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ADMINISTRATOR IV

Housing Planning Lead, Regional Planner for Southern Maryland

Recruitment #24-002589-0009

Introduction

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 the Southern Maryland region and support its efforts to advance affordable, equitable, and urgently needed housing reform throughout the state. Please note that while this position is classified as Administrator IV, it is an urban and regional planning position necessitating significant experience and knowledge of land use, zoning, community development, and housing planning.

 

Two upcoming statewide planning efforts, updating Maryland’s planning visions and the state development plan, offer exciting opportunities to advance revitalization, regionally tailored development, and the next generation of sustainable growth. This position will have regional planning duties or Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and the municipalities therein.

 

The Regional Planning work program presents an unparalleled variety of projects for the proper candidate, including municipal and county community and economic development, best practices and curriculum development, regional coordination, statewide policy review, and comprehensive sustainable growth implementation. This position will also be tasked with leading many of the Department’s housing policy and planning initiatives, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, including those advancing zoning reform and the provision of a fair and affordable housing supply. This position also coordinates the Department’s compatible use planning efforts with Maryland’s military installations.


Upon the department’s office move, this position will be located at the Department of Planning’s new office in the City of Baltimore at 120 E. Baltimore St. Until that time, the position will be located at 301 W. Preston St. in Baltimore City.


***This is a reposted recruitment.  Previous applicants need not reapply***

GRADE

19

LOCATION OF POSITION

301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

The Housing Planning Lead, Regional Planner for Southern Maryland will advance best planning practices focused on the issues facing the counties of southern Maryland (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties), and to all municipalities lying therein. This position will develop and promote sound local planning and sustainable growth best practices, which are customized to meet the needs of the region and serve as the project manager to conduct the needed research, tool development and deployment of educational initiatives. The position will review and comment on local plans and provide technical assistance to southern Maryland jurisdictions to advance best planning practices relevant to the region. Technical assistance includes helping local governments to meet requirements, 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, zoning ordinances 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, sustainable growth, and neighborhood conservation. This position also coordinates the Department’s support, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce, of compatible use with military installations, which are a significant stakeholder and economic driver in the state generally, and the Southern Maryland Region specifically. 

This position also coordinates with the Department’s housing planning initiatives and programs to advance best practices, educational resources, and legislation addressing Maryland’s housing crisis. Housing is a top priority of Governor Wes Moore and the Maryland Department of Planning. This position will be responsible for providing key support in Maryland’s all-of-government approach to increasing housing supply, reducing regulatory barriers, and ensuring the provision of fair and affordable housing to all Marylanders. 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.

POSITION DUTIES

This position’s duties are to engage closely with the Department’s education, training, housing planning, and military compatible use initiatives and programs. These duties require coordinating with Department staff, other state agencies, and providers of planning education and training in the state. This position will serve as the department lead on developing best practices and educational resources to address Maryland’s housing crisis, including complex project management of interdivisional, interdepartmental, and interorganizational teams. This includes expanding upon the Department’s existing housing planning resources; coordinating with partners such as the National Center for Smart Growth, institutions of higher learning, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, other state agencies, regional planning organizations, and local governments; researching successful examples of housing planning and implementation within Maryland and throughout the country; and organizing resources, partnerships, research, and Department policy into varied and dynamic educational offerings which local governments and other stakeholders can access to advance their own housing planning initiatives. Finally, this position will also serve as the primary liaison with the Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland’s military installations on compatible use planning in the state.

This position also provides planning liaison support to Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and the municipalities therein. Liaison support includes helping local governments meet state and local planning requirements and explaining the general provisions of state planning laws, developing on demand and live educational resources, and responding to specific technical assistance requests.

The regional planner reviews and comments on a variety of planning documents such as comprehensive plans, annexations, water/sewerage plans, Sustainable Communities Action 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, sustainable growth, and neighborhood conservation.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Six years of administrative staff or professional work. 

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience. 

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university for five years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Three years’ experience in one or more of the following:

-   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 and current planning, zoning and subdivision review, and community engagement.

-   Planning for affordable and/or workforce housing, fair housing requirements, or zoning reform in support of increasing housing supply.

-   State of Maryland Planning initiatives and programs and how they can be applied to develop a stronger regional economy and local capacity, as well as experience with Maryland land use statutory requirements.

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

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

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

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

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.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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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