PLANNER II - COMMUNITY PLANNING

Recruitment #21-125-2243

Job Description

The Loudoun County Department of Planning & Zoning is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Planner II within the Community Planning Division. Work responsibilities will primarily support the implementation of the County's Comprehensive Plan, which focuses on the form and function of places rather than prescriptive land-use guidelines. Therefore, the position provides opportunities for an innovative planner with a particular emphasis on urban design and quality development. Assignments may include reviewing legislative applications (rezonings, special exceptions, etc.) for consistency with the County's land use and design policies; supporting the County's Historic District Review Committee, which includes reviewing building designs for compliance with historic district design guidelines; providing graphic design support for department initiatives; supporting the County's heritage and preservation planning initiatives; informing land-use planning and urban design for transit-oriented development and other planning projects; and community outreach and engagement supporting department planning activities. Loudoun has been one of the fastest-growing communities of its size for two decades and has developed a unique combination of compact, suburban communities in the east and distinctly rural communities in the west. This has created a dynamic planning environment with historic towns; established suburban neighborhoods; new town centers featuring a mix of retail, entertainment, employment, and housing; rich natural amenities; and a vibrant rural economy with a growing number of farms, craft breweries, and wineries. The planned arrival of Washington Metrorail service to eastern Loudoun beginning in 2021 will create additional planning and economic development challenges and opportunities, necessitating energetic and innovative planning staff to help shape anticipated transit-oriented urban centers.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Management, Public Administration, Urban Management, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, or related field; two (2) years of related work experience in professional planning; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

The successful candidate must exhibit excellent writing, presentation, and analytical skills; communicate effectively with staff, applicants, the public, and elected and appointed officials; and meet deadlines and maintain product quality while managing multiple assignments. The applicant must have practical knowledge of land use planning, architectural principles, urban design, historic preservation, zoning, transportation, sustainable building/development, and environmental planning.

Preferred qualifications include American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or AICP Candidate certification, technical graphic design skills, and working familiarity with related computer programs (e.g., SketchUp, ArcMap, Adobe Suite). Previous experience in local government planning organizations and knowledge of land-use practices in Virginia is also desirable.

Hiring Range: $60,103.87- $82,642.82

Salary Commensurate with Experience

Special Requirements

Attendance a night meetings will be expected.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

This position may qualify for relocation assistance in accordance with County policy. The position requires a valid driver's license, driving record check, and background/credit check. 

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