5283 Planner V - Zoning Administrator

Recruitment #TEX-5283-090609


Appointment Type:
Temporary Exempt (TEX), Full-Time. This position is being filled as TEX due to lack of an available eligible list from which a Permanent (PCS) appointment can be made. A 5283 Planner V Civil Service examination is currently in development and will be administered within the next several months in order to produce an eligible list. It is the intent of the Planning Department to fill this position as Permanent when the eligible list is available. The candidate selected for this TEX position must participate and be successful in a Civil Service Examination process for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for a Permanent appointment.

The Department
The San Francisco Planning Department (CPC) plays a central role in guiding the growth and development in our City. The Department works with other City agencies and the community to help achieve great planning for a great city.

Our mission, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code.

The Department serves a broad range of constituents, including the citizens of San Francisco, community organizations, elected and appointed policymakers, builders, architects, property owners, tenants, and advocacy groups. All rely on the City's General Plan and the Planning Code to achieve the City's development goals.

The Division
The Zoning and Compliance team promotes compliance with the Planning Code helps the public to understand the Planning Code, and initiates enforcement actions to remedy Planning Code violations. The Division investigates and resolves complaints about Planning Code violations.

This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the world’s most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally. We work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment with opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects and topic areas, both individually and on project teams. In performing our planning work, we work closely with staff of other City and regional agencies, the development community, and the general public. Community outreach and engagement is a big part of our work, and we hold frequent public forums to present and get input on our work. For more information about CPC, visit http://sf-planning.org.

Position Description
The 5283 Planner V - Zoning Administrator (ZA) administers and enforces the Planning Code of the City and County of San Francisco. In this capacity, the position manages Planning Department personnel in activities directly related to these duties. To carry out these duties the ZA conducts hearings and renders decisions on all variance applications; provides written interpretation of the Planning Code, provides other written clarifications of the code, by issuing ZA Bulletins.

The ZA is also responsible for advising the Director of Planning and Planning Commission on amendments to the Planning Code, monitoring and maintaining data related to the ongoing implementation of the Planning Code, and appearing before the Board of Supervisors, various Boards and Commissions and other bodies on Planning Code matters.

Major responsibilities include: making certain quasi-judicial decisions which allow wide latitude for independent judgment in originating, coordinating, interpreting and enforcing Planning Code provisions; interpretation of Planning Code provisions to clarify intent and specific language; overall direction, preparation and maintenance of important reports and technical records of the Zoning Division; reviewing highly specialized and technical records and drawing conclusions upon which administrative decisions may be based. The position requires strong technical skills related to planning code procedures, intimate knowledge of the SF Planning Code, and the ability to independently make legal determinations that rely on this knowledge.

The Zoning Administrator reports directly to the Planning Director. In this capacity the position advises the Director on matters related to the administration, maintenance, monitoring and amendments of the Planning Code. The Zoning Administrator manages the Code Enforcement unit, and has direct supervisor responsibilities for the Planner IV that manages the Code Enforcement unit, professional planning staff assigned to zoning and Board of Appeals efforts, and support staff.

Examples of essential duties may include:

  • Plans, coordinates and supervises the activities of the Zoning and Compliance Division, including the Code Enforcement Team, consisting of 17 staff that collectively performs the duties of the Zoning Administrator position to further the goals and objectives of the Zoning and Compliance Division and Planning Department.
  • Issues and adopts rules, regulations and interpretations that are necessary to administer and enforce the provisions of the Planning Code. Reviews and drafts Planning Code interpretations and Letters of Determinations.
  • Provides technical expertise, training, and direction to all staff and the public on the review of project applications with respect to their compliance with the Planning Code.
  • Ensures compliance with the Planning Code through coordination with other departments and enforcement procedures outlined in the Planning Code,
  • Pursuant to the City’s Charter, conducts hearings, with appropriate notification and hearing procedures, and decides variances from the Planning Code.
  • Oversees staff defending decisions of the Zoning Administrator (Variances and Letters of Determination), Planning Commission (Discretionary Reviews, Downtown Projects and other cases) and Historic Preservation Commission (Certificates of Appropriateness) before the Board of Appeals.
  • Acts as technical advisor on studies and problems relating to the Planning Code, and/or development programming.
  • Drafts and reviews highly specialized technical reports that are required as part of the ongoing maintenance and administration of the code. Makes recommendations to the Director on potential code amendments that would result from these reports.
  • Presents Planning Code information to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors as needed, both in public hearings and in other venues.
  • Addresses community, business and other groups to explain planning programs and problems and promote good public relations for the department assigned.
  • Work with other agencies such as the Department of Building Inspection, Department of Public Health, Police Department, and City Attorney’s Office to facilitate effective implementation of the Planning Code.
  • Assists in the preparation and management of budgets, work programs, and performance targets.
  • Assists and supervises in the development, training and advancement of subordinates through training and effective use of employee development programs; ensures proper staffing levels and evaluates the performance of subordinates and consultants.
  • As a member of the Planning Department’s senior management staff, coordinates with other senior staff to ensure implementation of Department goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;

  2. Eight (8) years of experience in urban, city, regional, and/or related planning environment such as (transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design).

Substitution: Possession of Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional or Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies or Environmental Sciences may substitute for one (1) years of the required work experience.

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Extensive knowledge of the Planning Code
  • Excellent public presentation and communication skills
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to effectively mediate between public, staff and developer concerns
  • Experience in exercising judgment regarding the application of the Planning Code to specific projects and proposals, and the policy implications of those decisions, and experience in coordinating with other agencies, project management and dealing with the public.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Verification of Experience and/or Education: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience 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

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.

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 (TEX-5283-090609)
  • 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 online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

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).

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.

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 analyst, Michael Eng, by telephone at (415) 575-9143 or by email at Michael.Eng@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an 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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

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, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at http://www.jobaps.com/sf  

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned. Information regarding this can be found at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies  

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. Information regarding this can be round at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification  

Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources

Issued: October 3, 2018
Announcement No.: TEX-583-090609
CPC/ME (415) 575-91493


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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