Planner Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Sep 10, 2022
Sep 24, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Responsible for a variety of zoning administration and zoning evaluation functions to include:
  1. Researches and prepares responses to zoning inquiries, verbally and in writing, including use determinations, compliance letters, vested rights determinations, VFOIA requests, and other interpretations of the Zoning Ordinance.
  2. Assists in the research, preparation, and implementation of text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance which are subject to a public hearing process.
  3. Attends meetings, makes presentations, writes reports, collaborates with internal and external customers, and interprets data relating to land use planning and zoning.
  4. Serves as the staff coordinator (project manager) and coordinates the development review of rezoning, special exception, special permit and/or variance applications with staff and applicants.
  5. Coordinates review and analysis of Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and applicable guidance/regulations relating to land use, transportation, public facilities, and environmental planning.
  6. Attends meetings, makes presentations, writes reports, collaborates with internal and external customers, and interprets data relating to land use planning and zoning.
  7. Prepares evaluation and staff recommendations in detailed staff reports and presents to the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, Board of Zoning Appeals, citizen groups and county agencies.
  8. Addresses citizen and applicant questions as periodic planner-of-the-day on a reoccurring basis.
  9. Performs related duties as required.
The ideal candidate will be an entry level planner with good analytical, organizational and communication skills, who is looking for a position with the potential for growth and a varied range of job activities.

Note: Position may be underfilled as a Planner I. Underfill Requirements are stated below in the Employment Standards section.

Multiple positions maybe filled with this advertisement within one of the branches within Zoning Evaluation Division or Zoning Administration Division.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a planning-related field; plus three years of experience in a planning-related field. A master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience. The years of experience should include a minimum of two years of experience in the specific area of assignment, e.g., zoning evaluation, zoning administration, zoning enforcement, public facility, environmental and/or land use planning.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

This vacancy may be underfilled at the level of Planner I (Grade S22, $ $56,957 - $94,929 ). The employment standards for the Planner I are: Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent of: Graduation from an accredited, four-year college or university in a planning-related field. Click here to view the complete details and KSAs for the Planner I . Upon completion of an underfill agreement (which will require that the employee meet the employment standards stated above in addition to obtaining competencies defined by the hiring agency) the employee will be elevated to the level of Planner II.Underfill candidates must be able to meet the minimum qualifications of the Planner II within two years of the job announcement's closing date.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Seeking individual with knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of planning and zoning. The preferred candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills, particularly in the preparation of technical reports and regulatory language, and the presentation of information to government entities, various committees, and the public. Experience using a personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite applications. Experience in reviewing complex plans, building permits, development plans, survey plats, and other zoning related legal documents is also desired. Master’s degree in planning or a closely related field and AICP membership.

Position is primarily sedentary, however, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending and carrying of items up to 10 pounds in weight. Work assignments may also require that the employee make site visits. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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