Director Of Stormwater Planning

Expiring today

Fairfax, Virginia
$100,986.00 - $171,677.00 Annually
May 13, 2023
Jun 10, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

Come work for Fairfax County’s nationally accredited Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) to lead our award-winning Stormwater Planning Division (SWPD) in reducing flood risk and protecting local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay. We are looking for a collaborative, innovative leader ready to apply state-of-the art stormwater management and project implementation while planning for the current and future needs of over 400 square miles of land and 3,800 miles of streams, channels, and stormwater pipes in Fairfax County.

DPWES seeks a Stormwater Planning Division Director to lead a diverse group of more than 50 professional and technical staff as one collaborative, creative, and productive team. The SWPD Director will oversee the following:
  • Planning for countywide stormwater needs including modeling water quality and quantity.
  • Managing Fairfax County’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and state-regulated dams.
  • Performing countywide watershed monitoring and outreach.
  • Designing capital projects to fulfill stormwater needs.
  • Implementing and enforcing regulatory requirements from Fairfax’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements and other federal, state and local regulations.
  • Managing emergency response for flooding and assisting in all DPWES emergency response.
  • Establishing and fulfilling a Capital Improvement Program in collaboration with partners across the County and beyond.
The successful applicant will become part of a diverse public works agency that is recognized at the national, regional, and state level for awards, accreditations, and ratings. With approximately 1,000 employees, DPWES provides solid waste, capital facility development, wastewater, stormwater, urban forestry, and land acquisition management services for the most populous county in Virginia. Join our team to help us protect the environment and serve the people of Fairfax County by creating and preserving a sustainable community that is an ideal place to live, work, and play for everyone.

Fairfax County Government is committed to our employees, and offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Through LiveWell and the Benefits Division, we endeavor to cultivate a culture of wellbeing that empowers, educates and engages employees and retirees to make life-long choices that promote a holistic approach to their physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and financial wellness. Please review our awesome benefits in the following links, which together account for more than 50% of your salary:

Note: Please include a cover letter with your application that describes your interest in the position and how your experience qualifies you for this position.

This position is required to be available 24 hours a day/seven days a week (24/7) to respond to snow, flooding, and other designated emergencies on an as needed basis.

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 college or university with major course work in engineering, environmental sciences or a related field; PLUS nine years of progressively responsible engineering or environmental sciences experience in stormwater management programs and ecosystem improvement; three years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Valid driver's license

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Professional engineer, landscape architect, land surveyor, or related licensure or certification as a Project Management Professional
  • Ten or more years implementing a stormwater management program.
  • Ten or more years leading staff in implementing a public works or related program.
  • Ten or more years devising and tracking performance measures for monitoring project costs and effectiveness.
  • Ten or more years of experience successfully communicating with elected officials and government executives in writing and verbally.
Able to communicate with the public. Physically and mentally able to use all applicable personal protective equipment in an outdoor environment, including hardhat, eye protection, hearing protection, safety footwear, and personal fall arrest harness. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

Note: The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Stormwater Management Division will host a Realistic Job Preview (RJP) on May 22, 2023, from 12:00 P.M. until 1:00 P.M EST. The RJP is an opportunity to see an overview of the position, learn important aspects of the work and ask questions. Attendance is not required to be considered for this position. To register, please send an email to with your name, contact information, and intention to attend. Please reference RJP 23-01500 Director, Stormwater Planning Division. The registration deadline is May 18, 2023 5:00 p.m. EST.

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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