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Community Planner

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Job ID: 23836

Opening Date: 10/18/2023

Closing Date: 11/17/2023

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Job Summary

The DC Office of Planning (OP) has the lead responsibility for planning the long-term growth of the District of Columbia. OP provides the vision, framework and principles that guide land use: change, growth, and development of an equitable and vibrant city. OP undertakes citywide and neighborhood planning and engagement, urban design and development review, historic preservation, mapping and data analysis, and serves as the official Census State Data Center. 

The position is in the Citywide Strategy and Analysis Division (CSAD). CSAD undertakes cross sector research, data and spatial analysis in order to develop policies and plans that advance the agency’s mission and priorities. The Division includes Citywide Planning; Neighborhood Planning; the State Data Center; and Geographic Information Systems.  CSAD has cross-sector expertise related to sectors including housing, economic development, capital facilities and resilience. The Division leads various citywide initiatives including the Comprehensive Plan, manages area plans and engagement practices, and conducts data visualization. CSAD also provides data and technical expertise to partner agencies, and supports District initiatives such as the Capital Improvement Plan. The Division assists the Agency’s urban design and development review functions.  

The cross planner serves in a highly inter-disciplinary and collaborative role as a senior-level urban planner within CSAD’s Citywide Planning unit, providing cross-system planning support. OP’s systems planning consists of analyzing data and formulating recommendations for various sectors, including: housing, economic development, capital facilities and planning, infrastructure, and sustainability. The Community Planner is expected to help advance Agency goals that fulfill the Comprehensive Plan’s vision of an equitable, inclusive, and resilient city. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Serves as a cross systems planner, performing duties under the direction of the Associate Director for Citywide Planning. The incumbent is responsible for advanced professional planning activities, which include leading multi-phased initiatives; interagency coordination; data and spatial analysis; quantitative modeling; planning and policy review; project management; stakeholder engagement; and the development of recommendations and plans. Works across systems on citywide and area-based efforts, including the Comprehensive Plan, system master plans and the Capital Improvement Plan. The incumbent reviews planning issues and opportunities in the context of capacity, change and growth; assesses initiatives through equity and resilience lenses; makes complex analyses and findings accessible to a wide range of audiences; vets recommendations with partner agencies and stakeholders; leads the preparation of briefing materials and reports; and helps advance housing affordability, mobility, inclusive prosperity, resiliency and sustainability.  Performs advanced professional planning activities for major multi-phased projects, which include technical and policy analysis, vision and goal setting, and specific recommendations/implementation plan development. Responsibilities include identifying critical planning issues, conducting detailed analyses of redevelopment and revitalization opportunities, leading a participatory public engagement process, and managing a team of internal planners or external consultants. Serves as the project manager for advanced planning activities with responsibilities that include: developing scopes of work, project work plans, and schedules; coordinating all phases of the assigned project's procurement process; and serving as the contracting officer's technical representative. Coordinates and reviews project team analysis, field work, research, and reports relative to the assigned study/project for consistency with District planning objectives, policy, and office standards. Prepares draft and final reports, studies and analysis which address planning issues and problems throughout the city. Participates in the plan legislative approval process by drafting key documents, identifying hearing Witnesses, and participating in the Council hearing process.

Serves as principal liaison between public and private sectors, the community and neighborhood groups for planning activities. Responsibilities include developing community engagement strategies to ensure an inclusive, multi-stakeholder process; evaluating public support for project plans; and developing public relations approaches to galvanize support or address resistance. Leads implementation activities for applicable plans or studies. Responsibilities include: facilitating communication with implementers, developing and executing work plans for specific implementation tasks, and developing materials, reports, graphics, and other documentation to assist in stakeholder communication. Participates in intra-agency and special project teams to review and comment on projects or proposals. Provide input on recommendations, policies, and planning approaches to address important issues or concerns from the citywide planning perspective. Coordinates the integration of sustainable principles into land use policies affecting the natural and built environment. Assists in the development of sustainability and transportation planning priorities/plans and policy recommendations needed to advance transit and sustainability initiatives. Responds to telephone, email, and written public inquiries concerning planning and development activities according to established customer service standards. Represents the Office of Planning at meetings of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC), other community organizations, and interagency working groups or task forces, and intergovernmental meetings. Performs other related duties as assigned.

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