Recruitment #23-135-0007


The Loudoun County, Virginia Department of Planning & Zoning is seeking an experienced professional to manage the Community Planning Division in a large, expanding, and multifaceted jurisdiction that is leading growth in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

Job Description

This position oversees long-range planners in implementation of the County's Comprehensive Plan, which includes drafting new small area plans and redevelopment strategies, reviewing land use applications for consistency with plan policy, managing plan amendments, and conducting community outreach. The Planning Division Manager also oversees historic preservation planning specialists who administer the County's historic and cultural conservation districts, support the Heritage Commission and Historic District Review Committee, and implement the Heritage Preservation Plan and Historic Guidelines.

The ideal candidate will provide leadership in policy development and interpretation as well as to the planning team that will guide the evolution of walkable urban places near the County's metro stations. This position serves as the main staff contact on the Comprehensive Plan, which involves providing analysis and recommendations to the Director, County Administration, County Attorney, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Job Requirements

Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's degree in Urban/Regional Planning, Public Administration, Real Estate, Public Policy, Historic Preservation, or Law and five (5) years of related work experience, including professional analysis and technical writing. Progressively responsible work experience including a minimum of two (2) years supervising staff.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desired.

Special Requirements

This position requires strong interpersonal skills and a style that emphasizes diplomacy and the willingness to seek reasonable solutions. The ability to think strategically about operational and programmatic issues is essential. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to mentor staff and provide guidance on project management, land use planning, comprehensive planning, site and architectural design principles, zoning, historic and cultural resource management, and environmental planning. Attendance at occasional night meetings after normal business hours is expected.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

This position requires a valid driver's license and driving record, credit, and criminal background checks. Teleworking is an option after three months. This position may qualify for relocation assistance in accordance with County policy.