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Capital Projects Planner / Engineer

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$63,393 - 83,650 depending on qualifications
  • Posted Date:06/13/2019


The Town of Herndon, VA, located 20 miles from Washington D.C. and minutes from Dulles International Airport, seeks candidates for the position of Capital Project Planner/Engineer within the Transportation Program Management Section of the Department of Community Development. The ideal candidate possesses:  

  • Knowledge of and capability in project management
  • Expertise in design of street, cycling and pedestrian facilities
  • Dedication to community and public service
  • Demonstrated success in strategizing funding streams
  • The ability to understand and assess land development impacts based upon traffic impact studies, unit counts, Floor Area Ratio and other aspects of the proposed development or policy
  • Experience in developing grant applications
  • Commitment to context sensitive multi-modal design
  • A detail-oriented mindset. An engaged and proactive approach
  • A talent for accurate, professional and concise writing and public speaking
  • A Bachelor or Master of Planning degree or Engineering degree with professional experience in transportation planning and project management 

    This position serves the community through procurement and programming of regional, state and federal funding for major transportation improvements, and provides project management, including transportation consultant oversight, from the earliest stages of plan development to final reimbursement of funds. In addition, this position researches and analyzes land use applications in neighboring jurisdictions to determine potential impacts on the town’s services including its transportation network.

    The Town of Herndon is on the cusp of transformative change. Engaged in planning for significant transit-oriented redevelopment adjacent to the future Herndon Metrorail Station, the Town strives to protect, enhance and extend its sense of place and its celebration of community. Pressured by growth in the neighboring counties of Fairfax and Loudoun, Herndon seeks to add additional expertise to assist in the community’s efforts to plan, procure and build the necessary infrastructure needed to protect from excessive congestion and provide a healthy live, work and play environment.


1. Under general direction pursues planning initiatives that involve interdepartmental coordination as well as coordination with other jurisdictions, state agencies, and stakeholders.

2. Performs advanced complex analysis, project management and financial administration work related to funding strategies, preparation of federal, state and regional grant applications and tracking of project progress and funding expenditures.

3. Maintains oversight of grant funded projects to include regular communications with funding agency partners, consultants and other Town of Herndon departments.

4. Researches and analyzes planning initiatives and development applications under review in adjacent jurisdictions and determines impacts on the town.

5. Coordinates community input from all stakeholders regarding the planning, design and implementation of the town’s transportation-related initiatives.

6. Performs transportation improvement design development from concept design to the preliminary engineering phase.

7. Oversees transportation consultant services such as writing scopes of work and task orders, reviewing and analyzing consultant work and processing of associated billing.

8. Participates in development of strategies for long-range transportation planning and funding initiatives.

9. Assists in the coordination of transportation programming elements of the town’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

10. Writes concise professional letters explaining the town’s position on inter-jurisdictional matters.

11. Evaluates and recommends opportunities to coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with outside agencies and applicable stakeholders.

12. Interacts with staff in various town departments, as well as Fairfax County and Loudoun County staff, outside consultants, property owners, private developers, public utilities, and stakeholders or their representatives such as surveyors, engineers, planners, attorneys and/or environmental staff.

13. Attends meetings and provides summary notes and minutes of same.

14. Coordinates the town’s transportation and/or land use initiatives with state and regional agencies to include Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Dulles Corridor Metrorail/Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

15. Communicates effectively both orally and in writing.

16. Performs other related duties as required.


  • An undergraduate degree in planning or engineering and at least three years’ professional transportation planning experience, or a Master of Urban/Regional Planning, Transportation Planning or related field in conjunction with professional transportation planning experience required
  • Experience that includes course work and professional experience in transportation planning, project management, business administration and grant funding
  • Experience in working with and analysis of land use plans, density calculations, and roadway sections
  • Experience working with various groups of stakeholders through spoken and various forms of written communication.


A minimum of three years of progressive experience in transportation funding and grants for public projects to include coordinating the scope, budget and schedule for transportation capital projects and making presentations to and collaborating with various stakeholders such as the business community, citizens and public interest groups as well as analysis of land development proposals and their impacts.


  • Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., evening hours for regional and town meetings


  • Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn Street



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