0932 Manager IV, Assistant Deputy Director

Maritime Division

Recruitment #PBT-0932-071303



This announcement is amended to extend the filing date and allow for additional applications.  Applicants who already applied will be included in the applicant pool and need not reapply.

Department Overview
The Port of San Francisco is an enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco and is governed by a Commission of five members appointed by the Mayor. The Port Commission is responsible for overseeing a broad range of waterfront commercial, maritime, and public access facilities that are held in public trust for the people of California. The Port’s jurisdiction covers approximately 7.5 miles of waterfront land from Pier 98, near Hunter’s Point in the southern part of San Francisco, to Fisherman’s Wharf in the northern part of the City.

The Port’s diverse business portfolio includes over 550 ground, commercial, retail, office, industrial and maritime industrial leases including cargo shipping, ship repair, excursion boats, ferry boats, fishing and fish processing/distribution, tourism, filming, harbor services, and cruise-shipping. With some of the most modern and flexible shipping-terminal facilities on the West Coast, as well as naturally deep water, the Port can handle just about any type of cargo, including containers, break-bulk, neo-bulk, automobiles, and project cargoes.

The Port of San Francisco has some of the most internationally recognized landmarks such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, the Exploratorium, the Ferry Building and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. With some of the most unique and historic properties, the Port is home to a variety of tenants and uses.

The Port Commission over the last five decades has led a remarkable transformation of the Port; maintaining its industrial maritime heritage while developing new uses, including commercial and public activities, that have helped San Francisco remain one of the most visited and popular cities on the globe.  



Job description
Under general administrative direction, the Maritime Assistant Deputy Director is responsible for directing the Port’s maritime business including oversight and administration of the operation, management and marketing of the Port’s facilities servicing maritime industries which include cargo, cruise, ship repair, ferries, water taxis, foreign trade zone, harbor services, recreational and excursion boats.

The essential functions of this position include: negotiating, preparing, and implementing marine terminal agreements; developing berthing strategies, leases, and permits; following environmental best practices; serving as a liaison between Port and maritime customers; defining the operational scope of capital and dredging projects; developing marketing and communications plans; and supervising and directing maritime operations staff; providing technical assistance on maritime matters including vessel berthing, use of harbor facilities, and cargo handling.

This position is also responsible for coordinating regulatory compliance with federal and state agencies, in particular the US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife; promoting local ship repair and dry-docking services; editing and publishing the Port tariff; performing a key role in maritime business development and retention; functioning as the main internal resource for growing Port water transportation facilities; representing maritime tenants as ombudsman; operating as second in command to the Division Director and as Acting Division Director when Division Director is absent. 

The essential duties include:   

  • Devising solutions to problems that arise at maritime facilities and properties; serving as liaison between Port and maritime customers to facilitate safe and efficient operations and business promotion.       
  • Leading maritime business development staff to expand business opportunities; managing the successful negotiation, preparation and implementation of agreements, leases and permits for use of Port properties for maritime purposes; developing marketing and communication plans.
  • Assigning work, supervising and evaluating performance of maritime operations staff; training and briefing staff on all aspects of industry and Port, such as hazardous cargo, new vessels, Port development plans, and security.
  • Negotiating claim settlements by auditing damage reports and serving as liaison between Port users, agents, attorneys, insurance brokers, and contractors to effect satisfactory settlements.
  • Administering and maintaining Port tariffs with respect to general rules and regulations, demurrage and storage rules, hazardous cargo rules and regulations and assignments; resolving any problems as they occur.
  • Initiating projects and participating in planning of capital improvement projects related to maritime property, dredging, and the maintenance and modification of facilities.
  • Coordinating and directing the Maritime Division’s role in the development and administration of environmental regulations. 
  • Ensuring compliance of Port-regulated facilities with Maritime Transportation Security Act. 
  • Advancing the Port's strategic plan by expanding the system of active water berths for vising commercial, transportation, and recreational vessels.
  • Designing and building a robust water taxi service in support of ferry infrastructure.  

