Senior Planner, Regional Partnerships and Funding (Transportation Planner III)

Fairfax County Government

Fairfax, VA
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The Coordination and Funding Division of Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is seeking a Senior Planner with experience in regional partnerships and funding. Performs transportation agency liaison duties, budgeting, and capital project programming related to financial transactions. Manages the county’s relationship with one or more of the following commissions, boards, authorities and/or jurisdictions: Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Transportation Planning Board (TPB), Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and other local jurisdictions. Coordinates issues with staff and officials of these bodies, often through technical committees. Pursues transportation funding opportunities from various funding sources and ensures compliance with related requirements. Analyzes transportation policy issues and prepares recommendations for staff and elected officials. Prepares written documents and gives oral presentations for elected officials, citizens, public agencies, and private entities.

Specific duties include:

  • Provides technical input and recommendations for regional agencies such as: the NVTC, VRE, MWCOG, TPB, and NVTA;
  • Meets with representatives from DRPT, VDOT, VRE and other county and regional organizations to develop policy and agreements on service levels and coordinating efforts;
  • Analyzes performance of a major transportation program and develops and implements strategies for improvement;
  • Facilitates interagency coordination on projects;
  • Performs detailed analyses and evaluations of the transportation impacts of major development projects;
  • Prepares, presents and discusses reports and findings with citizens, other agencies and officials;
  • As subject matter expert, provides guidance to staff, citizens, and officials on procedural and policy matters;
  • Provides input on fiscal requirements for capital improvement and strategic planning for long-range County, regional and statewide transportation needs;
  • Assists in securing funding for transportation capital and operating projects.
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 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, urban, regional or transportation planning, or a closely related field; plus four years of professional experience in civil engineering, urban, regional or transportation planning, or a closely related field.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) 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 sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Experience in two or more of the following areas, one of which must be strong analytical, verbal and writing skills, with experience in giving presentations:

  • Strong analytical, verbal and writing skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver presentations;
  • Ability to write detailed, accurate reports, or solicitations for pertinent areas of administration;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with government officials and members of peer groups, citizen's groups, and the public.
  • Ability to make oral presentations to department management, other departments, or the public;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, including citizen's groups, community, county, and state officials.
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of transportation/transit funding;
  • Ability to pursue grants and help develop funding strategies;
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and methods of transportation/transit regulation, planning, forecasting, and analysis;
  • Experience analyzing transportation and policy issues at the state or federal level;
  • Considerable knowledge of mission, goals, and objectives of the organizational unit, program, or activities to which incumbent is assigned;
  • Thorough knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software;
  • General knowledge of transportation planning/analysis software, finance, and budgeting;
  • Works independently and follows through on assignments with minimal direction.
  • Ability to manage complex projects independently or to serve as team leader; 
  • Ability to independently conduct complex transportation/transit studies and develop sound conclusions and recommendations.

Work is generally sedentary. However, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items up to 25 pounds in weight. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and 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.

Posted October 5, 2021, 10:53 AM PDT

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