5278 Planner II

Recruitment #TEX-5278-112775



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*Amended to extend the application filing deadline to August 6, 2021.
Applicants who previously applied need not reapply.

Appointment Type
Temporary Exempt (TEX).  TEX position 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 5278 Planner II Civil Service examination is currently in development and will be administered within the next year 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 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. 

The Department
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
The mission of the San Francisco Planning Department, 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. 

Community Equity Division
The Planning Department prioritizes racial and social equity tasks across all divisions coordinated through the new Community Equity Division. The purpose of this Division is to reflect upon our historical and current inequities and revise our policies and implementation strategies to reverse inequities for our American Indian, Black communities, other communities of color, and other historically marginalized communities. The Division includes three units: Equity Plan Team, Community Engagement, and Policies and Strategies. The Community Equity Divisions works closely with community leaders and the Office of Racial Equity. This is a temporary (5-10 year) division to support the transition of the Department towards a strong equity framework. The Division is a collaborative, team-oriented environment with opportunities to work both individually and on project teams on a wide variety of issues to advance racial and social equity internally and externally. We collaborate with staff of other City agencies and the general public. Community outreach and engagement is a critical part of our work. 

Our Racial and Social Equity Vision 

The Department’s racial and social equity vision is:  

We envision inclusive neighborhoods that provide all with the opportunity to lead fulfilling, meaningful, and healthy lives. We envision a city where public life and public spaces reflect the past, present and future of San Franciscans. We envision a city where a person’s race does not determine their lives’ prospects and success.  

We envision an inclusive Planning Department and Commissions that represent and engage the communities we serve. We envision a Department that proactively infuses racial and social equity in both internal operations and external Planning work. Together, we are reimagining what the Planning field is and can be – inclusive, diverse and one that centers racial and social equity both as a practice and as an indicator of success.  

In order to achieve this broader city vision, we must do our part and address racial and social equity within the Planning Department’s policies and practices.  

The Opportunities
The Planning Department has openings for three (3) 5278 Planner II positions in our Community Equity Division to perform professional planning work to support the operations and functions of the Department.  Planner II projects may include, but are not limited to: 

  • The Cultural Districts focus on supporting the needs of the city’s cultural district program, a ground-breaking initiative created in 2018 to empower historically marginalized communities to sustain their people, traditions, artists, institutions, and businesses.  
  • The Fillmore/Western Addition community planning effort focuses on data gathering, analysis and visualization, production of outreach materials and a final report, and outreach and engagement activities.  
  • The Mission District efforts which support the Mission Action Plan (MAP2020),  the Mission Cultural District expansion, community engagement activities, and the annual Status Report. 
  • The Tenderloin neighborhood’s community-based plan which aims to meet the needs of the neighborhood’s diverse cultures and vulnerable populations and is a people-driven collaboration between community members, organizations, businesses, and City agencies. 

The Planner II is responsible for advancing racial and social equity in their research, policy and program development, and engagement efforts. The Planner II will assist in the research of existing conditions, perform analyses, and summarize findings to prepare reports and recommendations pertaining to complex planning issues and challenges. The Planner II will support the development of a community outreach and engagement plan, facilitate meetings, and collaborate with stakeholders.  The Planner II will contribute to the development of the policies and actions, prioritization of implementation actions, and creation of performance metrics in the neighborhood plan. The Planner II may perform supervised work individually or as part of a project team. Team members in this job classification may be required to attend virtual and in-person evening and weekend meetings. In-person meeting are occasionally held in community locations.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications 

  • 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; 

  • 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, history, 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; 

  • 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, public administration, physical sciences, history, historic preservation, or environmental studies. 

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.  
  1. Some experience with or strong desire to learn about racial and social equity and social justice concepts, work or strategies. 
  2. Strong organizational skills and knowledge of project management tools and approaches (i.e. working knowledge of a work plan, scopes and deliverables and proactively creating meeting agendas and notes). 
  3. Some experience in preparing and/or implementing policy, community plans, and policy actions. 
  4. Experience with developing and leading public outreach and engagement processes, meeting facilitation skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders. 
  5. Experience with or strong interest in building relationships with community groups, in particular in communities of color and other historically marginalized communities.  
  6. Some experience with or interest in learning about metrics development and results- based/impact-measurement action plans. 
  7. Strong research and analysis skills. 
  8. Ability to present complex information and communicate clearly and concisely to diverse audiences verbally, visually and in writing. 
  9. Working familiarity with relevant San Francisco land use regulations, zoning implementation and relevant state and local laws that impact our work and processes. 
Planner II’s 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 license. 

How To Apply

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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.

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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 628-652-7522, or by email at Michael.Eng@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

All applicants must complete and the Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) along with the application by the filing deadline. The information provided on the MQSQ must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the MQSQ will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

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.


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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.

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Issued:  July 13, 2021
Amended:  July 27, 2021

Carol Isen, Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: TEX-5278-112775


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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