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Posted: 06/13/2012

City of Alexandria, Virginia
Department of Planning & Zoning

Urban Planner I - Historic Preservation
Professional Opportunity
Alexandria, VA
Adjacent to the nation's capital and established on the Potomac River in 1749, Alexandria has a rich architectural, cultural and planning history. The city is demographically and economically diverse. It has a progressive government and highly educated residents. It offers a full spectrum of planning challenges a compact urban center, redevelopment of aging suburban shopping center and industrial areas, affordable housing, new transportation corridors, metro stations and the opportunity to revitalize portions of the waterfront. The City places a premium on excellent architectural design, preserving its historic fabric, and maintaining and improving its existing street grid and walkable neighborhoods. This Urban Planner I position in our Historic Preservation Section is an entry level planner position. The position will assist with the administration and enforcement of the Alexandria historic preservation regulations and processes; be a primary point of contact to assist the public by phone, e-mail or at the Zoning counter; manage applications and case files for the section; conduct architectural, historical and zoning research related to Board of Architectural Revierw BAR cases; analyze site plans, special use permits, building permit applications and Certificates of Occupancy for compliance with BAR decisions and historic preservation design guidelines; and write staff reports for presentation before the BAR.
 Minimum & Additional Requirements:
Completion of college level courses in city planning, architectural history and preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering or public administration; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
 Preferred Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a degree or significant coursework and/or experience in Historic Preservation, experience reading and analyzing architectural designs and construction documents, a positive attitude with demonstrated good customer service skills, strong written, analytical and oral communication capability, the ability to handle multiple tasks with established deadlines simultaneously, and the ability to work in a team environment within the Department and with other City staff. Knowledge of City development and regulatory process and the ability to navigate effectively within this environment as well as proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and web graphic design software are plusses.
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