Urban Planner II

City of Alexandria
Alexandria, VA
United States
April 19, 2017
Professional Area: 
Architecture
Community Engagement
Landscape Architecture
Preservation
Public/Nonprofit Administration
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Experience: 
1-3 years
AICP Certification: 
Not required
Salary Range: 
$56,835.22 - $91,322.92 Annually
Urban Planner ll/ GS19

Transportation & Complete Streets

 
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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 Urban Planner II position.

What we do and how we do it 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 (Transportation and Complete Streets) will perform technical analysis in specialized areas of planning and transportation. The employee will be responsible for relatively independent performance of major planning functions or projects requiring advanced skills in research and analysis, and the use of advanced skills. Work is performed under general instructions from the Division Chief, the Deputy Director, or the Director with considerable latitude for initiative and independent judgment on assigned major projects. Work is subject to technical review through the evaluation of reports and through conferences.
 
What you should bring
As an Urban Planner II  (Transportation and Complete Streets), you should have a 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.
 
The Opportunity

  • Managing,leading, or assisting the planning on transportation planning projects or studies, such as Small Area Plans, corridor plans, parking planning, and pedestrian and bicycle related projects.
  • Develops communication tools for public consumption, improving communication methods through publications, graphics, web content, etc.
  • Leads or assists with public engagement efforts of planning projects and programs.
  • Assist with the development of the City's annually updated unconstrained Transportation Long Range Plan (LRP).
  • Reviews and analyzes conceptual and formal applications and studies to ensure compliance with City's Strategic Plans, Master Plan, zoning ordinance, and design guidelines.
  • Conduct research and data collection and analysis, including field investigations, surveys, impact studies, demographic information, and other relevant documents to prepare technical reports for review by Boards, Commissions, City Council and the public.
  • Prepare and presents professional findings in written and oral reports and presentations to City Boards and Commissions during public hearings.
  • Represents the Transportation Department to inter-departmental groups, City and Department studies/initiatives, City Boards and Commissions, community groups and civic associations as it relates to the City's transportation planning division.
  • Assist with the coordination of development review for the Transportation Planning division.
  • Act as the liaison / staff support for the City's Transportation Commission, including the development of meeting agendas, preparing and reviewing docket memorandums, attending Commission meetings, and providing briefings / updates to the Commission as needed.
  • Responding to questions from the Mayor, City Council, Transportation Commission.
  • Perform related work as required.

About the Department
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 & Additional Requirements

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 a Master's Degree with one (1) year of experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Four-Year College Degree plus four (4) years of professional experience or Graduate degree plus two (2) years of professional experience; experience presenting technical information effectively, both orally and in writing, to large groups and senior management; ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, boards, commission, businesses, civic groups, and the general public; experience working on planning and implementation topics such as bicycle and pedestrian projects, parking topics, and public engagement; enthusiasm to innovate current processes, programs, and projects.

Notes

This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.

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