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RECRUITMENT NOTICE - Community Planner

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Position: Community Planner

Job ID: 9724

Open to: Public

Open Period: 01/23/2020 – 02/02/2020

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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. This position is in the Citywide Planning Division. The Citywide Planning Division develops and monitors District Elements of the Comprehensive Plan, the District's 20-year blueprint for the city, as well as works with other city agencies and stakeholders to create strategies that help guide, coordinate, and provide analytical support for capital facilities planning and budgeting efforts of individual agencies, including in annual formulation of the District’s multi-billion-dollar Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). The CIP is the District’s 6-year schedule of public investments that provide for the maintenance, renovation, modernization, and/or new construction of District-owned assets, including civic facilities and horizontal infrastructure.

The incumbent will work within OP and across agencies to help the District enhance facilities and capital planning, project delivery and performance outcomes, and to improve resident experiences and services. The position plays a key role in annual formulation and review of the District’s multi-billion-dollar Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), a six-year schedule of public investments in District-owned assets, including facilities and infrastructure.


The Incumbent has the overall responsibilities for convening inter-agency and inter-disciplinary efforts to shepherd development of holistic approaches and cross-cutting strategies to enhance the impact and optimization of planning and investment in public facilities; strengthen the link between the Comprehensive Plan and the District’s CIP; and develop tools that integrate a wide range of data types and that provide information products for internal clients that can help ensure growth in the District is inclusive, resilient, and equitable – in alignment with core values of Washington, DC.

Provide feasibility studies for vacant and underutilized District-owned properties, space management and optimization, and investment strategies that link housing, land use, transportation, sustainability, and economic development to civic facilities, helping enhance stewardship of capital assets and improve outcomes for residents and communities.

Provide technical, data and policy analysis, vision and goal setting and develops of specific recommendations and implementation agendas and assisting with identification of critical planning issues, conducting analyses of facilities and capital budget planning, economic development, and revitalization opportunities, as well as sector-specific and innovation planning that is responsive to unforeseen challenges arising from dynamic urban change.

The ideal candidate will be expected to communicate efficiently, operate with discretion in carrying out the responsibilities of the position and under the direction of the Associate Director for Citywide Planning.


The incumbent must have working knowledge in the field of urban planning, ideally with hands on management of, and experience in, short, 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 knowledge of pertinent District and Federal laws, codes, regulations, and practices regarding long-range planning, including comprehensive planning

Education and Experience

Degree urban, community or city 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.

Master’s degree, preferred.




The work is performed in an office setting except for periodic outdoor surveys, site visits, and

presentations to other entities.


Collective Bargaining: This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement AFGE, Local 631

Duration of Appointment: This is a Career Permanent Appointment


Work is mostly sedentary while seated at a desk but will periodically require surveys of various neighborhood / site conditions or site visits to review development proposals. Such activity would entail walking, driving, or taking public transportation.

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