department’s and Board’s recommendations to the County Council.
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Lead Inspector/Inspector (14221)

The Montgomery County Planning Department seeks a qualified individual as a Lead Inspector/Inspector. The focus of this position is primarily related to forest conservation and adherence to certain other plan conditions. The Lead Inspector would be responsible for coordinating enforcement actions within the Development Applications Regulatory Coordination Division. This position is primarily responsible for enforcing the Montgomery County Forest Conservation law but may have some enforcement responsibilities related to preliminary and site plans including the approval and review of site bonds being posted for site plan features.

The Lead Inspector will be the main contact for all pre-construction meetings; tree save plan inspections; forest conservation inspections, violations and complaints. They will lead a team of Inspectors but will also have inspection duties. The work requires the review of approved plans and ensures the plans are successfully implemented by developers; assessment of site conditions and issuance of notice of violations or citations when necessary. In-depth knowledge of the Forest Conservation law, tree protection regulations, the ability to read plan drawings, and good communication skills are necessary.
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To view available positions throughout the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, go to our Jobs Opportunities Bulletin.

M-NCPPC staff contact

Robbin Brittingham, Human Resources Manager
Management and Technology Services Division
Robbin.Brittingham@mncppc-mc.org
301-495-4570

Last updated: January 21, 2016