Urban Planner III

Alexandria, VA
$62,657.92 - $102,994.90 Annually
Jan 26, 2022
Feb 09, 2022
Program Manager
Full Time
Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator
Urban Planner III

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 150,000 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 of the City's square miles 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 our Urban Planner III position.

An Overview
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator will be a highly motivated, creative, and responsible candidate with strong public communication skills to work within the Transportation and Environmental Services Department. The employee will be responsible for all aspects of major planning functions and projects requiring advanced skills in research and analysis, and the use of advanced skills.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Think strategically about continuous improvement opportunities for Transportation Planning programs, such as new projects and funding, and streamlining programs, processes, and systems to become more efficient and effective in program and project delivery
  • Manage the engagement, design, and implementation efforts for Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School, Neighborhood Sidewalk, and Vision Zero program projects.
  • Write RFPs, negotiate, evaluate and manage consultant teams through the project process.
  • Fiscal: Assist in the management of program and project budgets and day to day fiscal requirements Complete Streets program
  • Communications: In both oral and written formats, clearly develop and present ideas to peers, leadership, City commissioners and Council, and the public using a variety of tools including social media, e-news releases, emails, informational materials, and video.
  • Community Requests: Respond to resident inquiries and prioritize requests for implementation
  • Project Management: Lead the planning phase, including securing grant funding, community engagement and concept design development, for capital projects.
  • Analysis: Use data to evaluate project feasibility, measure success and relay information to the public.
  • Coordinate with other divisions within the department and across the city to ensure the design and implementation of projects meets objectives of all project stakeholders.
  • Partner with the community to ensure that feedback from all stakeholders is considered and underrepresented voices are included.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate embraces the core values of the City: Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Continuous Improvement. This candidate is open minded and treats all people with dignity, embraces diversity and welcomes individual perspectives, backgrounds and opinions, listens well and always exhibits civility. They are honest and fair, strategic and transparent about how they make decisions, and value the public’s trust. They are accountable for decisions and actions and follows through on commitments. They work well with others to achieve great things and are committed to learning and growing.

The ideal Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator candidate will have demonstrated successes with publicly visible safety and mobility projects, public outreach, and project management. This candidate will thrive in thinking outside the box, bringing innovative ideas to the table, while working towards the best possible implementable outcome. The position requires a strong balance of people skills and technical know-how, and the selected candidate will be able to lead project teams with judgment, experience, and a desire to cultivate leadership in others.

About the Department
The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) strives to improve the overall quality of life within the City of Alexandria through the development of superior infrastructure. In order to contribute to the physical, social and economic growth of the City of Alexandria, the T&ES employee team provides services of the highest quality in the areas of engineering, environmental quality, traffic control, transit, construction, inspection and surveying, street, sewer and fire hydrant maintenance, and refuse and recycling collection.

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 and five (5) years of relevant planning experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's Degree; more than two years of progressive planning experience in an urban setting; experience in innovative public outreach methods; excellent project management skills, including the ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, manage budgets, and ensure accountability; familiarity with AutoCAD and GIS; familiarity with active transportation planning and Complete Streets, pedestrian and bike mobility and safety, street design, and traffic engineering.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.

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