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Regional Planner

Recruitment #21-001274-0002


The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) is seeking talented, energetic, and motivated professionals to join its Local Assistance and Training Division and expand its Regional Planning Program in the Central Maryland region.

Two new statewide planning efforts, “Reinvest Maryland 2.0” and the “A Better Maryland” State development plan, offer exciting opportunities to advance revitalization, regionally tailored development, and sustainability in furthering the next generation of Smart Growth.   

This position will have regional planning duties for the City of Baltimore, and the counties of Baltimore, Howard, Carroll and Harford, and the municipalities laying therein. 

The Regional Planning work program presents an unparalleled variety of projects for the proper candidate, spanning the spectrum from municipal community development and grant administration to statewide policy review, educational resource development, and comprehensive growth management.




Maryland Department of Planning
301 West Preston Street, Suite 1101, Baltimore, Maryland 21201


The main purpose of this job is to review and comment on local plans and provide technical assistance to Central Maryland (Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties) and to all municipalities lying therein. 

Technical assistance includes helping local governments to meet requirements and explaining general provisions of State planning laws, developing educational resources, and answering specific technical assistance requests. 

The regional planner provides review and comment on a variety of planning documents such as comprehensive plans, annexations, water/sewerage plans, and other local planning documents. This position coordinates the State agency required comprehensive plan review and comment activities to influence and guide comprehensive and regional planning, land use, development, economic growth, zoning, land subdivision, agricultural preservation, natural resources protection, revitalization/redevelopment, Smart Growth and neighborhood conservation. 

This position also engages closely with the Department’s initiatives and programs related to education and training.  The education and training duties require coordinating with other Department staff, State agency staff, and other providers of planning education and training in the State.


Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that includes 30 credit hours in Planning, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Public Administration, Engineering, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Economics, Public Finance, Political Science, Sociology, Regional Science, Information Technology or Urban Affairs.

Experience:  Three years of experience in research and planning projects related to the development and use of land, water, transportation, community or natural resources by assisting in obtaining, analyzing and conducting research on demographic, socio-economic, political, cultural, geographic or land-use trends.

1.  Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for one year of the required experience.*

2.  Candidates may substitute the possession of an additional Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for one additional year of the required experience.*

3.  Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for two years of the required experience.*

*Two years is the maximum number of years that may be substituted by education for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Logistics, Urban Planning, Architect, Geospatial Intelligence Analyst or Cryptologic classifications; or Logistics, Urban Planning or Architect specialty codes in the Architect field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.


Our preferred candidate will demonstrate:

  • Experience in local government and/or providing planning and related technical assistance to government and non-government organizations. Ideally, this experience should include a variety of issues, including long range and current planning, zoning and subdivision review, and community engagement. 
  • Experience making public presentations and representing a department or organization on committees and other representative bodies.
  • Experience managing and executing complex planning and community development projects that involve multiple stakeholders, sometimes competing interests, and the development of new communication channels.
  • Proficiency with office productivity software, GIS, site design and visualization tools such as Sketch Up, Photoshop or similar.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year. 


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.