Community Planner

US Department Of Transportation El Segundo , CA 90245

Posted 1 week ago

  • Duties




This position serves as a Lead Planner responsible for various airport and aviation planning activities for the Office of Airports (ARP), Western Pacific Region.

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Is a recognized subject matter expert in a specialized area and provides leadership for highly complex and challenging activities under the minimal direction of a manager or executive. Analyzes and interprets criteria related to all aspects of airport and aviation planning.

Serves as a regional resource and liaison between RO and Headquarters personnel on airport and aviation planning issues. Provides advanced technical guidance and coordination of local, metro and state system airport demand forecasts.

Serves as the regional point of contact for all forecasting and capacity reviews.

Coordinates, reviews, and provides analysis on national forecasts internally with peers and supervisors as well as externally with stakeholders.

Serves as the Regional liaison between FAA and local, state, and federal transportation agencies.

Collaborates with Regional environmental specialists in the collection of data and develops documents required for satisfying requirements of National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental programs. Provides technical guidance and review of airport sustainability programs.

Provides detailed level assistance to ensure land use compatibility including consultation in the development of zoning requirements on and off airports. Ensures planning results are in compliance with applicable Grant Assurances.

Develops the Regional input to the National Plan of integrated Airports System (NPIAS) and conducts reviews to ensure that FAA guidance is being met during the initial submittal of NPIAS entry/removal requests.

Provides technical review and analysis of all land documentation in coordination with the compliance specialist. This includes land use compatibility plans, change in land use requests, land release, and land acquisition.

Performs in depth review of appraisals submitted by sponsors to ensure that land acquired under a project is properly configured, has good title and cost is reasonable. Ensures conformance with the Uniform Relocation Act.

Reviews and prepares correspondence for review by management. Correspondence may include Congressional responses, briefing papers, approval letters and guidance to sponsors associated with all aspects of airport development.

Provides advisory and advanced technical guidance to the RO and to the public on all aspects of project implementation including airport planning and programming, airspace, airport design standards, and contract administration.

Participates in community activities, such as Advisory Committees, public workshops, and public meetings or hearings. Possesses advanced experience in coordinating public outreach meetings.

Provides technical guidance and reviews planning consultant contracts, including determination of reasonableness of cost, to ensure that selection is in accordance with professional services procurement requirements.

Reviews benefit/cost and life-cycle costs analyses. Prepares RO recommendation related to project support and prospective funding.

Reviews and makes recommendation for modification of standards requests to management and/or RO. Forwards recommendations to Headquarters for approval.

Reviews project justifications and eligibility analyses to ensure projects are ready for grant funding. Serves as the liaison for communications with Headquarters.

Maintains project status using the Office of Airports database system (SOAR). Possesses an advanced understanding of grant project management and associated financial reports.

Serves as a regional resource for the final review of planning projects and prepares recommendation to management for grant financial completion, including eligible final payment or recovery as appropriate. Work typically is reviewed only at completion for success in achieving planned results. Has broad discretion to ensure the alignment of organizational goals and policies and the requirements of the projects and/or other work activities.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less

  • The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0020 Community Planning

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)

  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.

  • Some, all or none of the applicants may be interviewed.


In addition to the basic requirement listed below, to qualify for this position at the FV-J level, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I, FG/GS-13. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is experience developing or approving airport layout plans; experience developing or reviewing planning consultant contracts and scopes of work, experience providing advisory and technical guidance to the public on airport planning, airspace, programming, airport design standards, contract administration, and in general, on all aspects of airport project implementation. Experience providing technical guidance to staff and representing management at technical meetings.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications.

If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

To qualify for this position you MUST have a degree in community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.

Note: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner. OR

Education Requirement Continues

  • Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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Community Planner

US Department Of Transportation