The Prince George's County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking a Planner Coordinator to join our planning team. Under limited supervision, Planner Coordinators perform professional level planning work involving higher levels of responsibility and complexity. This position will perform diverse work assignments including regulatory review; development review applications and referrals for multimodal transportation; review of other staff referrals; pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and motor vehicle transportation studies; technical assistance for other staff; and land use, community, and public facilities planning for Prince George's County. This position also plans and oversees multi-faceted projects and studies that typically involve leading a work team and coordination with other department staff, County agencies, and community groups, etc. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Examples of Important Duties
Serves as working leader/coordinator for designated projects, studies, or plans that are significant to the department's mission and work program (e.g., Master Plans, Sector Plans). Plans, directs, and coordinates the work of other planning staff assigned to the project, study, etc. Develops goals, schedules, and deadlines for work effort and ensures that objectives are met for completion. Troubleshoots problems and works toward achieving creative and equitable resolutions. Reviews and checks the work of other team members. Consolidates, prepares, and presents final planning reports.
Provides technical expertise to facilitate the development review process for the transportation elements of all development application types, including preliminary plans of subdivision, certificate of adequacy, conceptual and detailed site plans, re-zonings, and pre-applications, among others. Tasks include drafting development referrals for transportation, including pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and motor vehicle modes, as well as reviewing the referrals of other staff before they are incorporated into a published staff report.
Attends Planning Board, District/County Council, and Zoning Hearing Examiner hearings, community meetings, applicant meetings, and staff meetings to clarify relevant transportation issues for development cases. Presents and defends department policies, studies, recommendations, and positions to various audiences.
Conducts complex, sometimes controversial transportation planning studies that involve research using planning data (e.g., demographic, economic, health, and traffic ). Analyzes data to prepare complex statistical analyses, forecast trends, measure fiscal impact, assess transportation needs and adequacy, etc. Provides expert review of data collected in formulating planning recommendations.
Serves on committees, task forces, special inter-agency-inter-department teams for the purpose of contributing technical expertise and fostering coordination between the Planning Department and various groups. May represent department as designated by supervisor or department head.
Prepares planning reports, correspondence, plans, and other materials. Explains technical planning issues and concepts to support research conclusions and recommendations. Develops and designs charts, graphs, maps, statistical data, and other exhibits as appropriate.
Provides a wide range of technical assistance to enhance and support presentations to planning officials, community and business groups, the general public, elected officials, etc. Develops and prepares visual and written materials for presentations as needed. Answers questions based on materials presented.
Participates in preliminary planning work for various geographies in Prince George's County. Contributes to County planning efforts to evaluate pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and motor vehicle transportation facilities, to assess the transportation impact of development proposals for community plans, grant applications and studies, and other department efforts.
Performs administrative work relating to project/process leadership and coordination responsibilities. Provides recommendations and input to the development of unit/division work program and budget. Gives performance feedback to supervisors of planning staff assigned to projects led and coordinated. Makes recommendations for and prepares specifications for planning studies to be accomplished by outside contractors. Evaluates proposals and recommends selection. Monitors work and approves invoices for payment.
Important Employee Characteristics
Knowledge of the development review process and various application types, including their order of approval and the Prince George's County zoning and subdivision regulations as they relate to property development.
Knowledge of multimodal transportation and experience applying level-of-service, level-of-comfort, Americans with Disabilities Act, vision zero, transportational equity, right-sized parking, trails, and traffic calming measures to planning projects and development reviews.
Knowledge of local, state, and federal grant opportunities and technical assistance programs for planning and designing trails or other pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
Knowledge of county geography and history, general planning department functions, and advanced principles and concepts of land use and transportation planning, including a basic understanding of transportation forecast modeling.
Ability to review and understand technical and analytical reports, plans, and correspondence, including engineering drawings, transportation studies, and site plans.
Ability to analyze and research planning issues and policies and apply planning principles to solve problems involving multiple variables, develop recommendations and conclusions, and to effectively communicate technical issues and reports to a non-technical audience through presentations, written correspondence, etc.
Is organized, detail oriented and accurate, and can effectively prioritize their own work in the context of department practices and strict time frames.
Has experience and skill in the use, operation, and application of Microsoft Office software, especially Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; GIS mapping software; and basic functioning of database software.
Ability to review and revise the work of other planning staff.
Master's degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, or equivalent disciplines related to job function and three years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience at the journey level;
OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Candidates: Please provide a resume and a cover letter along with your application. The Prince George's County Planning Department is currently located in historic Upper Marlboro, Maryland. 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 $61,231 to $104,980 at the Planner Coordinator 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.
Works in an office. Field work may be necessary depending on work assignment. May be required to attend and/or facilitate public meetings with members of the community in the evening or on weekends.
The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
6611 Kenilworth Avenue Suite 103 Riverdale, Maryland, 20737
About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Prince George's Planning
Throughout 90 plus years of service, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has endeavored to improve the quality of life for all of the citizens of the bi-county area it serves and of the communities in which these citizens live, work and raise their families. This mission is embodied in three major program areas. These major program areas respond to the vision of our founders and are incorporated into our charter. The Mission of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is to:
Manage physical growth and plan communities
Protect and steward natural, cultural and historic resources
Provide leisure and recreational experiences.