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Planner IV (Program Manager)

Charles County Government
La Plata, MD
United States
Professional Areas: 
Civil Engineering
Community Development
Land-Use Management
Regional Planning
Other topics
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 

Responsible for providing policy development direction to staff within a specific functional section of the Planning Division, Performs supervisory land use planning and related program management work for the County. The work involves the application of land use and environmental principles and concepts to planning projects; positions are assigned responsibility for major functional areas within the division.  Overall goals are set and the worker determines the specific tasks and assignments to be performed, independently handling or assigning to staff new, unusual problems and deviations encountered in the work.

Essential Job Functions:

Responsible for supervision of planning staff and project teams, management of specialized planning work in an assigned functional area including development review, public facility planning, environmental planning and comprehensive planning.
Supervise planning staff:  assign and review work, and take actions to adjust work, staffing and operations to meet requirements.  Select, train and evaluate staff, and take appropriate actions to improve performance when necessary.  Initiate actions regarding hiring, transfer, promotion, payroll, leave, performance and other personnel actions.
Monitor staff functions and initiate appropriate corrective actions as necessary.
Develop, review and evaluate studies, reports and recommendations and take or recommend appropriate actions.
Make recommendations on personnel decisions, annual performance evaluations, budget expenditures, policy documents including developer related policies.
Apply various specialized analyses including environmental, land use, area and structure, economic and/or demographic, and statistical analysis as appropriate to projects to discern relevant issues and facts and formulate appropriate recommendations.
Meet with parties involved, including developers and design professionals, to discuss and clarify issues and explain requirements; advise and assist parties on how to achieve compliance with applicable rules and regulations.
Is responsible for consistent performance of staff in interpretation of policy and code.
Ensure staff maintenance of project files and records and preparation of related reports including graphic materials, maps and other illustrative materials as necessary.
Coordinate studies and projects with other division functions and departments as necessary; make referrals and follow through on actions with agencies as necessary.
Serve as final authority in decisions regarding specific project or case management decisions.
Coordinate projects with State and Federal agencies to ensure the appropriate regulations are being met.
Oversee development review process, assist in problem solving, and maintain project review schedules. Assist citizens with project specific questions, determine their needs, and provide them with necessary information.
Respond to inquiries from the public, developers, landowners, attorneys and others involved in land use matters regarding procedures, compliance issues and related matters.
Perform field visits and site inspections when necessary.
Serve on boards and committees and work groups as assigned, providing technical support and assistance, often representing the County on a regional or state-wide basis.  Make presentations before the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, County Commissioners, and the public.
Assist in formulating and implementing planning projects or policies and code changes and ensure these codes are up to date and distributed to the public and staff. 
Other Duties
Perform related work as required.


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities (These are pre-employment KSAs that apply only to Essential Job Functions.)
Knowledge of--

  • The principles, concepts and practices of land use planning and allied disciplines.
  • Effective techniques of supervision.

Ability to--

  • Monitor, manage and supervise the work of an assigned functional area within the planning division.
  • Perform technically sound land use and related studies and formulate appropriate recommendations.
  • Interpret and apply applicable ordinances and rules and regulations to varied land use and related situations.
  • Develop and interpret planning and land use policies.
  • Develop and manage a functional or project budget.
  • Maintain records and prepare related reports and correspondence.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including public presentations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.

Required Qualifications (Note:  Any acceptable combination of education, training and experience that provides the above knowledges, abilities and skills may be substituted on a full-time year for year basis.)
Training and/or Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Planning or related field. Master's degree in Planning preferred.
Five years of progressively responsible professional planning experience.
Licenses or Certificates:
Valid driver's license.
Special Requirements:
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred. 


Additional Information:

Physical Demands:
The work is mostly sedentary with periods of light physical activity, and is performed in office and field surroundings.  Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for long periods; walk over uneven terrain; lift and carry up to 20 pounds; climb stairs, bend, reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards.  The work requires the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision and hearing.
Unusual Demands:
Employee is subject to work beyond the normal scheduled hours of work.
FLSA Status:
Reports To:         
Planning Director and/or Assistant Chief of Planning
Planner I, II, and III
Planning Technician
Revised 12/2017
Grade 15

Published on:
January 27, 2020 - 11:14am
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