Master Planner (Grade 30, 14842)

$71,266.00 – $124,203.00 Annually
Prince George’s County, MD
Job Type
Career Full-Time
Job Number
9/10/2019 11:59 PM Eastern
The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking a Master Planner to join our planning team. The Department provides land use planning for the physical development of Prince George’s County, Maryland. As the second most populous county in Maryland, Prince George’s has a population of approximately 900,000 residents and is home to The University of Maryland at College Park, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base.  Prince George’s County is also home to many attractions such as FedEx Field, National Harbor, and Six Flags Amusement Park. If you are interested in working for the Prince George’s County Planning Department, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Master Planner position.
Examples of Important Duties
Under very general direction, the Master Planner applies facilities planning, land use planning, environmental planning, historic preservation planning, urban design, and expert knowledge of the development review process as well as professionally performs the following major duties and responsibilities:

  • Provides expertise on public facilities, housing, growth management, and various long range planning projects such as master plans, sector plans, green infrastructure plan, agriculture plans, agriculture preservation, and other functional master plans.
  • Analyzes and provides recommendations regarding proposed state and local legislation affecting specific planning programs.
  • Provides expert counsel to senior management and professional colleagues on planning issues.
  • Works with the Planning Board, Zoning Hearing Examiner, County Council, and/or other high-level public officials to resolve complex planning related public policy issues on a regular basis within the area(s) of expertise.
  • Prepares, presents, and reviews items to be presented before the Planning Board and District Council.
  • Consults with developers, attorneys, architects, engineers, governmental agencies, and the public about planning and design-related issues.
  • Serves on Commission, County, and State Committees that exist for promoting, reviewing, or coordinating various aspects of the planning function, or whose activities may impact upon the planning function.
  • Develops formal and informal partnerships with other recognized government, academic, and private sector organizations within a field of expertise.
  • Reviews and provides recommendations on development review applications.

Other duties may include full participation in interdisciplinary planning teams. The ability to relate land use plans to development review regulations is important. The candidate must possess innovative problem-solving skills, strong leadership skills, and be willing to work in a diverse environment. Qualified candidates will be expected to effectively communicate planning and design principles verbally, graphically, and in writing. Qualified candidates must have proven superior negotiation skills and provide thorough planning recommendations for quality urban design. A combination of public and private experience is preferred.


The ideal candidate for the Master Planner Position will possess:

  • Strong analytical skills, outstanding communication skills, and the ability to provide a directly related innovative approach to housing practices and facilities planning.
  • Strong technical writing skills.
  • Expert knowledge of landscape, architecture, environmental science, housing practices and/or facilities design/planning techniques.
  • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage or facilitate complex, multi-year projects involving an array of stakeholders, sensitive political issues and challenges, and diverse communities.
  • Ability to work with all levels of government and established communities in a diverse innovative planning environment.
  • Knowledge of state and local regulations.
  • Knowledge of state and local legislative processes.
  • Knowledge of Maryland Land Use Law.
Minimum Qualifications
Master Planner: Master’s degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, public administration, or related fields and six years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience that included at least three years of project leadership and coordination experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Supplemental Information
The Prince George’s County Planning Department is currently located in historic Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Free onsite parking is available for employees. In the foreseeable future, the Department will be moving to a newly renovated, state-of-the-art building in Largo, Maryland, conveniently located near Metro and I-495.

The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $71,266 to $124,203 at the Master Planner level with an excellent benefits package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.

The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
6611 Kenilworth Avenue
Suite 103
Riverdale, Maryland, 20737