Principal Planner – Land Use Review
The Loudoun County Department of Planning & Zoning is seeking an experienced land use professional to manage the comprehensive review of discretionary land development applications in a large and expanding multifaceted community that is leading growth in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This position independently analyzes the complex and large-scale land development applications and provides recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors regarding project consistency with adopted land-use policies and ordinances. The ideal candidate will have advanced knowledge of land use planning and land development and will be able to coordinate with other departments and agencies, prioritize tasks, meet critical deadlines while autonomously managing multiple assignments, and present cohesive technical analysis to decision-makers. This position plays a large role in the implementation of the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan and is part of the planning team that will guide the evolution of walkable urban places near the County’s planned metro stations.
Master’s degree in Planning, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, or a related field; four (4) years of related work experience in professional planning or a related field including one (1) year of supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Progressively responsible work experience at a level that required management of complex planning and land use projects is preferred. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desired.
This position requires strong interpersonal skills and a style that emphasizes diplomacy and a 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 adapt to a variety of situations including frequent interactions with interdepartmental staff, applicants, top governmental officials, and citizens. Mentorship of fellow staff regarding effective project management, land planning, comprehensive planning, building and site design review, and cultural and resource preservation is expected.
Attendance and presentations at periodic evening meetings and workshops after normal business hours are required.
This position may qualify for relocation assistance in accordance with County policy. This position requires a valid driver’s license,