Job opening

December 27, 2017

The City of Havre de Grace is seeking an individual with unique planning skills to fill an employment opportunity as the Deputy Director for the Department of Planning. The Department of Planning manages the building land use process for building construction activity in the City which includes a multi-discipline review not limited to Federal and State regulated activities such as The International Building Codes, Forest Conservation Act, Storm Water Management, Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, Floodplain Management and The Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition, local government regulations governing Zoning, Parking, Signs, Site Plans/Subdivision Plats, Building Demolition, Property Maintenance and Historic Preservation are under the purview of the Department of Planning. The Deputy Director is responsible for the implementation of these regulations which necessitates the need for an individual who can multi-task and yet focus on priorities which can change daily. The individual should possess the ability to work as a team member within City Administration staff which all play a role in the development process. Evening public meetings with the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals and City Council are an essential function of the Deputy Director who acts as the liaison to these other review levels. The Deputy Director must possess a friendly and outgoing personality as there is considerable interaction with professionals in the public sector such as engineers, architects, attorneys and contractors whereby assistance is provided to help them through the land use process and explain regulations.


Minimum qualifications are as follows:


  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Architecture, Environmental/Civil Engineering, or a related field of study
  • Four (4) years of experience related to building construction, maintenance, or repair
  • Familiarity with Maryland land use process is desired
  • Experience managing people/processes and directing daily work activities
  • Possession of an ICC certification as a Building Inspector is desired.  


In addition, the applicant must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Must have the ability to move about on construction sites. Physical effort required includes sitting, standing, walking, climbing and bending. Must have the ability to develop a thorough knowledge of City policies, laws and regulations. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to foster effective relationships within and outside the Department.  Ability to use a personal computer, telephone, and standard office equipment.  Must possess a valid driver’s license.  Ability to effectively supervise and manage people.  Considerable knowledge of equipment, materials, methods, procedures, and maintenance and repair of building construction.  Strong working knowledge of floodplain, forest conservation, and Chesapeake Bay critical area, local ordinances, and Maryland State regulations.  The incumbent should possess a strong working knowledge of applicable local, state and federal laws, ordinances, policies, and regulations relating to the activities and responsibilities of the Department.  Ability to administer, maintain, and recommend modifications to City land use process to meet contemporary needs.

Applications are available at City Hall, 711 Pennington Avenue, Havre de Grace, MD and on the City’s Website