Arlington, Virginia
Jun 08, 2018
Jun 22, 2018
Full Time
Job Title: ASSOCIATE PLANNERS Closing Date/Time: Thu. 06/21/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $61,609.60 - $100,651.20 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       NOTE: This job announcement is for two vacancies within the Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development (CPHD). However, this recruitment may be used to fill other comparable Associate Planner vacancies within Arlington County.

The Planning Division of the Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development (CPHD) is currently seeking Associate Planners to join our award-winning planning team.

This position will serve as the Planning Division's Landscape Architect and provide leadership and professional expertise to the Planning Division, other County, State and Federal agencies, and the community on landscape architecture, planning and urban design projects. This position advocates for high quality design and serves as a technical expert and researching authority for emerging issues, trends, and technologies in the landscape architecture and urban design field.

Specific duties for Urban Design include:
  • Providing professional plan review services as part of the site development permitting process, including the review of landscape and civil construction plans and documents;
  • Leading and participating in interdepartmental design meetings to review final site plans, , landscape and streetscape plans, as-built drawings and certificates of occupancy for both public and private development;
  • Performing site inspections and follow ups on landscape, streetscape, tree protection and urban design construction plans;
  • Serving as chief technical advisor to the Planning Director, County Board, County Manager, CPHD division directors and supervisors on matters related to landscape architecture;
  • Drafting landscape and urban design sketches, hand sketching and computer studies to support CPHD staff, consultants, developers, committees and the general public to help improve the overall quality and comprehensiveness of design; and
  • Providing design expertise, including the identification and recommendations on horticulture and tree species, on a consultative basis to the zoning office for by-right landscaping plans being reviewed for approval by the zoning office.

This position will be a member of the Current Planning section of the Planning Division that works with citizens, small businesses, and their representatives to resolve current planning issues, and to analyze and research special exceptions, and use permit applications.

Specific duties for Current Planning include:
  • Ensuring compliance on assigned cases with County Ordinances, plans and policies;
  • Coordinating case review with other County departments and state agencies;
  • Preparing and ensuring final approval by the County Manager's Office of assigned staff reports for the monthly scheduled public hearings before the Planning Commission, and County Board;
  • Reviewing special exception – site plan, use permit and other forms of development proposals/applications, writing staff reports with well-reasoned recommendations based on sound planning principles and information relevant to the proposal, and presenting these recommendations to the Planning Commission and the County Board;
  • Initiating and performing research, analysis and planning studies in the areas of general planning, demographics, development, housing, and economic trends;
  • Responding to other planning issues, undertaking general planning work, and occasionally being assigned to other projects; and
  • Attending meetings, sometimes held during non-business hours, and performing field work at various locations throughout the County.

This position will be part of the Comprehensive Planning section and will be responsible for preparing and conducting revitalization studies, sector plan studies, small area studies and a variety of special projects related to land use and zoning. Work projects will be in support of County Board approved planning work program items, ad hoc task forces, and inter-agency initiatives.

Specific duties for Comprehensive Planning include:
  • Leading and/or supporting comprehensive planning processes with County staff and community stakeholders;
  • Analyzing land use patterns;
  • Researching current and emerging trends in commercial development, affordable housing, development incentives, and other economic development issues;
  • Developing creative and feasible solutions to development and planning issues;
  • Developing work plans and schedules for planning processes related to revitalization studies, sector plan studies, and other small area studies;
  • Creating, reviewing, and analyzing and drafting General Land Use Plan amendment reports and Zoning Ordinance amendment reports;
  • Making recommendations on major development proposals and/or long-range planning studies;
  • Coordinating, participating and/or collaborating in planning meetings with interdepartmental teams, citizen groups/committees and a variety of local agencies;
  • Serving as lead or contributing planner to evaluate development applications for consistency with approved plans, including form based code applications; and
  • Presenting recommendations on current policy and planning issues to Senior Management, the County Manager, the County Board, the Planning Commission or other public bodies.

 Selection Criteria: Minimum: Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture or Landscape Architecture or directly related field plus extensive professional level experience in one or more of the following: urban planning, development review, urban design, and landscape design.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis. A Master's degree in Planning or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the experience requirement.

Experience and Abilities in the following general areas will be important for all applicants:
  • Arlington County's development, planning and/or zoning processes, or processes in similar local governments;
  • Planning principles and practices associated with Transit Oriented Development (TOD);
  • Land use, zoning and urban design studies and plans;
  • Technical and analytical skills;
  • Presentation, written and graphic communication skills;
  • Computer aided tools to illustrate and present plans;
  • Working in multidisciplinary project and team environments;
  • Communicate effectively with citizens and neighborhood groups; and
  • Assists applicants and works effectively with development interests.

 Special Requirements: Applicants for these positions must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence, or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary work site. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record. 

 Additional Information: Note: Salary listed above is for fiscal year 2019, effective July 1, 2018.

The Associate Planner positions are 40 hour per week positions, with work hours generally between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Significant evening and weekend work will be required to attend community, Planning Commission, and County Board meetings.

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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