Site Plan Coordinator (Transportation Planner III)
Acts as a liaison between the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) and agencies involved in the post-entitlement processes, such as Land Development Services (LDS), the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ), and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Fairfax County faces significant transportation challenges, and this is an opportunity to work on a range of cutting edge land use and transportation initiatives involving design, programming, and engineering in a collaborative and innovative environment. Work assignments will be focused on the land development process, providing exposure to a variety of transportation disciplines, including: traffic operations, road construction, transit, transportation demand management (TDM), and pedestrian/bicycle planning and design. Each of these disciplines will have application to a diverse and complex land development caseload. Primary assignments will include ensuring compliance with transportation proffers, responding to proffer interpretations, and review/analysis of the transportation characteristics of site plans. Will be the point of contact for LDS to assist with resolving transportation related site plan issues and waivers. Frequent interaction with the development community, citizens, advisory groups, task forces, and elected officials is expected, along with the preparation of written reports and public presentations that are related to these assignments. Provides guidance to other staff in the Site Analysis Section who also review site plans and waivers to ensure a consistent approach countywide.Illustrative Duties Depending on the functional area of assignment, performs the following tasks:
- Performs complex transportation analysis, evaluations and studies related to transportation services and facilities, including traffic demand management, trip generation, parking, bus service, distribution, assignment and capacity calculations;
- Supervises Transportation Planner II's, I's, Planning Technicians, and support staff;
- Analyzes performance of a major transportation program and develops and implements strategies for improvement;
- Serves as a resource for staff in reviewing project and site plans;
- Under the direction of a supervisor, oversees the procurement of goods and/or services;
- Oversees development and maintenance of public transportation usage data and maintains computerized land use, traffic, and highway network databases;
- Under the direction of a supervisor, performs and supervises maintenance, scheduling and operations duties for a county-operated bus service;
- Serves as project manager for multi-agency programs, traffic operations issues; or projects such as traffic calming or pedestrian initiatives, including budgets;
- Facilitates interagency coordination on projects;
- Performs detailed analyses and evaluations of the transportation impacts of major development projects;
- Ensures that all Virginia, county and national reporting requirements are met;
- Forecasts future urban travel demands using specialized software and develops recommendations;
- Prepares, presents and discusses reports and findings with citizens, other agencies and officials;
- As subject matter expert, provides guidance to staff, citizens, and officials on procedural and policy matters;
- Provides technical input and recommendations for regional agencies such as:
- VRE, WMATA, NVTC, COG, TPB and TCC;
- Meets with representatives from WMATA, VDOT and other county and regional organizations to develop policy and agreements on service levels and coordinating efforts;
- Provides input on fiscal requirements for capital improvement and strategic planning for long range County, regional and statewide transportation needs;
- Researches opportunities for grants and other funding for transportation projects;
- Assists in securing funding for transportation capital and operating projects;
- Coordinates and promotes a particular countywide transportation project or program;
- Develops promotional campaigns and marketing plans to promote specific transportation projects or programs;
- Prepares budgets and monitors expenses for market research and promotional campaigns.
- Considerable knowledge of mission, goals, and objectives of the organizational unit, program, or activities to which incumbent is assigned;
- Thorough knowledge of the principles and methods of transportation/transit regulation, planning, forecasting and analysis;
- Thorough knowledge of transportation planning/analysis software, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software;
- Knowledge of effective supervisory methods, practices and techniques;
- Thorough knowledge of the specialty area of assignment, such as funding or outreach;
- Ability to independently conduct the most complex transportation/transit studies and develop sound conclusions and recommendations;
- Ability to manage complex projects independently or to serve as team leader;
- Ability to write detailed, accurate reports, grants, or solicitations for pertinent areas of administration;
- Ability to make oral presentations to department management, other departments, or the public;
- Ability to evaluate proposals and solutions in terms of benefits, costs, and overall impact on the project, program, or organization;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, including citizen's groups, community, county, and state officials.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, urban, regional or transportation planning, or a closely related field; plus four years of professional experience in civil engineering, urban, regional or transportation planning, or a closely related field.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
Strong background in land use and transportation planning. Specific experience working in Fairfax County with LDS, FCDOT, VDOT and DPZ on post-entitlement processes. Professional license in engineering or planning. Ideal candidate will have experience in: proffer enforcement and interpretation, plan review, transportation-related waiver review, evaluating transportation network impacts, coordinating with local, state, and federal government organizations, and working with the public and elected/appointed officials on transportation issues. Skills also important to success in this position are: Negotiation prowess; strong analytical skills; excellent oral and written communications skills; ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects and assignments, establish priorities and meet deadlines; and the ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction.
Ability to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, kneel, crouch, reach, crawl, lift and handle materials with manual dexterity. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds. Visual acuity to review detailed drawings, plans and documents. Ability to walk, negotiate or traverse property sites that may be undergoing construction or having terrain that is not level. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
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.