CITY & COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, 5278 Planner II – Preservation Planner

The San Francisco Planning Department (CPC) has an opening for one (1) 5278 Planner II – Preservation Planner position to join the Current Planning Division.

Under the direction of the Senior Preservation Planner, the 5278 Planner II – Preservation Planner performs mid-level preservation-related environmental review work pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The core work of this position entails determination of whether properties contain historic resources under CEQA and, where such resources exist, whether proposed projects would have significant adverse effects on the resources. Projects reviewed include development permits, infrastructure projects, area plans, legislation, and other approvals.

The Senior Preservation Planner and the Preservation Planner II are staff to and support the work of the Environmental Planning Division of the Planning Department, which is under the direction of the Environmental Review Officer/Director of Environmental Planning.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct archival and field research.
  • Scope, review, and direct technical reports and other documents prepared by professional historic resource consultants and others.
  • Prepare historic resource evaluation responses (HRERs) that analyze the potential impact to a historic resource of a proposed project under CEQA, including review for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Coordinate with and assist other Environmental Planning staff in the development of scopes of work and review of the historic resource components of background technical documents and CEQA determinations, including exemptions, negative declarations, and environmental impact reports.
  • Maintain project schedules while meeting requirements for adequate review.
  • Attend and participate in public hearings before the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and other review bodies as required.
  • Interpret and explain legal, technical, and procedural aspects of CEQA preservation review to the public, boards and commissions, and other city staff.
  • Assist the Preservation Team as needed with the development of historic preservation policies to be included in area plans undergoing environmental review.
  • Exercise understanding of CEQA preservation review requirements and processes as required in staffing the Planning Information Counter.

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. 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;
    OR
  2. 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, Historic Preservation, or Environmental StudiesAND 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;
    OR
  3. 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, or Environmental Studies.
    AND
  4. *One (1) year (2,000 hours) of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of Historic Preservation Planning that enables professional judgments to be made about the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, protection, or treatment of historic and archeological properties in the United States and its Territories; and products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation.

*A year of full-time professional experience need not consist of a continuous year of full-time work but may be made up of discontinuous periods of full-time or part-time work adding up to the equivalent of a year of full-time 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.

  • A degree in Planning with demonstrable course work in Historic Preservation
  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques pertaining to local historical developments and ability to complete National Register of Historic Places and California Historical Resources documentation that has resulted in properties listings or Determination of Eligibility.
  • Knowledge of the sources and availability of current information in the field of historical preservation.
  • Ability to: Collect analyze and interpret complex data; assess information in a variety of forms from various sources and make judgments and recommendations; prepare written reports and make oral presentations of findings and recommendations in public hearings; and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Considerable knowledge and experience in the application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Ability to use judgment, tact, diplomacy, and experience in dealing with controversial public issues and to communicate well orally and in writing; ability to instruct and assist others in the work of the Department; and ability to maintain effective working relations with all levels of the City government and the general public.
  • Familiarity with San Francisco History, historic properties types and associated architectural styles and resource sources. Experience managing historic resources projects and working with consultants.

The above minimum qualifications reflect a special condition associated with the position to be filled.  They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and special condition by the final filing deadline unless otherwise noted.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process.
Visit: https://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=TPV&R2=5278&R3=078277   to register an account and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.

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