URSP faculty members serve as “faculty mentors” to graduate students. In their first year, all URSP students are assigned a faculty mentor. Mentors are assigned on the basis of mutual interest with the student, but also on the basis of their availability. We strive to have an equal number of students per faculty mentor. The mentor has the responsibility of guiding the student through the program and helping with course selection and registration. A mentor's approval is required for class registration. If over the course of his or her study, a student feels more comfortable with another faculty member as mentor, the student can change by making a request with the Program's Administrative Assistant and filling out a Change of Mentor form. The faculty members who are mentors are shown below, along with their areas of teaching and research.
|Faculty Mentor||Email Address||Teaching/Research Focus|
|Alex Chenemail@example.com||Community Studies|
|Jim Cohenfirstname.lastname@example.org||Growth Management, Sustainability|
|Casey Dawkins||Dawkins1@umd.edu||Housing, Land Use|
|Chengri Dingemail@example.com||International Development, Economic Analysis|
|Hiroyuki Iseki||Hiseki@umd.edu||Economics, Land Use|
|Gerrit Knaapfirstname.lastname@example.org||Economics, Land Use|
|Willow Lung-Amamemail@example.com||Social Planning, Urban Design Theory|
Welcome to the MAPP Career Services page. We offer services to both employers and students.
For employers, we offer the following services:
- A forum to post job opportunities for MAPP students or alumni
- On campus Interviews
- MAPP annual career fair
For more information see the section below for employers or contact Kristen Tepper.
If you are a student, we offer the following services:
- Professional Career development services, including workshops and resume assistance
- Career opportunities
- Upcoming career events
For more information on these services, see the appropriate section below.
Employers: Job Postings
URSP has connections with planning-related employers both inside and outside of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area, who send full and part job notices to us which we then forward to our students. Currently enrolled students, and our alumni upon request, are eligible to be on our program’s jobs listserv. Postings will also be listed here.
If you would like to add a job posting, forward job descriptions to Jim Cohen. Listings will remain on our website for 90 days unless otherwise noted.
Employers: On-Campus Interviews
We now offer firm-specific, on-campus interviews for employers. If you are interested in learning more about this option or would like to schedule a date to meet with students, please contact Kristen Tepper.
Employers: MAPP Career Fair
MAPP's annual Architecture, Planning, Preservation and Real Estate Development Career & Internship Fair takes place on Friday, February 19, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In the Great Space.
If your company or organization is interested in participating, please contact Kristen Tepper.
Students and Alumni: Job Postings
Location: Baltimore, MD
Company: Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP
Job Description: Planner
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl is looking for a Planner. Job duties include the preparation and interpretation of technical information pertinent to transportation planning. Responsible for a broad range of transportation planning areas, including multi-modal planning, land use planning, corridor planning studies, transit service planning, travel trends analysis, freight movement, traffic engineering, alternative alignment studies, and geographic information systems. Support public involvement activities and agency coordination, as well as be responsible for technical report writing, data collection and data analysis and management. The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Design or related field.
Interested applicants may mail resumes to William B. Wood, Human Resources Manager, Rummel, Klepper & Kahl LLP, 81 Mosher St., Baltimore, MD 21217
Location: Annapolis, MD
Company: CR Goodman Associates
Job Description: Architect/Designers/Planner
Annapolis-based firm with exciting projects on the boards is looking for experienced designers to join our team. Great opportunity with a growing firm. Looking for a Masters Degree in Architecture or Urban Planning. For more information, contact Sandy Goodman, AAHID, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, 912 Commerce Road, Annapolis MD 21401, http://www.crgoodmanassociates.com
Location: Washington, DC
Company: Ayers Saint Gross
Job Description: Senior Planner Project Manager
Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners is a 150-person firm designing environments that support the creation and dissemination of knowledge and culture for major higher education, civic, and cultural institutions. With headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland and offices in Washington, DC and Arizona, our span is national with an increasing presence internationally.
Position Overview: We are looking for an experienced Senior Planner Project Manager to join our planning team in our Washington, DC office. The Senior Planner Project Manager will work in close coordination with the Principal in Charge to provide project leadership and management to multiple planning projects. We are looking for an energetic professional with a strong organizational skills to manage multi-disciplinary teams to provide collaborative, quality planning solutions. Projects typically overlap the disciplines of planning, architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and graphic design. Ideal candidates should have interest in problem solving for higher education and cultural clients.
- In close collaboration with the Principal in Charge, lead and manage planning projects.
