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Regional Planner

Recruitment #22-001274-0001


The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) is seeking talented, energetic, and motivated professionals to join its Local Assistance and Training Division and expand its Regional Planning Program in Maryland’s dense and growing Central, Southern, and Capital Regions. Two new statewide planning efforts, “Reinvest Maryland 2.0” and the “A Better Maryland” state development plan, offer exciting opportunities to advance revitalization, equity,  compact transit-oriented development, and sustainability in furthering the next generation of Smart Growth. This position will be the Regional Planner for the Central Maryland Region. MDP is the only cabinet-level state planning department in the United States. The Regional Planning work program presents an unparalleled variety of projects for the proper candidate, spanning the spectrum from municipal community development and grant administration to statewide policy review mapping/data dashboard development and comprehensive growth management. This position is located at the Department of Planning’s headquarters at State Center in Baltimore City. The office is within walking distance of light rail, Metro subway, historic neighborhoods, restaurants, and cultural attractions.  The position allows for partial telework.




301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201


The main purposes of this job are to review and comment on local plans and provide technical assistance to Central Maryland (Baltimore City and County, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties), and to all municipalities lying therein. Technical assistance includes helping local governments to meet requirements and explaining general provisions of State planning laws and answering specific technical assistance requests. The regional planner provides review and comment on a variety of planning documents such as comprehensive plans, regulatory tools, and water/sewerage plans, and other local planning documents. This position coordinates the state agency required comprehensive plan review and comment activities to influence and guide comprehensive and regional planning, land use, development, economic growth, zoning, land subdivision, agricultural preservation, natural resources protection, revitalization/redevelopment, Smart Growth and neighborhood conservation. This position also coordinates with the Department’s initiatives and programs related to education and training. The education and training duties require coordinating with other Department staff, state agency staff and other providers of planning education and training in the state.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that includes 30 credit hours in Planning, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Public Administration, Engineering, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Economics, Public Finance, Political Science, Sociology, Regional Science, Information Technology or Urban Affairs.

Experience: Three years of experience in research and planning projects related to the development and use of land, water, transportation, community or natural resources by assisting in obtaining, analyzing and conducting research on demographic, socio-economic, political, cultural, geographic or land-use trends.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for one year of the required experience.*

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of an additional Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for one additional year of the required experience.*

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for two years of the required experience.*

*Two years is the maximum number of years that may be substituted by education for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Logistics, Urban Planning, Architect, Geospatial Intelligence Analyst or Cryptologic classifications; or Logistics, Urban Planning or Architect specialty codes in the Architect field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.


Three years experience in one or more of the following:

- Experience in local government and/or providing planning and related technical assistance to government and non-government organizations. Ideally, this experience should include a variety of issues, including long range comprehensive planning, zoning and subdivision review, water and sewer planning, and community engagement.

- Experience managing and executing complex planning, zoning and community development projects that involve multiple stakeholders, sometimes competing interests, and the development of new communication channels.

- Experience making public presentations and representing a department or organization on committees and other representative bodies.

- Proficiency with office productivity software, GIS, site design and visualization tools such as Sketch Up, Photoshop or similar.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are not able to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn:  For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410 767-7950.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply.

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay

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