Description:
Looking For Creative Land Use Superstar! The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a national leader in public parks, recreation, and the regulation of real estate development, is searching for an experienced lawyer to join our in-house Land Use Practice Team located in Prince George's County, Maryland. Prince George's County is the second largest county in Maryland, with a growing and diverse population, which is very active in the development process in the County. This position can be filled as either a Senior Counsel (Grade 34) or an Associate General Counsel (Grade 30) depending on qualifications.

As the newest Associate General Counsel in the Prince George's Land Use Team, you will join a team of lawyers, who are responsible for finding sophisticated legal solutions to a variety of land use, planning, zoning, and development matters. Your work will be a key component in delivering a vast array of tangible projects for the public: mixed-use transit-oriented development, historic and agricultural easements, linear and urban parks, and so much more. You can have fun practicing law while advancing our agency's remarkable mission and making a real difference in the communities we serve.

Our ideal candidate has:
  • Mid-level experience handling sophisticated land use and zoning matters for either private or public clients, along with a demonstrated familiarity with state or local government and/or administrative law.
  • In-house experience working on a team with other lawyers and managing client expectations while aligning competing priorities within a demanding portfolio.
  • A dynamic, confident, professional style, supported by the technical self-confidence needed to develop creative, legally sound solutions.
  • The successful candidate will also demonstrate a knack for translating technical legal concepts into oral and written communication, which connects with the intended audience.

Examples of Important Duties
  • Advise the Planning Board, Planning Director and Staff regarding statutory interpretation, constitutional questions, court orders and opinions, and legislation affecting land use in Prince George's County.
  • Review for legal sufficiency the following types of documents: resolutions, contracts, deeds, plats, agreements, bonds and other surety instruments.
  • Review and advise planning staff regarding language in staff reports, master/sector plans, the zoning ordinance and state or local legislation.
  • Advise the Planning Board during public hearings.
  • Litigate petitions for judicial review and other appellate proceedings in the Circuit Courts and the Courts of Appeal.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Six (6) years progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, including two (2) years of specialized legal experience in land use, legal transactions, civil litigation, administration litigation or employment law.
  • A valid license, in good standing, to practice law in the state of Maryland, or in another state, subject to attainment of a valid license to practice law in Maryland during initial probationary period.
  • Valid driver's license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver's licenses must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee's ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required of their position.

Associate General Counsel Minimums:
  • Law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • 2. Four (4) years progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, including one
  • year of legal experience in land use, legal transactions, civil litigation, administrative litigation, or employment law.
  • 3. A valid license, in good standing, to practice law in the state of Maryland, or in another state, subject to attainment of a valid license to practice law in the State of Maryland during initial probationary period.
  • Valid driver's license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver's licenses must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee's ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required of their position.


Closing Date: 22nd February, 2019
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