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DHCA seeks Senior Planning Specialist, Neighborhood Revitalization Section

About the Department of Housing and Community Affairs

The Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) works to preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing, maintain existing housing in a safe and sanitary condition, preserve the safety and quality of residential and commercial areas, ensure fair and equitable relations between landlords and tenants, and support the success of common ownership communities – all with a focus on reducing racial inequities and climate change impacts.


About the Position

This is advanced work in the area of community development, neighborhood revitalization and planning. The employee will be responsible for researching and developing complex plans, strategies, programs, and policies aimed at stopping the physical decline of neighborhoods, (residential and commercial) through community engagement and physical improvements and ensuring that these activities are successfully implemented.

The position requires an extensive background and experience site/building design and construction. Experience in planning, research and development is required to for the revitalization of older commercial and residential land uses.


Primary Responsibilities Include:

Data gathering and analysis, as well as working with civic, advisory, homeowner and condominium associations, commercial property and business owners and other groups/organizations to identify problems and develop comprehensive solutions;

Preparing and/or managing physical site analysis, design plans, and construction implementation;


Assisting in the planning and allocating federal, state, and county financial resources dedicated to neighborhood revitalization activities; and

Approving payments of federal, state and county funds while ensuring all laws, rules, and regulations are followed.


The employee must have the ability to prepare concept plans, site plans, and/or building plans and other design documents; and possess excellent writing skills and experience in public speaking and making public presentations, such as conducting public meetings to solicit community input and to present projects, studies and reports, or making presentations to decision-making boards. This position may include other duties as assigned by your supervisor or an upper-level manager.

Minimum Qualifications


Experience: Five (5) years of experience in community development and/or Neighborhood Revitalization.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Civil Engineering.


Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.


License: (Applies to some Senior Planning Specialist positions in the Department of Housing and Community Affairs). Licenses or Certifications that are Preferred but not mandatory includes Landscape Architectural, Architectural, Professional Engineer. Required License includes possession of a valid Class "C" (or equivalent) driver’s license from the applicant's state of residence when required for job-related duties. Note: there will be no substitutions for the license requirements.

Preferred Criteria


Resume must include information specific to the preferred criteria listed below. Make sure that your resume references your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the preferred criteria.


  1. Experience in and knowledge of developing, analyzing and implementing policies, plans and strategies related to community planning, and neighborhood and commercial revitalization/redevelopment.

  2. Experience in multi-year capital project budget preparation for planning, design and construction activities using federal, state, and local resources.

  3. Experience in developing and conducting surveys and data analysis including implementing action plans for community development.

  4. Experience in preparing design/construction documents including but not limited to site analysis, concept plans, design development plans, details, and specifications for site design and/or building design.

  5. Experience in managing planning, design, and construction for capital improvement projects related to site and building improvements, including construction supervision.

  6. Experience in procurement process; preparing Invitation for Bids (IFB’s), and Request for Proposals (RFP’s) for goods, design, and construction services including contract preparation and negotiating. These experiences should be related to landscape architectural, architectural, engineering or construction disciplines.

  7. Experience in public speaking to government agencies and the private sector, businesses, advisory and community groups to provide information and make presentations to share project ideas and obtain support for project recommendations.


To apply go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ohr/staffing/careers.html


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