Arlington, Virginia
$88,212.80 - $134,742.40 Annually
Feb 10, 2022
Mar 16, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Principal Planner to serve as a Long-Range Transportation Planner within the Transportation Planning and Capital Projects Management (TPCPM) Bureau. The TPCPM Bureau is responsible for the long-range planning, scoping, prioritization, and implementation of equitable, safe, and functional transportation infrastructure in accordance with the County's Master Transportation Plan (MTP), an element of the Comprehensive Plan and the guiding policy document for the Division of Transportation (DOT). The TPCPM Bureau manages a large and diverse capital portfolio of complete streets and pedestrian and bicycle facility projects. This position will be responsible for advancing long-range transportation planning efforts for the Division of Transportation (DOT), including oversight of the County's MTP.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in visionary, long-range planning; advanced knowledge of multimodal transportation planning and emerging transportation trends; and will bring new ideas and energy to long-range multimodal transportation planning efforts. Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills are essential. Work is expected to be performed independently as well as collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams and will require mediating differing and sometimes conflicting viewpoints or approaches. This position provides a unique opportunity to work with staff from multiple Bureaus and Departments to develop a process for updating the MTP, to include re-envisioning and developing a new long-range planning and policy document to guide transportation decision-making.

Specific duties:

  • Providing oversight of the County's MTP, including management of updates and amendments, meeting deadlines for key project milestones, from early information gathering and visioning, to managing public engagement phases, to the drafting and adoption of new policy;
  • Conducting monitoring, performance tracking, and reporting efforts for the MTP and other planning efforts;
  • Coordinating reviews of proposed amendments to the MTP and guiding the proposed amendments through the County Board approval process;
  • Serving as DOT's point of contact and coordinator on planning efforts led by other County Bureaus and Departments (Department of Parks and Recreation; Community Planning, Housing and Development; etc.) or by external agencies (neighboring jurisdictions/VDOT) to ensure a comprehensive review and compliance with the MTP;
  • Managing procurement and performance of consultants to ensure deliverables are produced to a high quality, on time, and within budget;
  • Developing, coordinating, and writing long-range transportation plans, studies, technical reports, and County Board reports; and
  • Reviewing development plans, including site plans, landscape plans, subdivision plats and civil engineering plans for multimodal transportation infrastructure to ensure compliance with the MTP.
Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits click here .

Selection Criteria
  • Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning/Studies, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or related field; and
  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in transportation planning.
Substitution: A Master's Degree in Urban or Transportation Planning may be substituted for one year of the qualifying experience. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's degree in a related field, AICP designation, and/or experience in one or more of the following:
  • Managing, or substantially contributing to, a long-range and/or large-scale planning effort;
  • Managing consultants and contracts;
  • Leading and conducting public engagement efforts;
  • Leveraging technology and tools (e.g., GIS) to support urban or transportation planning efforts;
  • Working in local, state, or regional government; and/or
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation.

Special Requirements
Please attach a cover letter or use the space within the Supplemental Questionnaire
to detail your experience with the following:

  • Managing, or substantially contributing to, a long-range and/or large-scale planning effort;
  • Leading and conducting public engagement efforts ; and
  • Leveraging technology and tools (e.g., GIS) to support urban or transportation planning efforts .

Top candidates may be required to submit a writing sample during final steps of the selection process in order to demonstrate their written ability.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid licensee. 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.

Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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