The Director of Planning and Development is an executive level position that reports to the Executive Director and has a staff of 5-8 employees as direct reports. The position is an integral member of the leadership team. NOVA Parks is a close-knit team and the Director of Planning and Development will work in close partnership with Operations, Finance, Budgeting, and other departments. As the Director of Planning and Development, this position is responsible for preparing and implementing long-range plans for acquisition and development of park lands, as well as coordinating facility planning and design, zoning and permitting approvals, and construction contract management.
The Director of Planning and Development ensures high ethical, professional, and quality assurance standards in the execution of the department’s mission. This position ensures the professional and technical development of the department’s staff, and actively fosters employee morale, team work, diversity, and a positive work environment.
Form of Government
NOVA Parks is an independent regional authority authorized under the Virginia Park Authorities Act. NOVA Parks has six member jurisdictions: Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties, and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.
NOVA Parks Mission Statement
NOVA Parks – the best of Northern Virginia through nature, history, and great family experiences
Choice of Kaiser Permanente or CIGNA Medical Plans, which include Vision Care
Flexible Spending Account
Life Insurance/Long-Term Disability
Employee Assistance Program
Vacation and Sick Leave accruals based on years of service
11 ½ Holidays
Selection Process: Panel Interview
Background Check/Testing: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a thorough pre-employment background check.
The Director of Planning and Development position is classified as a safety sensitive position. Candidates for full-time, safety sensitive positions must submit to a pre-employment drug screening and achieve a negative result as a condition of employment.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college/university with a bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, construction management, business administration, or closely related field.
Physical: Non-manual work with strength and dexterity necessary to perform all required tasks, including lifting, stooping, bending and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions in office and outdoor settings.
Experience: Ten years of progressively responsible experience in construction/development planning, permitting and construction administration, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides:
Extensive knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices used in construction/development planning, permitting and construction administration.
Considerable knowledge of methods used in conducting research and in evaluating research data.
Considerable ability to write and interpret land purchase documents, licenses, and easements.
Considerable ability to analyze facts and to exercise sound judgment in arriving at conclusions.
Ability to carry out NOVA Parks’ goals and objectives through planned work projects and programs.
Knowledge of personnel management principles with proven experience in the supervision of other employees.
Considerable ability to deal effectively with the public and to provide a strong public relations program.
Considerable ability to communicate effectively.
Considerable knowledge of construction practices, methods, and materials.
Considerable knowledge of proper bidding procedures and contract negotiation.
Working knowledge of local building codes and permit procedures.
Considerable ability to read and understand planning documents and other technical documents.
Considerable ability to diplomatically mediate and resolve questions and problems of contract interpretation.
Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a drivers’ license with safe driving record.
Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of this position.
It is the policy of NOVA Parks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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 703-352-5900 for assistance.
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) operates 32 regional parks and manages various historic and conservation-oriented facilities, land and trails which encompasses more than 12,200 acres. The preservation of open space is a high priority. In addition, we strive to offer recreation opportunities not traditionally provided by local governments