Coastal Program Analyst I & II
California Coastal Commission
Job Description and Duties
The California Coastal Commission (Commission) is seeking a new talented addition to its South Central Coast District Office in Ventura. The South Central Coast District Office has responsibility for carrying out the requirements of the California Coastal Act in Santa Barbara, Ventura and North Los Angeles Counties. This Coastal Program Analyst (also referred to as a “Coastal Planner”) position is located in the Commission’s Ventura Office, and the selected candidate will be hired as either a Coastal Program Analyst I or II, depending on the level of their experience. This position represents the ‘line’ planning position at the Commission, and will be responsible for helping to implement the local coastal program (LCP) planning and coastal development permit (CDP) regulatory work in the South Central Coast District, including project management, coordination with other agency units (e.g., legal, enforcement, technical services, etc.), and external communications outside the District. In addition, attending certain Coastal Commission meetings and making staff presentations will be required.
The person in this position will reporting directly to one of the District Supervisors. Duties include:
- Review coastal development permit applications for conformity with California Coastal Act requirements;
- Review and process after-the-fact coastal development permit applications;
- Analyze coastal land use plans (LUP) and zoning ordinances prepared by cities and counties in the coastal zone for conformity with California Coastal Act requirements;
- Draft and review planning policies for Local Coastal Programs (LCP);
- Prepare written recommendations to the Commission on permit applications and other matters;
- Review compliance by applicants with the terms of previously issued coastal permits;
- Coordinate with District Enforcement staff on ways to address Coastal Act violations;
- Monitor the coastal regulatory and planning programs of assigned cities and counties and participate through means such as commenting on proposed developments under review at the local level and assisting local government planners in interpretation of California Coastal Act and LCP policies;
- Provide information to permit applicants and members of the public regarding the Commission’s regulatory and planning programs;
- Take a proactive approach to identifying and solving problems of LCP interpretation and implementation;
- Perform miscellaneous other tasks, including analyzing the environmental impacts of projects in the coastal zone; interpreting aerial photographs and mapped information; visiting the sites of coastal projects; and attending meetings with local, state, and federal government agencies;
- Some travel and fieldwork;
- Support public participation and public outreach; including support for in-person and virtual public hearings;
- Prepare and present effective oral presentations to various audiences; and
- Possible work on grant projects.
Duties will be adjusted commensurate with the level at which the position is filled.