5283 Planner V

Planner V-Transportation

Recruitment #TEX-5283-073825


*2/13/17:  Announcement amended to extend filing deadline.


Appointment Type

This is a Temporary Exempt (TEX) position and it is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104 and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.


This position is being filled as TEX due to lack of an available eligible list from which a Permanent (PCS) appointment can be made. A 5283 Planner V Civil Service examination is currently in development and will be administered within the next several months in order to produce an eligible list. It is the intent of the Planning Department to fill this position as Permanent when the eligible list is available. The candidate selected for this TEX position must participate and be successful in the 5283 Planner V examination and then selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for Permanent appointment.



The San Francisco Planning Department is seeking a senior level transportation planner to serve as the primary advisor and manager for creating the City’s Long Range Transportation Vision, and to develop 21st century transportation policies. The Department has an opening for a 5283 Planner V position to fill these duties, within our Citywide (Long Range) Planning Division. The position reports to the Citywide Division Director. The position will oversee multiple transportation planning efforts at the city-wide and district scales, including the Connect SF program, and represent the Department in local and regional transportation planning discussions.


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 Planning 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 resiliency, housing, transportation, urban design, land use, and sustainability policy and development of long-range plans at a city-wide or neighborhood scale.


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. We work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment with opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects and topic areas, both individually and on project teams. In performing our work, we work closely with staff of other City and regional agencies, the development community, and the general public. Community outreach and engagement is a big part of our work, and we hold frequent public forums to present and get input on our work.


General Position Description

The Planner V – Transportation position has upper-level responsibility for coordinating major transportation-related planning efforts, both within the Planning Department and across municipal and regional agencies. The position performs and oversees work related to transportation planning, policy development, funding strategies, and impact analysis. This position is responsible for convening and managing high-level, collaborative transportation vision, planning, and funding strategy efforts amongst multiple municipal and regional agencies, including the SFMTA, SFCTA, Mayor’s Office and regional transportation agencies. As a high-level position, it represents the Department and the City/County, advocating on behalf of its policy objectives in local, regional and State interagency forums and initiatives. The successful candidate must have expert conceptual, technical and project management abilities and a strong ability to convene multiple agencies and interests and represent the City/County in regional transportation conversations and forums.


The position will direct the Connect SF program (connectsf.org). Connect SF is a multiagency collaboration to develop a long-range transportation vision and implementation strategy to improve mobility for all people in San Francisco, and to promote the strategic integration of land use and transportation for the city and region. It seeks to build an effective, equitable and sustainable transportation system for our future, so current and future generations can get around the city safely, reliably, and conveniently. The position will also direct the update to the Transportation Element of the San Francisco General Plan, consistent with the Connect SF preferred transportation vision.


The position will supervise transportation planning staff within the Citywide Planning Division, and will be a key member of the Citywide Division management team. The successful candidate must have strong management skills, including envisioning, developing, and directing a long-range transportation planning work program, and managing the work of other staff towards achieving the goals of the work program.


The Planner V is the highest level position in the Planner series, is housed in the Citywide Planning Division of the Planning Department, and reports to the Director of Citywide Planning. As such, the Planner V – Transportation serves as a member of the Citywide Planning Division’s management team.


Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop,  manage and maintain a work program relating to the Department’s long-range transportation planning and policy efforts;
  • Direct the Connect SF program, including all staff and consultant work and deliverables; convene interagency Connect SF team, and serve as primary point of contact for other agencies and external stakeholders for Connect SF;
  • Represent the Planning Department in interagency and inter-jurisdictional forums and efforts with regard to local and regional transportation planning and policy initiatives, including SFMTA, SFCTA, the Mayor’s Office, MTC and other State and regional agencies;
  • Supervise and/or directly manage a variety of long-range transportation plans, programs, and policy initiatives; serve as senior transportation advisor on comprehensive plans, area plans, major development projects, and transportation plans; and lead development of transportation policy, funding, and implementation strategies;
  • Advise and act as a resource to the Director of Planning, Citywide Division Director and other Senior Department managers on transportation-related planning and policy issues;
  • Direct the Transportation Element (General Plan) update and other transportation-related policy development in the Department;
  • Recommend department positions in response to regional and local transportation policy proposals, and communicate these positions to key stakeholders and decision-makers;
  • Directly supervise the work of transportation planning and project staff in the Citywide Planning Division, potentially including other Citywide Division managers; supervise the development, training and advancement of subordinates; advise and oversee the related, consultant contract procurement process,  ensure proper staffing levels; and evaluate the performance of subordinates and consultants;
  • Coordinate with the Planning Department’s Environmental Planning Division regarding development and updates to transportation policy and review guidelines
  • Address community, business and other groups to clearly explain planning programs and problems, promote resolution and good public relations for the department;
  • Represent the department at the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Supervisors committee meetings, and other local, regional and state government agencies, commissions or boards;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Planner Vs 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's license, or may require specialized experience in order to perform department specific planning duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND
  2. Eight (8) years of experience in urban, city, regional, and/or transportation planning, including three (3) years of supervisory experience.

Desirable Qualifications

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process.

  • Three (3) years of recent and verifiable experience in performing complex city and region-wide, long term transportation policy, including transportation funding and implementation strategies.
  • Strong working knowledge of transportation planning practices, including policy development; funding and implementation strategies; and technical knowledge including transit operations;
  • Strong interagency collaboration and facilitation skills to support reconciling divergent agency imperatives and forging consensus;
  • Excellent management skills, including supervising technical work of other planners, coaching and mentoring, appropriately delegating tasks, and building strong and cohesive teams;
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills and ability to effectively and sensitively communicate, both orally and in writing, with a broad variety of stakeholders and in formal presentation settings;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple high-level projects and demands within deadlines.

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

How To Apply

How To Apply

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


  • Select the job announcement TEX-5283-073825
  • 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


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.


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

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.


Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.


Verification:  http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#verification.  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.

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.


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.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] 


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.


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 found at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification

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


Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources


Issued:  January 25, 2017

Amended:  February 13, 2017 - to extend filing deadline


Announcement No.: TEX-5283-073825



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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