Branch Chief (engineer V)

Fairfax, Virginia
$81,571.98 - $135,952.96 Annually
Oct 02, 2021
Oct 23, 2021
Engineer, Executive, Chief
Full Time
Job Announcement

Fairfax County boasts a top-notch school system, safe neighborhoods, thousands of acres of parkland, and bustling town centers. County government sits at the heart of this dynamic community of almost 1.2 million residents and seeks employees eager to bring their energy, enthusiasm and skills to serve Fairfax residents and to shape the county's future. Land Development Services (LDS) is the steward of the county's land development and building construction codes and regulations, and its staff members embrace their essential role as "first preventers." Every day, through careful review, permitting and inspection of site and building construction, our staff protect the health, safety, welfare, and environment for those who live in, work in, and visit Fairfax County. Our department also serves as the gateway to much of the county's economic development, reviewing over 30,000 building and site plan submissions, issuing nearly 70,000 building permits, and conducting over 220,000 building and site inspections each year. If you would like to join a creative, collaborative, innovative team doing meaningful work, then LDS is the place for you.

The Site Development and Inspections Division (SDID) of Land Development Services (LDS) seeks experienced candidates to manage one of four branches in the division. The Branch Chief works under the general supervision of the Division Director providing leadership and management to division staff.

The North Branch Chief supervises approximately nine plan review engineers whose responsibilities include the review and approval of site development plans and supervises a Supervising Engineering Inspector, whose responsibilities include managing an inspections team who verify site construction compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.

The RID Branch Chief supervises approximately 4 plan reviewers and resolves complex issues related to issues related to residential development.

The successful candidate must be solution-oriented and decisive, seeking creative ways to facilitate plan approvals and solve construction issues in the field while providing excellent customer service to applicants, residents, and other stakeholders to development processes. These positions work in concert with the division director and other senior staff to develop and implement strategic goals that align with the LDS vision, mission and values. Selected duties include:

  • Supervise plan reviewers responsible for the approval or disapproval of record plats, grading plans, public improvement plans, subdivision plans, site plans, Chesapeake Bay Ordinance exceptions and exemptions, waivers, modifications and other related submissions.
  • Promote agency goals of speed, consistency and predictability while fostering a culture of respect, open communication, innovation, and continuous improvement. Facilitates a collaborative work environment and project management approach to plan review.
  • Initiate and manage staff recruitments, staff recognition and rewards, promotions, and disciplinary actions when necessary.
  • Use management tools including metrics to track staff productivity, performance evaluations, staff meetings, training and mentoring to develop employee's skills, knowledge, and experience.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Board of Supervisors offices and to other county departments and outside agencies. Maintain regular communication and coordination with property owners, developers, submitting engineers, outside agencies, county staff and officials.
  • Assist in the resolution of technical issues concerning complaints and code interpretations; ensures Notices of Violation are properly issued.
  • May lead or participate on various county and stakeholder committees to facilitate process improvements, develop new policies and procedures and recommend revisions to codes, ordinances and design standards.

This advertisement will fill the North Branch Chief or Residential Infill Development (RID) Branch Chief positions.

Employment Standards

Graduation from a four-year college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technologies with a bachelor's degree in the appropriate engineering or architecture field; PLUS
Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the appropriate engineering or architectural field.

  • Demonstrated effective team leadership and ability to manage both office and field personnel.
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with LDS staff, other regulatory agency staff, elected officials, stakeholders and applicants.
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Strong knowledge of land development processes, regulations and construction techniques used in site development particularly in Northern Virginia.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and make decisions.
  • Driver's License -Required
  • Professional Engineer - PE (VA) (Required)
  • DEQ - DUAL Combined Administrator certification - completion of first required training class within 12 months of hire and certification required within 12 months of date of completion of first required class

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

The appointee to this position must submit to a criminal background check and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Ability to operate key-board driven equipment.
  • Sufficient mobility to perform site visits.
  • Ability to drive a car.
  • All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview; may include 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 military status 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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