This position is in the DC Office of Planning. The Office of Planning has the lead responsibility for planning the physical and economic development of the District of Columbia, and strategically guiding the preservation, revitalization and development of the city using a diversity of disciplines involving the broader range of stakeholders. The Community Planning and Design Division within the Office of Planning helps establish the long-term land use policy and planning direction for the District of Columbia, largely through the analysis of data, trends, issues, and existing policies.
The Deputy Director of Community Planning and Design works under the supervision of the Director of the Office of Planning. This position is responsible for establishing direction and strategy for the City’s community planning and design divisions. This Division’s work program includes updating/amending the District Elements of the Comprehensive Plan, conducting planning activities within neighborhoods and commercial corridors, and providing explicit urban design guidance to the District of Columbia’s distinct character through the lens of the human experience. The ideal candidate will be expected to exercise leadership, communicate efficiently, operate independently and with discretion in carrying out the responsibilities of the position. Proposed initiatives and recommendations developed are subject to review by the Director for potential influence on broad agency policy objectives and program goals.
Guidelines include the DC Charter, which designates the Mayor as the Chief Planner, who has tasked the Office of Planning to undertake the responsibilities for updating and amending the Comprehensive Plan. Furthermore, as outlined in the DC Code, the Comprehensive Plan is to be amended not less frequently than every four years. This Division assumes responsibility for the Office of Planning to provide this service to the constituents of the District of Columbia.
The incumbent must have significant knowledge in the field of urban planning, ideally with hands on management of, and experience in, short term, medium, and long-range planning activities. While this breadth is not essential, it does ensure that long-term planning principles, policies and goals are grounded in the realities most present in short and medium-range planning. Incumbent must also possess the ability to manage complex concepts within multiple disciplines such as comprehensive planning, economics, policy development and analysis, and GIS. Incumbent must also possess extensive knowledge of pertinent District and Federal laws, codes, regulations, and practices regarding long-range planning, including comprehensive planning.
Qualifications and Education
Degree: community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.
Note: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner.
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the lower grade level. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position including, but are not limited to, directing all projects and programs dedicatedto providing long range planning and data analysis, developing long-range policies and issues, or performing similar work.
Master Degree, preferred.
This work is performed in a normal office setting
Other Significant Factors
Promotion Potential: No know promotion potential
Duration of Appointment: MSS At-Will Statement: Positions in the Management Supervisory Service (MSS) serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
Pay Plan, Series and Grade: DS-0020-16
Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.
EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.