Urban Planner II

Alexandria, VA
$56,835.22 - $71,905.08 Annually
Feb 17, 2022
Feb 21, 2022
Program Manager
Full Time
Urban Planner II (2 vacancies)

The City of Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 160,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest City in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the City have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for this Urban Planner II within the Department of Planning & Zoning (P&Z).

An Overview

This position is located within the Neighborhood Planning and Community Development (NPCD) Division of the Department of Planning & Zoning (P&Z). The Planner will perform professional planning work primarily but not limited to small area plan development, community outreach, research and analysis, development review, and coordination among different departments and agencies

What You Should Bring

The incumbent should be a highly-responsible and organized planner with outstanding planning, communication, technical, and analytical skills. You must have a strong knowledge of and experience with the principles and practices of urban planning, urban design, and community engagement as well as excellent graphics, GIS, and plan review skills.

The Opportunity

  • Collaborating as part of a multi-disciplinary team on long-range planning projects involving extensive public participation to facilitate equitable solutions for complex neighborhood issues;
  • Producing graphics and maps for presentations, plans and staff reports, transforming complex issues into concise and easy to understand concepts for community groups, property owners, and appointed and elected officials;
  • Reviewing development projects for consistency with the Master Plan;
  • Assisting with design and execution of community engagement strategies and working closely with community stakeholders in the development of plans;
  • Assisting with implementation of long-range planning initiatives; and
  • Coordinating with other divisions within P&Z as well as other departments and external partners.

About the Department

Planning and Zoning works closely with the community in each area of the City to carry out City Council's Strategic Plan for vibrant, amenity-rich neighborhoods, protected historic resources, and vital local businesses. With the community as our partner in developing neighborhood plans and reviewing proposals for development projects and businesses, we continue to deliver on the Vision we have developed together.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Four-Year College Degree from an accredited college or university in Regional, or Urban Planning, or a closely related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Physical Sciences, Historic Preservation, or Environmental Studies; three years of experience or Master's degree with 1 year experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum requirements listed above plus three or more years of experience with community planning and engagement/facilitation, local government work with elected and appointed bodies, development plan review and experience addressing equity and environmental sustainability in planning work ; intermediate or higher skills in Microsoft and Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS; demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills, Spanish fluency, and p roven ability to manage complex projects in a fast paced collaborative team environment.


This position requires the successful completion of a pre-employment Criminal Records Check.

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