5283 Planner V
|Date Opened||12/18/2020 08:00:00 AM|
|Filing Deadline||1/14/2021 5:00:00 PM|
|Salary||$71.13 - $86.43/hour; $12,328.00 - $14,980.00/month; $147,940.00 - $179,764.00/year|
|Job Type||Permanent PBT|
This is a Position Based Test administered in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A
*Amended to extend the application filing deadline to January 14, 2021. Applicants who previously applied need not reapply.
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.
This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally.
For more information about CPC visit http://sfplanning.org.
Under general administrative direction, the Planner V serves as a Planning Manager within the Planning Department. The Planner V represents the department in public or official determinations; coordinates and supervises the work of subordinates and acts as technical advisor on all studies and problems relating to planning evaluation requirements. The Planner V is responsible for the management of a functional unit, or division, within the Planning Department; advises and assists the Department in the formulation and development of matters regarding the Planning Code, policy implementation strategies and related land-use and/or transportation planning problems; and performs related duties as required.
Essential duties include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinates and directs professional and technical personnel; supervises project managers and staff on major planning studies, planning policy, regulatory implementation or development projects.
- Analyzes, develops and recommends planning policies related to various aspects of the General Plan, Planning Code and/or other land use plans of the city, including commerce, industry, housing, transportation, zoning and code enforcement and others and/or leads the integration of the foregoing into highly complex development projects.
- Designs, studies and surveys; supervises, coordinates, analyzes, evaluates and prepares reports on the more complex and technical planning projects, along with their major subcomponents.
- Serves as technical advisor on studies and problems and applications relating to land use planning or policy, development, transportation, code review and enforcement programming.
- Addresses community, business and other groups to clearly explain planning programs, development projects and problems, promote resolution and good public relations for the department.
- Monitors developments at city and state level with respect to legislation impacting housing and related policy issues, along with other major land use issues, and collaborates as appropriate for any necessary research and coordination of any required advocacy.
- Researches housing and/or other major land use issues, legislative and regulatory activity and independently analyzes for applicability, local implementation issues, and opportunities or necessity for advocacy in the city’s interest.
- 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.
- Represents the department at the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Supervisors, Mayor’s Office, and other local, regional and state government agencies, commissions or boards.
- Assists in the preparation and management of budgets, work programs, and performance targets.
Planner V’s may be required to attend meetings or participate in work-related activities outside of normal working hours (evenings and weekends) in various community locations. Some positions may require possession of a valid driver license, and may require specialized experience in order to perform department-specific planning duties.
Experience and Training
- Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND
- Eight (8) years of experience in urban, city, regional, and/or related planning environment such as transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design.
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) year of the required work experience.
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.
How To Apply
In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.
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
Computers 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.
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, @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.
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, Michael Eng, by telephone at 628-652-7522, or by email at Michael.Eng@sfgov.org.
- Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (Qualifying)
- Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: 100%)
Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire
Applicants are required to complete a Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) as part of the online application process. The purpose of the MQSQ is to obtain specific information regarding an applicant’s education, experience and training in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. It is essential that an applicant provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if an applicant meets the minimum qualifications.
Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: 100%)
Qualifying candidates will be required to respond to essay type questions on a supplemental questionnaire, which will be provided to applicants via e-mail after the closing of the application filing period.
The essay questions are designed to measure the knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas required for the position which may include but are not limited to:
- Knowledge of the principles, practices, purposes, scope and techniques of various phases of city planning, and land use policies;
- Management/Supervisory ability;
- Critical Thinking/Problem solving ability;
- Project/Time Management ability; and
- Written Communication ability.
Candidates will be ranked on the eligible list based on their supplemental questionnaire score.
A passing score must be achieved on the Supplemental Questionnaire in order to be placed/ranked on the score report. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.
Eligible List/Score Report
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five (5). Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.
The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.
Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf.
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.
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.
As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
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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 www.jobaps.com/sf.
The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.
Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:
Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can
be found 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://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.
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.
Exam Type: CPE
Issued: December 18, 2020
Amended: January 7, 2021
Carol Isen, Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5283-108203
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.