5288 Transportation Planner II (Capital Financial P&A)

Recruitment #PEX-5288-080901


The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited. Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.

The purpose of this announcement is to fill a vacant position in this classification.

Division:  Finance and Information Technology Division
Section/Unit:  Capital Financial Planning and Analysis
Work Location:  1 South Van Ness, 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt appointment not to exceed three (3) years. – This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

Position Description:
The Capital Financial Planning and Analysis Section is responsible for developing, managing and communicating the SFMTA’s 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP).  The SFMTA FY 2015-2019 CIP is a financially constrained five year plan, which provides the SFMTA with a financial strategy to fund projects that keep the transportation system in a State of Good Repair, improve safety, maximize resources through complete street investments and improve the reliability of the transit system. Projects that are included in the CIP are identified by division staff based upon: (1) input from the community and/or other advocacy groups; (2) input from the Mayor, the SFMTA Board of Directors, the Board of Supervisors or other advisory committee or commission on needs that develop or are identified during the year; (3) consistency with City Plans, the SFMTA 20-Year Capital Plan and SFMTA Strategic Plan; (4) adopted criteria for selecting projects to meet Agency’s Strategic Plan goals; and (5) staff-identified projects based on critical need due to safety issues or to comply with new mandates.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
• Assists in the development of the 5-Year Capital Improvement Program.
• Performs a full range of duties in planning, strategic thinking, project management and policy analysis in support of the SFMTA assigned area/function to ensure the Agency is positioned to accomplish its mission.
• Assists in the development of project plans; coordinates internal staff support, financing/cost strategies, service cost estimates, and policy analysis; and meets with Agency planning and policy teams to discuss work underway, upcoming assignments and issues, and to strategize about next actions/steps.
• Assists in the development of applications for competitive grant funding.
• Conducts historical research, prepares budget and cost analysis, and participates in the development and implementation of strategies to advance the Agency’s long term opportunities to expand and enhance the transportation system.
• Coordinates, analyzes, develops and updates project integration and coordination proposals; coordinates with internal teams and outside agencies; conducts analytical research.
• Facilitates discussion groups to aid in building consensus and resolves conflicts on projects and policy matters; supports communication and coordination of activities among Agency staff, other governmental agencies, and the public during the various phases of assigned projects.
• Ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable Agency policies and procedures.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND two (2) years of full-time transit planning and/or transportation planning experience; OR
2. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Transportation, Transportation Engineering, Public Administration or other closely related field.

1. Additional transit planning and/or transportation planning experience beyond the Minimum Qualifications as described in item 1 may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for year basis.
2. Additional post-graduate education as described in item 2 of the Minimum Qualifications may be substituted for required experience on a year-for-year basis (30 semester units/45 quarter units equal one (1) year of experience).

Desirable Qualifications:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
• Good presentation skills and comfortable interacting with the public, staff from other city agencies and elected officials.
• Ability to prepare graphic design and presentation materials using Adobe Creative Suite 4/5/6 (Illustrator and InDesign).
• Familiarity with Complete Streets concepts – traffic calming, public transit, urban density, pedestrian and bicycle facility design.
• Ability to use geographic information systems, specifically ArcGIS, for mapping and spatial analysis.
• Ability to create effective written reports for a variety of audiences.
• Ability to use various computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and related software.
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel and/or Access to perform complex data analysis.
• Detail oriented, ability to multi-task, manage stress, successfully adapt to new situations as they arise and meet project deadlines.
• Ability to maintain a positive, proactive and upbeat attitude and interact tactfully and courteously with co-workers, staff, department heads, officials, other agencies and the general public to promote and maintain a productive working relationship.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only. A resume and cover letter must be attached to the online application. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.

• Click and select 5288 Transportation Planner II (PEX-5288-080901)
• Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
• Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”
• Follow instructions given on the screen.

To submit resume using the online application:
• Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
• Follow instructions given on screen

To submit cover letter using the online application:
• Select the “Other” tab in the online application
• Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
• Click on “Upload Attachment”
• Follow instructions given on screen

If you are having trouble attaching your resume or cover letter to the online application, you may submit by fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: 5288 Transportation Planner II (PEX-5288-080901). A resume will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application.

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 Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco and in the lobby of SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th 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, @sfmta.com).

Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application.  If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at (415) 581-5133 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Stephen Li, by telephone at (415) 581-5133 or by email at Stephen.Li2@sfmta.com.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. 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. 

Selection Procedures:
Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 581-5133 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 701-5043 (TTY) or in writing to the SFMTA Human Resources Operations Section, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (specify Class 5288).

Applicants are responsible for updating their email address or mailing address. Contact Information must be updated online at http://www.jobaps.com/sf by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account.  If updating contact information online, applicants must contact the analyst at (415) 581-5133 immediately to inform them of the change. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility.

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.


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.


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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