Assistant Division Director for Planning and Real Estate
Fairfax County Government
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 21-01918
Join the Park Authority and our nationally recognized team of professionals! The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking an Assistant Division Director overseeing Planning and Real Estate to be a part of one of the most highly regarded park systems in the country. With over 425 parks, 23,000 acres of parkland, nine RECenters, eight golf courses, three lakefront parks, and more, FCPA is an exciting organization to be a part of and there are many opportunities for staff to make a difference at every level.
As a member of the leadership team within the Planning and Development Division, the Assistant Division Director sets the vision for planning and real estate initiatives to align divisional goals with agency and county goals, such as the focus on equity and One Fairfax to inform park acquisition, planning, and development across the county. This position functions with limited oversight by the Division Director and requires an autonomous, visionary thinker who can collaborate and lead a variety of exciting initiatives within planning and real estate. The individual will collaborate with multi-disciplinary professional staff in a team environment to oversee plan review and analysis, creation of site-specific park master plans, long range plans and reports on park planning issues and special projects and studies. They will lead strategic planning for the Park Authority and develop strategic partnerships with private entities in the development of new opportunities to expand services on park land. The ideal candidate will be able to operate independently, exercising experienced professional judgement and taking initiative to lead and implement a variety of initiatives.
REALISTIC JOB PREVIEW: The Fairfax County Park Authority will provide a virtual realistic job preview on two different occasions. Interested candidates may join the following Microsoft TEAMS link to participate in learning more about the position with Park Authority staff.
The virtual realistic job preview will be held: To access, please click the TEAMS link below on the date and time you plan to attend.
(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
Assists the Park Authority Division Director, Planning & Development, in the overall administration of the Park Authority's planning and real estate services processes;
Develops and directs the overall work program and management plans for the branch;
Participates in the development of agency and division long range, strategic and capital plans;
Leads agency strategic planning efforts including managing interdivisional teams to determine strategic planning needs, set initiatives and goals, analyze data, monitor progress and evaluate results to satisfy the agency's mission;
Prepares strategic plans, reports and presentations for Division Director, Authority Director and Park Board;
Develops goals, objectives, and performance measures for the agency in regards to park planning and real estate programs;
Leads studies designed to evaluate need for parkland and park facilities;
Forecasts trends and anticipates service requirements for parkland and facilities;
Develops parkland acquisition strategies;
Provides expert technical leadership in the development of land rights and legal agreements between the agency and other governmental agencies or private land owners;
Structures and negotiates complex land acquisition and real estate transactions and agreements;
Resolves legal issues associated with land acquisition and land management contracts, lease and license agreements, interim use agreements, encroachments and other legal matters and testifies in court;
Meets and coordinates with the Board of Supervisors, the Park Authority Board, agency leadership and staff, other county departments and other agencies, community organizations, the business community and citizens to initiate and execute long range and strategic planning and land acquisition initiatives as well as individual park planning or acquisition efforts on behalf of the agency and division;
Creates and maintains strong network of interagency and community relationships to promote, implement and sustain park planning and real estate efforts and initiatives;
Assists the Division Director with planning of the park capital development program;
Supervises the day-to-day work of subordinate staff;
Assists the Division Director in preparation and execution of the division budget;
Assists the Division Director in ensuring adequate supervision, staffing, training, and development of branch staff.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
Knowledge of the principles, methods and problems of park planning administration and organization management as it relates to long range and strategic planning;
Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and development in the public sector;
Specialized knowledge in land use, capital improvements, and park development and redevelopment;
Knowledge of the principles and practices of regional and urban planning and environmental impact of land use;
Knowledge in the preparation of comprehensive land use, planning, and zoning correlated reports as they relate to parkland;
Knowledge of the County Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and county policies and procedures relative to planning and zoning, personnel regulations, and other associated areas;
Knowledge of the principles and practices of real property acquisition for public purposes;
Knowledge of planning and land acquisition research methods;
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other Park staff, peers, elected officials, citizen groups, boards, commissions and other agencies;
Ability to develop and implement agency and division long range and strategic plans including goals and objectives;
Ability to effectively supervise subordinate staff;
Ability to develop effective and cooperative working relationships with local officials, other county staff, the public, consultants and contractors;
Ability to gain and maintain the confidence and cooperation of the officials, employees and the public;
Ability to make interpretations of complex research data;
Ability to speak and write effectively.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”) Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in planning, business administration, public administration or a related field plus five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience within the specific area of assignment – long range planning, short range planning and/ or real property acquisition. At least three years of experience must have been as a supervisor of a major functional area. A Master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A visionary leader with strong collaboration and interpersonal communication skills who has the ability to see a vision through to implementation; Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Master's degree in planning, landscape architecture, architecture, real estate administration, urban design, or related area. Knowledge and experience in legal technical writing of MOU/MOA, leases or public-private partnership agreements is preferred. Experience developing long range or strategic plans for large organizations or local government entities. Experience developing site-specific park master plans. Proficiency using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the current version of ArcView, online survey and public input software, and Microsoft Productivity software including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams. Familiarity using and updating databases is also preferred.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED: Driver's License (Required) Must have at least one of the following professional licenses or certifications:
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Commercial Real Estate Professional
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective services registry check, and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.
Generally sedentary in nature, however employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and ability to lift 10 lbs.
Work assignments may also require that the employee make site visits and traverse uneven terrain, occasionally in forested conditions
All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
SELECTION PROCEDURE: Panel interview and may include oral and written exercise.
Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.
Fairfax County was home to many of America’s earliest statesmen, including George Washington of Mount Vernon and George Mason of Gunston Hall. It is one of the premier centers of technology in the United States. Located just west of the nation’s capital, Fairfax County is the most populous jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It has a large, diverse and dynamic economy, and is home for eight Fortune 500 companies, more than 400 international owned firms, and the largest concentration of technology jobs of any major U.S. market. Minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses make significant contributions to the economy and add diversity to the business community.
The County offers residents an excellent environment in which to raise and educate their children. The Fairfax County Public School System and area private schools offer parents numerous education options. Fairfax County is also a leader in higher education, where five major colleges and universities, including the main campus of George Mason University, are located. Northern Virginia Community College – the largest community college in the Commonwealth of Virginia – has two campuses in Fairfax County. T...he community has a wealth of cultural and recreational resources that provide abundant opportunities for children to learn and grow.