Planning Supervisor - Position #14942

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Upper Marlboro, MD United States


The Prince George's County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking a Planning Supervisor to lead the newly created Research Section within the Information Management Division. 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. Are you ready to make a difference in Prince George’s County? If so, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Planning Supervisor position.
The Research Section Supervisor will build and manage a team of approximately 5 employees who are responsible for demographic, housing, land use and economic data collection and analysis.  Work will be in support of market studies related to master plans and special studies or projects. In addition, the Supervisor will be responsible for the development of cooperative forecasts related to population, housing, and employment in coordination with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
The section will perform data-driven analysis and policy-relevant research on land use, demographics, economic indicators, real estate and other markets, employment and housing for Planning Department leadership and staff, County officials, businesses and residents, to increase their understanding of our community and inform decisions.

We are seeking an experienced, hands-on manager who has an in-depth background in research and research methods – with an emphasis on land use, economic and housing issues.  The ideal candidate will be a technically competent leader who is familiar with large-scale data collection, research and analysis efforts and studies, and also an innovative thinker who can bring new ideas to the management team. This position is one of four section leaders reporting to the Information Management Division Chief.  The Supervisor will work closely with all Divisions in the Department, especially Countywide Planning and Community Planning as well as the Planning Directors Office.  

Examples of Important Duties


  • Supports budget preparation, supervises Research Section staff, performs staff evaluations, conducts recruitment activities and selects staff, and other personnel oversight.
  • Manages and conducts analytical and other studies of County conditions including the real estate market and economy, trends and/or events.
  • Develops scopes of services and manages work of outside consultants conducting additional research studies.
  • Supervises the implementation and utilization of research tools and analysis software.
  • Oversees and performs advanced professional planning research requiring considerable complexity, responsibility, and technical expertise. 
  • Provides technical guidance and expertise to department staff.
  • Acts as a Planning Department representative on assigned team/task force meetings and provides information, technical assistance (including, but not limited to conducting research, analyzing demographic, land use, market housing, and economic data, conditions and trends), analysis and work products in support of the project objectives. 
  • Leads in-depth research and analysis and uses state of the art visualization tools to convey results of the analysis.
  • Leads special research studies and presents resulting analyses and conclusions for publication to provide regular updates on the County’s economy, housing, commercial real estate market, fiscal, and other conditions and trends.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert on real estate market and development feasibility analysis for master plans, development review, research studies, and other short and long term land use policy issues.
  • Develops clear and compelling presentations to the Planning Board, County Council, County Executive, County Departments, and other key regional stakeholders.
  • Builds relationships and coordinates with partner agencies such as the Census Bureau, the Maryland State Data Center, and Prince George’s County Government.

 In addition to the minimum qualifications the ideal candidate will possess the following:

Knowledge of: State and local organizations, research methods, operations, policies, and procedures; and experience with population, jobs, housing, land use and development activity analyses.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee research and local government operations staff
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, develop project scopes, and prepare reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and perform market research and analysis and prepare and oversee market analysis reports
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit material that is accurate, concise, understandable, and unambiguous, with appropriate and effective use of tables, graphics, and statistical data.
  • Demonstrated ability to write recommendations that are clear, specific, and unambiguous, and include all essential elements for future review, and identify future actions for follow-up.
  • GIS experience
  • Experience with data visualization tools such as Microsoft BI and Tableau
  • Experience with database analysis and statistical analysis tools 

Physical Demands / Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment and involves sitting, standing, walking, and bending for extended periods of time. On occasion field work is required. Must be able to work evenings as required for meetings.


Minimum Qualifications


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Geography, Architecture, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Economics or any related field. 
  2. Six (6) years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience that includes supervisory or project leadership and coordination experience.
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together totals ten (10) years.
  4. Valid driver’s license (depending on area of assignment) in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations.  Driver’s license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee’s ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignment.


Supplemental Information

The Prince George's County Planning Department is currently located in historic Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Free onsite parking is available for employees.  

 The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $79,161 to $135,380 at the Planning Supervisor level with an excellent benefits package including generous leave, extensive health coverage, deferred compensation plan, employer's retirement plan, and work-life programs. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups, females, and persons with disabilities.



Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
None Selected
GIS, Geodesign, or Urban Informatics
Salary Range
$79,161.00 - $135,380.00

Contact Information

6611 Kenilworth Avenue
Suite 103
Riverdale, MD
United States
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