Arlington, Virginia
$87,339.20 - $133,390.40 Annually
Jun 11, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking a progressive and results-driven Principal Planner to join the Comprehensive Planning team within the Planning Division to provide advanced level leadership for community and urban planning; including the management, development, implementation, and evaluation of overarching programs or portfolio management and guidance. The Planner will be responsible for coordinating the preparation of major, multi-phase complex long-range land use studies and policy development processes; plan and policy implementation strategies such as concept/illustrative/public facility plans, urban design guidelines, zoning amendments; and managing the activities of associated community engagement processes including ad hoc task forces, and interagency planning initiatives.

The Comprehensive Planning team is responsible for communicating and promoting the Comprehensive Plan, including the land use growth policies for the County; developing recommendations to inform land use decisions and implementation tools; and conducting community engagement to facilitate and communicate the desired vision and outcomes for the County.

Specific duties:

  • Performing, evaluating, and monitoring the planning/development activities for long-range County planning, land use policy development, and zoning studies including developing and implementing the associated planning process and/or work program and which may involve overseeing multiple and/or a portfolio of related projects;
  • Directing the activities of interagency teams, conducting planning research and analysis and forming recommendations, and facilitating effective civic and community engagement;
  • Serving as a contributing planner to evaluate development applications for consistency with approved plans when needed;
  • Serving as lead planner to coordinate and consult with County departments, commissions, and interest groups; citizen groups and commissions; County and state, regional agencies, and/or private industry on issues within major program area or portfolio;
  • Identifying policy issues, developing reports and presentations, and making recommendations to the County Manager and County Board;
  • Coordinating the work of other County staff for substance and accuracy of conclusions to ensure compliance with County policies, program objectives, and other governing legislation/regulations and provide technical guidance and leadership to assigned teams; and
  • Maintaining a thorough understanding of County policies and priorities, laws, policies, regulations, and internal/external stakeholder dynamics, and professional best practices that influence and impact land use policy and planning.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent land use and physical planning sense, experience planning for smart growth and sustainable transit-oriented development;
  • Project management experience in a highly complex and fast-changing planning and development environment;
  • Significant experience working independently with minimal supervision, prioritizing and effectively achieving results on schedule per work program while managing multiple studies and tasks, and building consensus amongst team members;
  • Political acumen, excellent community engagement and negotiating skills;
  • Presentation and report production skills to effectively communicate with, educate, obtain feedback from and advise residents, property owners, developers, commissions, and elected officials on areas of program specialization.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree in community or urban planning, landscape architecture, or related field; and
  • Three years of experience in project management of Urban Planning, land use program administration, community development, or related program areas.

Substitution: Additional education may be substituted for experience.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's Degree in related field and a designation/experience in one or more of the following:

  • Senior level project management in community planning studies, plan implementation strategies, and development review issues;
  • Working closely with interagency staff, the community, stakeholder groups, and commissions;
  • Presenting study findings, project plans, and recommendations to a variety of audiences; and
  • Development review.

Special Requirements

The applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to get to work sites when performing assignments or the applicant must possess or obtain by the time of appointment a valid Driver License. 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 (Financial Disclosure)" form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.