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Lead Community Planner

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Job ID: 25837

Opening Date: 4/11/2024

Closing Date: 4/21/2024

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Job Summary

This position is in the Office of Planning (OP).  OP has the lead responsibility for planning the long-term growth of the District of Columbia (D.C.) and provides the vision, framework and principles that guide land use change, growth, and development for 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. OP is the steward of the District's Comprehensive Plan, which advances housing, economic recovery, racial equity, resilience, and coordination of public resources and civic infrastructure.

The Neighborhood Planning Division has five main areas of responsibilities which shape the future development and revitalization of the District's neighborhoods namely, developing small area plans and planning studies; coordinating and tracking plan implementation; participating in citywide planning initiatives that have a neighborhood impact; monitoring and reviewing development projects; and acting as a liaison to elected officials and community stakeholders on land use, development, and planning issues. This position is an advanced professional level within the division and has corresponding technical expertise and administrative responsibilities in all five of these areas. The Neighborhood Planning Division includes planners assigned to each ward of the District to work in collaboration with Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, citizen associations, and residents, businesses, elected officials, and District agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent in this position performs advanced professional planning activities for major multi-phased projects, which include authoritative technical and policy analysis, vision and goat setting, and specific recommendations/implementation plan development. Identifies 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. 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. Assists the Associate Director with specific managerial and administrative tasks and provides general guidance and leadership to Division members in order to accomplish key tasks. Leads the implementation activities for applicable plans or studies within the Ward. Facilitates communication with implementers, develops and executes work plans for specific implementation tasks, and develops materials, reports, graphics, and other documentation to assist in stakeholder communication.

The incumbent collaborates with other OP divisions, District and federal agencies and external stakeholders to advance design excellence in the District through the development and implementation of citywide and place-based urban design policies, guidelines, and regulations; federal design reviews of high-profile District and federal projects in the city’s-built environment; and interagency planning initiatives for citywide design systems such as parks and open space. Builds and maintains effective partnerships to strengthen the District’s design character with colleagues from other District agencies; federal agencies, including those with project review authority such as the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission; the development and design communities; community members; and other stakeholders. Responds to Director’s requests for urban design and neighborhood placemaking systems best practices, white papers, presentations, and other written materials.

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