Regional Planner III or IV

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) is a dynamic regional government organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our residents. We serve as a hub for regional planning and development, working collaboratively with local communities and state agency partners to address transportation needs, plan and secure funding for infrastructure improvements, and promote sustainable growth and accessibility across the region. The TJPDC serves the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson and the City of Charlottesville. Our office is adjacent to the downtown mall of Charlottesville, located in Central Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Approximately 260,000 residents live in the region, which is filled with history, scenic beauty, and urban and rural living.

General Definition

The TJPDC is seeking an experienced planner with specialized knowledge/experience in transportation, multi-modal, and land use planning. Under supervision and direction of the Director of Planning and Transportation, the Planner III/IV is expected to develop and manage short and long-range regional plans for the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (CA-MPO).

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

For all levels:

  • Perform professional work related to a variety of planning assignments, which could be in the areas of natural resource planning, community development, hazard mitigation, housing, transportation, transit, and others.
  • Develop planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs, and regulations.
  • Prepare and present detailed reports on development proposals to government bodies.
  • Oversee the work of consultants and interns.
  • Attend a moderate number of evening and weekend meetings throughout the region.
  • Collaborate with local governments, community organizations, and agencies to support partnerships and resource-sharing.
  • Engage with community members and other stakeholders to gather input and feedback on projects.

Additional for Planner III:

Performs highly complex (senior-level) planning and research work. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Employees at this level may:

  • Manage complex planning studies, projects, and review consultant proposals.
  • Develop and document methodologies and specifications for planning and research projects.
  • Identify, define, and research issues of strategic importance.
  • Supervise (formally or informally) more junior planners within the organization, as designated by the Director of Planning and Transportation.

Additional for Planner IV:

Performs advanced (senior-level) planning and research work. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Employees at this level may be considered technical experts in the field and may work on multiple complex planning and research projects simultaneously. They may often provide strategic direction and oversight on highly complex planning projects and may:

  • Oversee specialized planning functions such as large-scale transportation plans and studies.
  • Advise the Director of Planning and Transportation on all planning-related matters.
  • Advise various councils, boards, commissions, and elected officials in planning-related issues.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration, monitor and control expenditures.
  • Serve as a liaison among federal, state, and local agencies and regional groups in matters concerning the coordination of plans and services.
  • May possess a more limited supervisory role and instead function as the most senior planner with expertise in a particular specialization.
  • Serve as acting Director of Planning and Transportation in their absence.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, is qualifying. Preferences may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum. A typical way to obtain the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited four-year college or university in planning, public administration, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Progressively responsible, full-time planning experience (in years’ experience by level):
    • Planner III four – (4) years
    • Planner IV seven – (7) years
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification preferred.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience preferred.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

How to apply

This posting is open for application until filled. Resume, cover letter, and completed job application are required for consideration. Applications may be submitted via the form below or sent to the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (download pdf application), 401 East Water Street Charlottesville, VA 22902, or by email at No phone calls please.