Director - Office of Planning

  • Washington, DC, DC
  • Full Time
  • Senior Executive

OPEN: November 30, 2021

CLOSE: Open until filled

SALARY:  Executive Service DX4, ($129,586 to $198,075)


There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination: All employees of the District of Columbia must be vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (SARS-CoV-2) as a condition of employment.



The Office of Planning (OP) is tasked with planning for the long-term growth of the District of Columbia, to help ensure it reflects our values of an inclusive and vibrant city. We help the District work toward a positive future in which all District residents can thrive, regardless of income, race, age, or background. OP guides development in the District of Columbia’s distinctive neighborhoods by engaging stakeholders and residents, performing research and analysis, serving as the steward of our historic resources, and publishing various planning documents, including the Comprehensive Plan. 

OP performs planning for neighborhoods, corridors, districts, historic preservation, public facilities, parks and open spaces, and individual sites. OP engages in urban design, land use, and historic preservation review. Finally, OP conducts historic resources research and community visioning, and analyzes spatial and US Census data. 

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Under the Director of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the incumbent serves as the Director Planning with the responsibility of coordinating planning and developing objectives and goals for the District of Columbia Government.  The duties of the Director of Planning include, but are not limited to the following functions:

  • Guides growth and development of the District through the lens of the physical environment with the goals of housing, equity, resilience, and vibrance.  
  • Analyses and coordinates government plans, polices and programs affecting the District.
  • Initiates new plans and programs to meet the needs of the District. 
  • Provides advice, guidance and support in the formulation of plans, polices and programs. 
  • Develops and proposes long-range goals, plans and polices for the District’s of Columbia as a whole, including evaluating plans, and objectives developed by Federal, regional and local governments.
  • Provides for the participation of a broad range of District residents in planning activities through workshops, forums, hearing, meetings, advisory committee and other means.
  • Prepares and implements the District elements of the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital Area.
  • Provides support and reports related to the independent Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Review Board.
  • Represents the Mayor at the National Capital Planning Commission, National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, DC Commemorative Works Committee and other bodies as assigned.


  • Minimum Maser's Degree in planning, public administration, public policy, business or a closely related field.
  • Four (4) to seven (7) years executive level management at the senior level.
  • Knowledge and experience in managing and developing large complicated budgets.
  • Knowledge and experience in municipal planning, zoning, land use, or related field.
  • At least four (4) years in managerial and supervisory capacity, which includes the responsibility for fund and budget administration, program planning, implementation and administration.


Interested candidates must submit resume and complete the questionairre.  Letters of support are not required and will not impact the hiring process.   


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