Planner Coordinator/Senior Planner
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Posted on: Mar 21, 2013
THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION
invites applications for the position of:
Planner Coordinator/Senior Planner (14053, Grade I / H)
An Equal Opportunity Employer
SALARY: $53,835.00 - $92,300.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 03/18/13
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George's County Planning Department is seeking an experienced Planner Coordinator/Senior Planner to become part of our community planning team. The Planner Coordinator / Senior Planner will play an important role as part of a Community Planning Division team that is developing innovative community plans, studies, and implementation strategies to achieve sustainable, mixed-use, walkable, and bike-able communities within proximity of our nation's capital.
This position is being advertised at two levels which vary some in their responsibilities. Planner Coordinators act as project managers and are expected to lead teams in preparing master and sector plans while Senior Planners may lead in smaller projects. The Community Planning Division prepares and facilitates the implementation of sector plans, master plans, special area studies, and zoning strategies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. The division's annual work program supports three county
priorities: transit-oriented development (TOD) at existing Metro stations; transforming suburban communities into compact, mixed-use places; and preserving rural character and way of life.
Planning work approach varies depending upon the community where the work is being done, however, it is expected that it will include the opportunity to interact in a multi-cultural community adjacent to the nation's capital; plan in urban, suburban, rural, and regional environments; work with all levels of government: municipal, county, state, regional, and federal; participate in the update of the General Plan and zoning and subdivision ordinances to implement land use policy in approved plans and participate in a dynamic work program addressing a wide range of topics such as transit-oriented development, planning for light rail and bus rapid transit, governance structure for unincorporated areas, agriculture preservation and design guidelines for rural villages; and, innovative public outreach.
The Community Planning Division is interested in experienced, motivated, team oriented, community planners who are interested in working in a diverse, innovative planning environment.
The position may be filled at either the Planner Coordinator (Grade I, salary range $53,835 - $92,300) or Senior Planner level (Grade H, salary range $47,535 - $81,342), depending upon the applicant's qualifications.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:
• Prepare detailed work programs for assigned community planning projects.
• Prepare and review requests for proposals and corresponding scopes of services for consultant contracts.
• Manage and coordinate consultant activities ensuring that deliverables meet project needs and comply with all contract requirements.
• Manage regular communications with elected officials, county, and state agency representatives and stakeholders to keep them apprised of project progress and major issues.
• Manage the county's legislative process for the development and approval of master plans ensuring that requirements for public hearings, notification, and approval are met.
• Facilitate the'preparation of special studies and comprehensive master plans with a focus on identifying creative and effective implementation strategies.
• Develop and manage highly productive planning teams encouraging initiative, problem solving, and shared ownership of planning projects.
• Develop effective, ongoing community participation and outreach programs for projects.
• Prepare engaging and informative presentations utilizing a variety of technologies and methods.
• Performs administrative work relating to project / process leadership and coordination responsibilities. Provides recommendations and input to the development of unit/division work program and budget. Gives performance feedback to supervisors of planning staff assigned to projects managed by the Planner Coordinator.
• Review and analyze development proposals for sector and master plan compliance and
community impacts through written reports and oral testimony at public hearings.
• Experience and proven skills in strategic planning, economic development, project
management and community engagement.
• Demonstrated strategic thinking with the ability to prepare master plans, sector plans, area studies, and action plans.
• Prepares reports on various site plans, and subdivision and zoning applications to
determine compliance with approved community plans.
• Responds to zoning, general plan, subdivision, floodplain, and future development applications.
• Assists in the management of staff teams responsible for the preparation of community plans, studies, and action plans.
• Develops and manages work programs for various plans and projects.
• Prepares correspondence, memoranda, agenda items / packets, and other assigned
documentation for Planning and Community Development Boards and Commissions;
compiles data and prepares reports; processes public hearing notices.
• Facilitates community meetings.
• Prepares, reviews, and edits planning related correspondence and reports.
• Supervises the collection of data and information for community planning purposes.
• Research and analysis skills necessary to develop and support the community planning
goals, policies, and strategies.
• Serves as an Area Planner assigned to a distinct geographic area of the county.
1. Master's degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, or equivalent disciplines related to job function and three years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience at the journey level; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
1. Master's degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, or equivalent disciplines related to job function and one year of progressively responsible professional level planning experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Skills: Working knowledge of community planning principles and zoning principles and practices is a must; ability to work in both team and independent situations; experience with GIS and PC based planning programs; knowledge of record keeping and records management; and excellent organization, interpersonal, presentation, and written communications skills. Understanding laws and regulations as they pertain to the development of plans, studies, and reports; collecting, tabulating, organizing, evaluating, analyzing, and presenting data and information; interpreting legal records, technical documents, and map specifications; interpreting and applying department standards and county policies when applicable; establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with employees, officials, other community development agencies, and the general public; assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects, and demands; operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software; and effective communication, both verbal and written.
Physical Demands / Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment and involves sitting, standing, walking and bending for extended periods of time. On occasion field work is required. Must be able to safely lift and carry equipment and materials up to thirty pounds. Must be able to work evenings as required for meetings.
Note: Candidates selected for interview will be asked to prepare a writing sample at the conclusion of their interview.
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:
6611 Kenilworth Avenue
Riverdale, MD 20737
An Equal Opportunity Employer
PLANNER COORDINATOR/ SENIOR PLANNER
(14053, GRADE I / H)
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