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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.

staff service awards The M-NCPPC 2016 Service Awards recipients recognized at a Planning Board meeting.


Senior Transportation Planner (13086)

The Montgomery County Planning Department in Silver Spring has an opening for a Senior Planner to lead the transportation planning efforts in the urban areas of Montgomery County, Maryland in the Master Plan Section.

The position of transportation senior planner will be involved in creating attractive and functional environments through the preparation of master plans and the review of mandatory referral proposals. Ideal candidates must possess strong analytic capabilities and interest in all areas of transportation planning. Strong oral and written communication skills, interest and ability to communicate directly with the public on technical transportation planning issues, ability to handle multiple projects effectively, and the ability to work successfully in a multi-disciplinary setting are required. In addition to this, the position will be responsible for incorporating transitways, roadways, intersection improvements as well as bicycle, trail and pedestrian facilities into the transportation system for Montgomery County.
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Principal Planning Technician/Planner (11411, 11002)

The Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking knowledgeable individuals for its Development Applications and Regulatory Coordination Division. These positions will involve assisting with the initial processing of development applications and contributing to the Department's planning and regulatory program by providing general assistance with other planning tasks.

These positions may be filled at either a Principle Planning Technician or Planner level. A Planning Technician plans, organizes, and prioritizes their work in the context of established standards under general supervision. In addition to this, a Planner performs professional entry level planning work involving limited responsibility and complexity. This position is associated with the intake and processing of various types of regulatory plans.
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Planner Coordinator (10079)

The Montgomery County Planning Department seeks an Architect, Landscape Architect, Planner or Urban Designer to serve as a working leader/coordinator for designated urban and suburban projects, special studies, or master plans in the Area 2 planning division. Tasks include reviewing, analyzing, and making recommendations on applications for development and rezonings; preparing urban design guidelines; and leading or participating in the preparation of comprehensive land use plans. Successful candidates must apply knowledge of planning standards, codes, and plans to develop alternatives to resolve planning problems. Work entails the interpretation of development plans, codes and regulations; preparation of staff reports; and public presentations. Requires effective communication and negotiation skills.
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Senior Planner (11564)

The Montgomery County Planning Department seeks a Senior Planner to participate in a full range of planning activities applied to the suburban and urban areas in the Area 2 planning division. The selected candidate 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. The ideal candidate must 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, prepare written technical reports and have the ability to present to citizen groups and public officials.
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Research Manager (13009)

The Research and Special Projects Division of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking a Research Manager to supervise staff in the timely development of in-depth analysis on demographic, economic, housing, land use, and other relevant planning and public policy issues in the county. The role also includes overseeing technology-driven approaches to disseminating research and working with other department staff to develop and maintain web and GIS-based data tools that make information resources available online to staff and the general public. He/she must have a sound understanding of the principles of urban planning, land development, and or economic development. The ideal candidate must be able to present ideas both graphically and in report format to non-technical audiences.
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Communication Specialist (11769)

The Management Services Division of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking a motivated, outgoing, and creative Communication Specialist to plan, organize, and coordinate communication efforts for external and internal audiences. The selected candidate will develop and implement communication plans, proactive and reactive media relations plans, work directly with reporters and media professionals, and coordinate the writing and proofing of Planning Department documents and materials.
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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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To view available positions throughout the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, go to our Jobs Opportunities Bulletin.

Staff contact

Robbin Brittingham, Human Resources Manager
Management and Technology Services Division

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Last updated: July 18, 2016