Arlington, Virginia
Apr 03, 2017
Aug 04, 2017
Full Time
Job Title: PRINCIPAL PLANNER Closing Date/Time: Thu. 08/03/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $69,409.60 - $118,144.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       NOTE: This is a re-announcement. If you previously applied for this position, there is no need to reapply. 

The Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is currently looking for a motivated Principal Planner to join the Planning Division in its Comprehensive Planning team. This position will be responsible for coordinating the preparation of major land use studies, sector plan studies, plan implementation strategies, and managing the activities of associated community engagement processes. Components of these studies could include the development of land use policies and strategies, concept plans, illustrative plans, zoning amendments, plan implementation programs, public facility plans, urban design guidelines, planning work program items, ad hoc task forces, and interagency planning initiatives. At times, this position may be responsible for evaluation of development applications for consistency with approved plans.

Specific duties include:
  • Leading processes necessary to undertake major land use studies
  • Directing the activities of interagency teams and facilitating civic engagement for effective community participation;
  • Preparing land use, zoning, and related long-range plan implementation strategies;
  • Collaborating with the Planning Division's Urban Design Section to develop urban design guidelines and strategies;
  • Serving as lead or contributing planner to evaluate private development applications;
  • Serving as lead planner for various planning efforts with broad responsibilities, to include liaising with citizen groups and commissions;
  • Acting as a liaison between the County and state, regional agencies, and/or private industry on land development and planning projects;
  • Interacting with and coordinating activities between various County departments, commissions, and interest groups; and
  • Identifying policy issues and making recommendations to the County Manager and County Board.
The ideal candidate should have excellent land use and physical planning sense, experience planning for smart growth and sustainable transit oriented development, and willingness to meet the high demands of the Division, Department and the County. This includes having excellent presentation skills and being able to effectively communicate and advise residents, property owners, developers, commissions, and elected officials on the County's Comprehensive Plan including land use policies, zoning requirements, urban design principles, and implementation strategies. 

A successful candidate in this position has project management experience in a planning and development environment and works independently, prioritizes and manages multiple tasks, and builds consensus amongst team members. They should have political acumen, excellent community engagement and negotiating skills, be a quick learner, strategic thinker, and be able to provide sound advice to staff, commissions and county board members. 
 Selection Criteria: Minimum: Bachelor's degree in community or urban planning, landscape architecture, or a related field, plus considerable progressively responsible experience in project management for planning within an urban community.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates who have additional training, experience or education in one or more of the following:
  • Senior level project management experience in community planning studies, plan implementation strategies, and development review issues;
  • Experience working closely with interagency staff, the community, stakeholder groups, and commissions;
  • Experience presenting study findings, project plans, and recommendations to a variety of audiences;
  • Experience in development review; and/or
  • Master's degree in community or urban planning, landscape architecture, or public administration

  •  Special Requirements: This position will require travel around Arlington County for various meetings. Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence, or be willing to use alternative means of transportation.
     Additional Information: This is a 40 hour per week position, with flexible work hours generally between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Regular evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

    Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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