1375 Special Assistant XVI (Autonomous Vehicle Program Manager)

Recruitment #TEX-1375-104194


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

Work Location: One South Van Ness, 7th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103


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.


The SFMTA oversees the management of all transportation for the City and County of San Francisco, including the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni), bicycling, walking, on-street and off-street parking, and taxis. The Sustainable Streets Division (SSD) of the SFMTA provides multimodal transportation planning, engineering and operational improvements to San Francisco’s transportation system to support sustainable communities and economic development.


In recent years, the automotive industry has started developing autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and many companies are currently testing AVs on the streets of San Francisco. This includes advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems (ADS).  While AVs have the potential to benefit the city through improvements in safety, congestion, and access, these vehicles may also negatively impact the city and its residents, workers and visitors if a clear and effective governance structure is not in place to guide their implementation.  The SFMTA is planning for the possible future impacts of vehicles with automated driving systems (ADS) operating on San Francisco roadways (ADS Vehicles or AVs). The SFMTA is developing an AV Policy Framework and working to ensure that SFMTA’s views are considered in legislation, rulemakings, and other proceedings relevant to AVs at the federal and state level, including those that have been initiated by agencies such as the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  It is critical that this work continues to ensure that AVs are integrated into the transportation system in a way that supports the city's diverse goals.



The Autonomous Vehicles Program Manager will lead policy and planning efforts related to proactively preparing for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles in San Francisco.  Specific areas of work include but are not limited to:

  • Monitors, advises and, as opportunities arise, directly supports the development of AV-related federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives.
  • Engage with regulatory bodies (e.g., DMV, CPUC, USDOT/NHTSA) on the development of AV-related regulations and guidelines.
  • Monitors AV trends, engages and builds relationships with the AV industry to share the City’s goals and expectations for AV testing and deployment and better understand the industry’s different business models.
  • Works with elected officials and members of the public to share how AVs could affect our transportation network as well as obtain feedback for how they envision AVs operating in the City.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of the ADAS and ADS Policy Framework.
  • Supports research and policy development for TNCs, as ride hail is a likely application of AVs and has the potential to affect AV policies.
  • Explores opportunities to access existing AV data and use data analytics to help inform city policies and engagement with the AV industry.
  • Coordinates with city departments to build upon existing city policies and mitigate the potential negative impacts of widespread use of AVs.
  • Works with state, national, and international organizations, academic institutions and industry leaders to identify best practices and policies for the smooth incorporation of AVs into the city’s transportation system.
  • Manages AV-related pilot programs and the introduction of new ideas and initiatives to the city.
  • Works with the Programming and Grants team to seek and apply for funding opportunities to support the agency’s AV-related efforts. 


  • Develops AV policy recommendations for SFMTA, including recommendations regarding an effective governance structure, regulations, and programs to ensure that AVs operate in a way that supports the city's diverse goals.
  • Coordinates research and analysis necessary to develop AV-related policies, pilots, reports, etc.
  • Authors AV-related reports/publications, including but not limited to policy documents, blogs, and social media content.
  • Develops and engages with staff throughout SFMTA and with other city Departments to ensure alignment on AV-related policy recommendations.
  • Regularly engages with state and federal institutions to provide input on future AV policies and regulations, including convening meetings, designing workshops and testifying at hearings.
  • Identifies concepts for potential AV-related pilot projects and manages their implementation.
  • Develops presentations and facilitates workshops with city staff, senior managers and executive level decision makers, elected officials, and stakeholder groups.
  • Works with communities throughout San Francisco and the surrounding region to understand their needs and concerns in incorporating new technologies into the existing transportation system.
  • May manage staff and contractors working on AV-related activities for the Sustainable Streets Division.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


The position may require working weekends and nights on an as-needed basis.



  1. Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND
  2. Seven (7) years of experience in City/Urban Planning, Transportation Planning or Engineering, Government Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration, or Business Administration.

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

One year full-time experience is equivalent to 2000 hours. (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time experience.



The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify candidates advancing to the interview process and/or to identify job finalist(s) at the end of the selection process when referred for hiring.

  • Possession of a baccalaureate or master’s degree in City/Urban Planning, Transportation Planning or Engineering, Urban Studies, Legislative Affairs, Public Policy, Public or Business Administration.
  • An understanding of how current and emerging transportation technologies can be leveraged to enhance the city’s infrastructure and services and help the city achieve its goals for mobility, safety, sustainability and equity.
  • Relevant experience with autonomous vehicle technology, operations, regulation and/or research.
  • Knowledge of the transportation sector.
  • Knowledge of public policy development practices and analysis.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations pertaining to transportation generally and AVs specifically.
  • Knowledge and understanding of San Francisco city government and key stakeholders.
  • Exceptional writing and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to direct research and the preparation of complex reports.
  • Experience with contract and budget management.
  • Ability to effectively represent SFMTA before boards and commissions, in public meetings and hearings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with government officials, SFMTA staff and members of other departments and agencies as well as private sector companies.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders to facilitate dialogue and build consensus.
  • Ability to think ‘outside the box’ and come up with creative solutions to challenges posed by the advent of AVs.
  • Strong ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with multiple demands and priorities.


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 1375 Special Assistant XVI (Autonomous Vehicle Program Manager) (TEX-1375-104194)
  • 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 email to Michelle Serrano-Nacorda, Analyst, at Michelle.Serrano-Nacorda@sfmta.com, subject: 1375 Special Assistant XVI (Autonomous Vehicle Program Manager) (TEX-1375-104194). 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) 646-2193 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) 646-2193 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 1375).



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) 646-2193 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.


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.

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




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.


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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