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Environmental And Energy Community Specialist (planner Iv)

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$87,709.02 - $146,181.36 Annually
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

Job Details

Job Announcement

The Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC) seeks a dynamic and innovative planner to develop and lead community programs that support implementation of the Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) and Resilient Fairfax, the county’s climate adaptation and resilience plan. Work collaboratively with county agencies, non-profits, businesses, residents, and community-based organizations to coordinate and advance effective, equitable climate action and sustainability programs like Climate Champions, Green Business Partners, and HomeWise, among others education and outreach programs.

Roles and responsibilities include:
  • Develops, grows and leads community engagement plans and programs that promote and advance climate action in collaboration with county agencies, residents, community organizations, businesses, non-profits, and other stakeholders;
  • Provides leadership and directs the work of a team from within and outside of the OEEC to include county agency, partners, and consultants;
  • Supervises administrative and technical staff as directed by the division manager;
  • Monitors program progress to achieve countywide goals and policies related to implementation of climate action plans;
  • Works with management to prioritize programs, develop budgets and prepare and present to elected officials, senior county management and executives:.
  • Assesses and reports on climate, energy and environmental policy, legislation, programs and activities;
  • Works with nonprofit entities, regional planning organizations, and other partners to further county environmental goals and policies;
  • Manages and responds to inquiries from interest groups and the public.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Manages special projects and studies, including directing the work of a team or work group of planners and planning technicians or others, from within and outside of the Department to include contracting consultants, preparing schedules, and administering the project budget;
  • Represents the Department or County and serves as an internal expert on panels, committees, and task forces and may propose planning and zoning policies and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance or Comprehensive Planning response to a variety of complex policy and land issues;
  • Represents the Department's positions at public hearings before the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and/or Park Authority Board, among others;
  • As representative of the Department, coordinates with other County agencies, interest groups, and jurisdictions on highly specialized policy, zoning, and land use issues;
  • Prepares detailed position papers and staff reports on complex public facility proposals, environmental policy, housing policy, among others;
  • Reviews and provides comments and direction on the work of others in the planner series related to area of expertise, acting as an internal consultant to the department and a mentor to other planners;

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of local government areas of specialization, including planning or zoning, management procedures, and principles of supervision;
  • Ability to write, proofread, edit, and rewrite documents effectively and to critique and edit the work of others in the series;
  • Ability to apply interpersonal skills to resolve conflicts and to maintain effective communication with staff;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, development representatives and citizen groups;
  • Ability to apply principles of leadership, creative problem solving, collaboration, decision making, and team building;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

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, five years of experience in a planning-related field.

  • Master’s degree in a related field;
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in developing and leading community programs that promote and advance climate action in collaboration with county agencies, residents, community organizations, businesses, non-profits, and other stakeholders;
  • Strong experience in and knowledge of energy and climate action planning and implementation including but not limited to areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, strategies and actions to achieve carbon neutral goals in key sectors such as building energy and transportation, and climate resilience;
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic and annual work plans as they relate to environmental and energy programs and goals;
  • Experience working in a local government environment including work with elected officials;
  • Strong experience in and senior-level knowledge of federal and state law, policy and regulation in the areas of energy, environment, and climate;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing projects, including overseeing internal and external team members, administering project budgets and ensuring project deadlines are met in a timely manor;
  • Ability to manage consulting contracts including the development of the scope of work for services and tracking and reporting on the progress of the work;
  • Ability to apply principles of leadership, creative problem solving, collaboration, decision making, and team building;
  • Ability to effectively engage diverse stakeholders towards problem-solving and mutual understandings;
  • Ability to present complex information to elected officials, senior management, and members of the community in a clear, concise and understandable manner;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Three or more years of supervisory experience.

Not applicable.

  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • Ability to attend evening meetings is essential.

This position is primarily sedentary in nature; however, employee must be sufficiently mobile to attend meetings and make presentations. Visual acuity to work on electronic equipment such as a computer monitor or smartphone and the ability to type on a keyboard. Employee may be required to lift or carry up to 15 pounds. 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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