5277 Planner I

Recruitment #TEX-5277-094729


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
Unit: Planning Subdivision
Sections: Planning Programs, Complete Streets
Work Location: One South Van Ness, 7th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Number of Positions: 2

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 Sustainable Streets Division’s Planning subdivision works with staff from all divisions of the Agency, other city departments, and external stakeholders to plan, coordinate and prioritize transportation policy, projects and programs that deliver excellent transportation options for San Francisco.

Planning Programs Position Description:
The Planning Programs team focuses on transportation mode-shift strategies, transportation safety efforts and innovative pilot-programs geared towards supporting safe, convenient multimodal transportation. The team develops programs, policies and communication campaigns working with developers, community organizations, and other city agencies in supporting the SFMTA in achieving its strategic goals.

This position will work on high-profile projects and programs including safety and encouragement campaigns and transportation choices education and outreach. The ideal candidate will bring strong communication and analytical skills and a collaborative approach to working with staff within the SFMTA and other City agencies, as well as community stakeholders. This position will also support the broader Planning subdivision, matrixing to other sections.

Complete Streets Position Description:
The Complete Streets Section of the Planning subdivision leads long-range strategies, neighborhood plans, data analysis and mapping efforts which increase safety and access for all. Under direct supervision, the position supports the planning, outreach, design and implementation efforts that support multi-modal transportation planning.

This position will perform research and data collection and analysis, conduct outreach, coordinate with internal staff as well as other city agencies, and prepare presentations for community meetings and briefing with elected officials in connection with this work. This position will also support the broader Planning subdivision, matrixing to other sections.

• Supports the development of studies, documents and reports on transportation planning issues, including the collection, compilation and analysis of transportation-related criteria.
• Designs and prepares visual materials including graphs, charts, and maps, brochures, and more to illustrate complete streets projects and to convey key messages related to transportation safety and mode choice.
• Helps coordinate, plan and facilitate community engagement efforts for complete streets projects.
• Supports Planning Subdivision projects, including data collection and analysis, outreach coordination and meeting facilitation.
• Assists in making presentations to elected officials, communities, businesses and other groups to explain complete streets projects.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in city, regional, or urban planning, or a closely related field such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, urban studies, public administration, historical preservation, or environmental studies; OR

2. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND One (1) year of city or urban planning, transportation, urban design, historical preservation, architectural or environmental review experience.

• Degree and/or experience in transportation planning, specifically multi-modal transportation.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Experience and interest in work that promotes social justice and mobility justice through transportation, including intersectoral work with community-based organizations.
• Fluency in Cantonese, Spanish or Tagalog.
• Ability to prepare graphic design and presentation materials using Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) for conceptual street designs and outreach materials.
• Demonstrated ability to perform data analytics, especially with surveys, focus groups, and/or intersection counts (using various programs such as Tableau, Excel, or Python)
• Proficiency in the use of ArcGIS to prepare maps and conduct data analysis and visualization.
• Ability to communicate complicated data in culturally-competent and easy-to-understand formats, including oral, written, and visual.
• Detail oriented, ability to multi-task, and ability to adapt to new situations as they arise to meet project deadlines
• Collaborative, positive, and proactive with a strong work ethic.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only. A resume and cover letter must be attached to the online application. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit http://www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.

• Click and select 5277 Planner I (TEX-5277-094729)
• Click “Apply Online” 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 a resume using the online application:
• Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
• Follow instructions given on screen.

To submit a 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/or cover letter to the online application, you may submit by fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: 5277 Planner I (TEX-5277-094729). Résumé 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 email about this announcement. 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, @sfmta.com).

Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at (415) 701-2471 between 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays).

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Connie Poon by telephone at (415) 701-2471 or by email at Connie.Poon@sfmta.com.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience 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 SFMTA by phone at (415) 701-2471 or, if hearing impaired, at (415) 701-5043 (TTY); or in writing to: SFMTA Human Resources Operations Section, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (specify 5277 Planner I (TEX-5277-094729)).

Applicants are responsible for updating their email 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) 701-2471 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.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted.

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.

Employee Wellness Program:
The SFMTA strives to be your employer of choice by providing an environment that supports your personal health & wellbeing with physical, nutritional, mental/emotional and financial resources.
Since 2010 the SFMTA has been providing worksite wellness activities, as well as providing recognition opportunities to those individuals who successfully achieve personal milestones in wellness.
For more details on the Wellness Program, please visit Employee Wellness Program Description page.


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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