5278 Planner II

Recruitment #TPV-5278-094252


*  4/3/2019:  Announcement amended to extend the filing deadline.

The San Francisco Planning Department is seeking to fill four vacant TPV Planner II positions in the Citywide Planning Division:  1) Housing and Community Development; 2) Land Use; 3) Design and Sustainability; and 4) Civic Center Commons Project Manager. 

Appointment Type:  Temporary Provisional (TPV)

A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service Examination process for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for a permanent appointment.  Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.

About the San Francisco Planning Department (CPC)

The San Francisco Planning Department (CPC) 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 the 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.

For more information about the CPC, please visit www.sf-planning.org

Citywide Planning Division

The San Francisco Planning Department’s Citywide Planning Division is responsible for long-range planning in the City & County of San Francisco.  The Division develops policy, maintains and oversees compliance with the City’s General Plan, prepares and implements community plans, and acts as the urban design resource for the city.  The Citywide Division’s work addresses a wide range of topics, including housing, transportation, urban design, land use, and sustainability policy and development of long-range plans at a citywide or neighborhood scale.  The Citywide Division also maintains demographic, land use and economic data, using data visualization and cartographic/geospatial analytical tools to interpret and report on trends and projections.

This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative team.  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.

Position Description

Under general direction, the Planner II in the Citywide Planning Division performs journey level planning work. The Planner II is responsible for conducting investigations and performing analyses to prepare reports and recommendations pertaining to complex planning issues and problems.  The Planner II may be expected to manage certain aspects of planning projects and give presentations.  The Planner II may perform supervised work individually or as part of a project team. Incumbents in this job classification may be required to attend evening and weekend meetings, which are occasionally held in community locations.

The essential functions of the Planner II positions in the Citywide Planning Division include: assisting in the development of long-range citywide or neighborhood plans and programs; assisting in the preparation, revision and updating of the General Plan and/or Planning Code; assisting with community outreach and engagement processes; preparing recommendations for Department, Planning Commission and other city Commissions/Boards actions; providing information orally and in writing to city agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations, the Planning Commission and the general public; interpreting and explaining legal, technical and procedural aspects of planning work to agencies and members of the public; conducting site and field inspections and conducting surveys and interviews to obtain data; preparing computer based and hard copy graphic materials; designing and preparing graphic presentations to illustrate planning and development concepts; conducting research studies and formulating recommendations to assist in planning policies; providing policy and zoning information to the general public; and processing relevant planning applications and referrals, including General Plan Referrals and Preliminary Project Assessments.

The Citywide Planning Division has four current openings for Temporary Provisional (TPV) Planner II positions.  In your cover letter, please indicate which of the positions (one or more) you are applying for:

1) Housing and Community Development. This position would work supporting a variety of housing policy and community development and stabilization projects, such as the Racial and Social Equity Initiative, Housing Affordability Strategies, Community Stabilization Strategy, Mission Action Plan 2020, Cultural Districts Program, and other related work.

The Planner should have strong quantitative and qualitative skills relating to housing and socio-economic analysis and ability to conduct related field work, skills and experience in developing policy relating to housing protection, preservation, and production, community development and stabilization, knowledge of relevant local, State, and Federal housing laws and regulations, and the ability to work closely with a diverse range of community stakeholders, particularly with hard to reach populations.

2) Land Use.  This position would work on a variety of land use, development, and community plans and general policy initiatives.  The Planner should have skills and experience in preparing land use plans, comprehensive area plans, development agreements, zoning regulations, or other land use policy strategies for the City.

The candidate should have skills and experience with developing land use policy proposals, understanding, interpreting, and developing planning policy and code language, and working with a range of diverse communities to develop community plans and policies.  Familiarity with general principles of urban design, site planning, and development processes is important, and ability to perform development feasibility pro forma analyses is a strong bonus.

3) Urban Design and Sustainability.  This position would work on a variety of plans, policies, and projects relating to urban design and sustainability of the built environment and public spaces.  This includes preparing urban design studies and concepts, developing urban form models and designs for streets and public spaces, and providing design review services for development proposals.  The position would also work on the Division’s work program relating to sustainability and climate adaptation, including development of climate policy and strategies relating to climate mitigation, biodiversity, and climate adaptation, including sea level rise.

Graphic design and production skills, including fluency with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop), three-dimensional digital modeling and rendering skills (Rhino and/or SketchUp), LEED or other sustainability accreditation, and/or degree or background in architecture are strong bonuses.

4) Civic Center Commons Project Manager.  The Civic Center Commons (CCC) Project Manager is the primary project manager for an interagency initiative focused on improving conditions in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza, and Fulton Street.  The Initiative’s work focuses on four strategy areas, as articulated in the 2018-19 Civic Center Commons Initiative Action Plan: create daily attractions; improve cleanliness and stewardship; create a cohesive identity; and build a strong team. With oversight and guidance from the Initiative Director, the Project Manager is responsible for helping advance and support projects in these four strategy areas.

The Project Coordinator position requires strong collaboration with public and private partner organizations and the ability to advance creative activation projects. Other desirable competency and task areas include: strong knowledge of urban design and long-range planning concepts; strong project management abilities; strong communications skills; graphic design knowledge and abilities; and strong interpersonal relationship and facilitation skills.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

These minimum qualifications are to be used as a guide for establishing the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

1)  Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND two (2) years (4,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in city, regional, urban or transportation planning, urban design, historic preservation, architectural or environmental review or other related field; OR

2)  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, Physical Sciences, Historic Preservation, or Environmental Studies AND one (1) year (2,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in city, regional, urban or transportation planning, urban design, historic preservation, architectural or environmental review or other related field; OR

3)  Possession of a Master’s 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, or Environmental Studies.

Desirable Qualifications:

The Citywide Planning Division seeks prospective candidates for both Planner II positions with the following skills and attributes:

  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate and interact with a diverse set of community stakeholders

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications 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


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 (TPV-5278-094252)
  • 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 analyst, Susan Chu, by telephone at 415-575-9149, or by email at Susan.Chu@sfgov.org


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:
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 posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at http://www.jobaps.com/sf

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



Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number:  TPV-5278-094252

Issued:  March 13,2019

Amended:  April 3, 2019 - to extend filing deadline








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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