Haverford Township – Zoning Officer

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Haverford Township is seeking an experienced Zoning Officer to join our team. 

This position is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Township Zoning Code,  addressing all incoming communications regarding zoning matters and is a liaison for the  Township’s Zoning Hearing Board. Primary functions include administering the intake, technical  review, administrative processes and approval of zoning permits, Zoning Hearing Board  applications, variance requests, and other zoning matters. 

Starting salary is in the low to mid $70,000’s, depending on experience and qualifications. 

Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday (35 hours per week with the  possibility of some flexibility, subject to the approval of the Department Head and Township  Manager), plus mandatory attendance at evening meetings of the Zoning Hearing Board and  occasional attendance at other evening meetings. 

Applications will be accepted until filled. 

Essential functions: 

  • Serve as staff liaison to the Haverford Township Zoning Hearing Board and other boards,  commissions and committees, as assigned.  
  • Administer the intake, technical review, administrative processes and timely approval or  rejection of Zoning Hearing Board applications and other zoning related permit  applications.  
  • Provide technical and administrative support to the Zoning Hearing Board on zoning  appeals, variance requests and other zoning matters. 
  • Review and evaluate building and zoning permit applications for compliance with the  Township Zoning Code. 
  • Serve as the primary contact for inquiries and complaints relating to zoning related  issues; investigate, research, interpret, explain, and provide guidance; engage other  employees when inquiries extend into their areas of expertise.  
  • Perform inspections to ensure compliance with applicable Township ordinances;  routinely tour the Township to detect structures and/or uses that are in violation of  Township regulations. 
  • Prepare for court cases; attend court hearings and/or testify on behalf of the Township as  the Zoning Officer, working with the Township Solicitor as appropriate. 
  • Collaborate with the Director of Planning and Zoning to draft and implement  amendments to the Township Code. 
  • Work with the Permit and Licensing Coordinator to maintain current and accurate  electronic and paper records pertaining to zoning and code matters. 
  • Work with the Permit and Licensing Coordinator to prepare routine reports to summarize  zoning and code-related activity. 
  • Provide input on the Community Development section of the Township website. Ensure compliance with all legal requirements for public notice relating to public  hearings and other zoning and development related matters. 
  • Perform field inspections and non-criminal investigations into zoning related matters.
  • Develop personal goals and objectives for the approval of Director of Community  Development. 
  • Remain current on legislative changes and case law that influence zoning and code  administration through publications, training, and personal contact with other industry  professionals. 
  • Interpret and administer programs and procedures in accordance with approved policies,  Township ordinances, and applicable laws, rules, and regulations of authorities having  jurisdiction. 
  • Provide assistance in the review and approval of vendor, supplier and consultant invoices  for the department. 


  • A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible, related experience, in  Pennsylvania municipal government, is required. 
  • Working knowledge of zoning administration and enforcement in accordance with the  Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. 
  • A thorough understanding of the principles and practices of zoning administration and  enforcement is required. 
  • Ability to grasp basic legal principles of Land Use Law. 
  • Ability to perform administrative procedures, technical reviews, field inspections and  non-criminal investigations.  
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Outlook, and Word. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of service delivery; prioritize citizen and community  needs. 
  • Ability to research, understand and implement municipal policy. 
  • Ability to interpret maps, property surveys, and aerial photography. 
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently with self-directed priorities.  Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with  superiors, associates, subordinates, employees and their representatives, professional  groups, officials of other agencies, elected officials, attorneys and the general public. Ability to properly handle material of a highly confidential nature and exercise discretion. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. 

Licenses, Registrations, or Certificates Required: 

Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License 


  • Defined contribution retirement plan 
  • 457(b)
  • Paid life insurance 
  • Excellent paid time off and holidays Low-cost medical, dental, and vision plans Employee Assistance program 

Apply Online

To apply for this job please visit haverfordtownship.bamboohr.com.

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