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Principal Shoreline Development Analyst

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
San Francisco, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Land-Use Management
Zoning Administration
Other topics
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$6,124 - $7,608 per month - Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022, State employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction in exchange for 16 hours of the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020) per month.

This is a full-time, permanent position. APPLY HERE

The Principal Shoreline Development Analyst reports to the Chief of Permits and takes an active role in shaping the future development of the San Francisco Bay shoreline, with particular focus on projects that provide world-class public spaces and opportunities for the public to enjoy and experience the Bay. You will manage many of the most high-profile and complex permitting and regulatory matters before the Commission. You will also work closely with the Chief of Permits to help lead the day-to-day operations of the Shoreline Development Permits team.

The duties of the Principal Shoreline Development Analyst include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Handles highly complex and controversial development or policy proposals and may supervise other staff working on less complex aspects of BCDC’s regulatory program.
  • Assists in overseeing permit-related matters, assigns work to other permit staff, and assists the permit staff in managing their workload.
  • Researches and evaluates projects and policy topics involving a full range of issues of concern to the Commission, including related to public access, sea level rise, environmental protection, and social justice and racial equity.
  • Evaluates project proposals for conformance with the Commission’s law, policies, and regulations, prepares written summaries, provides recommendations, and makes written and oral presentations to the Commission and the public.
  • Participates in the organizational planning of the regulatory unit and conduct tasks that result in agency improvements.

WHO WE WANT. You must be solution oriented, flexible, and self-driven. The ability to interact well and fit into a small, highly motivated, multi-disciplinary team that is working in a rapidly changing regulatory environment is essential. The role offers a rare opportunity to take ownership in the evaluation and analysis of high-profile shoreline development projects, so enthusiasm and knowledge of California land use planning and environmental policy is highly advantageous. This role requires close coordination with permit applicants, consultants, project stakeholders, and other government agencies. We are looking for a person who enjoys working across the table from accomplished builders, designers, engineers, community advocates, and environmentalists on exciting coastal development projects and issues.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

  • Knowledge of regulatory processes and techniques.
  • Knowledge of administrative, land use and environmental laws and policies.
  • Ability to analyze information, creatively explore alternative approaches, develop defensible policy positions, and negotiate effectively.
  • Familiarity with urban planning, natural resource management, sea level rise adaptation, ecological principles, urban design, and other disciplines related to coastal resource management.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to write accurate, complete, and concise reports and correspondence.
  • Familiarity with public policy development and the functions and relationships of federal, state, regional, and local governments and special districts.
  • Advanced degree in environmental or urban/regional planning or law or related field.
  • Solid experience working with development permit applications.
  • Knowledge of techniques to motivate and organize the work of others.
  • Basic principles of personnel management, office methods, technology and procedures.
  • Time management and computer skills.

ELIGIBILITY. To be considered for this position, you must meet the minimum qualifications of the Coastal Program Analyst III (CPA III) classification AND pass the CPA III exam.

  • CPA III Minimum Qualifications:
  • Exam**: If you  are applying for the CPA III – Principal Shoreline Development Analyst position – and have not previously taken the CPA III exam, list both of the following on your CA State Application (std678) under EXAMINATION(S) OR JOB TITLE(S) FOR WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING, to be considered for the job and exam:  
    • Costal Program Analyst III Exam
    • JC-232900 - Principal Shoreline Development Analyst (COASTAL PROGRAM ANALYST III)

**The CPA III Exam takes the form of a qualifications appraisal interview and it’s administered via Zoom on a first come first serve basis. The next exam will be offered during the last week of February (date TBD).

In addition to the CPA III eligibility list, we may use the Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) eligibility list to fill this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications for the SSM I  and the CPA III classification, you may take the SSM I exam online at  to be considered.

Have eligibility questions? We can walk you through it! Contact Anissa Kotey at 415-352-3639 or [email protected].

APPLICATION. To apply for this position, please submit an application packet consisting of the following documents:

  • State of California Application (std678) available online at or,
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Brief writing sample (5 pages or less)
  • A minimum of three professional references

Identify the position in the Job Title section of the CA State Application: Principal Shoreline Development Analyst.

You can submit your application packet in one of three ways:

  1. Apply online at the State of California’s CalCareers website;  
  2. Email application packet to [email protected]; or
  3. Mail application packet to the following address:

Human Resources Office

California Coastal Commission                                                       

455 Market Street, Suite 200, Room 228

San Francisco, California 94105

Questions?  For more information about the work of BCDC or this position, visit our website at or contact Ethan Lavine, Chief of Permits (Shoreline Development), at (415) 352-3618 or [email protected].

Published on:
February 10, 2021 - 5:16pm
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