Executive Director

City of Baltimore, MD

Job Details

  • Job Function: Other; Non-Department Head; Executive Director (Non-profit)
  • Credential: No preference
  • Salary: Negotable and commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 620,961
  • Website: http://www.baltimorecity.gov
  • Where: 100 N. Holliday Street
  • Form of Government: Mayor-Council

Post Date: Jan 26 2018

Deadline: Mar 1 2018



The City of Baltimore seeks a creative, dynamic, and results-oriented professional to serve as the Executive Director, Municipal and Zoning Appeals.

The Board of Municipal & Zoning Appeals (the “Board”) is a Charter agency of Baltimore City government that sits in a quasi-judicial capacity to hear and decide zoning (e.g. land use) and municipal appeals brought by property owners, community members, and other stakeholders, basing its decisions on local zoning and municipal codes as well as state law intended to promote the health, security, morals, and general welfare of the community. The Board has these general goals:
o It prevents the overcrowding of land.
o Avoids undue concentration of population.
o Provides adequate light and air.
o Secures safety from fire, panic, and other dangers.
o Reduces congestion in the streets.
o Helps for adequate transportation, water, sewers, schools, parks, and other public services.
The Board is comprised of five (5) Board members, one of whom must be a lawyer, and all must be City residents and registered voters in the City of Baltimore. Board appointments are made by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.


Administration, Operations and Supervision:
• In partnership with the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for assisting in the management of appeals hearing(s), manages hearing dockets, ensures the fair and consistent application of zoning and municipal codes, and generally advises the public and Baltimore City officials on zoning and land use laws and regulations and court decisions pertinent to Board proceedings.

• Manages, prepares and distributes the Board’s written resolutions and official Board minutes to key internal and external stakeholders;

• In accordance with local and state law, is responsible for writing key explanation(s) for Board decisions sufficient to withstand legal challenge;

• Coordinates and prepares matters for public hearings to include quarterly and bi- weekly meetings;

• Ensures all appeals hearings are in compliance with State of Maryland Open Meetings Act;

• Maintains Board records and official decisions; facilitates public access to records;

• Evaluates land use proposals for conformity; Prepares and maintains vital zoning appeals applications to include all supporting documentation for conditional uses, non-conditional uses and variances;

• Ensure that areas of assigned responsibilities are performed within budget; Performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to ensure sound fiscal control; prepares and administers annual budget requests;

• Ensures that BMZA is implementing best practices in the field.
• Writes, reviews, writes, reviews, edits, and publishes Board decisions and resolutions; ensures compliance with local and state law, policies and procedures, including conformity the Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland;

• Analyzes, compiles and writes advisory reports on changes in local and state law; inspects properties under review to determine validity of appeals; analyzes pending zoning ordinances and prepares written reports and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning and land use issues;

• Maintains professional competency in current legal trends in land use and administrative law and practice;

• Consults with and works with the Zoning Administrator in the editing and certification of Zoning Map amendments, and the maintenance of the Baltimore City Zoning Map;

• Manages and supervises staff of approximately four to five (4-5) persons to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews and directs changes as needed.


The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge Zoning ordinances, regulations, laws and decisions; Ability to understand, interpret and apply zoing ordinances, regulations and laws. The candidate must be able to oversee and conduct administrative hearings and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders and become a credible and persuasive leader in fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

Education & Experience
• Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience in the zoning field,background in government strongly preferred.
• Familiarity with the City of Baltimore, its local neighborhoods, and socio-political landscape strongly preferred.

Baltimore City residence is strongly preferred.

How to Apply
Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Resume and letter of interest including salary history and requirements should be emailed to talent.masters@baltimorecity.gov

Attention: Candidate finalist must successfully pass a criminal background investigation check and drug/alcohol screenings.

The City of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer that strives to provide equal access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. EOE/M/F/D/V