For over 90 years, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has had a national reputation for excellence in planning, and today serves a culturally diverse population of over one million people on the border of Washington, D.C. in Montgomery County. We provide planning functions through the Montgomery County Planning Department, which has pioneered programs in agricultural preservation, inclusionary housing, and transit-oriented design. We focus our skills and talents to bring high-quality design in both form and function to all areas, from central business districts to rural villages. To learn more, visit us at www.montgomeryplanning.org!
We are seeking a highly innovative planner for the position of Division Chief to lead the Intake and Regulatory Coordination (IRC) Division. A leader with excellent management skills, someone who can foster team play and problem solving among the staff, stimulate creativity, and establish and meet project goals. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge of master plans, land use regulations including State of Maryland and Montgomery County Forest Conservation and Storm Water Management regulations.
As the Division Chief, you will be primarily responsible for supervising a diverse group of staff with widely varying functions to include:
the intake of applications for new developments
providing customers accurate and timely for requests for information at the Information Counter
monitoring the review of development applications
serving as chair of the inter-agency Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting
ensuring inspections for forest conservation, preliminary and site plans are done in a consistent and fair manner and follow Department protocol
coordinating with the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services on inspections and building permit reviews
interpreting and implements regulatory policies and provides technical guidance on development procedures and the forest conservation law for planning staff and customer
working closely with Planning Department inspection and legal staff in all enforcement cases and may need to testify at violation hearings
leading all aspects of the ReForest Montgomery tree planting programs which plants trees and forests on private and public lands.
You will also serve as the custodian of documents for the department which includes archiving and retrieving documents related to regulatory cases and master plans. The Chief is the initial contact for all Maryland Public Information Act requests submitted to the Planning Department. As a liaison with other county agencies that have responsibilities for the development approval process, you will regularly convene meetings with representatives of the building and construction industries to discuss and resolve issues in the development process.
The IRC Division staff intake all development applications and manage the official filing system for development approvals from submittal through the approval process, building permits, close-out and archiving. Our plan submittal and review process is electronic. This position is critical to the success of this effort and ensuring transparency in our review process.
Additionally, the IRC Information Counter staff are the first staff that the public sees when seeking information on a regulatory case. Similarly, the inspection staff might be the only time a property owner receives a visit from a staff member while the staff conduct routine inspections of conservation easements. It is the Division Chiefs responsibility to ensure that all information and communications with the public are fulfilled efficiently and respectfully.
Lastly, the successful candidate will have the responsibility of managing a staff of 20 and an annual budget of approximately $2 million.
M-NCPPC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will do what we can to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 301-495-4511 to request accommodation.
1. Master's degree in planning, parks, architecture, engineering, environmental science, or related subjects; and
2. Eight years of a broad range of planning and/or regulatory related experience that included four years of supervisory experience or four years as a planning coordinator; or
3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
If applicable, please provide a portfolio of projects, writing samples of planning documents, reports, and/or projects.
Internal Number: 10994
About Montgomery County Planning Department
As Montgomery County continues to attract an increasingly diverse, technologically savvy, well-educated population, the Montgomery County Planning Department focuses its skills and talents to bring high-quality design in both form and function to all areas, from central business districts to rural villages.
The Department aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. Each community within Montgomery County has a master plan that creates a comprehensive view of land use trends and future development. (Some jurisdictions within Montgomery County—such as the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg and some smaller taxing districts such as Poolesville—have independent planning and zoning authority over land within their boundaries. Contact those jurisdictions directly for information about properties within their borders.)
The 150+ member Planning Department brings regulatory cases, master plans, functional plans and many other initiatives to the Montgomery County Planning Board.
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