Planner III

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Largo, MD/Remote
Added: March 11, 2024

Planner III (11657, Grade 28)


$71,037.00 - $128,129.00 Annually


Largo, MD

Job Type


Job Number



PGC Planning

Opening Date


Closing Date

3/4/2024 11:59 PM Eastern


The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission is seeking an innovative, experienced, and highly motivated Planner III to join our Community Planning Division/Neighborhood Revitalization Section team in working to help shape the future of one of the nation’s largest, most diverse counties.

Prince George's County, Maryland is a metropolitan destination for technological innovation, premier higher education, performing arts, hospitality and tourism, and entrepreneurship. It is home to a diverse, engaged, and energetic population of 900,000 residents that live, work, and play in a wide range of interconnected urban, suburban, and rural communities immediately adjacent to Washington, DC. Connected to nearby international centers of commerce, government, and culture by the Metrorail system and a growing range of transportation and networking options, the County is becoming a destination of choice for new residents, workers, students, and visitors.

The Department is transforming to meet the challenges and facilitate the opportunities presented by the County’s economic growth. This is an opportunity for a highly motivated, experienced community planner to be an advocate for implementing the County’s award-winning comprehensive general plan, Plan Prince George’s 2035.

The position provides the following opportunities to:

  • Work in a multi-cultural community adjacent to the nation’s capital.
  • Lead the development of a variety of studies and land use master plans for urban, suburban, and rural areas.
  • Work with all levels of government: municipal, county, state, regional, and federal, on planning and implementation.

The selected candidate will lead interdisciplinary teams, including staff, consultants, and agency partners, in the development of major planning studies, Sustainable Communities applications and renewals, and short-term planning studies though the Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities Program. This work involves managing community outreach and engagement, interagency coordination, and communication of complex and sensitive information to multiple audiences to complete assigned duties.

Examples of Important Duties:

  • Leads the development and approval of Sustainable Communities applications and renewals that meet the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s goals and objectives.
  • Assists the Program Manager with the program development, administration, and promotion of the Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities Program (PAMC).
  • Leads the development of planning studies, manages contracts for professional services and the Planning Board approval process.
  • Communicates effectively with an array of stakeholders and workgroups, meets deadlines, and maintains product quality while managing multiple assignments.
  • Provides strategic leadership for the project teams and mentors project team members.
  • Reviews and analyzes development proposals for sector and master plan compliance and community impacts through written reports and oral testimony at public hearings.
  • Leads and/or participates in planning studies and Sustainable Communities implementation activities.
  • Makes presentations to many different audiences including large public meetings, the County Council, the Planning Board, municipal governments, community groups, interagency working groups, and other stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners.
  • Experience working in diverse communities.
  • A working understanding of real estate market dynamics, land use planning, zoning, urban design, design review, and TOD standard methodologies.
  • Ability to work with all levels of government and established communities in a diverse, innovative planning environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Experience developing Scopes of Work and evaluation of applications for proposed planning studies.
  • Experience with project and staff management/mentorship.
  • Experience developing requests for proposals, procuring consultant services, and managing consultants and consultant contracts.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Geography, Architecture, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Economics or any related field.
  • Four (4) years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience related to specific area of assignment such as transportation planning, environmental planning or urban planning.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total eight (8) years.
  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE: applicants are required to submit a writing sample as part of the application.

Why Prince George’s Planning?


  • Telework opportunities
  • Flexible schedules
  • Complimentary access to M-NCPPC gymnasiums throughout Prince George’s County
  • Free parking is available for employees
  • Professional development opportunities/Tuition assistance
  • Positions may qualify for federal student loan forgiveness assistance

The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $71,037 to $128,129 ( salary is commensurate with education and experience ) at the Planner III level with excellent benefits including generous leave, extensive health coverage, deferred compensation plan, and employee pension plan.

The Prince George's County Planning Department is conveniently located in Largo, Maryland, near Metro and I-495.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor.

Applicants with Disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you require accommodations or special arrangements due to a qualifying disability, please notify the Recruitment & Selections Services Unit at the time of applications at or 301-454-1411 (Maryland Relay 7-1-1)

M-NCPPC will make all efforts to reasonably accommodate you.


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