Master Planner

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Upper Marlboro, MD
United States
Professional Areas: 
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$69,175.00 - $120,559.00 Annually
THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK & PLANNING COMMISSION invites applications for the position of:
Master Planner (11802,Grade 30)
An Equal Opportunity Employer

CLOSING DATE: 08/30/18 11:59 PM


The Prince George's County Planning Department of The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking a Master Planner to join our planning team. The Department provides land use planning for the physical development of Prince George's County, Maryland. 

As the second most populous county in Maryland, Prince George's has a population of approximately 900,000 residents and is home to The University of Maryland at College Park, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base. Prince George's County is also home to many attractions such as FedEx Field, National Harbor, and Six Flags Amusement Park. If you are interested in working for the Prince George's County Planning Department, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Master Planner position.


Under very general direction, the Master Planner applies land use planning, urban design, and
expert knowledge of the development review process as well as professionally performs the following major duties and responsibilities:

  • Works with Planning Board, Zoning Hearing Examiner, County Council, and/or other high level public officials to resolve complex planning related public policy issues on a regular basis within the area(s) of expertise.
  • Provides expert counsel to senior management and professional colleagues on planning issues.
  • Analyzes and provides recommendations regarding proposed state and local legislation affecting specific planning programs.Prepares, presents, and reviews items to be presented before the Planning Board and District Council.
  • Consults with developers, attorneys, architects, engineers, governmental agencies, and the public about planning and design-related issues.
  • Serves on Commission, County, and State Committees that exist for promoting, reviewing or coordinating various aspects of the planning function, or whose activities may impact upon the planning function.
  • Develops formal and informal partnerships with other recognized government, academic, and private sector organizations within a field of expertise.

Other duties may include full participation in interdisciplinary planning teams. The ability to
relate land use plans to development review regulations is important. The candidate must
possess innovative problem-solving skills, strong leadership skills, and be willing to work in a
diverse environment. Qualified candidates will be expected to effectively communicate planning and design principles verbally, graphically, and in writing. Qualified candidates must have proven superior negotiation skills and provide thorough planning recommendations for quality urban design. A combination of public and private experience is preferred.


The ideal candidate for the Master Planner Position will possess:

  • Strong analytical skills, outstanding communication skills, and the ability to provide a directly related innovative approach to urban design/planning.
  • Expert knowledge of landscape architecture, architecture, environmental science, and/or urban design/planning techniques.
  • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Institute of Architects (AIA), or Registered Landscape Architect (RLA)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage or facilitate complex, multi-year projects involving an array of stakeholders, sensitive political issues and challenges, and diverse communities.
  • Ability to work with all levels of government and established communities in a diverse innovative planning environment.
  • Knowledge of Maryland Land Use Law.


Master's degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, public administration, or related fields and six years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience that included at least three years of project leadership and coordination experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.


The Prince George's County Planning Department is currently located in historic Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Free onsite parking is available for employees. In the foreseeable future, the Department will be moving to a newly renovated, state-of-the-art building in Largo, Maryland, conveniently located near Metro and 1-495.

The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $69,175- $120,559 at the Master Planner level with an excellent benefits package. The Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and encourages applications from minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.

Published on:
July 23, 2018 - 9:45am
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