Arlington, Virginia
Jun 23, 2017
Sep 08, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time
Job Title: COMMUNITY PLANNING, HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Closing Date/Time: Thu. 09/07/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $115,960.00 - $222,560.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       Arlington County is seeking a visionary and results-oriented Director for its nationally-recognized Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development to fulfill its mission to promote the improvement, conservation and revitalization of Arlington's physical and social environment. Arlington offers the opportunity to contribute to the County's growth and development in a nationally recognized Smart Growth Community.  

The director will work with a team of experienced, creative and passionate staff while building a sustainable, high-quality and desirable community. This Department Director is appointed by the County Manager and serves on the executive leadership team providing leadership to the County's strategic urban planning and development efforts.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Leading the Department providing strategic direction to division managers in the effective implementation of County goals and policies and ensuring cohesive balanced services among the major functional areas;
  • Serving as a spokesperson for the County for its planning, housing and community development policies at local, regional and national levels;
  • Directing the planning and implementation of multiple programs, including the development of long range plans to effectively and efficiently meet County strategic goals and smart growth policies.


The Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (DCPHD) is comprised of five major Divisions including: Planning, Housing, Inspections, Zoning, and Neighborhood Services with an operating budget of $25 milllion.  The Director will provide leadership to these divisions to ensure cohesive and coordinated services which are dedicated to promoting the improvement, conservation and revitalization of Arlington's physical and social environment. CPHD plays a lead role in implementing the County Board's commitment to healthy and vibrant neighborhoods, where residents are active in civic and neighborhood affairs and where services are tailored and coordinated efficiently and effectively.  The department plays a major role in citizen engagement providing staff support to a variety of appointed and volunteer citizen groups including: Planning Commission, Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board, Housing Commission, Tenant-Landlord Commission, Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee, and the Board of Zoning Appeals.  More information about the department can be found here:  CPHD

Major challenges facing the Department include:
  • Successfully engaging with and influencing a highly-involved and informed community at the neighborhood, business, developer, civic association, and appointed board, commission and committee levels
  • Improving and preserving the quality of Arlington's neighborhoods, both low density residential and high density commercial and residential neighborhoods located along the County's metro corridors
  • Defining strategies to address the changing economic and demographic conditions and forces that are actively reshaping Arlington's traditional office, retail and housing markets
  • Developing, in conjunction with the County Manager's team, a Capital Improvement Plan and process that will address the short and long term public investments necessary to support public safety, economic development and neighborhood needs
  • Ensuring that the County's development review, permitting, plan review, and inspection services are effectively managed, fully coordinated, and employ the best practices and technology necessary to provide the highest level of service
  • Implementation of a new enterprise wide technology initiative in CPHD to streamline customer service in the building and land development and permitting process.

Arlington, Virginia, is an attractive, well-planned community in which to live, visit or conduct business with a unique blend of excellent location, desirable living standard, and effective, pro-active government. It is a community that is interested in and very supportive of planning and community development. An urban County of about 26 square miles located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington has won recognition for maintaining high quality-residential neighborhoods while supporting well-managed growth and transit. There are no incorporated towns or cities within Arlington's boundaries. 

Arlington County is an innovative, progressive and dynamic organization that is well-known for its legacy of transit-oriented development and a community-driven planning process with significant and meaningful opportunity for public participation. The Arlington County Board has endorsed a land use policy that concentrates high-density development within the Metro subway corridors and preserves lower-density residential areas throughout the County. It is designed to ensure that Arlington is a balanced community of residential, recreational, educational, shopping and employment opportunities with good transportation supported by a strong tax base and effective use of public funds. 

The American Planning Association has recognized Arlington's commitment to community-based planning and smart growth with the Gold 2017 National Planning Achievement Award for implementation of our General Land Use Plan and smart growth journey. Arlington was one of 12 national award recipients.

The County Board encourages a high level of citizen involvement and a hallmark of the County government processes has been broad citizen participation. Arlington is built on a foundation of strong individual neighborhoods linked to and supported by commercial centers. Through a range of citizen advisory committees, and strong civic organizations, representatives of differing interests (civic, religious, non-profit, and business) work together to identify policies, processes, and programs to meet their needs. 
 Selection Criteria: The successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree in Planning, Public Administration, or related area and a record of achievement at a senior management level in community planning, housing and/or development serving an urban, multi-cultural population.

Key characteristics of the ideal candidate include:
  • Broad understanding of County interests, programs, and initiatives and of the relationship with, and the impact of, complex interdepartmental issues on community planning, housing and development issues
  • Demonstrated strong community engagement and visible leadership in addressing community growth and development issues, with a commitment to diversity, and a record of effectively balancing competing community interests and resource demands;
  • A strong record of achievement in urban planning and development who finds the complexities of municipal government planning and development rewarding and challenging;
  • An innovative and strategic thinker who is capable of seeing the broader picture while simultaneously managing complex community planning and development issues and projects;
  • A seasoned, inspirational leader capable of motivating and managing a large staff engaged in multiple disciplines and encouraging cross divisional communication and coordination to meet the Department's vision;
  • A positive entrepreneurial attitude and confident political astuteness with the ability to remain calm under pressure;
  • Ability to constructively engage with a community that is diverse, well-educated, knowledgeable and highly involved in all aspects of local government, and to build consensus on highly controversial issues;
  • Ability to respect, acknowledge, and manage current operations while looking for ways to improve and/or enhance efficiency and effectiveness of service to the public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing including the development of well written and thoughtful reports and to effectively respond to questions from public groups;
  • The capacity to effectively collaborate with other senior managers as part of the County Manager's Executive Leadership Team.

 Special Requirements: Applications will be reviewed continuously with a preferred filing date of July 17, 2017. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of applications have been received.
Please provide a cover letter addressing how your education, experience and training meets the requirements under selection criteria highlighting your accomplishments in these areas. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section of the online application for your cover letter or attach the cover letter to your online application.
 Additional Information: The salary range is up to $222,560.00.  Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. This position is in Arlington's Executive Management Accountability Program (EMAP), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated on the basis of a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, results achieved, and a multi-rater appraisal. 

As an Employer of Choice, Arlington County offers a generous benefit package including:
  • Excellent health and dental plans, including retiree medical and dental coverage
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement programs that includes a defined benefit plan, a 2% defined contribution plan, an optional 457 plan, and an optional deferred retirement option plan (DROP)
  • A generous leave package including paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Car allowance
  • Alternative transportation programs, including subsidized mass transit and bike/walk benefits
For details about our benefits please follow the County Benefits link here.

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