5293 Planner IV

Recruitment #TEX-5293-112749


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 5293 Planner IV Civil Service examination is currently in development and will be administered within the next several months 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.

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 two (2) openings for a 5293 Planner IV Principal Planner in our Current Planning Division to manage teams of professional planners: the Southwest Quadrant Team Manager and Flex Team Manager. 

The core work of Current Planning is managing the processing of discretionary permits and land use entitlement applications in conformance with the City’s long-range planning goals. The Current Planning Division administers a variety of City regulations relating to physical development. Current Planning is responsible for reviewing building permit applications for compliance with the General Plan, Planning Code, design guidelines and standards, and CEQA; reviewing land use applications such as conditional uses, variances, discretionary reviews, condominium conversions, subdivisions, shadow analyses, wireless telecommunications facilities, zoning, text, and map reclassifications, General Plan Amendments, and General Plan referrals; and preparing staff reports and developing recommendations and findings to present before the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission.

The two opportunities are:

  • Southwest Team Manager: The Southwest Team Leader manages the team of planners responsible for all land use development activity in the southwest quadrant of the city, which encompasses most of the area south of Golden Gate Park and Judah and West of Guerrero and San Jose Avenue. This area is predominantly single and multi-family residential, with neighborhood commercial districts anchoring most districts.
  • Flex Team Manager: The Flex Team Leader manages the team of planners responsible for reviewing specialized land use development programs citywide. This team is nimble in its work program and adapts to Department priorities. It is currently responsible for reviewing: (1) Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) citywide; (2) Projects that require Conditional Use Authorizations under the City’s Community Business Priority Processing Program; (3) Priority projects as identified in the Department’s Director’s Bulletin #2, and (4) other projects when volume on the quadrant teams exceeds available staffing levels. This team will also review applications that do not fit within the traditional quadrant framework (i.e. spanning multiple quadrants). 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Plans and directs professional, technical and supervisory personnel as a group leader or as head of a major planning project study; edits reports, texts and studies compiled by staff members and/or consultants engaged in various segments of a total project or division.
  2. Designs, studies, compiles, analyzes, evaluates and prepares reports on the more complex and difficult technical, social, economic and physical data for various city planning projects, including zoning case studies, capital improvement programs, general planning and other land use challenges that impact the urban environment. Collects, tabulates, correlates and presents difficult statistical data involved in preparation of the general plan, capital improvement program and related city planning reports.
  3. Supervises the preparation and design of the more difficult maps, charts, models, sketches and other graphic presentations to illustrate various land use and special city planning studies; investigates, recommends and prepares amendments for the Planning Code.
  4. Reviews referrals regarding the sale, purchase and subdivision of land, and vacation of streets; reviews and analyzes subdivision applications, and amendments to federal, state and local laws for impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods and the general plan.
  5. Addresses community, business and other groups to explain planning programs and problems and promote good public relations for the Planning Department; may represent the Planning Department at the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Board of Supervisors, Board of Appeals, Recreation and Parks Commission, and other government agencies, commissions or boards.
  6. Assists in the development and advancement of subordinates through training and effective use of employee development programs, and uses data and metrics to assess subordinates through periodic performance evaluations.

In addition, the Department is looking for a manager with a strong commitment to an organizational and management culture of equity, inclusion and belonging. Incumbents are expected to manage a diverse team with an equity mindset by communicating effectively across cultures; calling attention to patterns of inequity in outcomes; taking responsibility for setting inclusive expectations for their team to succeed; critically assessing their own biases, privilege, and practices to mitigate biases in staff performance evaluations, hiring, feedback and discipline; and being conscious and committed to racial and social equity goals and outcomes in divisional processes and the Department's management culture.  

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications


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


  • Six (6) years of experience in city, urban, and/or regional planning, and/or related planning environment (such as transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design).


  • 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 experience.

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. Commitment to an organizational and management culture of racial and social equity, inclusion and belonging, including advancing the department’s racial and social equity vision and calling attention to patterns of inequity in outcomes. 
  2. Knowledge of and fluency in racial and social equity principles, concepts and practices, and can use this knowledge and fluency to address systemic racism and the intersectional impacts of race, class, and privilege. 
  3. Commitment to:
    • Leadership: Inspires, motivates, guides, and directs others toward goal accomplishment, including racial and social equity; coaches, supports, mentors, and challenges subordinates in inclusive and culturally competent ways. Adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations. Inspires others by modeling high standards of behavior (e.g., courage, honesty, trust, openness, and respect for others) and by applying these values to daily behaviors. 
    • Human resource management: Empowers people by sharing power and authority; develops lower levels of leadership by pushing authority downward and outward throughout the organization; shares rewards for achievement with employees; ensures that staff are appropriately selected, utilized, appraised, coached, and mentored and that they are treated in a fair, ethical and equitable manner, including accounting for the background of diverse staff. 
    • Interpersonal skills: Considers and responds appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of others; adjusts approaches to suit different people and situations: someone who sees value in every person and communicates with respect and encouragement to people at all levels. Develops and maintains collaborative and effective working relationships with others.  

  • 4. Commitment to incorporating an equity, belonging and inclusion lens and mindset through in supervisory capacity: 
    • Examining internal and external goals with an equity and inclusion lens; Creating more inclusive expectations that set people from all different backgrounds up to succeed, and how to communicate those expectations across lines of power and privilege;
    • Implementing key structures that can help mitigate bias in hiring, feedback, and performance evaluations;
    • Unearthing routine decision-making opportunities that offer opportunities to shift the status quo; and,
    • Receiving and giving feedback as a manager through a lens on power and privilege. 

Planner IV’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, and may require specialized experience in order to perform department-specific planning duties.

How To Apply

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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.

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.


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Issued:  July 8, 2021

Carol Isen, Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: TEX-5293-112749



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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