Job Information

Job Category

Land Use

Company Name

Port of Long Beach

Position Level


Job Description


(This is an at-will position)

 Salary Range: $190,000 - $235,000 

  ABOUT US The Port of Long Beach, one of the world's busiest seaports, is an international gateway for the reliable, efficient, and sustainable movement of goods and is a leader in environmental stewardship. Credited with moving approximately $200 billion in trade, the Port serves as a critical hub for international commerce and is a major transportation center. East Asian trade accounts for the bulk of Long Beach shipments. Port-related international trade has a wide-ranging economic impact, supporting millions of jobs that benefit the region and the entire country. THE TEAM The Port Planning Division leads and coordinates planning of the Port’s strategic goals, economic forecasting, land development and infrastructure, to support and enhance the Port’s role as a premier gateway for trade, while promoting both economic strength and environmental vitality. The Port Planning Division is responsible for coordinating the long-term planning of the Port’s strategic objectives and providing plans, studies, forecasts, and coordination services in support of making informed land use, development, and leasing decisions. The Port Planning Division is also responsible for conducting short and long-range multi-modal transportation and goods movement studies, developing port-wide traffic management programs, pursuing and managing transportation grants to support the Port’s Capital Program, and analyzing transportation-related policies and legislation. THE ROLE Reporting directly to the Director of Port Planning, the Assistant Director of Port Planning assumes responsibility for the efficient management of Port Planning personnel daily. This role entails upholding and advancing policies and protocols pertinent to the assessment and projection of land utilization, transportation infrastructure, and economic considerations both within and beyond the Harbor District. Additionally, the Assistant Director oversees administrative functions vital to seamless operational workflows. They serve as a key liaison for the Port, facilitating collaboration with regional, state, and federal entities to navigate and influence policy frameworks concerning goods movement, transportation, and planning initiatives.


To learn more about this exciting career opportunity and the Port of Long Beach, please join our virtual information session on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, @ 5:00 pm PDT via MS Teams. This is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand about the position, speak directly with hiring leaders, ask questions, and learn why the Port of Long Beach is your employer of choice! Candidates are not required to be on camera. To join audio only, call +1 323-451-1087, Phone Conference ID: 694 148 783#  Click here to join the meeting. 

