Director of Research
Baltimore City Department of Planning
|Job at a Glance|
|Job Category||Other topics not covered above|
|Job Level||Mid II (4-8 years)|
|Salary Range||$62,700 - $90,900|
The Baltimore City Department of Planning, led by its appointed Board of Planning Commissioners, is the agency entrusted with the mission of guiding the harmonious development of Baltimore City. This mission is directed at achieving one overarching goal: to make Baltimore the most livable, vibrant, sustainable and attractive city it can be, now and in the future. The Department is looking for a dynamic individual with the intellectual prowess and commitment to excellence necessary to guide and support Planning’s leadership team through the development and implementation of a strategic research and policy analysis agenda.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Ability to effectively research best practices in the field of urban planning, and to propose significant and practical reform initiatives to improve the functioning of government as it relates to planning and development in Baltimore.
• Firm understanding of established research principles and methodologies, modeling and forecasting.
• Strong data analysis, presentation and grant writing skills.
• Knowledge of complex database, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and statistical and modeling systems.
• Ability to evaluate and communicate the impacts of regulatory and other policy initiatives, applying aspects of economic, statistical and other quantitative methods.
• Ability to monitor and analyze legislative and policy proposals and testimony for conformance with the policies and priorities of the Director, Commission and Mayor.
• Self-starter who can work with minimal supervision to efficiently produce useful research summaries explaining the pros and cons of various policy alternatives.
• Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and effectively prioritize among competing demands to meet necessary deadlines.
• Strong desire to work with the Planning Department leadership and the City Administration to help Baltimore reach its full potential as a vibrant and growing urban center.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provides oversight and direction to a small team of research and strategic planning staff in the areas of information gathering, research, quantitative and policy analysis and evaluation of planning practices.
• Maintains and updates the City's comprehensive master plan, and oversees preparation of required comprehensive plan reports.
• Develops the methodology for and produces the City's cooperative population and employment forecasts, in collaboration with the staff and member jurisdictions of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.
• Manages and evaluates the performance of, disciplines and recommends the hiring, disciplining, and promoting of subordinate personnel.
• Administers GIS mapping and analysis, statistical/census information and policy research in the City’s decision making process.
• Directs the division’s fundraising efforts by seeking grant-funding opportunities, determining feasibility, and authoring grant proposals to support programming and implementation of major initiatives and staff salaries.
• Represents the department before legislative bodies and meets with State and Federal agencies and neighborhood and community/stakeholder groups to present and receive planning recommendations.
• Directs program surveys and other studies that may involve transportation planning, land use planning, economic and community development, sustainability and housing policies.
• Directs the process for the City’s preparation for the Decennial census and works with the US Census Bureau to review and evaluate annual population estimates.
• Regularly seeks out innovative and best practices in applicable planning and related fields and applies them to the Department work programs.
• Oversee the budget and perform other administrative functions for the unit.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Doctorate degree in urban or regional planning, public policy, sociology, economics or closely related field from an accredited college or university and three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in performing research, public policy and/or urban planning work within a closely related field such as transportation, housing or economic development, with at least two (2) recent years of experience in directing the research activities of professional staff; or
• Master’s degree in urban or regional planning, public policy, sociology, economics or closely related field from an accredited college or university and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in performing research, public policy and/or urban planning work within a closely related field such as transportation, housing or economic development, with at least two (2) recent years of experience in directing the research activities of professional staff.
• American Institute of Certified Planners certification is highly desirable.
HOW TO APPLY
Qualified individuals must email a cover letter and a resume specifically addressing qualifications relevant to this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify “Director of Research” in the subject line of your email.
CLOSING DATE: Friday, October 11, 2013
This position requires satisfactory completion of drug and alcohol screening. Selected applicant will be subject to a criminal background investigation and education verification.
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