Chief of Staff - Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

Washington, DC, DC
Full Time
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Senior Manager/Supervisor


Position: Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

Open Date:  October 30, 2023

Closing Date:  Open until filled

Grade/Salary:  Excepted Service  Grade 9 ($149,763 to $179,716)

The incumbent in this position serves as the Chief of Staff in the Office Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).  The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) assists the Mayor in the coordination, planning, supervision, and execution of economic development efforts in the District of Columbia with the goal of creating and preserving affordable housing, creating jobs, and increasing tax revenue. DMPED pursues policies and programs that create strong neighborhoods, expand and diversify the local economy, and provide residents with pathways to the middle class.

The priorities for the Deputy Mayor derive from our broad goals of increasing affordable housing, increasing jobs and increasing District revenues. Together, they support the Mayor’s vision of Inclusive Prosperity. Underlying all of our work is a commitment, driven by the Mayor, to good government and transparency.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development t has the responsibility for ensuring the successful implementation of the following programs: 

  • Real Estate Development – The goal of DMPED’s real estate development program is to implement real estate development projects that create vibrant and stable neighborhoods; rebuild retail corridors; and ensure that every District investment yields real benefits for residents and local businesses  DMPED manages a multi-billion-dollar real estate portfolio that includes over – properties encompassing over -- acres. Located across all eight of the District’s wards, DMPED’s properties and projects vary in size from small-scale neighborhood retail to multi-billion-dollar redevelopment projects. 
  • Business Development and Strategy -The goal of this program is to attract and retain businesses of all sizes, create well-paying job opportunities for residents, strengthen the business climate, and expand the District’s tax base.. 
  • Revenue Bond Program -The District of Columbia Revenue Bond Program provides below-market interest rate loans to private entities to help lower the cost of funds for capital projects. These bonds are used to finance a wide variety of projects that are important to the District’s welfare and employment base, including health facilities, housing, transit and utility facilities, recreational facilities, manufacturing, sports, convention and entertainment facilities, elementary, secondary, college, and university facilities, and industrial and commercial development. 
  • Economic Development Cluster Agency Coordination - The DMPED is also responsible for coordinating and overseeing the work of a cluster of District government agencies that support housing, planning, and economic development activities. . These agencies include:
  1. Department of Housing and Community Development 
  2. Department of Small and Local Business Development 
  3. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment 
  4. Office of Planning 


The Chief of Staff provides direction and assignments in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The incumbent determines the approaches and methods necessary to independently carry out the mission of the office to meet program or function goals, requirements, and time frames. Results of the work are technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. If the work should be reviewed, the review concerns such matters as accomplishment of the agency's mission, program objectives and goals, effect of advice and influence on the overall department, judgment and expertise exercised on administrative decisions, and the availability of resources



  • Advises the Deputy Mayor on issues and matters related to policy and legislative review, policy development and implementation; and the interpretation and application of pertinent regulations.
  • Builds partnerships within the District Government, federal and community organizations to advance DMPED's agenda.
  • Provides expertise to support executive decision-making processes by discerning and describing the interrelationship of facts and issues regarding DMPED operations.
  • Identifies best practices and other objective criteria to evaluate the issues.
  • Assesses the political/community environment and potential impact, risks, benefits, strengths and/or weaknesses associated with particular proposals or courses of action.
  • Assures that recommendations made are well-defined and coordinated and include the use of multidisciplinary approaches sufficient to meet the established and anticipated needs of decision makers.
  • Ensures the adequacy of staff efforts related to DMPED support, legislative relations, and administrative support. Initiates, manages and/or oversees the completion of a wide variety of complex and diverse large-scale projects, designed to meet the needs of DMPED and other internal and external stakeholders. Keeps the Chief of Staff abreast of critical issues and provides expert assistance in anticipating, addressing, and resolving sensitive and controversial issues faced by DMPED.
  • Works closely with the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Deputy Mayor, DC government agencies and officials, and other relevant stakeholders to develop, coordinate and execute strategic plans and projects. Develops, reviews, and/or oversees the preparation of position papers, briefing papers, and statistical reports for internal or broad distribution to include the Deputy Mayor and other stakeholders.
  • Conducts special studies of extremely controversial or sensitive problem areas, which include changes in methods of program operation and staffing requirements necessary to effect improvements in program efficiency, effectiveness, and economy. These studies require extensive probing and analysis in determining the nature and scope of issue or problem.
  • Supervises employees within the Office of the Chief of Staff to ensure administrative support to the Deputy Mayor. Makes staff selections; recommends promotions; provides performance ratings, and necessary training; approves/disapproves leave; initiates necessary disciplinary action; and assigns, adjusts, directs and reviews staff work. Provides or ensures the provision of staff training necessary to keep staff abreast of the changes in governing and related regulatory, legislative matters
  • Provides structure, coordination and oversight for strategic and operational planning for DMPED, and in the identification and establishment of priorities. Organizes and leads taskforces and working groups, which may involve outside experts or stakeholders to address program and policy issues, which impact the different entities and interests comprising the public education system.
  • Oversees the rulemaking processes, overseeing and monitoring the research and information gathering phase, the writing of the rules, the submission of the rules, and monitoring determination of any and all tasks and functions with regard to official publication.
  • Acts on behalf of the Deputy Mayor in his/her absence.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in public administration or a closely related field.
  • Mastery of the mission, function and operational programs of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). Mastery of the policies, regulations, procedures and practices of ODMPED and the Executive Office of the Mayor.
  • Mastery of management practices, principles, methods and techniques; and skill in integrating management services with the general management of an organization.
  • Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for assessment and improvement of program effectiveness, and the improvement of complex management processes and systems.
  • Mastery of and skill in problem solving, negotiation strategies and project management. Excellent analytical skills in evaluating the effectiveness of administrative services, and in recommending the development and/or revision of policies, practices and procedures required.
  • Mastery of and skill in the application of analytical and evaluative theories, concepts, procedures, methods, standards, and practices in the interpretation of policy. Ability to assimilate information from a variety of sources, analyzes information, and recommends courses of action to be taken.
  • Skill in orally and written communication to prepare and present recommendations and solutions regarding complex issues based on analysis and evaluation, including the preparation of presentation of reports, proposals, etc., and to articulate instructions and directives. Excellent interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively with others.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in a managerial/supervisory capacity, and in a team-based environment.

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