Dec 21, 2018
Feb 28, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County Department of Environmental Services (DES) is hiring a strategic Transportation Planning Supervisor to serve in the Transportation Planning & Capital Projects Management (TPCPM) Bureau. Reporting to the TPCPM Bureau Chief, this supervisor sets objectives and priorities for county-wide transportation planning initiatives and provides guidance and direction to a team of six Transportation Planners. This leader maintains responsibility for the Master Transportation Plan (MTP), a blueprint outlining the projects that the Division of Transportation (DOT) will focus on to fulfill the strategic vision of the TPCPM Bureau.

This individual leads the transportation planning team in collaborating with Community Planning staff, the Transportation Commission, the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission, the Virginia Department of Transportation and neighboring jurisdictions to develop guidelines supportive of transportation policies and improvements. This work includes coordinating transportation resources, conducting ongoing reviews of projects, and responding to information requests from County Managers' office, the development community, the public, and other County agencies concerning County on transportation planning policy.
To learn more about Arlington County's TPCPM, please visit our website here.


  • Implementing and ensuring compliance with MTP goals and policies; identifying gaps in the network of Complete Streets Projects; proposing improvements to the public right-of-way and leading the County's response on transportation issues;
  • Assessing and directing county-wide transportation needs; maintaining awareness of new trends and recommending new programs;
  • Managing the workload of the Transportation Planning team; providing employee mentoring and training, and completing employee evaluations;
  • Researching and preparing MTP reports/recommendations for the County Board and committees/commissions;
  • Conducting feasibility studies and developing preliminary concepts to determine how to advance projects developed through Community Planning Housing Development (CPHD) planning processes;
  • Assisting with grant applications for capital projects by ensuring that the MTP policies underpin the strategic vision outlined for the project/program seeking funding; and
  • Providing advisory group oversight for transportation-related committees and commissions.

The ideal candidate has a strong grounding in land-use and transportation comprehensive planning and is committed to advancing the mission, values, and services that DES provides to the Arlington County community. Additionally, this individual must have the ability to multi-task and strong verbal and written communication skills to effectively respond to high-profile concerns with diplomacy and political savvy. Strong leadership skills and a broad knowledge of local government are also essential to build productive relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to include managers, employees, community members and elected officials.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Master's degree in Public Administration, Urban or Regional Planning, Engineering, or a related field, plus progressively responsible experience developing master transportation plans for an urban organization to include senior level project management experience and supervision of teams.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following experiences:

  • Leveraging technology and tools to support project management efforts; and/or
  • Transportation planning for a local government.

Special Requirements

Applicant 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 worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history. 

A letter of interest and resume are part of this application process. Please attach your letter and resume to describe the experience you feel qualifies you for the position and that highlights your accomplishments developing master transportation plans for an urban organization, your experience supervising teams, and your senior level project management experience. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the online application for your cover letter or attach your cover letter to your application.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with some flexibility. Some evening and weekend work required.

Note: This announcement will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.? Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and interviews conducted continuously with qualified applicants. This position will close when the position has been filled or when enough qualified candidates has been received.

Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected.  This position is in the Arlington County Government's Extended Management Accountability Program (XMAP), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated per a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, and results achieved.  XMAP is a flexible total rewards/compensation system directly linked to performance and the market.

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