5298 Planner III-Environmental Review

Recruitment #TEX-5298-112777



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*Amended to extend the application filing deadline to August 13, 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 5298 Planner III-Environmental Review 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 Opportunity
The Planning Department has an opening for a 5298 Planner III-Environmental Review in our Environmental Planning Division to perform professional planning work to support the operations and functions of the Department.  Staff in the Environmental Planning Division review projects for potential environmental impacts on the City of San Francisco and its residents, a process known as environmental review. Reviews are conducted pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as well as Chapter 31 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, which provides guidelines for implementing the CEQA process.

Under direction, the Planner III – Environmental Review performs difficult and complex environmental review work pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and participates in all phases of environmental review.

The essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and directing the work of consultants and/or other internal staff in the preparation of various environmental impact documents, including exemptions, negative declarations, and environmental impact reports according to CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and other applicable laws; maintaining project schedules while meeting requirements for adequate review
  • Analyzing, evaluating and preparing reports and environmental impact documents on complex projects, in coordination with Current and Citywide Division staff, related to General Plan policy, area plans, project plans, land use, housing programs and other development proposals requiring analysis of impacts related to technical issues such as historic preservation, archaeology, transportation planning, air quality, noise, geology and seismology, wind, shadow, and hazardous waste contamination
  • Keeping abreast of current case law and applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and coordinating with the City Attorney’s Office for legal advice
  • Interpreting and explaining legal, technical and procedural aspects of environmental review to the public, boards and commissions (potentially in controversial situations or under a high-level of public interest); preparing technical reports, correspondence, and the Planning Department responses to appeals of environmental review determinations
  • Performing other project management duties related to the preparation of environmental documents and public notices consistently with the Environmental Planning Division’s standard operating procedures, including preliminary conferences, public interaction, intra and inter-agency coordination, meetings with consulting specialists and presentation of reports to the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and other agencies
  • Exercising understanding of planning code requirements and other permitting processes
  • Coordinating specific administrative functions related to case intakes, case tracking, and collections of appropriate fees, maintaining projects’ administrative records consistently with the Planning Department’s document retention policy, and responding to information requests from the public
  • Coordinating specific areas of technical functions of the environmental review process (or the Environmental Planning Division's responsibilities), such as historic preservation, archaeology, transportation planning, air quality, noise, geology and seismology, wind, shadow, hazardous waste contamination, etc.

This position requires someone who is highly organized, works effectively with others, can successfully prioritize competing deadlines, thinks critically, knows when to use independent judgment, and possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills to work effectively within a multi-cultural workforce serving diverse constituents.  

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND four years of verifiable full-time equivalent experience either:

    A.  performing environmental review functions OR

    B.  in a city/regional/urban planning environment preparing documents for entities such as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Coastal Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Air Resources Board, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Department of Transportation, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  2. Master's degree from an accredited college or university in city/regional/urban planning, environmental studies, architecture, law, earth sciences, geography, economics, landscape architecture, civil engineering, urban studies or public administration AND two years of verifiable full-time equivalent experience either:

    A. performing environmental review functions OR

    B. in a city/regional/urban planning environment preparing documents for entities such as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Coastal Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Air Resources Board, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Department of Transportation, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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. Knowledge of and fluency in racial and social equity principles, concepts and practices, and ability to use this knowledge and fluency to address systemic racism and the intersectional impacts of race, class, and privilege
  2. Commitment to an organizational culture of racial and social equity, inclusion and belonging, including advancing the department’s racial and social equity vision, calling attention to patterns of inequity in outcomes, and working with diverse and multi-cultural colleagues  
  3. Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, and to work effectively and compassionately across cultures (within a multi-cultural workforce and serving a diverse customer base), including the ability to problem-solve and help build consensus with divergent groups, and to translate complex and sensitive issues to members of the public and city staff
  4. Excellent rapport-building skills, including maintaining and building relationships and communicating compassionately and effectively with diverse people in diverse environments, such as community organizations, government institutions, and in particular communities of color and other historically marginalized communities 
  5. Familiarity with community outreach methods; experience or interest in developing community-meeting facilitation skills and public participation and communication plans, knowledge of San Francisco's racially and socially diverse communities, and experience working or engaging with diverse cultures, historically marginalized and other underserved populations including Black, American Indian, Latinx/ae, Asian and Pacific Islander, and other communities of color, low-income, people with disabilities, seniors, families and youth, LGBTQ+, and/or, unsheltered residents

Planner III-Environmental Review 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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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:

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Issued:  July 8, 2021
Amended:  July 27, 2021

Carol Isen, Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: TEX-5298-12777



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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