DESCRIPTION:The Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking a Deputy Planning Director. The Montgomery County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has enjoyed a national reputation for excellence in planning and serves a culturally diverse population of over one million people on the border of Washington, DC. The Department has pioneered programs in agricultural preservation, inclusionary zoning, and transit-oriented design. In 2017, the Department was awarded two national awards by the American Planning Association.
The successful candidate for this position possesses and demonstrates a thorough understanding of and range of experience in the multiple disciplines that are integral to land use planning. It is essential that the Deputy Director have a keen perception of organizational development and work program management. The successful candidate must have extremely strong communication skills. We are looking for a multi-faceted and articulate candidate with outstanding analytical, presentation and writing skills.
This position involves direct contact with the Montgomery County Council and staff, the Montgomery County Executive and staff and the Montgomery County Planning Board; the selected candidate must be able to understand and relate to policy and political issues.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:
- Coordinate elements of the Planning Department work program including:
- Master plan and work program scheduling
- Program budgeting and performance measures
- Oversight of all IT initiatives
- Monitoring of special studies and research projects
- Monitor work product quality, including with respect to regulatory consistency
- Acts for Director in his/her absence or as directed:
- Monitor and advise on local, state and federal legislation and issues
- Coordinate with County and State officials and staff, as directed
- Advise on planning and administrative policies
- Provide guidance on administrative program and coordinate with CAS offices
- Directly supervise Management Services, Research and Special Projects, Information Technology, and Functional Planning and Policy Divisions as well as provide guidance and direction to the other four divisions
Important Worker Characteristics include considerable knowledge of; (1) the principles, practices, methodologies and techniques of public planning and public administration; (2) the principles employed in a wide range of planning disciplines; (3) laws and ordinances governing the planning process and their application; (4) principles and practices of organization and management; (5) administrative practices and procedures; (6) supervision. Important Worker Characteristics also include ability to: (1) organize and direct professional and support personnel engaged in technical planning activities; (2) make difficult presentations on controversial matters involving explanation of highly complex issues; (3) establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of public and private groups; (4) communicate effectively both orally and in writing.