5283 Planner V - Environmental Affairs

Recruitment #PBT-5283-111406

Introduction

*ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATED 7/28/2021 TO REFLECT NEW CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT*

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

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

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement may close at any time after 5:00 p.m. on July 9, 2021.

The Department
San Francisco International Airport (SFO), an enterprise department of the City & County of San Francisco, has a workforce of approximately 1,700 City employees and strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer.

SFO’s mission is to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities and our core values are Safety and Security, Teamwork, Excellence, and Care. Learn more about careers at SFO.

For more information about SFO, visit www.flysfo.com. Follow us on twitter and facebook.

Position Description
Under general direction from the Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs, the Planner V serves as the Environmental Affairs Manager who is responsible for obtaining all environmental reviews and approvals; resource permits and implementing associated mitigation, if any; developing and managing the natural resources program; and developing Wildlife Hazard Management Plan and assisting with implementation. The position supports the Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs in overall program management functions of the Bureau. This position has management level decision making authority on behalf of the Airport with regard to environmental planning and policy matters, and negotiates with various Environmental Resource Agencies.

The essential functions of this position include:

  • Advises and assists the Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs and senior management on environmental issues and related policy strategies.
  • Supports Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs Bureau’s overall program management functions of the division including budget development, staff management, contract and consultant management, organizational development, and implementation of the division's strategic plan goals and objectives.
  • Addresses community, business, and other groups to explain airport land use compatibility according to federal and state laws; promotes positive public relations to advance airport strategic goals and objectives; represents and serves as liaison to outside agencies and communities.
  • Plans, coordinates, and supervises professional and technical personnel and provides overall direction for environmental affairs staff.
  • Develops strategies for major environmental reviews of near and long-range airport development projects and to advance airport development objectives.
  • Acts as technical advisor on studies and problems relating to environmental reviews, financing, and development programming. Plans, coordinates, and conducts environmental reviews of the airport’s capital improvement program (CIP) and the FAA airport capital improvement plan (ACIP) for grant eligibility.
  • Coordinates all approvals with the FAA, San Francisco Planning Department, and various federal and state resource permitting agencies. Facilitates necessary federal and state environmental reviews and approvals under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and implementing FAA orders and regulations, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), respectively, to ensure that environmental approvals and permits are secured prior to project financing and implementation.
  • Obtains permitting approvals from various federal, state, and local resource agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, on behalf of the airport.
  • Manages the airport’s natural resource issues as they relate to wetlands and endangered species, and the wildlife hazard management plan as required under federal law.
  • Develops and manages, in collaboration with Airfield Operations the Airport’s Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP), prepared in accordance with 14 CFR Part 139, to reduce wildlife hazards on- and off-airport property and promote safe aircraft operations.
  • Develops and manages the West-of-Bayshore San Francisco Garter Snake Recovery Action Plan and the associated 10 Year Monitoring Program.
  • Works to enhance off-airport land use compatibility with current and future airport operations, and minimize safety, noise, and airspace impacts per state law, of local development.

Nature of Work
Requires extensive computer work requiring keyboarding and prolonged sitting and working off a flat screen monitor to perform strategic and environmental affairs analysis, analyze, manipulate, and generate reports; ability to work effectively with managers, co-workers, contractors and other personnel; and ability to identify issues and problem solve.

Minimum Qualifications

Education
Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. AND

Experience
Eight (8) years of experience in urban, city, regional, and/or related planning environment such as (transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture, or urban design).

Substitution
Possession of Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional or Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies or Environmental Sciences may substitute for one (1) year of the required work experience.


Special Condition: This position requires four (4) years of recent and verifiable experience in airport/aviation planning, including airport facilities planning, airport master planning, airfield/airspace planning, aviation demand forecasting, and environmental planning/permitting (i.e. CEQA and NEPA environmental approvals; and permitting from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and Bay Conservation and Development Commission).

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred to hiring.

  • Eight (8) years of experience in airport/aviation planning.
  • Possession of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Political Science, Aviation Management.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of Federal and State environmental laws, FAA rules and regulations, orders, advisory circulars, and implementation requirements.
  • Ability to collect, analyze and interpret data pertaining to environmental impacts of proposed projects.
  • Ability to speak effectively and deal tactfully with the general public, governmental officials, professional and technical persons and employees.
  • Ability to write clear and concise technical documents.
  • Ability to develop administrative procedures and budgets and supervise the work of other employees and contracted consultants.

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

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

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 at the Airport Commission Human Resources office at 710 N. McDonnell Road, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94128.

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, Vicky Lei, by telephone at 650-821-2022, or by email at Vicky.Lei@flysfo.com.

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 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 here.

Verification of qualifying experience, when requested, must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. 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. Failure to provide the required verification, or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of application.

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. 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.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Oral Examination (Weight: 100%)
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirement and special condition will be invited to participate in an oral examination designed to measure their relative knowledge, ability and skill levels in job related areas. Written assessment type, or other performance-based exercises may be utilized. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final passing score.

Note:
Only those applicants meeting the minimum qualifications requirement and special condition will be notified of the exact date, time and place to report for the Oral Examination. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirement and special condition are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.


Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security Threat Assessment in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications 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 Airport Commission.

Certification Rule
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores pending request approval on expansion of certification rule. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List
A confidential eligible list with names of candidates who have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established so interested parties can view the ranks, final scores, and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of candidates on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once that eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process 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 six 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/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments that use this classification, please click here. 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 requiring reasonable accommodation for this examination can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation here.

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

Veterans Preference
Information regarding requests for veteran’s preference can be found here.

Terms of the 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.

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

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.

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 online here or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Exam Type: Combined Promotive & Entrance
Issued: 6/17/21
Carol Isen
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 111406
AIR/VL/650-821-2022

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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