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Montgomery County Planning Commission Seeking a Senior County Planner/Data Analyst



Senior County Planner/Data Analyst



The Montgomery County Planning Commission seeks a senior county planner and data analyst who will oversee the planning commission’s ongoing data analysis efforts as well as assist with the  upcoming 2050 comprehensive planning process. The county planning section at the Montgomery County Planning Commission is responsible not just for the comprehensive plan and its offshoots, but also farmland preservation and food promotion strategies, housing and development analysis, and demographic projection studies for local school districts. County planning staff work closely with other departments and provide overall support to the agency.



  • Conducts analysis and research related to demographic projections, housing and non-residential construction, economic development, and other planning issues
  • Interprets quantitative analyses through the application of statistical and quantitative analysis concepts and techniques, mathematical models and simulation program
  • Improve county-wide data analysis capacity by assisting other data users with projects that require data sharing and interpretation and be an instrumental part in establishing a new county-wide open data platform
  • Use or have background in a variety of software and visualization tools to create, manage, and maintain data visualizations that assist management, government staff, and the general public to understand data trends, track key performance indicators, etc.
  • Review proposed land developments, zoning ordinances, subdivision and land development ordinances, and other documents for any broader implications as they pertain to land use planning
  • Work cooperatively with other staff, general public, and local officials
  • Act as project manager and author for reports, projects, and plan research, development and publication as assigned
  • Participate in professional planning events and actively engage in professional development
  • Have technical knowledge in some or all of the following: land use, housing, transportation, open space, environment, demographics, comprehensive and long-range planning, real estate markets and trends, research techniques for land use trends, and related subjects
  • Attend public meetings, day or evening, as well as represent the Montgomery County Planning Commission on various committees or at community meetings and events


  • Master’s Degree in Planning, Data Analytics, Data Science or related degree plus 4 or more years of experience in current or equivalent position, or combination thereof
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to be successful in the position
  • Demonstrated experience in some statistical and analytical software (examples include SQL tools, Microsoft Excel, Power BI, Tableau, common statistics programs, etc.) as well as experience extracting and updating data from a variety of database systems
  • Excellent communications skills and public speaking ability to be used with peers, Planning Commission members, local governments and other stakeholders
  • Utilize ArcGIS Pro and work cooperatively with office GIS staff
  • Knowledge of essential professional office computer software to perform word processing, spreadsheet analysis, presentations, and other planning work
  • Good analytical, organizational, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and organize information
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Have a valid driver’s license

How to Apply 


Go to https://www.montcopa.org/Jobs.aspx – fill out the application form under the job posting. Please submit a cover letter with your application. Please reach out to Anne Leavitt-Gruberger at aleavitt@montcopa.org or 610-278-3727 with any questions.