Community Specialist (planner Iii) - Office Of Environmental & Energy Coordination

Fairfax, Virginia
$69,407.31 - $115,678.37 Annually
Dec 18, 2021
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

As a member of the Community Planning and Programs division within the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC), provides support to the Community Planning and Programs team in the promotion of environmental and energy awareness and engagement in support of the Board of Supervisors Environmental Vision and Operational Energy Strategy. Duties include:

  • Supports the management and implementation of the Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) and the “Resilient Fairfax” climate adaptation and resilience planning initiative.
  • Supports community and employee awareness and engagement efforts related to environmental and energy priorities;
  • Grows and markets existing and new education and outreach programs to all community sectors;
  • Supports the Deputy Director and/or Division Manager in assessing and reporting on climate, energy and environmental policy, legislation, initiatives, programs and activities;
  • Works with nonprofit entities to further County goals;
  • Responds to inquiries from interest groups and the public;
  • Works with departments/agencies to optimize energy and resource conservation through recovery and reuse;
  • Provides administrative support to the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) to include facilitating EQAC meetings, reports, resolutions and EQAC member appointments and managing the EQAC website;
  • Provides support for both planning and programs within the Planning and Programs Team and may support the OEEC generally.

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.)

  • Conducts special studies resulting in the adoption of amended Plan text, the formulation of new land use policy, and/or amendments to the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Collects, compiles and analyzes data relating to zoning, land use, transportation, public facilities, recreational, and environmental planning and prepares documents;
  • Coordinates with other county agencies, interest groups and other jurisdictions on various assignments;
  • Directs the work of a team or a small group of planners and planning technicians working on a special project;
  • Assists in the administration and management of work programs involving the administration, enforcement, interpretation and amendment of the Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan;
  • Serves as staff liaison to task forces and advisory boards;
  • Serves as mentor for other Planners in the series;
  • Performs project management including contracting consultants, preparing schedules and administering the project budget.

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.)

  • Ability to read, comprehend, and interpret documents relating to land use, zoning, environmental planning, public facilities, and information technology, among others;
  • Ability to write, proofread, edit, and rewrite documents effectively and to produce accurate documents with only limited, oversight supervision;
  • Ability to collect, synthesize and analyze research data and to present in written form;
  • Ability to use a computer to access information, to conduct research and to perform basic word processing and spreadsheet operations;
  • Ability to establish and to maintain good working relationships with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, development representatives and citizens;
  • Ability to speak and to respond to questions effectively before individuals, citizen groups and public bodies;
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written and oral reports;
  • Ability to set individual priorities, to manage time efficiently, and to exhibit sound judgment;
  • Ability to manage complex projects independently or to serve as a team leader;
  • Ability to meet and to deal effectively with county representatives, clients and the public;
  • Ability to identify effective solutions to process or programmatic problems.

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 four years of experience in a planning-related field.

Not applicable.

  • Must have strong experience in and knowledge of energy and climate action planning and implementation including but not limited to areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, strategies and actions to achieve carbon neutral goals in key sectors such as building energy and transportation, and climate resilience;
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic and annual work plans as it they relate to environmental and energy programs related issues and goals;
  • Experience working in a local government environment including work with elected officials;
  • Significant demonstrated experience in data gathering techniques including how to manage, synthesize and use information in various formats and how to organize and present findings;
  • Ability to work with community organizations including understanding and recognizing how to interact with the community at large;
  • Ability to set-up and facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to present information to elected officials, senior management, and members of the community in a concise and understandable manner;
  • Ability to write clearly, synthesize complex information, and present findings to audiences without technical backgrounds;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Strong PowerPoint, Word and Excel skills;
  • Experience with GIS mapping and analysis.

  • Ability to attend evening meetings is essential.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • 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.

Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, employee must be sufficiently mobile to attend meetings and make presentations. Employee may be required to lift and carry up to 15 pounds. Incumbent must be able to work on electronic equipment such as a computer monitor, typing on a keyboard, and are essential to this position. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a 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.