Urban Planner II

City of Alexandria - Department of Planning & Zoning
Alexandria, VA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$56,835 - $69,472

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 square miles in the city 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 II position.


Our work is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:

  1. Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan.
  2. Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results.
  3. Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization.
  4. Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship.

An Overview
The Urban Planner II in the Development Division is a highly motivated, creative and responsible employee with strong analytical and communication skills. This Planner will review a wide variety of Development projects against the City of Alexandria's Zoning Ordinance, Small Area Plans, design guidelines and other associated documents. The work is performed under the supervision of a Principal Planner and in a team environment. The employee in this position provides analytical assistance on simple-to-moderately complex development review applications by applying knowledge of planning and zoning regulations and policies to actual construction and business projects. This Planner II is also able to manage competing priorities, is comfortable working independently, as well as within a team, and has extensive experience using strong organizing, communicating and multi-tasking skills.  This employee applies complex regulations and interprets architectural and construction site plans. 
What You Should Bring
You should be highly motivated and able to provide analytical assistance on simple to complex zoning and development review applications by applying knowledge of planning and zoning principles, regulations, and policies to actual construction and business projects. This position requires strong technical writing skills as well as the ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.  You should have extensive experience using strong organizational and communication skills.  Strong customer service skills and experience are utilized to work with the public and business communities.  The ability to apply complex regulations and policies to development review is critical. Strong written and verbal skills are needed to write extensive and detailed reports, and to explain complex issues to a variety of stakeholders, including at public hearings before City Council and the Planning Commission.
The Opportunity - Examples of Work       

  • Independently manage development projects, in close coordination with the project team, including reviewing for compliance with zoning policy, neighborhood plans, design guidelines and any previous approvals; writing staff reports and conditions, conducting inspections and closing out cases; 
  • Review building permits, site plan revisions, site plan inspections, grading permits, landscape plans, and other work that is assigned within the planning area;
  • Work with other professional planners on zoning policy and interpretation, neighborhood plans and implementation groups, design guidelines, and development studies and projects;
  • Work with City departments on projects including public open space(s), site plan review, and design guidelines and conditions;
  • Manage meetings, correspondence, and submissions for neighborhood groups, Boards and Commissions.
  • Provide customer service to the public in the multi-agency permit center, and as questions arise on new or existing projects within the planning area;
  • Public speaking before groups of various sizes and backgrounds, including professional presentations to Boards, Commissions and City Council; 
  • Write development comments, memos, staff reports, and other materials, as needed for projects, and prepare associated graphics and handouts; 
  • Collaborate with staff to create and document Department policies and procedures; and
  • Perform related work as required.

 About the Department
The Department of Planning and Zoning works closely with the community in each area of the City to carry out City Council's Strategic Plan for vibrant, amenity-rich neighborhoods, protected historic resources, and vital local businesses. With the community as our partner in developing neighborhood plans and reviewing proposals for development projects and businesses, we continue to deliver on the vision we have developed together.


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; three years of experience or Master's degree with 1 year experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Four-Year College Degree plus four years' experience or Masters' degree plus 2 years' experience; two years' experience in public sector planning; at least two years' experience working successfully with customers and/or members of the public; the ability to use scales; the ability to review surveys/plats; demonstrated strong analytical, written and communication skills; and knowledge of the principles and practices of planning at the local level. Certification:  AICP, Registered Landscape Architect, LEED or similar preferred.

This position requires the successful completion of a background check to include but not limited to a criminal records screening.  

To apply for this position, please go to www.alexandriava.gov/jobs to submit an application.

Deadline: July 8, 2018

Published on:
June 26, 2018 - 2:37pm
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