5216 Chief Surveyor

Recruitment #TEX-5216-081641


Division: Bureau of Street Use and Mapping

Appointment Type: Temporary-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.

Please note, the salary listed above represents extended ranges that require department approval based upon special skills, recruitment/retention, limited duration or exemplary performance. Employees do not automatically advance into these additional steps.

Position Description:
Under general direction, manages a section or division by planning, assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of a group of technical and professional personnel engaged in land survey activities or the processing of map applications and the monument preservation and maintenance program.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
1. Manages a section or division by planning, assigning, monitoring, and evaluating the work of subordinates.

2. Reviews surveying or map requirements and resolves problems as needed.

3. Examines areas to be surveyed and assigns the appropriate survey party.

4. Checks field survey or map work in progress and directs subordinates when necessary.

5. Performs surveying or map processing operations when necessary to assist staff in difficult situations.

6. Manages the budget (including revenues for map processing division) for survey parties and map processing to ensure adequate staffing, supplies, and equipment.

7. Collects and reviews survey notes or map applications for completeness and accuracy.

8. Supervises the maintenance of official records, maps, and survey reports and the preparation of related reports.

9. Coordinates with other city agencies on requests for service, time schedules, and cost estimates.

10. Assists the Division Manager or Bureau Manager in making revisions of programs, objectives, and goals.

11. Develops, interprets, and coordinates surveying and map processing policy and methods for the department.

12. Processes and checks subdivision map applications, plans, and survey records prepared by licensed land surveyors for technical and record information accuracy with respect to the California Subdivision Map Act and the San Francisco Subdivision Codes and Regulations.

13. Writes and checks boundary legal descriptions and performs other professional duties which require a licensed land surveyor.

14. Manages horizontal and vertical control systems which may include use of Global Positioning System (GPS) monumentation/documentation program.

15. Implements and maintains Geographic Information System (GIS) base map system.

16. Updates codes and regulations and reviews proposed bills and budget, cost, and fee assessments.

17. Makes regular contacts with the general public, other departments, contractors, private surveyors, and outside organizations relative to municipal mapping and survey practices and procedures.

18. Prepares legislation to change official street legislation, approve subdivision maps, and refers same to the Board of Supervisors.

19. Routinely represents the department at public hearings and before the Board of Supervisors and various commissions.

20. Drives a vehicle to work sites and meetings when necessary.

21. Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Four years of experience supervising survey parties, including one year of experience in county subdivision mapping; AND

2. Possession of a valid California Professional Land Surveyor License, or a valid California Civil Engineer license (issued in 1981 or before); AND

3. Possession of a valid California driver license (at least Class C).

Desirable Qualifications
• Demonstrated progressively responsible professional land surveying experience including managing all aspects of survey projects from writing proposals and contracts, research and planning and then ensuring projects are delivered within budget and deadlines.
• Experience managing projects requiring compliance with state and local planning and subdivision code. 
• Experience with high precision vertical and horizontal control networks, laser scanning data processing and geographic information systems.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

•Select the desired job announcement
•Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
•Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
•Follow instructions on the screen

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfusd.edu, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Maria P. Chan, by telephone at 415-554-6002, or by email at maria.chan@sfdpw.org.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of the qualifying education, experience, apprenticeship program and driver license, at any point during the recruitment and selection process. 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. Failure to submit the required verification, when requested, may result in disqualification or ineligibility for employment.

Note: Falsifying one’s education 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

Selection Procedures

Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time and place of the interview.

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.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20, or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued: August 24, 2018
General Services Agency, Human Resources Administration
Recruitment ID#: TEX-5316-081641
SFPW/ mpc / (415) 554-6002


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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