Coordination Section Chief (transportation Planner V)

Fairfax, Virginia
$88,953.90 - $148,257.62 Annually
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 24, 2023
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Job Announcement

Since 1977, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has served the Fairfax County community by enhancing mobility, safety, and the quality of life of residents, businesses, and visitors through planning, coordinating, funding, implementing, and sustaining a multimodal transportation system. FCDOT is seeking a Senior Planner with extensive experience in funding and regional partnerships. The position manages the Coordination Section within the Coordination and Funding Division (CFD) and promotes effective coordination and collaboration between FCDOT, elected officials and/or their offices, regional and state transportation agencies. This position supervises other planners in the section, participates in grant application preparation, and analyzes transportation policy issues. In a dynamic and quickly evolving environment, this position will provide a challenging and rewarding experience for an individual invested in achieving the County’s ambitious transportation goals.

Responsibilities include:
  • Overseeing coordination between FCDOT, elected officials and/or their offices, regional and state transportation agencies
  • Managing relationships and negotiations for CFD, including coordinating and negotiating directly with staff and officials of local, regional, and state government agencies
  • Preparing, monitoring, analyzing, and reviewing agreements, legislative and policy matters, and providing support on state and federal legislative issues
  • Serving as technical staff and providing recommendations to members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors who serve on regional agency boards, such as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), and the Transportation Planning Board (TPB)
  • Analyzing transportation policy issues and conducting advanced transportation studies and analyses
  • Making presentations and representing the department at meetings with consultants, citizens, federal, state, regional, and local government agencies, and at public meetings and hearings of the Board of Supervisors, planning commission, and others
  • Performing certain administrative responsibilities such as employee evaluations, hiring, leave approval, training needs identification, and other administrative duties as assigned by the director, division chief, and/or department.
  • Performing other tasks as assigned
For more information on the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, please click here .

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 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, urban, regional or transportation planning, or a closely related field. Plus five years of progressively responsible transportation planning related experience. The years of experience should include at least three years in the specific area of assignment (for e.g., Transportation Planning, Site Analysis, the Fairfax Connector, et al).

A valid motor vehicle driver's license.

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

This position is considered essential personnel and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).

Experience in four or more of the following areas, one of which must be strong analytical, verbal and writing skills, with experience in giving presentations:
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with government officials and the public
  • Experience with local and state governments, boards, commissions, authorities, and transportation agencies; including working with elected and appointed officials
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and methods of transportation/transit funding
  • Experience in analyzing transportation and policy issues at the state or federal level
  • Identifying workflow issues and developing solutions
  • Experience supervising very diverse groups of high performing professionals
  • Experience in monitoring and developing capital improvement programs

Visual acuity to review detailed drawings, plans and documents. Work is generally sedentary. However, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items less than 25 pounds in weight. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. 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.