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Arlington, Virginia
$87,339.20 - $133,390.40 Annually
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 24, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time
Position Information

The Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) Department is seeking a motivated and progressive Principal Planner to join our Policy, Research, and Information Management (PRIM) section, within the Zoning Division as the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Coordinator to manage all aspects of the BZA Program and supervise two Associate Planners that support the program. The PRIM section is responsible for providing oversight and execution of operations for the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), records management of land use decisions, administration of zoning map corrections, and responding to written inquiries on behalf of the Zoning Administrator.

The Zoning Division is responsible for providing a wide range of services related to the administration and interpretation of regulations contained in the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance, including processing applications for public hearings and providing technical assistance to citizens and the development community.

Specific Duties:

  • Providing staff support to the Board of Zoning Appeals which includes preparing, analyzing, and drafting BZA monthly public notices, staff reports, photos, PowerPoint presentations, meeting minutes, and disposition letters;
  • Providing technical assistance and information to citizens, staff, and the development community;
  • Training staff in the analysis of Use Permit and Variance requests and reviewing staff reports for technical accuracy and consistency of approach;
  • Evaluating property conditions pursuant to the State Code and ACZO, and drafting findings the BZA must make in granting a Use Permit or Variance;
  • Remaining knowledgeable of legislation that may affect the BZA, advising property owners and staff on requests and recommending alternative solutions to applicants when appropriate;
  • Maintaining the BZA website and its content, including regular updates for each public hearing;
  • Analyzing trends in applications to determine whether changes to the Zoning Ordinance should be considered;
  • Providing responses to information requests from the BZA, County staff, public, media, and other agencies including a database of requests and preparing an annual report to the County Board of BZA activities;
  • Working with Zoning Plan Reviewers to assess building permit requests and ensure that they comply with the drawings approved by the BZA as well as any conditions approval; and
  • Coordinating with Zoning Enforcement staff to enforce the BZA conditions of approval for use permit and variance requests, on behalf of the BZA;

The ideal candidate is aproblem-solver, great communicator, with impeccable customer service skills; including knowledge of related legal principles, the ability to handle intense situations while managing multiple tasks, and a team-player that would love an opportunity to assist in achieving the organizations strategic goals.

Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or related field;
  • Three (3) years of progressive experience in urban or community planning specifically in zoning, land use development and/or urban design.
Substitution: Additional education may be substituted for experience.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master’s Degree in a related field and experience in one or more of the following:

  • Reviewing development proposals and applying adopted land use policies and ordinances;
  • Working with, creating, and modifying GIS data;
  • Knowledge of land use law related to Zoning;
  • Preparing and conducting presentations in a public setting; and
  • Providing substantive support to BZA, Planning Commission or other advisory groups.

Special Requirements

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted, which may include criminal records, driving records, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the 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 is contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

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

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, flexible work hours generally between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Evening and weekend work will be required to attend Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meetings.

The official title for this position is Planner, Principal.

The salary listed at the top of this announcement is effective July 1, 2021

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

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 above)


Please check if you have experience in any of the following (be sure the detail of this experience is reflected on your application)
  • Urban/community planning, zoning, land use development and/or urban design
  • Reviewing development proposals
  • Applying land use policies and ordinances
  • Working with, creating, and modifying GIS data
  • Preparing and conducting presentations in a public setting
  • Providing substantive support to BZA, Planning Commission or other advisory groups
  • None of the above


Please indicate the amount of experience you have in urban/community planning, zoning, land use development and/or urban design?
  • None
  • 6 months but less than 1 year
  • 1 but less than 2 years
  • 2 but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please describe your experience in urban/community planning specifically in zoning, land use development and/or urban design? Put N/A, if not applicable

Required Question

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