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Senior Deputy Clerk To The Planning Commission (administrative Assistant V)

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$52,220.69 - $87,034.27 Annually
Closing date
Oct 14, 2023

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Maintains detailed knowledge of the Fairfax County Planning Commission and Fairfax County planning and zoning policies and procedures. Coordinates and manages all planning commission committees, including organization, scheduling, staffing, and documentation. Manages planning commission correspondence. Coordinates with Clerk to the Planning Commission on the public facilities application and review process. Provides document review and editing of planning commission materials and documentation. Manages the archiving process for planning commission records and responds to requests for documents and information from the public and county staff. Participates in the rotation of staffing for telephone testimony during regular planning commission meetings. Performs other related duties as assigned. Requires regular attendance at scheduled night meetings.

Note: The assigned functional areas the position are: general administrative, planning (e.g., zoning evaluation, zoning administration, zoning enforcement, public facility, environmental and/or land use planning), logistics, and records management.

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.)

General Executive Assistance
Provides advice and counsel to members of the executive/work unit head's functional area;
Exercises discretion in administrative policy interpretation;
Resolves a wide variety of operational problems requiring sound judgment.
Acts as the liaison between the executive/work unit head's functional area, other county offices, and external agencies;
Recommends exceptions to administrative policies that are subject to review.

Scheduling & Coordinating for Others
Supervises or handles the most complex, non-routine activities where consequence of error is high;
Coordinates all logistic activities for visits by external groups;
Schedules/sets up presentation rooms, obtains required audiovisual equipment, schedules order of presentations, length, etc.;
Verifies travel arrangements made by visitors (e.g., travel to/from hotel);
Makes all arrangements required by visitors regarding catering or supplies;
Directs or performs the scheduling, organizing, coordinating and making of arrangements for national and international meetings;
Negotiates prices for goods and services required at meetings;
Manages the calendar of the executive/work unit head with authority to make commitments of the executive/work unit head's time and to distinguish higher from lower priorities in the executive/work unit head's schedule.

Independently composes original correspondence (e.g., preparation of replies to non-technical requests) for the functional area under their own signature;
Explains and interprets policies as they apply to unique situations with potential legal and safety implications;
Researches, coordinates, and provides information to others including citizens, executive/work unit head, and/or BOS members/staff;
Informs internal staff regarding executive/work unit head's decisions regarding procedural issues and provides the reasons for those decisions.

Office Management
Supervises several dissimilar or specialized functions each with unique training requirements;
Devises procedures for complex or specialized functions;
Anticipates and develops procedures/tools to prevent problems; solves unusual problems;
Provides administrative support to the functional area (e.g., reviews, evaluates and prioritizes all requests and communications;
Analyzes short and long-range administrative needs such as space, staffing of functional area).

General Administrative
Responsible for and determines administrative procedures.

Receptionist/Public Contact
Answers questions requiring decisions that tend to establish a precedent and/or commit a unit or supervisor to a course of action;
Recommends procedural changes;
Interprets policies and provides oral and/or written interpretations/procedures for non-routine/complex problems referred by front line staff.

Word Processing/Typing
Supervises word processing staff including training of staff;
Edits for style, format, and/or layout.

Prepares one of a kind reports, gathers statistics based on information compiled from various sources, draws conclusions, and makes recommendations.

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.)
Knowledge of county policies within functional area of responsibility. This may include knowledge of an outside institution, dissimilar operational unit within the county or the basic principles and methods of a professional field.

Executive Assistance
Thorough knowledge of the executive/work unit head's program/area and of county administration and organization.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and be sensitive to political issues.
Knowledge and sensitivity to issues, priorities, protocol, etc.

PC Skills
Intermediate skills in the use of applicable Microsoft Office Suite software;
Intermediate skills in the use of agency specific software applications.

Ability to communicate well through written and oral means;
Ability to speak in front of a group.

Information Abilities
Ability to gather, integrate, and analyze complex data.

Interpersonal Abilities
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with both external and internal contacts.

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")

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to high school graduation and four years of experience providing administrative support in the assigned functional area(s).

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer. Ability to attend scheduled night meetings.

  • Completion of some college courses in business management or related field.
  • Experience working with a board, authority, commission, or committee.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in notetaking, proofreading, customer service, and organization.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion, and consistently interact in a friendly and customer service-oriented manner.
  • Ability to work independently with limited direction and to handle competing tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience and knowledge using audio recording system.

Work is generally sedentary but may require the ability to lift 50 lbs. 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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