Central Branch Chief - Engineer V

Fairfax, Virginia
$79,103.23 - $131,838.30 Annually
May 11, 2019
May 25, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Fairfax County boasts a top-notch school system, safe neighborhoods, thousands of acres of parkland, and bustling town centers. County government sits at the heart of this dynamic community of 1.1 million residents and seeks employees eager to bring their energy, enthusiasm and skills to serve Fairfax residents and to shape the county's future.

Land Development Services (LDS) is the steward of the county's land development and building construction codes and regulations, and its staff members embrace their essential role as "first preventers." Every day, through careful review, permitting and inspection of site and building construction, our staff protects the health, safety, welfare, and environment for those who live in, work in, and visit Fairfax County.

Our department also serves as the gateway to much of the county's economic development, reviewing over 26,000 building and site plans, issuing nearly 60,000 building permits, and conducting over 216,000 building and site inspections each year. If you would like to join a creative, collaborative, innovative team doing meaningful work, then LDS is the place for you.

The Site Development and Inspections Division (SDID) of Land Development Services (LDS) seeks an experienced individual to manage one of three branches in the division. The Branch Chief works under the general supervision of the Division Director providing leadership and supervision of approximately nine plan review engineers and a supervising engineering inspector, whose responsibilities include the review and approval of site development plans and construction inspections for compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, policies and procedures. The successful candidate must be solution-oriented and decisive, seeking creative ways to facilitate plan approvals and solve construction issues in the field while providing excellent customer service to applicants, residents, and complainants. This position also will work in concert with the division director and other senior staff to develop and implement strategic goals that align with the LDS vision, mission and values.
  • Supervises plan reviewers responsible for the approval or disapproval of record plats, grading plans, public improvement plans, subdivision plans, site plans, Chesapeake Bay Ordinance exceptions and exemptions, waivers, modifications and other related submissions.
  • Holds staff accountable to agency goals of speed, consistency and predictability while promoting a culture of respect, open communication, innovation and continuous improvement. Facilitates a collaborative work environment and project management approach to plan review.
  • Initiates and manages staff recruitments, staff recognition and rewards, promotions, and disciplinary actions when necessary.
  • Uses management tools, including metrics to track staff productivity, performance evaluations, staff meetings, training and mentoring to develop employee's skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Serves as a liaison to the Board of Supervisors offices for the assigned Supervisor Districts; and to other county departments and outside agencies. Maintains regular communication and coordination with developers, submitting engineers, outside agencies, county staff and officials.
  • Assists in the resolution of disputes concerning complaints and code interpretations; ensures Notices of Violation are properly issued.
  • May lead or participate on various county and stakeholder committees to facilitate process improvements, develop new policies and procedures and recommend revisions to codes, ordinances and design standards.

Employment Standards

Graduation from a four-year college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technologies with a bachelor's degree in the appropriate engineering or architecture field; PLUS five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the appropriate engineering or architectural field.

  • A valid driver's license.
  • Possession of a valid Virginia Professional Engineer or Architect license. An individual who possesses a valid Professional Engineer or Architect license in another state will be granted a temporary exemption to this requirement pending the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers & Landscape Architects decision regarding that individual's application for reciprocity. As a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect, signs and seals own work product and/or that of subordinate staff.
  • DEQ Erosion & Sediment Control Combined Administrator certification - completion of first required training class within twelve months of hire and certification required within 12 months of date of completion of first required class.
  • DEQ Stormwater Management Combined Administrator certification - completion of first required training class within twelve months of hire and certification required within 12 months of date of completion of first required class.

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

  • Two years of supervisory experience
  • Virginia Professional Engineer License (PE)
  • Strong knowledge of land development processes, regulations and construction techniques used in site development particularly in Northern Virginia.
  • Demonstrated effective team leadership and ability to manage both office and field personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and make decisions.
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with LDS staff, other regulatory agency staff, county officials, stakeholders and applicants.

Ability to operate key-board driven equipment. Sufficient mobility to perform site visits. Ability to drive a car. Physical requirements can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview may include an exercise.

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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