Planner III

$65,825.55 - $109,708.77 yr
Mar 12, 2018
Mar 26, 2018
Full Time

As one of the Park Authority's lead planners, manages complex planning assignments and collaborates with multi-disciplinary professional staff in team environment to conduct plan review and analysis, create park master plans, participate in long range park planning and report on park planning issues and projects. Conducts complex, multi-faceted zoning application review in specific high profile development areas, such as Tysons, Reston and other urban cores, Metro-related mixed use sites, or town centers and represents the county in negotiation of proffers, conditions, and positions with applicants, citizens, county staff, other jurisdictions, state and/or federal government. Manages, analyzes, and interprets demographic and technical data. Assists in the review and comment on updates to park-related portions of the county's Comprehensive Plan. Reviews and writes analytical memos on complex development plans, public improvement plans, environmental impact statements, and other proposals to identify park impacts and negotiate mitigation recommendations. Comprehensively evaluates site conditions, constraints and opportunities and evaluates options and scenarios for future park development and resource protection. Prepares and presents oral and written presentations to the Park Authority Board, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and to the general public at public meetings. Uses electronic analysis tools such as Access, Excel, and GIS to analyze data and prepare GIS-based maps and displays. Identifies effective solutions to process or programmatic issues.

Illustrative Duties
  • Represents the county in negotiations of proffers, conditions, and positions with applicants, citizens, county staff;
  • Collects, compiles and analyzes data relating to zoning, land use, transportation, public facilities, recreational, and environmental planning and prepares documents;
  • Presents staff positions at public hearings before the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and/or Park Authority Board;
  • Responds to land use, planning, and zoning inquiries and prepares interpretations both orally and in writing;
  • Coordinates with other county agencies, interest groups and other jurisdictions on various assignments;
  • Serves as lead planner for a revitalization area;
  • Directs the work of a team or a small group of planners and planning technicians working on a special project;
  • Serves as staff liaison to task forces and advisory boards;
  • Conducts park master planning process and prepares related plans and reports;
  • Performs project management including contracting consultants, preparing schedules and administering the project budget.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles of urban planning and zoning;
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and interpret documents relating to land use, zoning, environmental planning, public facilities, and information technology, among others;
  • Ability to write, proofread, edit, and rewrite documents effectively and to produce accurate documents with only limited, oversight supervision;
  • Ability to collect, synthesize and analyze research data and to present in written form;
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate land use and development plans and to form sound practical recommendations;
  • Ability to use a computer to access information, to conduct research and to perform basic word processing and spreadsheet operations;
  • Ability to establish and to maintain good working relationships with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, development representatives and citizens;
  • Ability to speak and to respond to questions effectively before individuals, citizen groups and public bodies;
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written and oral reports;
  • Ability to set individual priorities, to managetime efficiently, and to exhibit sound judgment;
  • Ability to manage complex projects independently or to serve as a team leader;
  • Ability to meet and to deal effectively with county representatives, clients and the public;
  • Ability to identify effective solutions to process or programmatic problems.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a planning related field; plus four years of experience in a planning-related field, preferably in the specific area of assignment. A master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience. The years of experience should include a minimum of three years of experience in the specific area of assignment, e.g., zoning evaluation, zoning administration, zoning enforcement, public facility, environmental and/or land use planning.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Master's degree in urban land use planning or a related field.
  • Two or more years of public sector planning experience.
  • Experience with park planning, urban design, and/or mixed-use development review.
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
  • Must have strong oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to work in a normal office environment; ability to traverse park locations and sites for various projects. All duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Initial panel interview and written exercise. Then, an oral presentation may be required of those applicants selected for a final panel interview.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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.

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