Zoning Administrator – Town of Lexington

Town of Lexington

We are currently accepting applications for the Full Time position of:

Zoning Administrator – Department of Land Use, Health and Development

Starting Hourly Rate $36.03 – $41.10/hr
Complete Salary Range to $49.33/hr
Excellent Benefits Package

The REQUIRED Town of Lexington application form and cover letter must be received in the Town’s Human Resource Department. This position is open until filled.


Under the direction of the Building Commissioner, performs administrative, regulatory, inspection, enforcement, and technical work to support the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Building Commissioner in the administration and enforcement of the zoning by-law. Provides customer assistance to the public regarding zoning and related land use questions.


  • Provides support to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Attends bi-monthly meetings; conducts technical and legal analysis and research, and presents information to the Board; prepares correspondence and reports; works with ZBA clerk to ensure timely reporting and filing of ZBA actions and decisions.
  • Manages, tracks, and coordinates the intake and review of applications to the ZBA. Assists customers with the application process, reviews applications, and determines which will be heard by the ZBA and which by the Zoning Administrator. Assists in preparing technical memoranda in response to applications and petitions and in setting conditions appropriate to each decision. Conducts periodic inspections to monitor compliance with ZBA decisions.
  • Interprets, administers, and enforces all provisions of the Zoning By-Law. Provides analysis and information for the ZBA, other Town departments, and the public.
  • Monitors compliance with conditions of building permits, special permits, and variances to determine compliance with Zoning By-Law.
  • Develops and recommends policies related to zoning matters and assists in drafting changes to the Zoning By-Law. Monitors state zoning legislation and court cases to determine their effect on the Town, and informs staff of changes in legislation.
  • Reviews and interprets building, site, architectural and related plans, drawings, and specifications. Advises on the form, content, and accuracy of plans and related drawings and documents submitted to the ZBA.
  • Conducts inspections in response to zoning complaints, informs property owners of violations, and performs appropriate enforcement action. Represents the Town in zoning related legal actions.
  • Reviews cases being prepared for trial and prepares detailed reports of activities and investigations made. Consults with prosecutors and prepares case report for court action. Works with police and prosecutors to obtain statements, depositions or admissions as needed. Conducts hearings and testifies in court.
  • Reviews wireless telecommunications and sign building permits.
  • Provides assistance to the public and to staff in other departments by answering zoning and related land use questions.
  • Makes oral presentations to the ZBA, other boards, and commissions, and in various public forums.
  • Sits on interdepartmental review team to provide review on various development projects.
  • Provides technical guidance to department administrative staff and helps orient new appointees to the ZBA.
  • Maintains and works to improve computerized database systems, ZBA forms, and the department website. Maintains a variety of print and electronic records and case files.
  • Performs special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
  • Regular attendance at the workplace is required.




  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban studies, public administration, engineering, or a related field, with a minimum of three years of increasingly responsible related experience in zoning administration, planning, or permitting or any relevant combination of education and experience.
  • Valid Driver’s License or ability to move between locations independently




Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of zoning administration, including compliance and enforcement methods.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, and zoning related codes and regulations enforced by the Town, including the Zoning Enabling Act Chapter 40A.
  • Site planning, plan review, design review, and building construction.
  • Municipal operations, organizational responsibilities, and the function and authority of the Board of Appeals.
  • Modern office procedures and equipment, including computers, record keeping, and report preparation.

Ability to:

  • Effectively function in a public environment which requires a variety of customer service, including responding to difficult and sensitive requests/inquiries from the general public.
  • Formulate, implement, and manage the permitting and compliance processes.
  • Read and understand deeds, easements, surveys, and engineering/architectural plans.
  • Interpret and enforce pertinent Federal, State, and Local laws, and zoning related codes and regulations.
  • Exercise sound judgment and initiative, independently analyze conditions, and determine course of action.
  • Operate computer and various software necessary for performing assigned duties, including GIS.
  • Be organized, thorough, consistent, and objective.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and maintain effective working relationships.


Works outside in all weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to environmental hazards.

May be required to stand, walk, bend, and climb, for extended periods of time, and to use eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity. Occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds. Operates motor vehicle, cameras, and portable radio.

Some work is performed in a normal office environment, not subject to extreme variations of temperature, noise, odors, etc. Operates computer, printer, photocopier, and other office equipment.


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job

related tests may be required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.


All applicants are required to complete a Town application form, available from the Internet at www.lexingtonma.gov, email jobs@lexingtonma.gov, calling (781) 698-4590 or by visiting the Human Resources Department. Resumes may be attached to the application form as additional information, but cannot serve as a substitute for completing the required application form.

After the deadline all applications will be reviewed and the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to one or more interviews. All applicants will be notified of their standing in the process as soon as a decision has been made regarding their individual application.

Individuals who need accommodations in order to participate in this process should contact the Human Resources Department.

Questions regarding this hiring process should be addressed to the:
Human Resources Department, Town of Lexington
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 698-4590