Community Specialist (planner Iii) - Office Of Environmental & Energy Coordination

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Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$68,720.08 - $114,533.12 Annually
Posted
Sep 05, 2020
Closes
Sep 25, 2020
Ref
20-01490
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

As a member of the Community Planning and Programs division within the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC), provides support to the Community Planning and Programs team in the promotion of environmental and energy awareness and engagement in support of the Board of Supervisors Environmental Vision and Operational Energy Strategy. Duties include:
  • Supports the management of the CECAP (Communitywide Energy and Climate Action Plan) effort;
  • Supports community and employee awareness and engagement efforts related to environmental and energy priorities;
  • Grows and markets existing and new education and outreach programs to all community sectors;
  • Supports the Deputy Director and/or Senior Community Specialist in assessing and reporting on climate, energy and environmental policy, legislation, initiatives, programs and activities;
  • Works with nonprofit entities to further county goals;
  • Responds to inquiries from interest groups and the public;
  • Provides administrative support to the Board of Supervisor Environmental Committee;
  • Works with departments/agencies to optimize energy and resource conservation through recovery and reuse;
  • Provides administrative support to the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) to include facilitating EQAC meetings, reports, resolutions and EQAC member appointments and managing the EQAC website;
  • Provides support for both planning and programs within the Planning and Programs Team and may support the OEEC generally.


Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Prepares detailed staff reports on complex zoning applications, Ordinance amendments, Plan amendments, public facilities proposals, and appeals of the Zoning Administrator's decisions;
  • Represents the county in negotiations of proffers, conditions, and positions with applicants, citizens, county staff;
  • Conducts special studies resulting in the adoption of amended Plan text, the formulation of new land use policy, and/or amendments to the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Reviews complex zoning applications for compliance with submission requirements, and maintains county computer databases and records;
  • Collects, compiles and analyzes data relating to zoning, land use, transportation, public facilities, recreational, and environmental planning and prepares documents;
  • Presents staff positions at public hearings before the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and/or Park Authority Board;
  • Responds to land use, planning, and zoning inquiries and prepares interpretations both orally and in writing;
  • Coordinates with other county agencies, interest groups and other jurisdictions on various assignments;
  • Serves as lead planner for a revitalization area;
  • Directs the work of a team or a small group of planners and planning technicians working on a special project;
  • Supervises the work of a smaller work unit;
  • Assists in the administration and management of work programs involving the administration, enforcement, interpretation and amendment of the Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan;
  • Serves as staff liaison to task forces and advisory boards;
  • Serves as mentor for other Planners in the series;
  • Performs project management including contracting consultants, preparing schedules and administering the project budget.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles of urban planning and zoning;
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and interpret documents relating to land use, zoning, environmental planning, public facilities, and information technology, among others;
  • Ability to write, proofread, edit, and rewrite documents effectively and to produce accurate documents with only limited, oversight supervision;
  • Ability to collect, synthesize and analyze research data and to present in written form;
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate land use and development plans and to form sound practical recommendations;
  • Ability to use a computer to access information, to conduct research and to perform basic word processing and spreadsheet operations;
  • Ability to establish and to maintain good working relationships with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, development representatives and citizens;
  • Ability to speak and to respond to questions effectively before individuals, citizen groups and public bodies;
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written and oral reports;
  • Ability to set individual priorities, to manage time efficiently, and to exhibit sound judgment;
  • Ability to manage complex projects independently or to serve as a team leader;
  • Ability to meet and to deal effectively with county representatives, clients and the public;
  • Ability to identify effective solutions to process or programmatic problems.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a planning related field; plus four years of experience in a planning-related field, preferably in the specific area of assignment. A master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience. The years of experience should include a minimum of three years of experience in the specific area of assignment, e.g., zoning evaluation, zoning administration, zoning enforcement, public facility, environmental and/or land use planning.

UNDERFILL REQUIREMENTS:
This position may be underfilled as a Planner II (Grade S24; $59,679.36 - $99,466.43 annually). The employment standards for the Planner II are any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a planning-related field; plus three years of experience in a planning-related field. A master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience. The years of experience should include a minimum of two years of experience in the specific area of assignment, e.g., zoning evaluation, zoning administration, zoning enforcement, public facility, environmental and/or land use planning.

Applicants hired at the Planner II level will be non-competitively promoted to the Community Specialist (Planner III) level upon successful completion of an underfill agreement.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Not applicable.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must have strong experience in and knowledge of energy and climate action planning including but not limited to areas such as greenhouse gas impacts and the impact of building energy and transportation emissions on the environment.
  • Experience in developing and implementing a strategic plan as it relates to environmental and energy related issues.
  • Experience working in a local government environment including work with elected officials.
  • Significant demonstrated experience in data gathering techniques including how to manage, synthesize and use information in various formats and how to organize and present findings.
  • Ability to work with community organizations including understanding and recognizing how to interact with the community at large.
  • Ability to set-up and facilitate meetings.
  • Ability to present information to elected officials, senior management, and members of the community in a concise and understandable manner.
  • Ability to write clearly, synthesize complex information, and present findings to audiences without technical backgrounds.
  • Strong Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.
Ability to attend evening meetings is essential.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, employee must be sufficiently mobile to attend meetings and make presentations. May be required to lift and carry up to 15 pounds. Must be able to work on electronic equipment such as a computer monitor and keyboard. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include a written exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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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