5289 Transportation Planner III

Recruitment #TEX-5289-091415


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: Sustainable Streets
Section/Unit: Livable Streets
Work Location: One South Van Ness, 7th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Number of Positions: 2

Appointment Type:
Temporary Exempt, Full Time - This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

The mission of Livable Streets is to create safe and inviting streets and sidewalks for all who walk and bicycle, focusing on Vision Zero to eliminating traffic death in San Francisco by 2024. This work unit is responsible for delivering bicycle, pedestrian, traffic calming projects, and micromobility programs, in conjunction with other departments, including the Departments of Recreation and Park, City Planning, and Public Works, on time and within budget. These projects involve a heavy emphasis on teamwork and consensus-building within the agency, with stakeholders, and with elected officials, as well as a thorough understanding of how bicycle and pedestrian projects, along with new mobility programs, affect transit, accessibility, and traffic operations.

Under general supervision, the Transportation Planner III will manage the planning and implementation of projects and regulatory frameworks to improve traffic safety and promote walking, bicycling, transit, and shared micromobility. These positions may delegate tasks to subordinate staff and assume responsibility for leading projects. The essential functions of this job include: evaluating and making recommendations on technical and regulatory aspects of transportation initiatives; community outreach and stakeholder relationship building; collecting, compiling and analyzing field and other data concerning transportation activities; preparing correspondence in response to public, Commission or other Agency inquiries; interpreting and integrating transit and/or transportation policies; making presentations to community, business and other groups; assisting in the implementation and review of various transit and/or micromobility programs and projects and/or grant requests; designing, preparing and/or directing the preparation of visual materials; reviewing and interpreting legislation and codes; and applying analytical techniques to evaluate transportation plans, programs, and policies.

The Transportation Planner III will work to advance high-profile complete street corridor projects in San Francisco:

6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project (Permanent Exempt – Full Time Position):
The 6th Street corridor has one of the highest concentrations of pedestrian injuries in San Francisco. In support of San Francisco's Vision Zero initiative, the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project will transform 6th Street into a multi-modal corridor that improves safety and creates a safe and inviting place for people to walk. This position will work to carry out primary project goals through an inclusive and community-driven planning process, with the goal of reducing pedestrian collisions and calming motor vehicle traffic. The project proposes pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements on 6th Street from Market to Brannan Streets, including wider sidewalks, streetscape amenities, and pedestrian-scale lighting.

Upper Market Street Safety Project (Temporary Exempt – Full Time Position):
The SFMTA is implementing a major effort to improve the safety and comfort of Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and Castro Street for all roadway users. The project is based on a data-driven approach by identifying collision locations and factors, and includes engineering recommendations for the corridor's complex 6-legged intersections, protected bike lanes, and public realm improvements to enhance safety and comfort for people walking, driving, and bicycling. This position will work to carry out project goals through thorough community engagement to make travel along the corridor more predictable and intuitive and improve streets, sidewalks, traffic circulation, and curb-space management to increase safety.

• Supervises and/or coordinates transportation projects by coordinating the efforts of a group of subordinates or peers toward completion of various phases of work, including planning, design and construction.
• Prepares and makes presentations and conducts meetings with staff, committees, boards, commissions, approval agencies, stakeholders, advocacy groups, and legislative bodies.
• Supervises staff and leads the design and preparation of data, maps, charts and other visual materials to illustrate ideas, processes, plans and/or reports.
• Represents the Agency to the community and other stakeholders, including public agencies, to establish working partnerships, and explain policies, programs and projects.
• Designs, conducts, analyzes and evaluates reports and plans for technical, social, economic and physical data for various transportation planning projects and grant requests.
• Analyzes data to prepare plans and projections of future conditions and trends concerning public transit activities.
• Evaluates technical aspects of transportation projects involving various transit modes; i.e., pedestrians, bicycles, light rail, trolley coach, motor coach and auto traffic.
• Designs, prepares and/or directs the preparation of visual materials, including graphs, charts, maps and models to illustrate presentations of transit or transportation projects; develops databases for tenant related transportation statistics.
• Reviews and interprets legislation, codes and regulations, and applies transportation and other planning legislation to the development and implementation of transit and transportation projects.
• Applies computer-assisted analytical techniques to evaluate and/or forecast planning and operational data to assist in formulating transportation planning programs.
• Prepares written and oral correspondence in response to public, advocacy group, Commission or other agency inquiries.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND four (4) years of 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; AND two (2) years of transportation planning experience.

1. Additional transportation planning experience beyond the Minimum Qualifications 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).

Note: Some positions may require possession of a valid driver license.

• Master’s degree in urban planning, transportation engineering, public policy, or related fields.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate with diverse audiences; an understanding of and commitment to social justice and equity, and dedication to working with communities.
• Demonstrates ability to take initiative, works in a proactive, fast paced environment, works independently, collaboratively, and professionally and be a team player.
• Proven ability to grasp big picture thinking and operationalize it into key step-by-step actions, develops workshops and focus groups and all the related visual materials to achieve successful outcomes.
• Demonstrates knowledge of local, state, and federal legislation and regulations.
• Computer skills: proficiency in Adobe Design Suite, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Microsoft Office; and familiarity with travel demand models and transportation analysis tools.
• Demonstrates ability to collaborate, build consensus, and gathers support from multiple stakeholders to implement cross functional programs.
• Exhibits tact, professionalism, positive attitude, passion for sustainable transportation and willingness to innovate to achieve the Agency and City’s transportation goals and objectives.

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 http://www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.

• Click and select 5289 Transportation Planner III (TEX-5289-091415)
• Click “Apply Online” 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 a resume using the online application:
• Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
• Follow instructions given on screen.

To submit a 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 and/or cover letter to the online application, you may submit by fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: 5289 Transportation Planner III (TEX-5289-091415). Résumé 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. 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 confirmation email that their online application has been received in response. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at (415) 701-2471 between 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays).

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Connie Poon by telephone at (415) 701-2471 or by email at Connie.Poon@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.

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 SFMTA by phone at (415) 701-2471 or, if hearing impaired, at (415) 701-5043 (TTY); or in writing to: SFMTA Human Resources Operations Section, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (specify 5289 Transportation Planner III (TEX-5289-091415)).

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) 701-2471 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.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted.

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.

Employee Wellness Program:
The SFMTA strives to be your employer of choice by providing an environment that supports your personal health & wellbeing with physical, nutritional, mental/emotional and financial resources.
Since 2010 the SFMTA has been providing worksite wellness activities, as well as providing recognition opportunities to those individuals who successfully achieve personal milestones in wellness.
For more details on the Wellness Program, please visit Employee Wellness Program Description page.


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.


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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