5293 Planner IV

Recruitment #PBT-5293-094470

Introduction

This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.


San Francisco Planning Department (CPC).
The San Francisco Planning Department 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://sf-planning.org.


Position Information.
 
Under general direction, the 5293 Planner IV plans, administers and directs the activities of a planning group, and/or oversees a major study, and/or supervises a project group engaged in professional city planning work. The Planner IV develops, implements and enforces city planning policies and procedures; gathers, analyzes and interprets planning data and prepares recommendations; prepares difficult and complex technical reports; represents the department in public meetings; acts as technical advisor on all studies and problems relating to planning; and performs related duties as required.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide direction for professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in analyses and preparation of complex and detailed technical data reports or review of planning and development proposals and interpretation of the planning code relating to planning issues of a major metropolitan area, includes the use of technologies to analyze data and develop plans.
  • Provide supervision, analysis, evaluation and preparation of reports on complex issues, including details regarding the General Plan, area plans, project plans, land usage, zoning ordinance, housing programs, preservation programs, neighborhood planning, environmental planning, economic and real estate development, urban design issues, transportation planning, review of development proposals, and enforcement monitoring.
  • Supervise and undertake research related to planning and city policy issues, prepares policy and plan recommendations and implementation strategies.
  • Provide interpretation and explanation of planning-related policies, procedures, programs and problems to the public, project sponsors, communities, businesses, boards and commission and other organizations. Representing Department at the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other government agencies or boards; interacts, engages and works with community groups; promotes good public relations for the department.
  • Provide written communication to the general public, includes letters, memoranda, reports, texts and studies which are clear, concise and understandable by the general public; also includes edits and reviews of same when prepared by subordinates.
  • Provide supervision and evaluation of subordinate personnel in the performance of planning-related work, includes assisting in workload management, performance measures and evaluations, staffing, mentoring and other administrative functions (i.e. budgets, management of work programs).

Planner IVs 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, or may require specialized experience in order to perform department specific planning duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

          and

  • Six (6) years of experience in city, urban, and/or regional planning, 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) year of the required 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.

  • Excellent management skills, including supervising technical work of other planners, coaching and mentoring, appropriately delegating tasks, and building strong and cohesive teams;
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills and ability to effectively and sensitively communicate, both orally and in writing, with a broad variety of stakeholders and in formal presentation settings;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple high-level projects and demands within deadlines.


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

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process.

  • Select announcement PBT-5293-094470
  • 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.

You can also watch this video for further assistance with our online application system: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-kUFHXhBjQ&feature=youtu.be

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

Selection Plan

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (Qualifying).

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: 100%).

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (Qualifying):
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:  management/supervisory ability; human relations ability; oral communication ability; project 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.

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Seven (7). 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/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

Verification: 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.

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.

Conviction History

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.

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.

Conclusion

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

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

http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

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: September 3, 2019

 

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources

 

Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5293-094470

CPC/ME 415-575-9143

Benefits

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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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