Planner Coordinator (10264, Grade 26)
Description Area 2 Division of the Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking an experienced and motivated Planner Coordinator to join one of the nation's premier planning agencies and help shape Montgomery County for the 21st century. It is an opportunity to have a broad impact on the built environment, advocate for design excellence, and shape future communities that cover urban and suburban parts of Montgomery County. The planner coordinator will serve under the direction of the division's supervisor and will primarily be responsible for regulatory review and will serve as a lead reviewer on key projects within Area 2. The successful candidate will possess excellent research, writing and analytical abilities. The selected candidate will be able to clearly organize information, know and understand best practices in land use planning, review regulatory requirements, apply appropriate federal, state and county codes, and prepare written technical reports for presentation to the Planning Board, County agencies and public meetings to explain complex planning issues. Examples of Important Duties Coordinate complex and controversial master planning and development review functions in high profile development areas. Provide timely and accurate reviews of complex preliminary plans, site plans, project plans and sketch plans. Develops goals, schedules, and deadlines for work effort and ensures that objectives are met for completion and occasionally meet with staff to ensure progress. Perform comprehensive review of preliminary plans, site plans, conditional uses, zoning, and mandatory referral applications as assigned for conformance with forest conservation law and regulations, guidelines, and other applicable county and state laws and regulations. Prepare staff reports that clearly state staff recommendations, issues, and findings, and illustrate issues graphically. Incorporate knowledge of planning standards, codes, and plans to develop alternatives to resolve planning problems identified. Present and defend staff recommendations to the Planning Board in a Public Hearing setting. Schedule and coordinate pre-submission meetings with potential developers to provide general guidance and feedback on development proposals. Ideal Candidate: Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with Commission staff, applicants, consultants, other agencies and the public. Follows lead agency protocol. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the regulatory requirements including the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Road Code, Master/Sector Plans, Master/Sector Plan Design Guidelines, Master/Sector Plan Implementation Guidelines, Subdivision Staging/Growth Policy, and Forest Conservation Law, and other applicable sections of the County Code, as required Brings the ability to present to citizen groups and public officials Brings innovative ideas and solutions to work assignments by keeping current with the latest developments in other jurisdictions, professional associations, and the body of current zoning knowledge. Minimum Qualifications 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. Supplemental Information The Montgomery County Planning Department is located in downtown Silver Spring. It is conveniently located near the Silver Spring subway (Metro) and train (MARC) stations. The Department is an element of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC), an award winning, bi-county organization, and offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries. Transit subsidies are available. Work is performed in a typical office environment. See Physical Requirements: As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION 2017 BENEFIT SUMMARY FOR MERIT SYSTEM EMPLOYEES The following information is a summary of benefits extended to all Merit System employees of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). All plans are optional except the Defined Benefit and Long Term Disability plans. Retirement Programs Defined Benefit Plan (Mandatory Participation) - Plans A, B and E exclude FOP members. Plan Employee Contribution Plan A: 7% of base salary. Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and 8% in excess of SSWB. Plan B: 4% of base salary up to maximum Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and7% in excess of SSWB. Plan C: 9% of base salary. (FOP members only) Plan D: 8% of base salary. (FOP members only) Plan E: 4% of base salary up to maximum Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and 8% in excess of SSWB. Deferred Compensation ICMA-RC 457 plan (Optional) Traditional and Roth IRAs (Optional) Health Insurance Plans (FOP Members Pay 20% for Medical, Prescription and Dental.) All others pay percentage below. Medical - Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) - (15%) UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus Point of Service (POS) - (20%) UnitedHealthcare Select Exclusive Provider Organization Health Plan (EPO) - (15%) Prescription - CVS Caremark (retail and mail-order) - (15%) Dental - United Concordia Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) - (20%) Vision - VSP (Vision Service Plan) - (Commission Pays 80% of the Low Option Plan only) Low, moderate, and high options are available. Frequency of covered services differs. Flexible Spending Accounts (Employee Pays 100%) Medical Account - Maximum annual contribution: $2,550 Dependent Care Account - Maximum annual contribution: $5,000 Long-Term Disability Insurance (Mandatory Participation) Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80% (FOP Members Pay 100%) Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary, maximum of $6,000/month Supplemental Long-Term Disability Insurance (Employee Pays 100%) Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary that exceeds $108,000; capped at $216,000 Basic Life and AD&D Insurance (Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80%) Two (2) times base salary; maximum benefit is $200,000 for each Supplemental and Spouse/Dependent Life Insurance (Employee Pays 100%) Supplemental - 1,2,3,4,or 5 times base salary; maximum benefit is $750,000 Spouse/Dependent Combination - $10,000/$5,000, $20,000/$10,000, or $30,000/$15,000 Sick Leave Bank (Eligible After One Year Probationary Period) Employee contributes leave hours each year Eligible for up to 66 work-days or 396 hours in 12-month period Leave Programs Annual: 15 days per year Personal: 3 days per year (12 month waiting period) Sick: 15 days per year Holidays:10 days per year Other Benefits Credit Union Tuition Assistance Program Employee Assistance Plan Wellness Program Legal Services Plan Work-Life Program This summary is provided for informational purposes only and is not, nor should be construed as an employment agreement with the M-NCPPC, implied or actual. It is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. For a more detailed description of benefits, please contact the Commission's Health and Benefits Office at (see application details).