Development Review Section Chief (planner Iv)

Fairfax, Virginia
$76,271.52 - $127,119.62 Annually
Jan 15, 2022
Jan 29, 2022
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, Development Review Section Chief, to be a part of one of the most highly regarded park systems in the country. With over 425 parks and 23,000 acres of parkland including RECenters, nature centers, historic sites, golf courses, 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 Development Review Section Chief directs, guides, and manages review of rezoning applications, Comprehensive Plan amendments, and a range of other types of development plans and applications processed by park planning staff. This position will be a leader in advancing agency efforts to incorporate racial and social equity into park planning and design practices. The Planner IV manages multi-discipline professional planning and technical staff in a team environment and routinely collaborates with other county agencies and entities to conduct plan review and analysis. This position also serves as an agency expert on urban park planning and design, guiding staff and performing independent review of specialized, complex development plans, especially those in the county’s growth areas such as Tysons and other urban cores, the Richmond Highway corridor, Metro-related mixed-use sites, and town centers. 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.

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;
  • Prepares detailed position papers and staff reports on complex zoning applications, Ordinance amendments, Plan amendments, public facility proposals, appeals of the
  • Zoning Administrator's decisions, historic preservation, environmental policy, housing Policy, among others;
  • 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;
  • Serves as expert witness in litigation involving particular area of expertise.

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, 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 on highly complex development plans.
  • Experience incorporating racial and social equity principles in planning, design, and leadership practices.
  • Experience in the review of high-profile, complex, mixed-use, and/or transit-oriented (TOD) development plans.
  • 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.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication and collaboration skills.

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 check, and child protective services registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Position is primarily sedentary, however, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending and carrying of items under 15 pounds in weight. Work assignments may also require that the employee make site visits and inspections. 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.