- Work collaboratively with clients, consultants and internal team members.
- Manage internal team in the preparation of deliverables and conduct presentations to clients.
- Manage external consultants and contracts.
- Manage internal project finances and staffing. -
- Be able to travel to client sites as needed.
- Assist with marketing and business development activities.
Requirements: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (preferred) in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning and/or Urban Design. Minimum of 10 years of related experience, preferably in higher education. Exceptional presentation and interpersonal skills. Strong verbal and written communications skills. Excellent analytical skills. Proficient with MS Office Suite, InDesign a plus. Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail. Self-starter and ability to work will with minimal supervision.
Why work at Ayers Saint Gross? - We are an employee-owned company - We encourage our employees to pursue local and professional advocacy groups - We provide the opportunity to help with pro-bono initiatives that brings Architecture to the community - We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including a 401(k) and ESOP ASG is a respected leader in the community offering comprehensive benefits and a highly energized work environment. For additional information, please visit our website at www.asg-architects.com. Interested candidates should submit their resume, a letter of interest, and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org with the job title in the Subject line. Ayers Saint Gross is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/Disability/Veteran. Internal Number: ASG15-11
LOCATION: Ellicott City, MD
Company: Ellicott City Partnership
Job Description: Executive Director
The Ellicott City Partnership (ECP) is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director, who will be responsible for coordinating commercial revitalization activities as a recognized Maryland Main Street. Applicants must have education and professional experience in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation, urban planning, economic development, retailing, marketing, design, volunteer management, nonprofit management, or small business development. Familiarity with the Main Street program preferred. The candidate must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent environment, and be able to work with a variety of local community groups. Excellent verbal, written and social media communication skills are essential. Successful grant writing experience a plus. The salary is negotiable, depending upon experience. Please submit your resume, letter of interest, and three references by November 23, 2015 to ECP_opportunity@yahoo.com.
LOCATION: Baltimore, MD
Job Description: Site/Civil Planner
TechniPower, Inc. is conducting a search for a Site/Civil Planner for a Civil Engineering firm that works heavily with the City of Baltimore. They are looking for students or recent graduates. If interested, please contact Nicole Crews, TechniPower, Inc., at email@example.com, 770-804-9977 or 800-898-5154.
LOCATION: Houston, TX
Company Name: City of Houston Planning & Development Department
Job Description: Planner (Development Services) - Several Positions open
The City Of Houston Planning & Development Department is looking to fill multiple Planner (Develpment Services) positions within our department. Information regarding all employment opportunities for the City of Houston can be found by visiting our website at http:/houstontx.gov/jobs and selecting the "Apply for a Job" option. For a direct link to the posting, use http://bit.ly/1jBjb1m. Individuals looking to apply must complete by the online application process by the closing date of October 30, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to email a copy of their resume and cover letter to Brian Crimmins, Chief of Staff, City of Houston Planning & Development Department, at Brian.Crimmins@houstontx.gov, to help expedited the application process. For more information about planning in Houston, please visit www.houstonplanning.com.
Students: Career Development Services
URSP Student Planning Association (SPA) hosts a career panel on campus each year, in which alumni and other local planning professionals provide our current students ideas and advice on successful job hunting. Please check back for dates.
Please check back soon for upcoming events.
There are two forms of financial assistance available to URSP students, as listed below.
Graduate teaching or research assistantships
Some of our students serve as teaching assistants (TAs) for our undergraduate courses, while others assistant with a faculty member’s research project (RAs). Some of the RA positions are with the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. The assistantships are either part time (10 hours per week) or full-time (20 hours per week), in exchange for which the student receives a stipend, tuition remission, and participation in the Maryland State Employees health Insurance Program. A part-time TA or RA receives 5 hours of tuition remission for each semester worked, while a full-time TA or RA receives 10 hours of tuition remission for each semester worked. Both part-time and full TAs and GAs are charged the in-state Maryland tuition rate for any credits above 5 (or 10) that they take in a given semester. We have a limited number of these positions each semester.
For information on URSP GA or TA positions, contact Jim Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 405-6795. Please note that GA positions are available through other University of Maryland departments, programs or offices. Several of our students have received part or full-time GA positions in other campus programs in recent years. Notices and descriptions of these positions are available at https://ejobs.umd.edu under “Graduate Assistants”.
Information on student loans is available at the Office of Student Financial Aid at http://financialaid.umd.edu/osfa/for_graduate.php. Information on financial aid for international students is available at http://financialaid.umd.edu/osfa/for_international.php.