Senior Planning Associate (126874)

The University of Maryland National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG)

Wheaton, MD United States

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The University of Maryland National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) and the Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), are looking for a Senior Planning Associate that will work at the Montgomery County Planning Department, based in its Wheaton, MD office.   

For over 90 years, M-NCPPC has enjoyed a national reputation for excellence in planning and, today, serves the culturally diverse populations of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties on the border of Washington, D.C. The Montgomery County Planning Department provides planning functions including long range planning as well as reviews of development applications in a diverse built environment of downtown urban districts, suburban communities and agricultural areas. The Department has pioneered nationally-modeled programs in agricultural preservation, inclusionary housing, and transit-oriented design. Montgomery County is evolving quickly as a model of new suburbanism, shifting away from traditional suburban greenfield development to a greater emphasis on infill redevelopment and urbanizing areas around transit and key corridors.  

The Montgomery County Planning Department Countywide Planning and Policy (CPP) Division undertakes projects that span more than one geographic area, including adequate public facilities, environmental resources, historic preservation, housing, transportation networks, and zoning. While much of the Department’s planning work is site-specific, our division considers planning and growth management on a countywide basis. Among our many tasks, we produce functional master plans, policies and guidelines that impact multiple geographic areas.

The CPP Division is seeking a Senior Planning Associate to conduct research, data collection, field work and technical and spatial analysis. Although the primary job function includes planning and design review of public transportation projects, the incumbent may also have opportunities to work on housing and zoning policy analysis, master planning efforts, and development review.   

Potential assignments and tasks may include:  

· Obtaining and analyzing data from a range of sources (e.g., US Census, USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics, MWCOG’s Regional Travel Survey, National Household Travel Survey, etc.) to prepare analyses of transportation conditions, countywide and in sub-areas. These analyses require strong attention to detail and an ability to analyze and distill complex technical information using GIS.  

· As requested, completing discrete research assignments for transportation efforts, such as access management, complete streets, walkability, access to transit, and road safety/Vision Zero.

· Supporting staff in the technical evaluation of transportation capital improvement projects and private development projects for conformance to county code, guidelines and master plans, as well as national standards and best practices. 

· Completing technical transportation analyses in support of countywide and area master plan development. 

· Assisting in the preparation of technical reports and in presenting transportation-related issues to the Planning Board. 

· Creating accurate, easily comprehensible, thoroughly documented charts, maps, and graphics to enhance written products and presentations as appropriate.  

Minimum Qualifications:

Interested candidates should demonstrate the following:

  • Master’s degree in urban planning or similar field, 
    • OR a Bachelor’s degree in urban studies, policy studies, sociology, or a similar field combined with two years of full time employment in a professional research environment.
  • Proficiency with GIS, data analysis and visualization tools (Streetmix, Sketchup, etc.).  Previous experience creating story maps in ArcGIS Online or a similar program is a plus. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Teams).
  • Strong attention to detail .
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work on multiple assignments independently and meet deadlines.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for quantitative research and data analysis 


Posting Date:11/18/2021

Closing Date:12/15/2021


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The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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