Principal Planner / Senior Planner

  • Loudoun County Dept. of Planning & Zoning
  • Leesburg, Virginia 20175, United States
  • Mar 01, 2017
Full Time Planning and Development Mid to Senior Level
  • Salary: $58,935 - $85,998 Annually
  • Salary Top: $100,947
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 703.777.0246
  • Apply By: Mar 24, 2017


Loudoun County, Virginia, “DC’s Technology Corridor,” is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community. Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a thriving community of more than 375,000 residents. Loudoun has been one of the fastest growing communities of its size for two decades and over that time has developed a dynamic planning environment. Two new Metrorail Silver line stops will open in 2020 in the County and bring with it new planning and community development opportunities for our Department. In addition, the County has begun a new Comprehensive Plan effort which will offer planners with unique experiences. Loudoun offers opportunities for a flexible work environment and the benefit of working with a highly qualified, talented, progressive, dynamic, and professional staff.

Job Description

The Department has established both new supervisory-level principal and senior-level planner positions. Depending upon the specific position, the principal planners will either lead and facilitate the review of legislative land development applications through working with various staff, applicants, Planning Commission members, and Board members; lead the zoning review of site plans and assist with other zoning-related applications; or lead the comprehensive plan review of legislative applications and assist the Planning Manager on a number of significant projects (i.e., new Comprehensive Plan, etc.). The senior planner position will play a critical role in the new Comprehensive Plan effort and be a project manager for major strategic planning items. Successful candidates must have the ability to lead and manage the work of other professional planners and have strong communication skills, which includes preparing concise and effective written reports and presentations to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Planners will work closely with applicants, the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors, the Board of Zoning Appeals, staff from a variety of other County agencies, and the public. Primary responsibilities may include: reviewing a variety of land development applications for zoning conformance, researching and preparing zoning determination letters, processing variance and appeal applications, assisting in the preparation of Zoning Ordinance amendments, and participating in other special projects. Successful candidates will exhibit excellent customer service, communication, facilitation, and problem solving skills. Applicants must have senior level knowledge of zoning, land use, design principles, transportation, and environmental planning. Applicants must possess excellent analytical and research skills and must have the ability to meet deadlines and maintain product quality while managing multiple assignments.

Job Requirements:

What You Will Need

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or related field (Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, Economic Development, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, or Engineering) and four (4) years of professional planning experience. Preference may be given to applicants experienced in local government, architecture, and/or urban design, including a minimum of two years of supervision and managing/facilitating rezonings and other development-related applications. American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) Certification is preferred.

Special Instructions

Attendance at night meetings may be expected.  Positions require a valid driver’s license and driving record check.

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