Arlington, Virginia
$103,584.00 - $158,142.40 Annually
May 08, 2021
May 09, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

This is an acting assignment of 3-6 months duration open only to current Arlington County Employees. The acting assignment is anticipated to begin in June.

The Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking a collaborative and results-oriented Assistant Director in an Acting capacity. Working within the Director’s Office, the Acting Assistant Director will lead the Research and Strategic Initiatives Group (RSIG) to accomplish a diverse portfolio of responsibilities that generally spans three bodies of work: 1) Land deals and joint development agreements; 2) Strategic planning efforts and special initiatives (often of a multidisciplinary quality); and 3) Research and data analysis. This Acting Assistant Director also provides strategic and operational support within the Department and represents the Director at Executive Leadership Team meetings, County Board meetings, and major community events.

The Director's office provides executive leadership and establishes the direction, priorities and policies within CPHD to facilitate meeting the overall mission of promoting the improvement, conservation and revitalization of Arlington's physical and social environment. The Director's office is charged with the success of all operational activities of the department and their impact on the community with a long-term commitment to improving performance and creating a more resilient and sustainable future.

Specific Duties

  • Coordinating with County interdepartmental teams on the acquisition, sale and lease of County properties to ensure the implementation and resolution of entitlement, planning, and/or zoning matters related to the proposed or intended use associated with these transactions;
  • Serving as the main point of contact with developers and/or property owners in negotiations regarding prospective real estate deals and transactions;
  • Briefing the County Board on status of projects and participating in community meetings to present information and address inquiries;
  • Leading efforts to review and evaluate the efficiency of service delivery methods/procedures through department programs and recommending changes to affect improvements;
  • Guiding the work of the Group’s research team to maintain, monitor and report on demographic and development data trends, address data and analysis requests from internal and external customers, and perform related work as required (i.e. Census 2020);
  • Partnering with Division Chiefs to identify and implement changes to operational policies that reflect best practice benchmarking and high standards of performance to include environmental stewardship and community sustainability;
  • Supporting the resolution of highly complex policy, program and/or project execution issues referred from the County Managers Office and the County Board; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Key characteristics of the ideal candidate include:

  • Broad understanding of County interests, programs, and initiatives and of the relationship with, and the impact of, complex interdepartmental issues on community planning, housing and development issues;
  • An open and collaborative work style with the ability to forge and leverage positive relationships throughout the department and throughout the County (both internal and external);
  • Ability to synthesize complex material and information to reach a strategy or to devise an implementation approach that serves the County's interests;
  • Proficiency and interest in applying quantitative research and analysis to help inform data-driven policy and planning recommendations; and
  • Ability to effectively communicate and resolve issues in a timely manner to balance numerous or competing priorities and to be versatile in working toward creative and mutually agreeable solutions that benefit stakeholders.

Selection Criteria

Employee must be in permanent status in the Arlington County Competitive Service.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Geography, Engineering, or related field;
  • Progressively responsible planning experience at a management level in community planning, housing and/or development serving an urban, multi-cultural population; and
  • Leading the work of teams or individuals.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Geography, Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Managing an interdisciplinary team which addresses planning, housing, inspections, zoning and/or neighborhood services; and
  • Gathering and analyzing data, drawing conclusions and making recommendations to lead strategic County initiatives.

Special Requirements

Please attach a cover letter or supplemental question response addressing why you are interested in this opportunity, how your background meets the qualifications, and your planning experience at a management level in community planning, housing and/or development.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid driver license. 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 may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

Work hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with some flexibility and occasional evening and/or weekend attendance at meetings.

Salary listed above is the salary range effective July 1, 2021.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and is required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. 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:

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.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's degree (or higher)


Please check if you have experience with the following (check all that apply and be sure the detail of this experience is reflected on your application):
  • Managing community planning, housing and/or development initiatives
  • Managing the work of teams and/or individuals
  • Knowledge of inspections, zoning, and/or neighborhood services
  • Serving an urban, multi-cultural population
  • Land deals and joint development agreements
  • Strategic planning efforts and special initiatives
  • None


Please use the space below or attach a cover letter addressing why you are interested in this opportunity, how your background meets the qualifications, and your planning experience at a management level in community planning, housing and/or development.

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