City/County of San Francisco – Planning Director

Reporting directly to the City Planning Commission, the Planning Director is responsible for overseeing city planning, development entitlements, housing, land use, historic preservations, transportation, and environmental reviews. The Director holds responsibility to the citizens and communities affected by the City’s changing landscape and development plans. The Director will lead interagency efforts to develop and revitalize underserved communities and to ensure accessibility to all citizens. The Planning Director plays a key role in carrying out the Mayor’s directives for acceleration of housing production, permit approval process improvement, and racial equity. The Director will be an example and champion of these efforts and will provide guidance to the regional Bay Area and beyond.


1. Possession of a Master’s degree 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

2. Twelve (12) years of progressively responsible professional city or regional planning
experience, including six (6) years of responsible supervisory and administrative experience.


This recruitment will be conducted on a confidential basis throughout the various stages of the process. We
will not contact references until mutual interest has been established. This position is “open” until a final
selection has been made. Candidates must apply by Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5:00PM PST. Electronic
submittals to are strongly preferred and should include the following: • Cover letter with
your reasons for applying; and • Comprehensive resume After we receive these application materials, we will
invite only the most highly qualified candidates to interview. We plan to conduct interviews in October and will
forward the names of the top candidates to Mayor Breed in November. We expect to conduct detailed
background checks and to make an offer by the end of November. This timeframe is preliminary and is subject
to change. Please direct your confidential inquiries and questions regarding this career opportunity to Donna
Ho at