Zoning Administrator Officer

Job Information

Company Name

City of Long Beach

Position Level


Job Description


Under general direction of the Planning Bureau Manager, the Zoning Administrator will develop and oversee the newly established Zoning Administration Division and will be responsible for overseeing the operation of the Zoning Administration Division by providing day-to-day direction to and supervision of the professional and support staff within the division. The new Zoning Administration division is being established due to increased volume of Zoning Administrator level hearings and proceedings in part due to the City’s strategy for implementing its recent General Plan update and ongoing zoning code overhaul to modernize and streamline development review processes in alignment with city development goals and policies. The successful candidate will be a highly organized professional who is familiar with zoning ordinances, general plan implementation, coastal development requirements, site plan and design review, public service counter operations, building permit processes and planning permit procedures. This individual will be committed to transparency and implementing best practices for public participation.


This position will:

  • Oversees the Zoning Administration division comprised of professional planning staff who implement and interpret the zoning code.
  • Acts as the Zoning Administrator at noticed bi-monthly public hearings.
  • Oversees Zoning Administration functions within the Permit Center including plan check services and business license review, in coordination the Building & Safety Bureau and with other City departments such as Public Works and Financial Management.
  • Oversees review of quasi-ministerial entitlements such as for wireless telecommunications
  • Collaborates with the Code Enforcement Bureau on enforcement of zoning regulations.
  • Develops and implements processes and procedures, training materials and training modules for planning staff who administer and interpret the zoning code.
  • Identifies deficiencies with the zoning code and oversees development and adoption of changes to the Zoning Code in collaboration with the Advance Planning division.
  • Improves systems for zoning review and counter operations including through development of new service delivery methods and by participating in developing, selecting and implementing a replacement software system for the current land management system (Infor).
  • Participates in hiring, onboarding, training and coaching professional planning and support staff for the Planning Bureau.
  • Collaborates with the other Current Planning Officer (Entitlements Manager) on implementation of records management practices and procedures.
    Provide information and answer questions from the public regarding zone designations (Zoning Maps), permitted land uses, setbacks, density, height limits, lot coverage, open space, and other requirements and processes.
  • Provide professional recommendations and information support to the City Council, Planning Commission and City Management. Interpret provisions of the City’s zoning ordinance and associated state and federal regulations for staff, City Council, Planning Commission, developers and the public.
  • Occasionally attend and staff Planning Commission meetings, attend City Council meetings and community meetings as necessary.


Required Skills / Experience / Education



  1. Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree in planning, Public Administration, or a closely related field. Candidates may substitute experience offering specific and substantial preparation for the duties of the position for the required education on a year for year basis
  2. Five years of increasingly responsible full-time experience with zoning administration.
  3. At least one year of experience in a lead capacity/supervisory role leading professional staff involved in planning and zoning activities.
  4. A valid Class C driver’s license and proof of auto insurance are required. Position may be called to work occasional evening meetings.


US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$135,000.00 - $145,903.00 Annually

Other Benefits

The City of Long Beach offers its employees opportunities to grow personally and professionally. As a permanent employee, you are eligible to receive fringe benefits that include:

Retirement – City Offers CalPers with a benefit of 2.5% of 55 for Classic members or 2% at 62 for new members as defined by PEPRA, subject to the limitations set by PERS. Employee pays the employee portion. The City also participates in Social Security.

Vacation – Twelve (12) days after one year of service; 15 days after four years, six months of service; 20 days after 19.5 years of service.

Executive Leave – Forty (40) hours per year.

Sick Leave – One day earned per month; unlimited accumulation; conversion upon retirement to cash credit toward health and/or dental insurance premiums, or to pension credits.

Holidays – Eleven (11) designated holidays per year, plus four personal holidays to be used at the employee’s discretion.

Monthly Auto Allowance

Health Insurance – Two plans are available: one HMO, and one PPO plan. The City pays major portion of the premium for employees and dependents depending on the health/dental plan selected.

Dental Insurance – Two dental plans are available for employee and dependents.

Life Insurance – City-paid term life insurance policy equal to three times annual salary to a maximum of $500,000.

Disability – City-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance.

Management Physical – Annual City-paid physical examination.

Paid Parental Leave – After six (6) months of City employment; up to 30 calendar days (160 hours/192 hours for sworn platoon) of PPL, taken in full-day increments, in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child, up to the age of seventeen (17).

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

411 W. Ocean Blvd., 3rd FL
Long Beach, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Kassandra Soto


[email protected]

Phone Number

(562) 570-5290