  • Provide leadership and direction for the division that provides all port planning services for the Port of Long Beach.  Provides direct and indirect supervision of Port Planning staff in support of day-to-day operations, establishing goals and objectives, measuring performance, and ensuring an effective, customer-oriented service level is attained
  • Occupy the number two position in the Division; assume the responsibility for the Division in the Director's absence
  • Guide strategic planning, short and long-range land use policy and facilities development, cargo forecasting, economic analysis, transportation and freight planning, and grants strategy and management in support of port infrastructure projects
  • Coordinate with other Divisions in the evaluation of Coastal Act issues, land use planning, cargo forecasts/analysis, transportation impacts, projected terminal operational data, and capacity analyses for use in CEQA/NEPA environmental documents
  • Oversee evaluation of current transportation system conditions, and the planning, preliminary/conceptual design, and development of future transportation system strategies, within and outside of the Harbor District
  • Assist Port Engineering Bureau in capital improvement programming and implementation
  • Research current, local, state, and federal goods movement and planning issues and provide recommendations to the Port to Division Director, senior management, and the Board of Harbor Commissioners
  • Coordinate with other City departments on Port Planning issues, including Development Services, Public Works, Gas and Oil, City Attorney’s Office, City Manager’s Office, and Mayor’s Office
  • Represent the Port when interacting with other public agencies, including the Port of Los Angeles, local cities, local councils of government and regional planning organizations, and with various transportation and maritime businesses and associations
  • Serve as the Port's representative in the development of transportation and goods movement policy with outside agencies, including USDOT, the State of California, Southern California Association of Governments, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Gateway Cities Council of Governments
  • Make presentations to various entities, including the Board of Harbor Commissioners; Long Beach City Council; local, state, and federal agencies, industry conferences, regional task forces, and work groups
  • Review outside agency studies and programs
  • Train and mentor staff; provide leadership with respect to career development
  • Plan, supervise, and allocate resources in accordance with the budget
  • Support preparation of the Division's annual personnel and non-personnel budget
  • Perform other duties as required
SELECTION PROCEDURE If you require accommodation because of a disability in order to participate in any phase of the application/selection process, please contact (562) 283-7500 or email [email protected] The Port of Long Beach will consider qualified applicants with a criminal history pursuant to the California Fair Chance Act. You are not required to disclose your criminal history or participate in a background check until you receive a conditional job offer. If the Port of Long Beach has concerns about a conviction that is directly related to the job after making a conditional job offer and conducting a background check, you will have the opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the conviction, provide evidence to mitigate concerns or challenge the accuracy of the background report. Find out more about the Fair Chance Act by visiting or The final filing date for this recruitment is Friday, May 24, 2024 @ 4:30 pm PDT.   To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume with your application in PDF format at Incomplete applications (without a cover letter and resume) will not be considered. Individuals who are most qualified for the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a work-related assessment to further evaluate candidate qualifications. First and second-round panel interviews are scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2024 (virtual) and Tuesday, June 4, 2024 (in-person). Candidates should ensure availability on both dates. The successful candidate will be appointed shortly thereafter. References will be completed for finalist candidates; an employment offer is contingent on conducting a comprehensive background check. The Port reserves the right to extend the closing date without notice in order to accept additional applications. Those individuals determined to be most qualified for the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. THE BENEFITS: The Port of Long Beach has established an annual salary range of $190,000 - $235,000 (placement depends on qualifications). An attractive package of executive-level benefits is also included, with the opportunity to work in one of the most diverse and dynamic areas of the United States. The Port’s generous benefits package includes:
  • Auto Allowance – $550.00 per month
  • Executive Leave – 40 hours per year.
  • Retirement – CalPERS 2% @ 62, coordinated with social security. Current member contribution is 8.00% for CalPERS, and 6.2% for social security, paid by the employee.
  • Pay for Performance – Pay for Performance is awarded based on employee performance as demonstrated through achievement of individual goals, demonstration of required competencies, and available budget funds.
  • Deferred Compensation – The City matches up to 2% of the base salary for all qualified members contributing to the 457(b) plan.
  • Group Health Insurance – Medical and dental options (HMO and PPO). Free vision coverage.
  • Life Insurance – City-paid life insurance policy of $20,000 plus executive insurance benefit equal to three times annual salary up to a maximum of $500,000.
  • Disability Insurance – City-paid short- and long-term disability insurance.
  • Vacation – Vacation is accrued at 3.7 hours per pay period to begin, which is equivalent to two weeks on an annual basis. Vacation can be used after six months of service.
  • Sick Leave – Accrued at 8 hours per month. Accruals may be converted upon retirement to cash credit toward health and /or dental insurance premiums or retirement service credits.
  • Paid Parental Leave – After six (6) months of City employment, the City pays up to 30 consecutive days (160 hours) for eligible employees to take paid time to bond with the child upon birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child, up to the age of 17.
  • Holidays – 11 scheduled holidays per calendar year and four (4) personal holidays.
  • Bereavement Leave – 5 days for death or critical illness of immediate family member.
  • Education Reimbursement – Tuition reimbursement allows employees to obtain additional education or training.
  • Annual Physical – Eligible to receive an annual physical examination at the city's expense through the city-provided program.
  • Public Student Loan Forgiveness – As the Harbor Department of the City of Long Beach, a governmental agency, the Port of Long Beach is a qualifying employer for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
  • 529 college savings plan – The ScholarShare529 plan is an account that allows employees to invest specifically for future education expenses through the Long Beach City Employees Federal Credit Union. Funds can be used from your 529 savings plan to send your grandkids, kids, or even yourself to any accredited public or private U.S. college or university – or two-year technical or vocational institution.

 The Port of Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE: A Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Economics, Civil Engineering, or a related field is required. Experience offering specific and substantial preparation for the position’s duties may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Seven years or more of progressively challenging recent full-time professional-level experience, in the public or private sector, in urban and regional planning, land use planning, transportation planning, economic development, logistics, supply chain, or similar field is required. A minimum of four years of experience supervising employees is required. Must have experience in effective partnerships and problem-solving. Must have experience in creating effective working relationships across functional lines. Experience in managing and successfully working with people from diverse backgrounds and areas of technical expertise is required. TECHNICAL SKILLS NEEDED: Must understand the logistics of goods movement and its relationship to Port dependency on the infrastructure system. Must have knowledge of the use of benefit-cost and/or other project evaluation methods. Should have working knowledge of the California Coastal Act and its relationship to Port activities. Should have a comprehensive working knowledge of the regional transportation infrastructure and needs as well as processes in place to modify those facilities. Should have a good working knowledge of applied statistical techniques related to technical forecasting, transportation systems modeling, project evaluation, and economic impact assessment. DESIRABLE: Master's Degree or advanced coursework in Urban and Regional Planning, Economics, Civil Engineering, or related fields is desirable. Certification as an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), Project Management Professional (PMP), or other related professional certification is a plus. Experience working in goods movement, international trade, and logistics/supply chain management desired. Experience in developing grant applications and legislative funding is desired. You will need strong negotiation skills, political savvy, excellent client/customer relation skills, and exceptional public speaking/presentation skills to thrive. You must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with various employees, vendor representatives, officials, and Port management.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$190,000 - $235,000

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

415 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Ari Mirhosseini


[email protected]