City of Cambridge, MD

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The City of Cambridge has a Council-Manager form of government, pursuant to a City Charter change in 2015. There have been three city managers since that time. The Mayor is elected at large, and there are five Commissioners elected from wards. The Mayor and Commissioners serve four-year terms. The next election is in October, 2024.

The City has 110 employees and a FY24 Budget of $41 million, which includes $14.6 million in the General Fund, the Water and Sewer Funds ($14.9 million), $10.7 million in the Special Projects Fund and just under $800 thousand in the Marina Fund).

The Director of Planning is appointed by the City Manager and works under the direct supervision of the Assistant City Manager. The successful candidate assumes the highest level of administrative responsibility for the City’s Community Development program and has wide latitude for planning, organizing and implementing various program activities including but not limited to the following:

• Plans, organizes, directs and executes the administration of the City’s community development program, including economic development efforts, housing rehabilitation and development etc.
• Plans and schedules the housing and community development programs with assistance from advisory committees, the public and other groups.
• Assist with implementation of various projects and plans to meet goals as directed for enhancing downtown Cambridge.
• Advises and coordinates on behalf of the City, matters pending before the following agencies or committees: Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning & Zoning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission.
• Supervises and trains staff on matters regarding interpretation and enforcement of the City’s zoning code.
• Prepares and presents reports on behalf of the City, to any and all agencies and to the Mayor and Council on issues regarding planning and development, zoning, amendments to the zoning code, requests for special exceptions, variances and other matters as needed.
• Coordinates relations between the City and other public agencies and private industry groups concerned with affordable decent and sanitary housing revitalization and expansion.
• Initiates and investigates new projects to be funded with public and private resources.

Minimum Qualifications:
The successful candidate shall have a minimum of six years of work experience in the field of planning and zoning. A bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field is required. A master’s degree is preferred. The successful candidate must possess thorough knowledge of all pertinent ordinances, codes, laws and regulations governing all aspects of planning and zoning principles, laws and regulations relating to federally financed community development programs. The Director must be able to analyze, interpret, and draft proposed zoning codes and regulations. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Must have knowledge of economics, market analysis, land appraisal, real estate practices, land development and planning. Must possess general knowledge of principles and practices of general accounting and financial management. Must be able to identify and analyze socio-economic problems and opportunities and to plan and implement comprehensive solutions.

The Director must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, property owners, developers, consultants, City staff, the general public, and diverse stakeholders, often under difficult and contentious circumstances. Must have the ability to present ideas and highly complicated regulations and requirements clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, to groups, individuals, Mayor and City Council and the City Manager. Must possess the ability to make decisions recognizing established precedents and practices and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting new problems for which no precedent exists. Must possess the ability to deal courteously, effectively and tactfully with the public.


The Director of Planning for the City of Cambridge can expect a salary in the range of $92,500 to $112,500, depending on qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will also receive a competitive benefit package, including participation in the Maryland State Retirement System. Residency within the City of Cambridge is preferred, but not required.

Resumes/letters and professional references should be sent by email by 5pm EDT on June 13, 2024.

David J. Deutsch, Senior Associate
Mercer Group Associates
Cell phone: 301.343.6033


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