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Director of Communications, Education & Outreach

Recruitment #12-005222-003



Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Planning leads Maryland's Smart Growth efforts. The Department is a committed team of innovative and driven individuals dedicated to planning and protecting Maryland's communities. We work to preserve environmental, historic and community resources, including the Chesapeake Bay, while simultaneously fostering development strategies that will enrich the future for Maryland residents.

Currently, MDP is seeking an experienced and highly motivated manager as a Director of Communications to lead a dynamic team in creating Departmental products and services used to educate Maryland's policy makers and citizens. The position will coordinate overall communications, marketing, media relations, policy and public information, outreach activities and legislative review for the Department.


This position is a Political Special Appointment and will work closely with the MDP Secretary, Deputy Secretary and senior staff and be directly involved in managing the following areas: integration of cutting-edge graphic design to develop websites and social media marketing strategies; production of print publications; preparation and research of grant opportunities; and coordination of the Departmental stance on legislative and policy matters. The position will also oversee the promotion of accessibility to external educational opportunities, internal professional development, library services and website applications.

Candidate must be able to demonstrate the following: knowledge of social media marketing techniques and strategies; strong written, editorial, oral communication and interpersonal skills; and digital storytelling abilities, in words, pictures, audio and video outlets.


Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Journalism, Communications, Business Administration, Marketing or related field.

Experience: Eight years of professional experience in journalism, communications, marketing, internet or social media marketing, or other related field. Three years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Note: Candidates may substitute a Master’s degree on a year-for-year basis, up to two years, for the required professional experience.


Knowledge of smart growth/planning or other related subjects at the State and local levels as well as social media experience is highly desirable. Experience preparing grant applications is also a plus.


Successful candidates may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle and will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license in the State of Maryland.


Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter online as indicated below under the "Further Instructions" section. Resumes will be evaluated based on the materials submitted and the position's requirements.  Therefore, it is ESSENTIAL to provide complete and accurate information regarding your prior education, training and experience to be given full consideration. 



To apply online:  Please note that multiple attachments cannot be uploaded.  Therefore, please upload your cover letter and resume as one document.  Online application is HIGHLY recommended and desired.  However, paper submission may be mailed to:

MD Department of Planning

ATTN: Amber Harvey, Personnel Director

301 W. Preston Street, Suite 1101

Baltimore, MD 21201

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.