5293 Planner IV

Recruitment #PBT-5293-066165

Introduction

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

*5/16/16:  Announcement amended to accurately reflect minimum qualifications.
**5/26/16:  Announcement amended to extend filing deadline.
***6/16/16:  Reissued for additional applicants.

Applicants who previously applied to this recruitment (PBT-5293-066165) will be included in the applicant pool and need not reapply.

Introduction
The San Francisco Planning Department has openings for 5293 Planner IV in our Citywide and Current Planning Division.  The Planner IV performs difficult and complex planning work and has supervisory and management responsibilities.  Under direction, the Planning IV is responsible for assisting the operation of the planning division.

San Francisco Planning Department.  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.

Citywide Division.  The Citywide Division is responsible for the long-range planning of San Francisco. The Division develops policy, maintains and oversees compliance with the City’s General Plan, prepares and implements community plans, acts as the urban design resource for the city, and gathers and analyzes data in support of land-use policy. The Citywide Division develops plans and proposes policy on a wide range of topics, including housing, transportation, urban design, land use, and sustainability policy and development of long-range plans at a city-wide or neighborhood scale.

Current Planning Division.  Planners help shape the physical development of the City. They are responsible for reviewing building permit and land use entitlement applications for compliance with the San Francisco Planning Code, San Francisco's General Plan, zoning regulations, and relevant design guidelines.

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.

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:

  • Planning and directing professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in analyses and preparation of complex and detailed technical data and reports related to planning issues of a central city in a major metropolitan area with use of technologies to analyze data and developing plans;
  • Supervising, conducting, analyzing, evaluating and preparing reports on more complex issues which may include 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, and transportation planning.
  • Supervising and undertaking research related to planning and city policy issues; preparing policies and plan recommendations and implementation strategies.
  • Addressing community, business and other groups to explain verbally or in writing planning-related policies, procedures, programs and problems; may represent department at the Board of Supervisors and other government agencies, commissions, or boards; interacting, interfacing and working with community groups; promoting good public relations for the department.
  • Writing letters, memoranda, reports, texts and studies which are clear, concise and understandable to the general public; editing and reviewing the same when prepared by subordinates.
  • Collaborating with officials, community businesses and other groups to address planning challenges
  • Managing and balancing conflicting goals and interests
  • Supervising and evaluating subordinate personnel in the performance of planning related work; 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.

The eligible list resulting from this testing process may be used by other City departments with vacancies in class 5293 Planner IV.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;

    AND

  2. Six (6) years (12,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in an urban, city, and/or regional planning, and zoning or related investigative work with at least two (2) years (4,000 hours) of experience at the supervisory level.  Some positions may require additional specialized experience, such as waterfront or recreation and park planning 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.

 

  • More than three (3) years of experience with coordination/monitoring of projects and the activities of groups of subordinate employees; planning and directing the work of subordinate staff; communicating with staff and representatives of business and public interest groups, organizations, and public officials in clarifying and interpreting planning policy and regulations.

  • At least three (3) years of experience in speaking at public hearings and meetings; Strong communication skills, both verbal and in writing

How To Apply

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

  • Select announcement PBT-5293-066165
  • 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.

 

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

 

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.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: 100%)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of the principles, practices, purposes, scope, and techniques of various phases of city planning; knowledge of statistical, research and analytical methods; knowledge of land use, policy, land development and design techniques; problem solving ability, management/supervisory ability and written communication ability.

The supplemental questionnaire is the sole component of the exam process. The supplemental questionnaire will be rated and scored. All relevant experience, education and/or training must be on the supplemental questionnaire in order to be reviewed in the rating process. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

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.

Certification
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Seven (7) Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List
The eligible list resulting from this examination 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 duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 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 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 http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

Conviction History

As a finalist 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 finalist. 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 applying 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 applying 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 selected as a finalist, 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

Reasonable Accommodation Request:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Veterans Preference:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference

 

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit

 

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://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 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.

 

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.

Additional Information:
General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures may be found online at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20.

 

 

Exam Type: CPE
Issued:  May 9, 2016

Amended: 

May 16, 2016 - to accurately reflect minimum qualifications

May 26, 2016 - to extend filing deadline

Reissued:

June 16, 2016 - to allow for additional applicants

 

Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5293-066165

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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