Zoning and Land Use Specialist
CoStar Group - Washington, DC

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CoStar Group, Inc is the leading commercial real estate information provider for the United States. Our products are used by over 180,000 commercial real estate professionals who rely on our services for their important information and marketing needs. CoStar data is vital to commercial real estate brokers, owners and other CRE professionals to make smarter decisions about their markets and investments—to put it simply, we are the Bloomberg of commercial real estate information.

Joining CoStar Group puts you in the center of the dynamic, fast paced commercial real estate industry. CoStar changed the way commercial real estate works by empowering professionals with the industry's largest database of researched, unbiased commercial property information. Today, CoStar Group (Nasdaq: CSGP) is the premier information, marketing and analytic solution for tens of thousands of commercial real estate brokers, owners, developers, investors, lenders, appraisers and more. We have invested over $1 billion in our research operations and we are currently seeking self-motivated, driven and inquisitive individuals to join our industry-leading Research team.

The Zoning Specialist position is a newly created role. The Zoning Specialist will be responsible for structuring, implementing and maintaining processes and procedures that ensures accurate and market relevant zoning information is associated with all commercial properties tracked by CoStar. This information will contribute to the current suite of CoStar data and analytics that supports all aspects of commercial real estate decision making. The ideal candidate will be one who has prior experience working with large and complex zoning data—perhaps as someone involved in the zoning for a large city or county.

Ideal candidates for this role will have demonstrated experience working with massive datasets. They will have had experience working with zoning codes, mapping and regulations. They will have superior project management experience from development to execution. He/she will be confident and comfortable working independently and will have the skills and interests to also work collaboratively across internal CoStar departments. The Zoning Specialist will also be responsible for training the zoning process to the CoStar research market teams.

Essential Responsibilities of the Zoning Specialist:
Build and maintain a database of local governments and their zoning codes and zoning maps.

Develop and maintain procedures to ensure that zoning information and a standardized assignment of permissible land uses is accurately reflected in CoStar products for all properties tracked.

Facilitate dialogue with local planning offices to ensure consistency with possible changes in zoning regulations.

Train, support and work directly with CoStar research market teams.

Identify data sources and develop methodologies for automating zoning data input.

Collaboration across related internal CoStar departments and affiliated entities.

Qualified candidates will possess the following:
Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, Land Use or other relevant degree; master’s degree preferred.

Understanding of zoning and commercial real estate entitlement process.

Proficient in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Experience building national or regional GIS databases.

SQL database skills; required

Ability to aggregate parcel level data to a national scale on a tight timeline.

Ability to develop, implement and manage a thorough project plan; including full data requirement specifications.

Ability to work well with teams of property researchers.

Strong written, verbal and graphic communication skills.

The ability to train and manage CoStar staff as necessary to support the outcomes of the initiative.

Benefits:
Join CoStar and enjoy our new office space in the heart of the nation’s capital, situated near 3 Metro stations, the Verizon Center, the national mall, and hundreds of shops and restaurants. Enjoy a state-of-the-art environment, with an open floor plan, rooftop patio, and staff lounge. CoStar provides free healthy snacks, onsite yoga classes, a brand new fitness center, onsite concierge for dry-cleaning and shoe repair, many additional staff discounts and Metro subsidies. Enjoy the free use of company bikes and segways to get around even faster!

CoStar offers a benefits plan ranked among the top 10% of employers nationwide, including generous medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance (through Aetna); a 401k plan with company match and employee stock purchase plan.

Comprehensive medical, dental, prescription and vision benefits through Aetna with a choice of two plans

Company-paid life insurance for one time's your annual base salary to a maximum of $300,000 per year

Company-paid long-term and short-term disability benefits

12 days accrued paid vacation 1st year; 5 days sick leave per year, and 2 personal days.

A 401(k) plan with eligibility the first of the quarter following 6 months of employment. The Company will match 50% of the deferred amount up to 6% of employee's gross compensation with a 5-year vesting schedule

Extensive orientation and paid training

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer m/f/d/v.

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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