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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.


Procurement Specialist (10228)

The Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking an experienced Procurement Specialist to work in its Management Services Division. The selected candidate will be responsible for overseeing the Departmental procurement processes, contract administration, purchase card activity monitoring, and vendor activity monitoring.

The work of this position is deadline driven and requires a detail-oriented multitasker. A customer service focus is needed to be able to address concerns of vendors, Departmental customers, and Central Administrative Services as guided by standard procedures and practices as well as State and federal laws. The ability to maintain accurate financial and procurement records and knowledge of public sector procurement and budgeting are core requirements. The incumbent will work with the Budget Manager in addressing expenditures, encumbrances, and funds availability related to procurement issues. Responsibilities include preparing RFPs, IFBs, informal and sole source bid and quote requests, reporting discrepancies, and monitoring vendor activity and compliance. Procurement work will be in collaboration with the central Legal staff and Planning Department managers. Responsibilities will include processing change orders, processing invoices and payments, and overseeing petty cash and purchase card activity. Incumbent will train and monitor office support staff in handling (or providing back-up for) midlevel and basic procurement activities.

In addition, the work will include midlevel special projects (some long term) that require analytical skills and the ability to work collaboratively (under the supervision of the Division Chief) with other staff to propose, evaluate, and implement departmental procurement policies, practices and procedures. This position will learn and serve as an expert for automated systems and processes required for the performance of this position’s responsibilities (and occasionally train others in system use and required procedures), and perform assigned management analyses. The incumbent will serve on various critical committees and work groups. Responsibilities will include other duties as assigned.

This position is located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland a few blocks from the Silver Spring Metrorail station.
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Principal Administrative Assistant (14393)


The Functional Planning and Policy Division seeks an organized and energetic professional to provide high-level administrative support to the Division Chief. The Principal Administrative Assistant must demonstrate excellent interpersonal and time management skills, and the ability to perform and organize multiple and competing tasks. Duties include: managing the Chief’s calendar (coordination of individual and group meetings, with internal staff, outside partners including county officials, development leaders and/or community residents); preparing and managing correspondence; maintaining accurate files and records; preparing and managing expense requests, financial reports; managing the administrative aspects of contracts and organizing travel arrangements as needed. The Principal Administrative Assistant is privy to confidential information and must demonstrate the ability to handle sensitive information.

The selected candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure. Candidates should be experienced and demonstrate proficiency with the Microsoft Office, including: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Additionally, candidates should have some familiarity with social networking sites.

This position is located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland a few blocks from the Silver Spring Metrorail station.
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Senior Planner (10370, Grade H)

The Montgomery County Planning Department in Silver Spring, Maryland, seeks a motivated team player to perform a variety of technical duties related to GIS and other computer applications in support of transportation planning.  The planner in this position applies GIS software and maintains the databases for a variety of activities; provides GIS support to internal staff; assists in the application of the travel demand forecasting process; applies transportation analysis tools to master plans; and provides technical information to the public.  The successful candidate must demonstrate strong analytic and quantitative abilities, proficiency with a variety of computer applications, good presentation and writing skills and an ability to read and interpret planning documents of various types.

This position is located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland a few blocks from the Silver Spring Metrorail station.
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Senior IT Support Specialist (10080)

The Information Technology and Innovation Division(ITI) of the Montgomery County Department of Parks and Planning is seeking a talented, self-motivated individual who under general direction, will oversee and coordinate implementation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of large department-wide networks, servers, SAN, and virtualization technology as well as special application software in the Department of Planning. The selected candidate must possess skills and training in CISCO technology such as routers and switches, knowledge of Citrix, Oracle, Microsoft Office Suite, Virtualization and SAN technologies, Active Directory and Microsoft Windows and Windows Server platforms. Microsoft SharePoint expertise is a plus. The incumbent must possess excellent written and verbal skills and have experience in supervision of technical staff as required. Well-honed project management skills and customer relation skills are a must for this exciting and challenging position.

Project assignments typically involve managing many disciplines (in-house or consultants) such as Active Directory Management, Group policies, and Disaster Recovery/COOP.

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Senior Housing Research Planner (10396)

The Montgomery County Department of Planning’s Research & Special Projects Division seeks a Housing Planner for a key research and planning position. The position’s duties include supporting long-range sector plan activities as the main contact person and expert on housing questions; producing reports and briefs that shed light on housing needs and trends in the County; assessing housing affordability impacts resulting from proposed development and planning policy; maintaining and analyzing housing statistics, including housing stock characteristics, housing sales, rental cost, vacancy, and turnover; monitor consultant work and contracts; performing market feasibility analysis; and representing the department at local, state, and national meetings on housing policy.

The ideal candidate for the Housing Planner position is acquainted with federal, state or local housing policy and programs and can explain these, as well as supporting facts and figures, to a general audience. This position requires experience tabulating housing data, including US Census information, using Excel; some familiarity with the principles of database management; and some experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to display community information. Finally, a prospective Housing Planner should have experience independently and successfully bringing projects to conclusion and managing the competing demands of analyzing data, producing reports, fulfilling ad hoc requests and performing community outreach.
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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

Last updated: September 24, 2015