Urban Planner III

Alexandria, VA
$62,657.92 - $83,933.72 Annually
Sep 09, 2020
Sep 24, 2020
Program Manager
Full Time
Urban Planner III

The City of Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 159,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the City have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Urban Planner III position.

An Overview
The Urban Planner III for the Neighborhood Planning and Community Development Division will lead a team responsible for developing Small Area Plans in partnership with the community. The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated Urban Planner with a desire to work in a diverse setting and who brings an enthusiasm for collaborative community planning to develop a shared vision for an equitable future using innovative engagement tools and planning strategies to solve complex neighborhood issues. Desired planning experience includes best practices in the design of people-oriented urban spaces, environmental planning, and site plan review.

The Opportunity
  • Design and implement community engagement strategies for planning processes, striving for equitable, meaningful, and transparent community engagement;
  • Serve on planning teams in the development of Small Area Plans, plan implementation initiatives, and other special planning policy or analysis initiatives;
  • Collaborate with other professional planners and the community to create Small Area Plans that reflect the City’s strategic goals, innovation, and the desires of the community, including recommendations for people-oriented urban design, environmental sustainability, and affordable housing;
  • Write comprehensive and concise narrative for Small Area Plans, staff reports, and memoranda addressing policies and practices, and other documents as needed;
  • Create, review and edit graphics that convey complex concepts in simple understandable ways for presentations and printed materials;
  • Deliver dynamic presentations to community groups, Commissions, and City Council;
  • Participate in multiple complex projects and teams at the same time; and
  • Facilitate discussions for internal, interdepartmental and community meetings.

About the Department
The Department of Planning & Zoning works closely with communities to carry out the City's Strategic Plan, fostering amenity-rich, service-oriented and equity-balanced neighborhoods; protecting historic and cultural resources; and supporting diverse and creative businesses. In developing neighborhood plans, reviewing development proposals, and promoting economic vitality, we continue our commitment to collaborate with all stakeholder groups to honor the character of each neighborhood and to strengthen and sustain them, and Alexandria as a whole, for now and in the future.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Four-Year College Degree from an accredited college or university in regional, or urban Planning, or a closely related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Physical Sciences, Historic Preservation, or Environmental Studies and five years of relevant planning experience or two years and a Master's Degree; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a Master's Degree in urban planning or a closely related field and at least five years of demonstrated professional experience and expertise in urban planning (or a closely related field) applying the following skills: urban design, environmental planning, neighborhood planning, community development, community engagement/facilitation, excellent communication skills, strong written, graphic, and presentation skills, fluency in Spanish, experience working with Adobe Acrobat and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); the ability to handle multiple large complex projects with established deadlines simultaneously, and the ability to work well in a team environment within the Department, with other City staff, and with the public and elected officials.


This position requires successful completion of pre-employment background checks which will include a criminal history records check.

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