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Posted: 06/28/2017

City of Alexandria, VA
Planning & Zoning/Historic Preservation Section

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 I position.

Urban Planner I
Professional Opportunity
Alexandria, VA

The Opportunity 

  • Be a primary point of contact to assist the public and other City staff by phone, e-mail or at the Zoning counter; 
  • Assist with the administration and enforcement of the Alexandria historic preservation regulations and processes;
  • Receive and manage applications and case files for the section; conduct architectural, historical and zoning research related to Board of Architectural Review (BAR) cases;
  • Assist in the preparation of engaging and clear PowerPoint presentations directed to City boards and commissions, community groups or other interested parties.
  • Analyze site plans, special use permits, building permit applications and Certificates of Occupancy for compliance with BAR decisions and historic preservation design guidelines;
  • Write staff reports for consideration before the BAR;
  • Assist with implementation of a digital survey project; and
  • Make site inspections throughout the historic districts, including at active construction sites.
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; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

The preferred candidate will have a four-year college degree in urban planning, architecture, historic preservation or a related field and at least one year of experience working for a government agency, board or commission, or in a similar regulatory environment, and will have an understanding of historic preservation practices, experience reading and analyzing architectural designs and construction documents, and a positive attitude with demonstrated superior customer service skills.  This candidate will have proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (including the ability to prepare visually compelling PowerPoint presentations), Adobe (graphics editing and layouts in PhotoShop and InDesign) and ArcGIS with the ability to prepare complex graphics and maps for the website and other special projects.

The preferred candidate will also have familiarity with American architectural styles, building terminology, construction techniques, building survey and best preservation practices and will be able to assist with the implementation of a digital survey project, under the supervision of a senior planner.  The survey work will include trouble-shooting survey equipment, project and file management and coordination of volunteers.


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