5277 Planner I

Recruitment #TEX-5277-104052


Appointment Type:  Temporary Exempt (TEX)
This is a Temporary-Exempt (TEX), Full-Time position.  This is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process, is considered "at will" and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Office.

Duration of Work:  This TEX position has an estimated end date of June 30, 2021.

The 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.

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 the Planning Department, please visit https://sfplanning.org. 

Position Description
The Citywide Public Space Initiative (CSPI) Planner position is a temporary Planner I position within the City Design Group; an interdisciplinary team of urban designers, architects and landscape architects housed within the Planning Department’s Citywide (Long-Range) Planning Division.

Under general supervision, the CSPI Planner I will assist with implementation of the Citywide Public Space Initiative, a partnership between City agencies and community organizations to facilitate near-term activation, beautification and community engagement in targeted public spaces across the City.  High priority sites for fiscal year 2020-21 may include United Nations Plaza in Civic Center, Hallidie Plaza in Union Square, 16th and Mission BART Plazas, and others to-be-determined.  The CSPI Planner I will provide planning and activation assistance for:

  • Public space assessments of the conditions of priority public spaces, in order to document recommendations for near-term improvement;
  • Planning and partnership development for high priority sites/projects; and,
  • Project and permit coordination via a City working group for high priority sites/projects

In addition to the CSPI, the Planner I will also assist with on-going implementation of the Civic Center Initiative, a public private partnership program focused on improving conditions in San Francisco’s Civic Center’s public spaces. Undertaken in close partnership with the Civic Center Community Benefit District, the initiative includes a portfolio of temporary projects and programming aimed at improving the public realm for the diverse communities that rely on Civic Center as their primary neighborhood open space.

Finally, the CSPI Planner I will assist with graphic design and materials production and community engagement efforts for a variety of urban design and planning projects within the Citywide Planning Division.

The successful candidate will possess strong values that align with the City's values, which include being welcoming, having integrity, showing accountability, and demonstrating a commitment to service.  Additionally, the ideal candidate is a highly-organized individual with strong graphic design, written and oral communication skills who can thrive in a fast-paced, high-pressure, deadline-driven work environment. Key competency and task areas include: 

Urban Design/Planning: The CSPI Planner I should have a working knowledge of long-range urban design and planning concepts and processes, and the ability to connect design and public outreach processes between long-range and interim-design projects.

  • Urban Design/Planning: The CSPI Planner I should have a working knowledge of long-range urban design and planning concepts and processes, and the ability to connect design and public outreach processes between long-range and interim-design projects. 
  • Project Management: The CSPI Planner I will assist with project management for a diverse portfolio of activation, interim-design, and programming projects and will be involved in project development, coordination with partner agencies, permitting, design, stakeholder engagement, and stewardship partnerships.
  • Partnership Development: The CSPI Planner I must work collaboratively with existing and new partners to advance the Initiative’s goals.
  • Graphic Design: The CSPI Planner I will be responsible for production of public-facing graphic materials such as one-sheets, reports, informational display boards, signs, and base maps and should be fluent in Adobe software programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  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. 

Verification of Experience: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#verification 

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.


Verification of Education: 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/how-verify-education-requirements 


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

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 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-5277-104052)
  • 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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience and education. Additional mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidate’s qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the process. 

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.


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

Issued:  2/20/2020

Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number:  TEX-5277-104052


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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