Community Planner
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-020-12

Salary Range: $62,499 - $79,959 PA

Opening Date: April 4, 2014

Closing Date: April 19, 2014

Area of Consideration: Open To The Public

Tour of Duty: 8:30am - 5:00pm - Monday - Friday

Promotion Potential: Promotion Potential to Grade 13

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Duration of Appointment: Permanent

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Agency: Office of Planning


Brief Description of Duties: Researches, collects, and verifies data on demographics, planning, revitalization, community or development issues from various sources (technical literature, public meetings, site visits, census data, etc.) to be used in the development of planning studies and projects. Develops information plans for the Associate Director on special projects or assignments relation to major development projects and planning studies. Prepares specialized technical dna analytical reports based on data collected, analyses conducted, or fieldwork/site visits. Reports included graphs, charts, maps developed to support findings.


Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Preferred Education and Experience: Master's degree in the field of urban planning, public policy, and government or a related field or Bachelor's degree in the above referenced fields combined with 1-2 years of experience in the urban or regional planning field is highly desired.

Demonstrated knowledge and application knowledge of current topics, best practices and theory of planning, neighborhood revitalization, and community engagement.

Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Knowledge of the advanced principles, theories, and concepts of planning, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, urban design, research techniques, and statistical analysis. >
Ranking Factor #2: Working knowledge of current topics and best practices in planning, neighborhood revitalization, and community engagement.

Ranking Factor #3: Ability to integrate and analyze data from different sources and effectively communicate that information to diverse public and private sector audiences.

Ranking Factor #4: Must be skilled in the use, operation, and application of Microsoft platform (Windows NT, XP), word processing, spreadsheet, power point, data base management, Geographic Information systems (GIS) mapping software. Skills in graphic and presentation software, such as InDesign and Adobe Illustrator, are desired.

Ranking Factor #5: Ability to work effectively as part of a team/work group or independently to complete work assignments

Conditions of Employment

Working Conditions: The work is performed in a typical office setting. Considerable pressure to meet deadlines

Physical Effort: The work is sedentary. No special demands are required to perform the work.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

How to Apply

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Closing Statement

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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