Associate Planner

Expiring today

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$62,857.60 - $102,668.80 Annually
Posted
Sep 06, 2019
Closes
Sep 19, 2019
Ref
3115-20A-DPR-BL
Function
Management
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

Note: This is an over-strength position that is planned for permanent status in November 2019, pending County Board approval. This position is open for immediate hire and eligible for the full range of County-provided benefits.

Are you passionate about parks and public space planning? Do you fully believe in the value of parks and public spaces to the community? Do you enjoy engaging the community and your colleagues on exciting, innovative and challenging issues? Join our team to provide professional, urban planning expertise and project management for park related comprehensive and community wide parks and public space planning.

Arlington County Government is seeking an Associate Planner in the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to be responsible for the oversight of multifaceted projects in the DPR's Planning and Comprehensive Projects Studio. The position would focus on park and public space project planning and implementation within the context of Arlington's public engagement and comprehensive planning principles.

Specific duties include:
  • Managing multi-disciplinary, multifaceted, high-profile park development projects and individual park master plans, including developing scopes of work, work plans, budgets and schedules;
  • Developing and administering an appropriate public engagement process for each project, including developing communication and outreach activities to ensure participation from stakeholders;
  • Coordinating projects with design, construction, operations, programming, maintenance and natural resources staff;
  • Reviewing public and private development plan materials and ensuring proposals effectively meet project objectives and are in accordance with applicable comprehensive plans, County Code, and Ordinances;
  • Leading park planning initiatives as mandated by approved, public and private development plan and use permit conditions;
  • Providing project updates and making presentations to a variety of groups including public agencies, internal County departments and staff, County Manager, County Board, and the public;
  • Monitoring and overseeing project budgets and dispersal of funds, and reviewing all pay requests and change orders for appropriateness, as well as coordinating project funding and other project-related agreements with various internal and external parties; and
  • Managing inter-agency teams and developing collaborative relationships with staff from multiple departments, internal stakeholders, community, commissions, regional, state and federal partners and the private sector.
The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of urban planning, comprehensive park planning, principles and methodology of research and data collection and interpretation, excellent oral and written communication skills, and be adept to working independently on several projects or issues simultaneously.

About DPR
DPR is one of Arlington's largest departments providing services to those who live, work and visit the County. Arlington's public space network contains 148 County parks, large tracts of Federal park land, regional parks, privately-owned public spaces, and a multitude of private spaces.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation, Community, or Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, or related field, plus substantial experience in urban planning and project management.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's degree in Community or Urban Planning, Parks and Recreation, Public Administration, or Landscape Architecture, and/or experience in one or more of the following:
  • Park development project management;
  • Planning and design of park and recreational facilities;
  • Working closely with the community, stakeholder groups and commissions on challenging park and urban space issues;
  • Presenting study findings, project plans, and designs; and/or
  • Utilizing project management technologies, (i.e. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Adobe Creative Suite).


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. 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 will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

This is a 40 hour per week position, with flexible work hours generally between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Regular evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

The official title of this position is: Planner, Associate.

Note: This is an over-strength position that is planned for permanent status in November 2019, pending County Board approval. This position is open for immediate hire and eligible for the full range of County-provided benefits.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.

01

What is your highest level of education?
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree in parks and recreation, community, or urban planning, landscape architecture, or related field
  • Bachelor's degree in unrelated field
  • Master's degree in in parks and recreation, community or urban planning, public administration, or landscape architecture or higher degree


02

How much full-time (or equivalent) progressively responsible experience do you have in project management for the planning and design of park facilities?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


03

Please select if you have one or more of the following:
  • Park development project management;
  • Planning and design of park and recreational facilities;
  • Working closely with the community, stakeholder groups and commissions on challenging park and urban space issues;
  • Presenting study findings, project plans, and designs;
  • Utilizing project management technologies, (i.e. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Adobe Creative Suite);
  • None of the above.


04

If you did not provide the information under your job description, please use the space below to describe your experience with the items selected above:

Required Question

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