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City of Falls Church
Falls Church, VA
City Planner - Neighborhood & Multimodal Transportation Planner

Closing Date: February 7, 2023

The City of Falls Church—“The Little City”—is a special place: a small independent city in the national capital region with a strong sense of history and community. It prides itself on its schools, neighborhoods, and parks. It respects its past while welcoming new development. Because of the City’s desirable location within the Washington, D.C., region and its high quality of life, the City is experiencing interest in infill development and redevelopment of older commercial and residential sites. The City’s Planning staff is often on the forefront of the community conversation regarding the future of the city and redevelopment. The Planning team is responsible for a broad array of responsibilities, and team members often balance multiple responsibilities, which provides regular opportunities for continuing education and professional development.

The City of Falls Church Community Planning and Economic Development Services (CPEDS) team is recruiting for a full-time city planning professional. The position will focus on neighborhood and multimodal transportation planning, focusing on Neighborhood Traffic Calming, Residential Permit Parking, and Pedestrian & Bicycle Planning. A successful candidate will have a passion for and demonstrated experience with Community Engagement, Graphics and GIS, Budgeting, and Project Management. This position will operate under direct supervision and report to the Planning Director.

Primary Work Areas:

  • Neighborhood Traffic Calming: Working with other members of the city’s Planning and Engineering staff to deliver timely and effective traffic calming solutions that promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
  • Residential Permit Parking: Working with other members of the City’s Planning, Engineering, and Operations staff to deliver timely and effective Permit Parking to better manage curb space in and near commercial districts to balance the needs of residents and visitors.
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Planning: Working with Planning and Engineering staff to review and update local and regional plans for pedestrian and bicycle facilities in and around the city.
  • Other Duties as Assigned:


  • Desire to take on new projects and a commitment to professional development.
  • Knowledge of urban planning philosophies, principles, and practices.
  • Communication skills and the ability to present information in written, graphic, and spoken form. Ability to work within and across departments, maintain effective working relationships with associates and members of the general public.
  • Critical thinking skills including policy analysis, research methodology, and data analysis.
  • Technical skills including computer literacy in common office software, and ability to review site plans, maps, and sketches.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning or related field. Bachelor’s degree or a combination of Associate’s Degree and two-years of work experience required.
  • AICP or other related certifications, preferred.
  • Ability to prepare project maps or sketches in one or more of GIS, SketchUp, Photoshop, or other computer software.

Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with options for flexible hours and hybrid telework/in-office. Evening or weekend attendance at Neighborhood Meetings, Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT), and other community engagement required.

Salary or Salary & Benefits: The expected starting salary range is $63,000 to $68,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Includes comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, pension plan, deferred compensation plan, flexible spending account, college savings plan, life and long-term disability insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, credit union membership, and more. See for additional information.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Falls Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability.

Reasonable Accommodation

During the selection process, applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation with the agreement of the Human Resources Division. Requests should be directed to the Human Resources Division. The City of Falls Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.

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