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Project Coordinator

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$93,793.02 - $156,322.82 Annually
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

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Are you a collaborative servant leader and passionate about improving our watersheds, stormwater quality, and reducing flooding through the implementation of innovative and sustainable stormwater capital improvement projects?

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services seeks a Branch Chief to lead and be member of a collaborative team of dedicated high performing staff that are responsible for the implementation of major stormwater capital improvement projects in the County.

DPWES is a diverse, nationally accredited and award-winning public works agency with approximately 1,000 employees providing 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.

The Stormwater Planning Division is a nationally recognized team that plans and implements a comprehensive stormwater assessment and management program to improve water quality and the health, safety, and welfare of its 1.2 million residents. The Division is committed to cost effectively improving sustainability and resiliency in the County by equitably reducing flood risk and improving stormwater management and the water quality of its approximately 400 square miles of local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for the supervision and management of personnel in a Watershed Projects Implementation Branch and management of all assigned and related functions. Leads in the development, coordination, management and implementation of the Capital Improvement Plan containing multiple stormwater projects including stream restorations, detention basin retrofits, site retrofits, flood control/mitigation, and other water dependent or environmental facilities to achieve regulatory compliance and established watershed planning, flood mitigation and dam safety goals and objectives. Provides leadership, guidance, oversight, training, mentoring and direction to assigned engineers, project managers, landscape architects, technicians and other technical specialists. It is responsible for the work prepared by the individuals assigned to the Branch and under his/her direct supervision. Responsible for the development and management of project scopes of work, budgets and schedules. The position also negotiates, manages and ensures the work of professional engineering and consulting services firms complies with contract and schedule requirements and serves as the project manager for complex and/or sensitive stormwater capital improvement projects. The position requires extensive project management and stormwater project implementation experience and knowledge of local, state and federal codes and regulations. Provides responsive and effective communication orally and in writing and regularly represents the agency and provides presentations, reports, and information on project related matters to elected and appointed officials, federal and state agencies, county senior staff, outside agencies and residents. Responsible for maintaining excellent relations and ensuring projects are properly coordinated with all stakeholders. May be called upon to serve as expert witness in court cases, claims, public hearings, appeals boards, or the state legislature.

Fairfax County Government is committed to our employees, and offer 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:Note: 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 four year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Urban/Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, or a related field, and six years of progressively responsible experience in or affiliated with land planning and/or redevelopment.

  • A 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.

  • Three or more years of demonstrated successful supervisory, leadership, teamwork and program/project management skills.
  • Three years of experience overseeing the professional work of engineers, project managers, landscape architects and technicians.
  • Three years of experience successfully managing stormwater capital improvement projects from concept, through design and construction utilizing professional service engineering contracts.
  • Three years of experience reviewing and analyzing construction plans and specifications.
  • Three years of experience demonstrating extensive knowledge and experience implementing stormwater projects including stream restoration design using natural channel design methodologies, and stormwater facilities through applicable federal, state and local codes and regulations.
  • Three years of strong oral and written communication skills experience, including demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
  • Three years of experience demonstrating the ability to establish collaborative relationships with staff, outside agencies, residents, environmental groups and government leaders, and the ability to lead and build teams through collaboration and development and implementation of effective and efficient processes.
Ability to drive a motor vehicle. Ability to perform field investigation on storm drainage, flood proofing, channel restoration, regional pond construction and other stormwater improvement type projects. 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.

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.



Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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