Silver Spring, Montgomery, Maryland
Jun 24, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
#10396, Grade I
Administrative, Other
Full Time
#10396, Grade I

The Montgomery County Department of Planning's Research and Special Projects Division in Silver Spring, MD seeks a Housing Research Planner Coordinator level Housing Planner for a key research and planning position. The selected candidate will be responsible for helping lead housing plans, as well as providing professional and administrative support for other community or neighborhood scale planning efforts; producing reports and briefs regarding housing needs and trends; managing consultant work and contracts; assessing housing and housing affordability impacts resulting from current or proposed development and planning policies; performing housing market demand analyses; maintaining and analyzing housing statistics, including housing stock characteristics, sales, rental costs, vacancy, and turnover; representing the Planning Department at local, state, and national meetings on housing policy; and briefing citizens, and appointed and elected officials on housing issues.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in the field of housing and excellent communication skills; especially as they pertain to writing reports that effectively communicate complex facts, figures, and policies regarding housing to general, as well as sophisticated audiences. This position also requires knowledge of database management to allow queries on housing sales, rental properties, and other relevant public data. Familiarity using GIS to perform spatial analysis of housing data and knowing how to tabulate Census data on housing is essential. The position will further support other research projects, such as the household forecast. The candidate must show that they can independently and successfully bring projects to conclusion and manage the competing demands of analyzing data, producing reports, managing databases, while still fulfilling ad hoc requests and performing community outreach. Fieldwork and occasional evening meetings are required.


• Knowledge of federal, state, and local housing programs.
• Ability to conduct independent research, analyze data and draw conclusions, and prepare complex reports.
• Experience synthesizing housing related studies and policy into original analysis communicated through briefs, reports, and presentations.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to prepare a variety of reports, correspondence, and other materials.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees and other governmental officials, contractors, engineers, planners, community groups, and the general public.
• Ability to plan, organize, and execute projects involving diverse agencies and institutions.
• Proven experience generating housing market demand and affordability impacts studies for proposed residential projects, as well as at a larger community scale.
• Familiarity with database management and querying datasets for the purpose of generating tabulations, charts, and graphs for reports. Knowledge of Access for this purpose is desirable.
• Familiarity of map production and spatial querying using ESRI's ArcMap.
Experience using Microsoft Office Suite: MS Excel, MS Word, MS Access, PowerPoint.

Master’s degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, or equivalent disciplines related to job function and three years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience at the journey level; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.