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Lead GIS Planner

Recruitment #21-001274-0003


The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) promotes a vision for economic development, flexibility and local authority throughout Maryland. The agency helps Maryland's counties and municipalities in land use and resource planning and provides review and technical assistance on a variety of planning topics. In addition, Planning offers data, analysis and research assistance and policy development and implementation support to local governments as well as communities, businesses and other organizations.

As Planning monitors and forecasts changes in development and land use throughout the state, its staff creates tools that help plan Maryland's future. Information on demographic, socio-economic, political, cultural, geographic and land-use trends is collected, analyzed, and distributed in multiple formats. Planning supports interactive, web-based map display of census data, land-use, parcel data and aerial imagery to assist local government growth and land-use planning decisions.




301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201


Provide senior leadership for selected projects and functions of the Unit. Coordinate and supervise contributions of junior staff members to these projects and functions in the areas of Data Services, Modeling and Analysis, Program and Policy Support, Grants, and Special Projects as characterized in the Annual Unit Work Plan.

Completion of data base updates and enhancements for Data Services functions by Geospatial and Data Analysis (GDA) unit mainly including Sewer Service Area, Land Use Land Cover, Protected Land and Priority Funding Areas etc.; State Planning Policy Implementation – Conducts analysis, providing program support, and producing products that help implement State planning policy including Priority Funding Area program implementation/certification; GIS Coordination – Work with staff to coordinate GIS activities within the department from the perspective of data acquisition, quality and maintenance; Information and Data Systems--Acquire, improve, create, maintain, integrate, and enhance several planning-related GIS data layers and information these include: Sewer Service Area, Protected land, Priority Funding Areas, Generalized Zoning etc.;  Completion of Program and Policy Support activities, assignment for Grants and Special Projects identified in GDA’s Annual Work Plan including BRF report and land use suitability analysis


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.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Two years experience in one or more of the following:
1. Using ArcGIS software in developing custom planning, related spatial database and mapping. 
2. Performing complex spatial queries and analysis in supporting land use and zoning issues. 
3. Solid analytical and quantitative skills. 
4. Ability to effectively present results of technical analyses in oral, written and graphic form. 
5. Geographic Information Systems Professional Certification (GISP) 
6. Working knowledge of databases or a programming language such as MS Access, SQL, Python, Fortran, and/or C+. 
7. Authoring reports and presentations.


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 placed on the employment (eligible) 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.



For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are not able to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn:  For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410 767-7950.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply.

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