Long Range Planning Section Chief (planner Iv)

Fairfax, Virginia
$76,271.52 - $127,119.62 Annually
Oct 06, 2021
Oct 16, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Join the Park Authority and our nationally recognized team of professionals! The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking a Planner IV, Long Range Planning Section Chief, to be a part of one of the most highly regarded park systems in the country. With over 425 parks, 23,000 acres of parkland, nine RECenters, eight golf courses, three lakefront parks, and more, FCPA is an exciting organization to be a part of and there are many opportunities for staff to make a difference at every level. As one of the Park Authority's lead planners, the Long Branch Planning Section Chief directs, guides, and manages complex planning projects with a focus on equity and One Fairfax to inform park development across the county. This position manages multi-discipline professional staff in a team environment and collaborates with other county agencies and entities to conduct plan review and analysis, create site specific park master plans, long range park and strategic plans and report on park planning issues and projects. The Planner IV will be a leader who must be able to operate independently, exercising experienced professional judgement, and take creative initiative to guide staff to start, complete, and close out a variety of highly complex collaborative and important planning tasks. Sample tasks include:
  • Manage, analyze and interpret long range technical data.
  • Assists in the review, comment, and update to park-related portions of the County's Comprehensive Plan.
  • Reviews and writes memos on complex development plans, public improvement plans, environmental impact statements and other proposals to identify park impacts and mitigation recommendations.
  • Prepares and presents oral and written presentations for the Park Authority Board, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors and to the community at public meetings.
  • Functions as a project team leader and project manager to develop park master plans and feasibility studies for complex park types.
  • Comprehensively evaluates site conditions, constraints and opportunities and evaluates options and scenarios for future park development and resource protection.
  • Interacts and collaborates with, manages, coordinates and presents to staff teams, citizens, appointed and elected officials.
  • Uses electronic analysis tools such as Access, Excel and GIS to analyze data and prepare GIS-based maps and displays.
Note: This job announcement is being re-announced. If you previously applied to 21-02034 you do not need to reapply in order to be considered.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Manages complex, multi-faceted zoning applications or planning studies in specific high profile development areas, such as Tysons and other urban cores, Metro-related mixed use sites, or town centers and represents the County in negotiation of proffers, conditions, and positions with applicants, citizens, County staff, other jurisdictions, State and/or Federal government;
  • Manages special projects and studies, including directing the work of a team or work group of planners and planning technicians or others, from within and outside of the Department to include contracting consultants, preparing schedules, and administering the project budget;
  • Represents the Department or County and serves as an internal expert on panels, committees, and task forces and may propose planning and zoning policies and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance or Comprehensive Plan in response to a variety of complex policy and land issues;
  • Represents the Department's positions at public hearings before the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and/or Park Authority Board, among others;
  • As representative of the Department, coordinates with other County agencies, interest groups, and jurisdictions on highly specialized policy, zoning, and land use issues;
  • Reviews and provides comments and direction on the work of others in the planner series related to area of expertise, acting as an internal consultant to the department and a mentor to other planners;
  • Responds to complex land use, planning, and zoning inquiries and requests
  • for interpretations or determinations involving an area of expertise;
  • Supervises advanced and complex planning and zoning work.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of the Zoning Ordinance, the adopted Comprehensive Plan and County policies and procedures as they relate to planning and zoning applications;
  • Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of urban planning and zoning;
  • Thorough knowledge of local government areas of specialization, including planning or zoning, management procedures, and principles of supervision;
  • Ability to write, proofread, edit, and rewrite documents effectively and to critique and edit the work of others in the series;
  • Ability to apply interpersonal skills to resolve conflicts and to maintain effective communication with staff;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, development representatives and citizen groups;
  • Ability to coordinate the preparation of comprehensive planning and technical zoning reports;
  • Ability to apply principles of leadership, creative problem solving, collaboration, decision making, and team building;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a planning related field; plus five years of experience in a planning-related field.

Master's degree in planning, landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, or related area. One of the following certifications: Certified Planner (AICP/APA), Professional Landscape Architect (PLA/ASLA), or Registered Architect (RA/AIA). Experience leading a team of professional staff including developing work plans, mentoring, and coaching junior planning staff. Experience leading public engagement efforts on highly complex plans. Experience independently performing park planning work including special studies. Proficiency using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the current version of ArcView, online survey and public input software, and Microsoft Productivity software including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams. Familiarity using and updating databases is also preferred. Must have strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Driver's License (Required)

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated 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 religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, child protective services registry check, and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, ability to conduct site visits on uneven and natural terrain may also be required. Employee may be required to lift up to 15 lbs. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include oral and written 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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