5502 Project Manager I

Recruitment #PEX-5502-092568


The San Francisco Planning Department (CPC) is seeking an experienced Project Manager who has a proven track record of success in driving large-scale transportation, engineering and/or planning projects and the ability to manage relationships with community, city, state and federal organizations. This position is critical to support the City’s current and future development and transportation needs. The ideal candidate will have strong project and time management experience within a complex system of governance and the ability to incorporate problem solving, critical thinking and tactical execution into their daily work.

Appointment Type:  Permanent-Exempt (PEX)
This permanent exempt (PEX) position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.  This position has an anticipated duration of no more than three (3) years.

About the San Francisco Planning Department (CPC)
The role of the San Francisco Planning Department (CPC) is to guide the growth and development of the City toward a sustainable and vibrant future. CPC works closely 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 CPC, visit http://sf-planning.org.

Position Information
Under general direction of the Transportation Planning Manager and in close coordination with the Mayor’s Office, the Project Manager acts as the City of San Francisco’s coordinator for the implementation of the Railyards and Benefits Study (RAB). The RAB study concluded in September 2018 with the adoption of a preliminary preferred alignment for Caltrain and High Speed Rail (HSR) into the Salesforce Transit Center via Pennsylvania Avenue. The selected candidate will be expected to advance the work in order to achieve and maximize the potential benefits identified in the RAB Study.

The Project Manager’s primary responsibility is to act on the City’s behalf in numerous planning, design, engineering, and environmental studies that will proceed in parallel, while coordinating potential land use changes that are anticipated. In additional to coordinating and leading work within the city, the Project Manager will be the City’s staff representative to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), Caltrain, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), and the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to ensure alignment of various studies and projects in order to support San Francisco’s current and future development and transportation needs, which rely heavily on the expansion of rail service. The variety of work includes area planning, site and station development, infrastructure engineering, rail planning, environmental review and transportation network integration.

The primary responsibilities of this position include: 1) coordinating with multiple agencies and integrating community and stakeholder input into various transportation and development planning, design, and/or engineering efforts; 2) providing strategic input to rail planning, analysis, operations, and/or environmental documents; 3) leading a Planning Department study to upgrade and/or relocate the 22nd Street Caltrain station; 4) acting in support of future land use studies in the 4th and King District based on an understanding of current and future rail operations; and 5) actively participate in the Citywide Department’s management team and manage, mentor, and grow staff that may be assigned to this body of work.

The Project Manager leads a project team of City staff and consultants; effectively coordinates with staff from city, regional, state and federal agencies; gathers, analyzes and interprets data; reviews and prepares complex technical reports; represents the City in public meetings; acts as technical advisor on all studies; and performs related duties as required.

Examples of Essential Duties

  • Manages coordination efforts for City Departments to implement the Railyard and Benefits Study (RAB)
  • Leads the Planning Department’s 22nd Street Station Study
  • Prepares and monitors budgets and funding plans, project and expenditure schedules.
  • Staffs San Francisco representatives to the Caltrain board and participates in policy and staff groups.
  • Provides review and comments on presentations and technical documents.
  • Controls project cost and schedule, as well as tracking, recording and reporting on project progress to various audiences including funding sponsors.
  • Makes presentations to key stakeholders and groups such as the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors and other City agencies.
  • Represents the Planning Department on task forces and working groups.
  • Manages and mentors staff as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in architecture, engineering, planning, or landscape architecture; plus four years of responsible architectural, engineering or construction management experience, OR
  • A Bachelor's Degree in another field plus six years of responsible experience in a field directly related to the project, OR
  • Eight years of architectural, engineering, or construction management experience in a field directly related to the project, OR
  • California registration as professional engineer or architect.

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.

  • Experience in transportation and land use planning.
  • Experience in civil and/or rail engineering and operations.
  • Experience in directing consultant studies on schedule and on budget.
  • Ability to interpret and present the results to community members, decision-makers, and staff from a variety of agencies.
  • Experience in strategic planning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in an urban context related to the integration of transportation infrastructure and land use.
  • Experience in working effectively with engineers, planners, lawyers, administrators, and other staff across multiple agencies or organizations.

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

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

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

Selection Plan

Applications will be reviewed for qualifying experience and education. Only those applicants deemed best qualified will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in the selection process.

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 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 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.


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


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, San Francisco, CA 94103.

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 http://www.jobaps.com/sf  

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned. Information regarding this can be found at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies  

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. Information regarding this can be round at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification  

Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Issued: December 13, 2018

Announcement No.: PEX-5502-092568

CPC/ME (415) 575-9143


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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