5290 Transportation Planner IV

Recruitment #PEX-5290-087903


  The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited.  

Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.  

The purpose of this announcement is to fill a vacant position in this classification.

Division: Sustainable Streets
Section/Unit: Planning Subdivision, Land Use Development and Transportation Integration
Work Location: One South Van Ness, 7th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Exempt - Full Time – This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

The Land Use Development and Transportation Integration section represents SFMTA’s values and priorities in San Francisco land use development projects, plans, and policies with the goal that new development supports sustainable transportation options and accrues benefits both locally and to the City’s transportation network as a whole. Our team coordinates across SFMTA’s expertise and responsibilities to generate unified agency positions, and to articulate, advocate, and negotiate for these positions on land use projects, policies, and plans before they are approved and as they are built out. We work closely with other city agencies, developers, and institutions to identify and pursue creative solutions to complex land use-transportation challenges that arise in pre-entitlement planning and approvals and post-approval project and transportation network implementation.

Under direction from the Land Use Development and Transportation Integration section manager, this position is responsible for developing and representing SFMTA’s position on large-scale land use projects. This position is SFMTA’s point person on assigned land use development projects, engaging and representing agency positions and interests as approved land use development projects refine designs and proceed to implementation. This position, along with a small group of direct reports, tracks and facilitates fulfillment of land use development project transportation commitments and coordinates review of development applications and engineering plans. The position is responsive to project managers at other agencies, providing clear and timely input, feedback, data, and other information as requested.

• Supervises staff, provides direction, coaching, feedback and evaluation.
• Convenes and engages technical experts throughout the SFMTA to review and develop Agency responses to and input on land use projects and to develop strategies for fulfilling Agency commitments to land use development projects.
• Establishes and implements business practices to ensure that transportation-related commitments are delivered (e.g., utilize tracking database).
• Identifies transportation issues, opportunities, concerns and creative solutions to advance the Agency’s interests.
• Documents agreements, positions, expectations, and requests.
• Convenes and facilitates discussions to establish unified agency or city positions and, as needed, to resolve internal disagreements in order to present unified positions.
• Communicates technical information to non-technical internal and external partners.
• Supports Mayor’s Directive on Housing through process efficiencies, while advocating for SFMTA priorities.
• Ensures adherence to project and reporting schedules and timelines.
• Coordinates transportation impact fee investments with other agencies, project sponsors, and SFMTA’s capital program.

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university preferably in Transportation, Mass Transit Planning or other closely related field; AND six (6) years of transportation planning experience; OR

2. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Transportation, Transportation Engineering, Public Administration or other closely related field; AND four (4) years of transportation planning experience.

1. Additional transportation planning experience beyond the Minimum Qualifications may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for year basis.

2. Additional post-graduate education as described in item 2 of the Minimum Qualifications may be substituted for required experience on a year-for-year basis (30 semester units/45 quarter units equal one (1) year of experience).

• Demonstrated management experience, including employing coaching and other management techniques.
• Strong written and oral communications skills.
• Strong meeting coordination and facilitation skills.
• Excellent attention to detail and ability to manage work associated with multiple projects at once.
• Experience with and knowledge of negotiation techniques.
• Excellent interpersonal skills: tact, responsiveness, etc.
• Transit operations, transit planning, and/or transportation engineering knowledge.
• Knowledge of land use planning principles and processes.
• Experience with Sharepoint or other databases.

City and County of San Francisco employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only. A resume and cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications must be attached to the online application. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.

• Click and select 5290 Transportation Planner IV (PEX-5290-087903)
• Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
• Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”
• Follow instructions given on the screen

To submit resume using the online application:
• Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
• Follow instructions given on screen

To submit cover letter using the online application:
• Select the “Other” tab in the online application
• Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
• Click on “Upload Attachment”
• Follow instructions given on screen

If you are having trouble attaching your resume and cover letter to the online application, you may submit by fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: 5290 Transportation Planner IV (PEX-5290–087903). Resume will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application.

Computer kiosks are available for the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco and in the lobby of SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by e-mail. It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered e-mail address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that e-mail from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their e-mail to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses: (@sfgov.org, @sfmta.com).

Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application.

If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact me at (415)701-4662 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by e-mail at Michelle.Serrano-Nacorda@sfmta.com

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education, experience, and driver license at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 701-4662 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 701-5043 (TTY) or in writing to the SFMTA Human Resources Operations Section, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (specify Class 5290 Transportation Planner IV).

Applicants are responsible for updating their e-mail address or mailing address. Contact Information must be updated online at http://www.jobaps.com/sf by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account. If updating contact information online, applicants must contact the analyst at (415) 701-4662 immediately to inform them of the change. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility.

Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.




Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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