Coastal Program Analyst III

California Coastal Commission Published: May 21, 2019
Long Beach, California
Job Type
Admin/ Gen Mgmt / Planning / Land Use /

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~ The Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination. ~

The California Coastal Commission was established by voter initiative in 1972 (Proposition 20) and later made permanent by the Legislature through adoption of the California Coastal Act of 1976.

In partnership with coastal cities and counties, The Coastal Commission plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone. Development activities, which are broadly defined by the Coastal Act to include (among others) construction of buildings, divisions of land, and activities that change the intensity of use of land or public access to coastal waters, generally require a coastal permit from either the Coastal Commission or the local government.

The Coastal Act includes specific policies (see Division 20 of the Public Resources Code) that address issues such as shoreline public access and recreation, lower cost visitor accommodations, terrestrial and marine habitat protection, visual resources, landform alteration, agricultural lands, commercial fisheries, industrial uses, water quality, offshore oil and gas development, transportation, development design, power plants, ports, and public works. The policies of the Coastal Act constitute the statutory standards applied to planning and regulatory decisions made by the Commission and by local governments, pursuant to the Coastal Act.

Position Overview

The California Coastal Commission is offering an exciting opportunity to participate in planning and regulating development on California’s vibrant South Coast. The South Coast office has responsibility for carrying out requirements of the California Coastal Act in twenty coastal jurisdictions (cities, counties and ports).

This is a supervisory position with broad responsibilities for analyst supervision and personnel oversight, general administration of Local Coastal Program planning and permit regulatory work in the South Coast District including project management, coordination with other agency units (e.g., legal, enforcement, technical services), participating in agency-wide senior staff meetings and coordination, external communications outside the District, as well as backup coverage of the District Manager responsibilities as required.

Oversight, review, writing and editing of staff recommendations are required. In addition, attendance at certain Coastal Commission meetings and making staff presentations will be required. The person in this position will supervise District staff, reporting directly to the District Manager.

The South Coast District staff is responsible for carrying out a permit program for new development proposed in areas such as tidelands, wetlands, and certain other areas where the Coastal Commission maintains coastal permitting authority. The District staff is responsible for monitoring and assisting the coastal permitting programs of the seven coastal jurisdictions (cities and counties) included in the twenty South Coast jurisdictions.

Responsibilities of the South Coast District staff also include the review of local government coastal development permits that are appealed to the Coastal Commission. In addition to the regulatory program, the District staff is responsible for the review of Local Coastal Program submittals from the South Coast jurisdictions. Due to the size of the District, a significant amount of travel and fieldwork will be required.


The duties of the Coastal Program Analyst III include the following:

  • Supervise the Local Coastal Program and coastal permit-related work of the South Coast District staff, ensuring that applicable deadlines are met.
  • Personally analyze the more complex coastal permit applications and Local Coastal Program submittals and prepare staff reports for action by the Coastal Commission.
  • Review compliance with the conditions and terms of coastal development permits.
  • Monitor the coastal regulatory and planning programs of cities and counties in the District and participate through means such as commenting on proposed developments under review at the local level and assisting local government planners in interpretation of Coastal Act and Local Coastal Program policies.
  • Coordinate with District and Statewide Enforcement staff on reports of violations of the Coastal Act and/or coastal permits and assist in the preparation of recommendations for resolution of such violations.
  • Provide information to permit applicants and members of the public regarding the Coastal Commission’s regulatory and planning programs.
  • Provide guidance and information to local government planning and regulatory staff related to Local Coastal Program compliance and implementation.
  • Take a pro-active approach to identifying and solving problems of Local Coastal Program interpretation and implementation.
  • Gather data and prepare reports on various matters related to the Coastal Commission’s mission.
  • Provide direct supervision of coastal program analysts.


  • Knowledge of supervisory techniques and the ability to effectively plan, motivate, and organize the work of others.
  • Knowledge about the Coastal Act, environmental impact analysis and regulation, land use planning in California and the means of implementing Local Coastal Programs, such as zoning and other legal and regulatory processes.
  • Familiarity with the functions and relationships of federal, state, regional, county, and city governments and special districts.
  • Ability to analyze information; creatively explore alternative approaches; and develop defensible policy positions.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to write accurate, complete, and concise staff reports and correspondence.


  • Individuals on the Coastal Program Analyst III list are eligible to apply.
  • Current or former State employees with transfer or reinstatement rights at the Coastal Program Analyst III level are also eligible to apply.
  • (Please note that in order to be eligible to transfer/reinstate, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of the Coastal Program Analyst III classification)
  • All applicants must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility, including SROA, surplus, transfer, re-employment status, or list eligibility in the Examination or Job Title section on the State Application Form 678.


  • Coastal Program Analyst III $5,917– $7,351 per month

To Apply

This position will be open until filled. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible, so it is important to file your application immediately. Applications will be screened and only those most qualified will be interviewed. No relocation expenses will be offered. Submit a current resume, a State Application Form 678 (put job title for this position in the Examination or Job Title section), references and a brief writing sample (5 pages or less) to:

Human Resources Office
California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA 94105–2219
(415) 904-5430 / toll free: 1-866-831-2540

  • Please indicate “Coastal Program Analyst III, Long Beach” in the Examination or Job Title section on the State Application Form 678.
  • For information about this position: Amber Dobson, South Coast District Manager, at (562) 590-5071 or
  • For information about the application and/or hiring process: Human Resources Office at (415) 904-5430 or toll free (866) 831-2540 or
  • For more information about the commission, what we do, and to obtain a state application form 678, visit our website. If you have questions, you may e-mail us or call the above numbers. 

~ The Commission values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. ~

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