San Francisco Planning Department, Planner II (5278)

Appointment Type:
Permanent Exempt (PEX), Full-Time. This position is exempt from Civil Service rules pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104 and serves at the discretion of Appointing Officer.  The duration of the position shall not exceed one (1) year.

Application Deadline: 10/16/2017 5:00 PM PST

Introduction

The San Francisco Planning Department (CPC) has an opening for a 5278 Planner II position to join our Citywide Planning Division. We are looking for candidates with a background in urban planning or a related field. In addition to candidates with strong general urban planning and policy background, we are seeking candidates with specific interest and ability in land use planning, housing policy, and community planning. Candidates with particular interest, skills, or experience in these topic areas should specify as such in their application.

The Citywide Division is responsible for the long-range planning of San Francisco. The Division develops policy, maintains and oversees compliance with the City’s General Plan, prepares and implements community plans, acts as the urban design resource for the city, and gathers and analyzes data in support of land-use policy. The Citywide Division develops plans and proposes policy on a wide range of topics, including resiliency, housing, transportation, urban design, land use, and sustainability policy and development of long-range plans at a city-wide or neighborhood scale.

This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally. We work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment with opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects and topic areas, both individually and on project teams. In performing our work, we work closely with staff of other City and regional agencies, the development community, and the general public. Community outreach and engagement is a big part of our work, and we hold frequent public forums to present and get input on our work.

General Description

Under general direction, the Planner II performs journey level planning work. The Planner II is responsible for conducting investigations and performing analyses to prepare reports and recommendations pertaining to complex planning issues and problems. The Planner II may be expected to manage certain aspects of planning projects and give presentations. The Planner II may perform supervised work individually or as part of a project team. Incumbents in this job classification may be required to attend evening and weekend meetings, which are occasionally held in community locations.
The essential functions of the Planner II positions in the Citywide Planning Division include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the development of long-range citywide or neighborhood plans and programs;
  • Assisting in the preparation, revision and updating of the General Plan and/or Planning Code;
  • Assisting with community outreach and engagement processes;
  • Preparing recommendations for Department, Planning Commission and other city Commissions/Boards actions;
  • Providing information orally and in writing to city agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations, the Planning Commission and the general public;
  • Interpreting and explaining legal, technical and procedural aspects of planning work to agencies and members of the public;
  • Conducting site and field inspections and conducting surveys and interviews to obtain data;
  • Preparing computer based and hard copy graphic materials;
  • Designing and preparing graphic presentations to illustrate planning and development concepts;
  • Conducting research studies and formulating recommendations to assist in planning policies;
  • Providing zoning and permitting information to the general public, including shifts at the Planning Information Counter; and
  • Processing relevant planning applications and referrals, including: General Plan Referrals, Preliminary Project Assessments, and Community Plan Exemptions.

Specific Functions
In addition to the general work described above, we are seeking a candidate with interest in or skills and experience in preparing land use plans, area plans, General Plan updates, zoning regulations, housing or other policy strategies for the City.

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

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

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 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;

OR

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.

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, skills, or experience with community outreach.
  2. Strong written, oral, and graphical communication skills and the ability to interact effectively and maintain cooperative working relationship with peers, staff, outside agencies, and the community.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, and the ability to work collegially on team projects.
  4. Ability to effectively handle multiple projects and demands within deadlines.
  5. Ability to speak Cantonese or Spanish.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Verification
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process.

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.

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=PEX&R2=5278&R3=080994
to register an account and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.

Application Deadline: 10/16/2017 5:00 PM PST

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