Planning Branch Manager (planner V)

Fairfax, Virginia
$88,953.90 - $148,257.62 Annually
Dec 03, 2022
Dec 31, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Join the Park Authority and our nationally recognized team of professionals! The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking a Planner V, leading the Planning Branch in one of the most highly regarded park systems in the country. With over 420 parks and 23,000 acres of parkland that includes recreation and nature centers, golf courses, lakefront parks, and more, FCPA is an exciting organization to be a part of and there are many opportunities to make a difference. As the Planning Branch Manager for the Park Authority, you will provide oversight of the Long-Range Planning and Development Review Sections, who direct, guide, and manage complex planning and development work to inform park development across the county. With a focus on equity and One Fairfax , this position manages multi-discipline professional staff or planners and landscape architects in a team environment, collaborating with other county agencies and entities to conduct plan review and analysis, create site specific park master plans, long range park and strategic plans and report on park planning issues and projects to Park Authority Board, elected officials, and the Planning Commission. The Planner V will be an experienced leader who must be able to operate independently and collaboratively, exercising professional judgement and political savvy, and think creatively about how to influence the future of park planning in the county. Sample tasks include:
  • Review and present long range technical data to a variety of stakeholders
  • Oversee and provide guidance on the review, comment, and updates to park-related portions of the County's Comprehensive Plan.
  • Review and write analytical memos on complex development plans, public improvement plans, environmental impact statements and other proposals to identify park impacts and mitigation recommendations.
  • Prepare and present oral, written, and graphic planning presentations for the Park Authority Board, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors
  • Conduct and advise on public engagement strategies for planning work to diverse community groups.
  • Comprehensively evaluate constraints and opportunities and related to scenarios for future park development and resource protection.
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with section chiefs, staff, senior leadership, citizens, board members, and elected officials.
  • Use electronic analysis tools such as Access, Excel, and GIS to analyze data, prepare GIS-based maps, and displays.

Employment Standards

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”) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a planning related field; Plus, seven years of experience in a planning-related field including two years increasingly responsible experience with leading teams, project management and/or staff management.

  • Master's degree in planning, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental science, or related area.
  • Professional Landscape Architect (PLA), Professional Engineer (PE), or Certified Planner (AICP) preferred.
  • Experience leading a team of professional staff including developing work plans, mentoring, and coaching junior planning staff, and overseeing a broad range of planning work from long range planning and master planning to development reviews and zoning evaluations.
  • Experience incorporating racial and social equity into planning and design for parks, trails, and/or public spaces.
  • Experience leading public engagement efforts on highly complex plans.
  • Experience independently performing park planning work including special studies, master plans, and development review cases for public land.
  • Proficiency using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), online survey and public input software, and Microsoft Productivity software including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams.
  • Familiarity using and updating databases is also preferred.
  • Must have strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, and child protective services registry 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.
Position is generally sedentary in nature; however, site visits may require individual to walk through parks, stream valleys, and environments that are rough or uneven terrain. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; 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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