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Monday, July 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
How to Get a Planning Job in Virginia

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Entry-level planning jobs are hard to find in this economy, and applying for jobs can be a confusing and stressful process. This session will address common questions and concerns of students and young professionals looking for jobs in Virginia. The first half of the session will feature thoughts and advice from a panel of speakers of diverse sectors and career phases. Discussion topics could include skills that make entry-level applicants stand out, how to apply for jobs for which you are under-qualified, how to build relationships with employers, and Virginia-specific questions, like which firms/localities have the funding to hire young planners. Some of the session panelists are planners who have recently found employment. Others make hiring decisions for their departments or firms. This unique offering of perspectives from both sides of the interview table will appeal to both students, who want to learn more about job searching, and employers, who want to learn how to better recognize and recruit young talent.

This session will meet several crucial goals of APA Virginia and its Young Planners Group by preparing students and transitioning employees for the job searching process, connecting prospective employees with employers, and retaining talent in the Virginia workforce.


Missy Creasy

Assistant Director of Neighborhood Development Services/Planning Manager, City of Charlottesville
Missy Creasy is currently the Assistant Director of Neighborhood Development Services/Planning Manager for the City of Charlottesville.  She holds a Bachelor in Political Science and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  Missy worked as a comprehensive planning intern for the Town of Blacksburg for three years and as a health planning intern for Southwest Virginia Health Systems Agency prior to... Read More →

Rachel Falkenstein, AICP

Senior Planner, Albemarle County
Rachel Falkenstein is a Senior Planner for Albemarle County, Virginia where she is responsible for development and legislative reviews. Prior to joining Albemarle County in 2014, Rachel worked as the Planning Director for Cumberland County, Virginia. Rachel received her Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia in 2011.
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Vlad Gavrilovic, AICP

Principal, Renaissance Planning
Vlad is a principal with Renaissance Planning Group in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has three decades of experience in land use, urban design and transportation planning in Virginia and the mid Atlantic. He has helped develop dozens of comprehensive plans, area plans and zoning ordinance amendments for localities in Virginia, as well as worked on the integration of land use and transportation for agencies at the state and federal level. He has... Read More →
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Abbey Ness

Analyst, Cardno
Abbey Ness is an analyst with Marstel-Day, a conservation and military planning firm. In this capacity, she analyzes land use-based solutions to encroachment challenges affecting Navy and Air Force installations. As the co-chair of the Young Planners Group, she organizes professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals across Virginia. Abbey received her master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from... Read More →
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Bret Schardein, CZA

Director of Community Development, King William County
Bret Schardein serves as the Director of Community Development for King William County, a position he has held since 2013. The department's functions include planning, zoning, building code, environmental and economic development. Prior to King William, Bret was the Deputy County Administrator and Planning Director for Cumberland County VA from 2010-2013. Prior to entering the planning field, Bret worked his way through college at motorcycle... Read More →

Monday July 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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