Cannabis Compliance Coordinator City of Minneapolis

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Position Description

As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose—serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.

This position is to lead cannabis enforcement activities throughout the City, working collaboratively with the zoning enforcement, business licensing and the small business teams to provide a point of contact for businesses, enforce local and state regulations and connect people with resources and information. The position is expected to work primarily with new and existing businesses to ensure compliance with newly-adopted state and local cannabis regulations as well as help guide business to available resources.

Work Location
This position is primarily in the field and the office, but may be eligible for flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work with some days working remotely and some days working in the office.


Job Duties and Responsibilities


  • Lead Cannabis enforcement activities, providing support to inspectors on enforcement issues that require escalation.
  • Administer and enforce the Minneapolis Zoning Code and related Minneapolis ordinances as they relate to land use and cannabis.
  • Function as a bridge between the Office of Cannabis Management and the City in terms of regulations and enforcement.
  • Carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Supervisor (acting as the Zoning Administrator) in the field in their absence.
  • Provide explanation to businesses and the public of the Minneapolis Zoning Code and State and local cannabis regulations as well as basic Building Code requirements and related requirements for construction permits and procedures.
  • Make on-site inspections to determine existing conditions as they relate to state and local cannabis regulations, site plans, conditional use permits, variances, building plans, and business license applications.
  • Provide technical and cooperative zoning support to Building, Housing, and Business Licensing Inspectors.
  • Inspect for possible violations of state and local regulations based on complaints from the public, City Council, or other agencies; write corrective orders as needed including notices of violation of noncompliance, citations, etc.
  • Work with the Office of Cannabis Management to enforce rules and regulations as needed.
  • Keep CPED leadership informed about issues that may be relevant to Council offices and/or the Mayor’s office.
  • Perform research to determine allowed uses of property.
  • Inspect signs, with or without permit, for compliance to applicable ordinances. Issue notices of violation as required.
  • Prepare information for Chapter 2 Administrative Citation Appeal Hearings, testify at hearings, prepare assessment information, assessment appeal information, attend assessment appeal hearings as required.
  • Prepare information for submitting enforcement complaints to the Office of Cannabis Management

Working Conditions
Mixture of office and field environments.


Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or equivalent fields or an equivalent of four years experience working in equivalent fields.

Minimum Experience
Three years of experience in Zoning, Planning or other equivalent regulatory work that supports the job duties; specifically enforcing City codes.

Valid MN Driver’s License.

An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position MAY be considered.

Cover Letter/Resume
A cover letter and resume are preferred. You may attach a cover letter and updated resume to your application.

Selection Process
The selection process will consist of one or more of the following steps: a rating of relevant education and experience (100%). It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which candidates will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions. Only those candidates who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Minneapolis Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.

Background Check
The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.

Drug and Alcohol Testing:
All job applicants must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test once a conditional offer of employment has been made. Applicants will be required to sign a notification and consent form prior to undergoing drug and alcohol testing. Applicants who do not consent to undergo drug and alcohol testing will not be required to do so and the City will withdraw the conditional job offer, resulting in the job applicant no longer being considered for the position.

Union Representation
This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Professional Employees Association.

Eligible List Statement
The names of applicants who meet minimum qualification and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration. This list will be certified to the hiring manager who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title. This eligible list will expire in two months after it has been established.

Interview Selection
The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list. If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate’s education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to understand and retain knowledge of Zoning Code and working knowledge of other code enforced by other sections/departments, such as Business Licensing, Building Inspections, or Housing Inspections.
  • Ability to read site plans, plot plans, building plans, and maps
  • Familiarity with the purpose of the Zoning Code in land use control
  • Working knowledge of computers
  • Good oral and written communications skills
  • Good emotional intelligence. Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to explain complex information in a way that can be understood.


As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose—serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.


The City of Minneapolis is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

Benefits Summary
Our employees enjoy competitive salaries and generous benefits. We pride ourselves on a comprehensive benefits program that supports employees’ health and financial well-being. Programs, resources, and benefit eligibility varies based on position, average hours worked, location and length of service. For detailed benefits information, please visit the benefits page.

New 12 weeks of paid parental leave
City employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave in the event of a birth or placement for adoption of a child.

Health insurance
Eligibility for benefits begins the first of the month following employment date. The City of Minneapolis offers eligible employees one plan design with a choice of six provider networks, allowing you to select the best option for you. Available plans include Medica Choice Passport, Medica Elect, VantagePlus with Medica, Park Nicollet and HealthPartners Medical Group First with Medica, Ridgeview Community Network powered by Medica, and Clear Value with Medica.

Dental insurance
The City of Minneapolis offers dental insurance through Delta Dental of Minnesota and pays 100% of the monthly premium for eligible employees.

Paid time off
Our generous leave package includes vacation, holidays and paid sick leave, which gives employees the opportunity to enhance their quality of life outside work. Amounts and accrual rates are based on years of experience and collective bargaining agreements.

City employees earn a pension and may choose to participate in additional retirement savings programs.

  • Pension: The City of Minneapolis participates in the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). Employees and the City both contribute a percentage of your pay to fund future benefits.
  • Deferred compensation: Employees may choose to participate in pre-tax or after-tax savings plans through the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS).

Eligible City employees may choose to participate in the following transportation programs:

  • Metropass: The Metropass program allows eligible employees to enroll in a pass for unlimited bus or light rail rides at a discounted price.
  • Parking or Van Pool: The City of Minneapolis Transportation Benefits Plan gives you options to pay certain commuting costs, such as qualified parking and van pool expenses, with pre-tax dollars.

Learning and development
To engage and develop employees, the City of Minneapolis offers classes in leadership, cultural agility, change management and more. Additionally, educational discounts at Augsburg University, Hamline University, St. Catherine’s, and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota are available to City employees.

Other perks
Employees can also take advantage of optional life insurance, flexible spending accounts, the Employee Assistance Program, health club discounts and more.

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