Principal Planner/ GS 24
Transportation & Environmental Services
\"Preserving the Past, while Innovating our Future!\"
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 Principal Planner position.
What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:
- Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
- Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
- Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
- Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship
This position will represent the City of Alexandria on a wide range of technical, non-technical and policy issues that will require broad managerial, communications, transportation and operational expertise. The selected candidate will be responsible for managing studies and Small Area Plans, developing city-wide policies that support development of Alexandria''s multi-modal goals, determining potential grant funding sources, and supporting and advancing the division''s public engagement and communications goals and requirements. This person will work closely with the Traffic and Transit Divisions. Planning and Zoning, and the Department of Project Implementation. Work is performed under general instructions from a Division Chief, the Deputy Director, or the Director with considerable latitude for initiative and independent judgment on assigned major projects.
What you should bring
We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in successful and creative public engagement and outreach, experience identifying grants and creative funding sources, project management experience including managing consultants, and a strong vision of transportation''s role within broader city functions and its impact on quality of life.
- Manages complex, multi-faceted transportation planning initiatives in specific high profile development areas; including coordinating complex community, financial and technical interests and resources in the development of program work from the initial concept planning phase to the final presentation of major planning and policy recommendations;
- Actively seek out grant funding opportunities, and manages the application and implementation of grants;
- Manages or assists with the implementation and operationalization of recommendations from strategic plans, master plans, small area plans, and various studies, including interdepartmental coordination and working with the public;
- Develops and implements new and creative public engagement strategies, including advising and assisting other planning staff and working with internal communications officers;
- Manages special projects and studies, including directing the work of a team or work group of staff and consultants to include contracting consultants, preparing schedules, and administering project budgets;
- Develops city-wide policies to promote the goals of the Transportation Master Plan; authoritatively interprets agency policy, regulations and standards as applied to problems involving land use proposals, neighborhood issues, parking, and implementation, transportation planning or operational problems;
- Assists with development review process for new developments, and analyzes transportation impacts on all modes, assuring compliance with strategic plans and studies;
- Represents the Department or City and serves as an internal expert on panels, at public hearings, committees, and task forces;
- Coordinates with other City agencies, interest groups, and jurisdictions on highly specialized policy, transportation, and planning issues, and responds to complex transportation, planning, and community inquiries and requests for interpretations or determinations involving an area of expertise;
- Provides expert counsel to senior management, professional colleagues and City Council members on a wide variety of planning issues and problems not only in their programmatic area but across program areas.
Minimum & Additional Requirements
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 a 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 and inspection, surveying, street, sewer and fire hydrant maintenance, and resource and recovery collection.
Minimum: Four-Year College Degree; at least five years of progressively-responsible experience in urban or transportation planning and management of large-scale urban projects, and completion of college-level courses in urban planning, transportation or transit planning, public administration, engineering, geography, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Master''s Degree; more than five years of progressive planning experience, AICP certification, registered/certified Landscape Architect or Architect; demonstration of progressive project management experience, experience reviewing developments and working with development review-related documents; experience implementing plan or study recommendations.
This class specification provides a generalized representation of positions in this class. It is not intended to reflect essential functions pursuant to ADA, nor is it intended to list every specific function and task of this class title. A job class may also have a medical standard associated with specific physical or mental requirements that must be met.