Minimum Qualifications

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

2) Seven (7) years management experience at a port, terminal operating company, or marine transportation organization, including three (3) years supervisory experience; AND

3) Possession of a valid California driver’s license (to be presented at time of appointment).   Insurability under the Port’s automobile liability insurance must be maintained throughout employment; AND

4) Ability to secure and retain Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) card throughout employment.


Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.


The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a good understanding and operational knowledge of port facilities, along with strong contacts within the Port community to facilitate the development of strategic relationships.

Candidate will possess strong analytical and abstract reasoning, negotiations and conflict resolution; the ability to interpret a strategic vision into an operational model and ensure transparency and accountability in all commercial transactions, consistent with the highest level of professional and ethical standards.

Candidate will have the experience to effectively work in and with high-performance teams that include multiple government agencies, consultants, and community groups; manage in an environment where diverse and sometimes conflicting interests must be considered; as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other Port deputy directors, managers, commissions, boards, elected officials, tenants, community groups, regulators, and Port partners.

Candidate will possess strong interpersonal, public communication and presentation skills and the ability to collaborate, partner and develop solutions, networks and alliances that represents the Port’s interests and fosters an inclusive, diverse and engaging workplace. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential. 


Conditions of Employment
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Port Commission whose job duties require unescorted Maritime Transportation System (MTS) access will be required upon appointment to undergo a terrorist threat assessment including FBI fingerprints and immigration check in order to determine eligibility for security clearance. Per Civil Service Commission Rule 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualification required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Port Commission.

This position requires that the incumbent be qualified for unescorted access to the Port’s Maritime Transportation System (MTS). An application for a TWIC card may be submitted after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent undergo a criminal history check, immigration check and terrorist threat assessment, including FBI fingerprints, in order to determine eligibility for security clearance. The incumbent must submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a TWIC card. Per Civil Service Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain a TWIC card, a requirement for this position, may be the basis for termination from employment with the Port Commission. Note: TWIC requirements and procedures are located in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 49 U.S.C. 114, 40113, and 49 U.S.C. 5103a.




How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being 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 announcement PBT-0932-071303
• 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.

You can also visit http://sfdhr.org/how-apply-position  or watch these videos for further assistance with our online application system:


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.

Please contact Suzette Love at (415) 274-0569, or by email at suzette.love@sfport.com if you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process.

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/how-verify-education-requirements

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

Management Test Battery: (Weight: 40%)
Candidates will be invited to participate in a computer-based examination designed to measure competencies in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Problem Solving; Leadership; Decision Making; Interpersonal Skill; Human Resources Management; Team Building; Communication & Conflict Management. For 
more information about this Management Test (and a suggested reading list) please visit: http://sfdhr.org/management-test-battery-information.

This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Scores attained on the Management Test Battery will be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take the Management Test Battery. The Management Test Battery may be used for many other classes; therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes the Management Test Battery, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement, However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the Management Test Battery. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which the Management Test Battery is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.





Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: 60%)
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 Port management including dredging issues, ship, rail and truck transportation and familiarity with cargo, passenger and fishing terminal operations; knowledge of government regulations and procedures related to ports and transportation including tariffs and rates; ability to effectively direct and supervise personnel; problem solving ability; ability to develop effective working relationships with all facets of the maritime industry as well as with other divisions at the Port; knowledge of Federal Port Security mandates and written communications ability.

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.

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

Candidates must achieve a passing score on the above examination and supplemental questionnaire in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

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. 


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.


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 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resources 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.

Certification Rule:
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

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

Veterans Preference information can be found at:

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found 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
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.

Combined Promotive/Entrance
Micki Callahan, Director
Department of Human Resources

Announcement #071303
Reissued: April 7, 2017
Issued: March 3, 2017
Port/SL (415) 274-0569



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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