Fairfax County is one of the largest jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Virginia with over 1.1 million people. This urbanizing county has a history of stable political leadership, effective citizen engagement, and outstanding service delivery. Fairfax County is seeking a Planner III to serve as a senior heritage resources planner responsible for managing or performing complex heritage resources planning and surveying activities including developing related land use and policy recommendations. This position serves as staff liaison to the History Commission, a non-regulatory board. Researches heritage resources existing conditions, land use, and planning and zoning information to be used in special studies, development review analysis and plan amendments. Prepares a variety of written materials including heritage resource assessments, research reports, staff reports, planning studies and evaluations, and public hearing items. Formulates work programs and serves as team leader on consultant and staff studies. Acts as liaison to citizen task forces or other stakeholder groups. Makes presentations to senior staff, Architectural Review Board, History Commission, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and task forces and citizens groups. Performs other duties as assigned.
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Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a planning related field; plus four years of experience in a planning-related field.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee is required to complete a criminal background 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.
Master’s degree in historic preservation or planning or closely related field. Progressively responsible professional experience in heritage resources planning. Strong abilities in project management and written and oral communications. Ability to handle multiple deadlines. Experience using word processing, database and GIS software. Experience working in a local government planning office and supporting public boards and commissions. Experience with Section 106 review, and local, state and national historic registers.
Position is primarily sedentary; however, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items under 15 pounds in weight. Work assignments may also require that the employee make site visits and inspections and participate in meetings during the evenings and occasional weekends. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodation.
A panel interview that may include an 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.