Location: Upper Marlboro, MD

Planning Supervisor

Salary: $71,266.00 - $124,203.00 Annually

Closing: 3/18/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking a Planning Supervisor 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.

We are seeking a self-motivated and creative Planning Supervisor with outstanding analytical and critical thinking skills. The qualified candidate must equally possess a proven track record of negotiating the highest quality design for development projects. The ideal candidate will have a significant background in various design processes, planning, zoning, and development potential. The position also requires extensive experience in project management, oral and written communication, and leadership. If you are interested in working for a dynamic and energetic team, the Prince George’s County Planning Department would like to invite qualified candidates to apply for our Planning Supervisor position.

Examples of Important Duties
Under general direction, performs difficult planning work that involves the supervision of planning activities for a recognized planning unit. Manages and supervises staff for significant planning programs requiring complex theories and concepts within one or more planning disciplines. Determines methodologies, approaches, or alternatives used to achieve program objectives. Troubleshoots and resolves complex and politically sensitive issues or problems. Performs related administrative and management work for the unit/program. Acts for and represents the Planning Division Chief as requested. Professionally performs the following major duties and responsibilities:

  • Leads a team responsible for various planning functions.
  • Ensures consistent application of various master plans and applicable requirements of the Prince George’s County Code.
  • Develops and trains staff in planning policy and procedure. Participates in recruitment and recommends selection of staff.
  • Provides technical guidance on planning methodologies and approaches.
  • Recommends changes or improvements to work program.
  • Provides expert counsel to senior management and professional colleagues on planning issues.
  • Consults with developers, attorneys, architects, engineers, governmental agencies, and the public about planning and design-related issues.
  • Collaborates with other recognized government, academic, and private sector organizations within planning.
  • Conducts presentations before the Planning Board, District Council, and Zoning Hearing Examiner. 

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; a strong background in urban design, zoning, and subdivision is important. The candidate must also 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. A combination of regulatory and private experience is preferred.

The ideal candidate for the Planning Supervisor Position will possess:

  • Strong analytical, plan review, and communication skills as well as the ability to provide an innovative approach to planning and zoning.
  • The drive to be a highly-motivated team player.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Effective leadership and supervisory experience in the fields of architecture, urban planning, regulatory land use principles, and plan review.
  • Quality technical report preparation and presentation techniques.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, training, and personnel management.
  • Familiarity with local government procedures and practices.
  • Skill in citizen involvement techniques and processes.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, including Microsoft Office, internet applications, personnel management systems, and land use/project management systems. 
  • Superior experience in managing multiple projects effectively and meeting firm deadlines.
  • Experience managing highly visible/controversial projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships at various levels and to resolve complaints.
  • Strong reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials.
  • Proven effective leadership experience.

Minimum Qualifications
Planning Supervisor: 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 supervisory experience or project leadership and coordination experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental Information
Please provide a copy of your resume and cover letter with the submission of your application.

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 I-495.

The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $71,266 to $124,203 at the Planning Supervisor level with an excellent benefits package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.

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