Planner Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$79,786.51 - $132,977.52 Annually
Sep 09, 2023
Sep 23, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

The mission of the Department of Planning and Development is to promote livable communities which enhance the quality of life for the present and the future. Our purpose is to provide proposals, advice, and assistance on land use, development review, and zoning issues to those who make decisions on such issues in Fairfax County.

This planner will be responsible for a variety of zoning administration functions, including:
  1. Interpreting the Zoning Ordinance and responding to zoning inquiries (verbally and in writing). Work products include use determinations, compliance letters, vested rights determinations, and other interpretations of the Zoning Ordinance.
  2. Serving as project manager for Zoning Ordinance amendments and/or appeals to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Zoning Ordinance amendments involve robust community outreach and engagement, and the project manager has the opportunity to work collaboratively with the community, elected and appointed officials, and industry representatives on emerging zoning trends.
  3. Attending meetings, making presentations, writing reports, collaborating with internal and external customers, and interpreting data relating to land use planning and zoning.
  4. Performing related duties as required.

Note: The salary for this position will generally not exceed the midpoint of the advertised salary range ($106,382.22).

Individual must be willing to participate in work assignments and meetings during the evening hours.

In accordance with current Fairfax County telework and personnel policies, this position is eligible for partial telework. Telework enrollment and continuance are subject to supervisor approval and County policy.

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 four years of experience in a planning-related field.

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

  • Master's degree in urban planning or a closely related field and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) membership.
  • Public sector planning experience at the senior level with four (4) or more years of experience in one or more of the areas of assignment listed above.
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating complex zoning issues.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and experience presenting information to government entities, various committees, and the public.
  • Experience using a personal computer for word processing, database research, and presentations.

Position is primarily sedentary. Employee may be required to carry items up to 10 pounds. Work assignments may also require that the employee make site visits. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a practical 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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