Arlington County is seeking a visionary and results-oriented Director for its nationally-recognized Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development to fulfill its mission to promote the improvement, conservation and revitalization of Arlington's physical and social environment. Arlington offers the opportunity to contribute to the County's growth and development in a nationally recognized Smart Growth Community.
The director will work with a team of experienced, creative and passionate staff while building a sustainable, high-quality and desirable community. This Department Director is appointed by the County Manager and serves on the executive leadership team providing leadership to the County's strategic urban planning and development efforts.
Specific responsibilities include:
Leading the Department providing strategic direction to division managers in the effective implementation of County goals and policies and ensuring cohesive balanced services among the major functional areas;
Serving as a spokesperson for the County for its planning, housing and community development policies at local, regional and national levels;
Directing the planning and implementation of multiple programs, including the development of long range plans to effectively and efficiently meet County strategic goals and smart growth policies.
The Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (DCPHD) is comprised of five major Divisions including: Planning, Housing, Inspections, Zoning, and Neighborhood Services with an operating budget of $25 milllion. The Director will provide leadership to these divisions to ensure cohesive and coordinated services which are dedicated to promoting the improvement, conservation and revitalization of Arlington's physical and social environment. CPHD plays a lead role in implementing the County Board's commitment to healthy and vibrant neighborhoods, where residents are active in civic and neighborhood affairs and where services are tailored and coordinated efficiently and effectively. The department plays a major role in citizen engagement providing staff support to a variety of appointed and volunteer citizen groups including: Planning Commission, Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board, Housing Commission, Tenant-Landlord Commission, Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee, and the Board of Zoning Appeals. More information about the department can be found here: CPHD
Major challenges facing the Department include:
Successfully engaging with and influencing a highly-involved and informed community at the neighborhood, business, developer, civic association, and appointed board, commission and committee levels
Improving and preserving the quality of Arlington's neighborhoods, both low density residential and high density commercial and residential neighborhoods located along the County's metro corridors
Defining strategies to address the changing economic and demographic conditions and forces that are actively reshaping Arlington's traditional office, retail and housing markets
Developing, in conjunction with the County Manager's team, a Capital Improvement Plan and process that will address the short and long term public investments necessary to support public safety, economic development and neighborhood needs
Ensuring that the County's development review, permitting, plan review, and inspection services are effectively managed, fully coordinated, and employ the best practices and technology necessary to provide the highest level of service
Implementation of a new enterprise wide technology initiative in CPHD to streamline customer service in the building and land development and permitting process.
Arlington, Virginia, is an attractive, well-planned community in which to live, visit or conduct business with a unique blend of excellent location, desirable living standard, and effective, pro-active government. It is a community that is interested in and very supportive of planning and community development. An urban County of about 26 square miles located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington has won recognition for maintaining high quality-residential neighborhoods while supporting well-managed growth and transit. There are no incorporated towns or cities within Arlington's boundaries.
The American Planning Association has recognized Arlington's commitment to community-based planning and smart growth with the Gold 2017 National Planning Achievement Award for implementation of our General Land Use Plan and smart growth journey. Arlington was one of 12 national award recipients.
The successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree in Planning, Public Administration, or related area and a record of achievement at a senior management level in community planning, housing and/or development serving an urban, multi-cultural population.
Key characteristics of the ideal candidate include:
Broad understanding of County interests, programs, and initiatives and of the relationship with, and the impact of, complex interdepartmental issues on community planning, housing and development issues
Demonstrated strong community engagement and visible leadership in addressing community growth and development issues, with a commitment to diversity, and a record of effectively balancing competing community interests and resource demands;
A strong record of achievement in urban planning and development who finds the complexities of municipal government planning and development rewarding and challenging;
An innovative and strategic thinker who is capable of seeing the broader picture while simultaneously managing complex community planning and development issues and projects;
A seasoned, inspirational leader capable of motivating and managing a large staff engaged in multiple disciplines and encouraging cross divisional communication and coordination to meet the Department's vision;
A positive entrepreneurial attitude and confident political astuteness with the ability to remain calm under pressure;
Ability to constructively engage with a community that is diverse, well-educated, knowledgeable and highly involved in all aspects of local government, and to build consensus on highly controversial issues;
Ability to respect, acknowledge, and manage current operations while looking for ways to improve and/or enhance efficiency and effectiveness of service to the public;
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing including the development of well written and thoughtful reports and to effectively respond to questions from public groups;
The capacity to effectively collaborate with other senior managers as part of the County Manager's Executive Leadership Team.
For more information about this opportunity please visit https://careers.arlingtonva.us/. This position is open until filled with a preferred filing date of July 17, 2017.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience.
Arlington, Virginia, is an attractive, well-planned community in which to live, visit or conduct business with a unique blend of excellent location, desirable living standard, and effective, pro-active government. It is a community that is interested in and very supportive of planning and community development. An urban County of about 26 square miles located across the Potomac River from Washingt...on, D.C., Arlington has won recognition for maintaining high quality-residential neighborhoods while supporting well-managed growth and transit. There are no incorporated towns or cities within Arlington's boundaries.