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Company: Port of Long Beach
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: June 5, 2024

Job Description:

Job Description:
(This is an at-will position)
Salary Range: $190,000 - $235,000


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.
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.


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.


  • 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
  • Coordinate with other City departments on Port Planning issues
  • Represent the Port when interacting with other public agencies 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 the Board of Harbor Commissioners; Long Beach City Council; local, state, and federal agencies, industry conferences, regional task forces, work groups, etc.
  • Review outside agency studies and programs
  • Train and mentor staff
  • Manage resources in accordance with budget
  • Support preparation of the Division's personnel and non-personnel budget
  • Perform other duties as required


    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. 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.
    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 Careers@polb.com.
    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 https://calcivilrights.ca.gov/fair-chance-act or https://www.longbeach.gov/hr/about-us/talent-acquisition/the-fair-chance-act/.


    Annual salary range of $190,000-$235,000 (placement depends on qualifications). An attractive package of executive-level benefits is also included:

    • 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 awarded based on 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
    • Holidays 11 scheduled holidays per calendar year and four (4) personal holidays.
    • Bereavement Leave
    • Education Reimbursement
    • Annual Physical
    • Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) eligible
    • 529 college savings plan
      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.

      Job Requirements:

      • 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


        • 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


          • 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.

Keywords: Port of Long Beach, Long Beach , ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-PORT PLANNING, Executive , Long Beach, California

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