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Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$102814 - 177008
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Construction
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 3150937 / Latpro-3806022 
Date posted: Jul-16-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$102,814.40 - $177,008.00 Annually


Arlington *METRO-accessible*, VA

Job Type

Full-Time Permanent


Department of Environmental Services

Job Number



8/12/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

The Facilities Design and Construction Bureau (FD&C) within the  Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking a  Facilities Design & Construction Bureau Chief  with senior management experience in facilities planning, design and construction to direct the planning, design, and construction programs for all County owned and leased facilities. This leadership role will report to the Deputy Director for Facilities and Engineering and be responsible for long-range facilities master planning, multi-year capital improvement budgeting and scheduling, cost estimating, design and construction management and quality control, interior design, and customer satisfaction.

The FD&C provides the planning, public engagement, architectural, engineering, interior design, and design and construction management expertise for County building projects. Bureau staff serve as the County user groups' representatives for capital improvement projects and are responsible for ensuring that projects are developed and delivered on time and within budget, while meeting functional, community, aesthetic, sustainability, accessibility, maintainability, and code requirements.


Leadership and Managerial Oversight: 

  • Lead the development of facilities capital projects, including new construction and major renovations;
  • Interact with County user groups and operating departments to address their facilities needs to be included in the County's Capital Improvement Plan and annual operating budgets;
  • Establish budgetary goals with the Department of Management and Finance; and
  • Develop public engagement strategies during project development and delivery phases.
Project Management and Delivery:

  • Manage the work of a multi-discipline staff of nine professionals who manage all phases of projects from initiation and establishing program requirements, through planning and design, bidding, construction, fit out with furniture, fixtures, and equipment, close-out, and post occupancy evaluation; 
  • Provide project status information to County officials, citizens, and staff, including professional guidance and technical expertise to staff; and
  • Develop and manage the section operating budget, performance measures, and strategic plan.
Public Engagement:

  • Interact with County government staff, elected officials, private developers on complex mixed-use government/private projects and Arlington Public Schools on complex mixed-use schools/county projects, citizen advisory groups, and community;
  • Assist with the development of engagement strategy, messaging, and conduct verbal presentations to stakeholders, County management and County Board members, including community-facing projects, in partnership with the User Group or sponsoring department and the DES Communications Team;
  • Work with relevant County Commissions, Civic Associations and stakeholders to seek feedback and provide project updates across all delivery phases; and
  • Present project updates and represent the Department and its interests at external community engagement activities and meetings (e.g., civic associations, stakeholder groups, Commissions, Advisory Groups).
The successful candidate will be an inspiring and experienced leader with an understanding of the complexities and challenges of facilities management in a municipal government; possess the technical skills necessary for leading numerous projects, the ability to manage people in a High-Performance Organization, and to work as an integral member of the departmental leadership team in assisting the County with achieving its facilities' objectives.
Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, Facilities Management, Interior Design or related discipline;
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience with complex construction project management, facilities planning, design, and/or construction program administration.
Substitution : Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Desirable : Preference may be given to candidates with a master's degree in a related field and experience/licensure in one or more of the following:

  • Licensed as an Architect or Professional Engineer (PE) in the Virginia or state with reciprocity;
  • LEED design or construction certification;
  • Experience supervising and providing leadership in a complex and diverse urban organization; 
  • Working with multiple user or client groups;
  • Negotiating, administering, and managing architectural planning and design and construction contracts; 
  • Managing design and construction of projects with non-traditional delivery methods such as design build, or CM at risk;
  • Developing capital budgets and timeline parameters; 
  • Using project management and facilities management technologies; and/or
  • Planning, design, and construction of complex mixed-use facilities with private entities or other governmental agencies.

Special Requirements

Please attach a resume  and cover letter (or use space in the supplemental question section) describing your experience with complex construction project management, facilities planning, design and/or construction program administration.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

Work Hours : Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, with flexible work hours. Employee must be able to travel and attend local, state and national events even if outside normal working hours.

For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits, click here .

Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. This position is in the Arlington County Government's Extended Management Accountability Program (XMAP2), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated based on a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, results achieved, and a multi-rater appraisal. XMAP2 is a flexible total rewards/compensation system directly linked to performance and the market.  

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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