San Francisco Planning Department – Planner IV

The San Francisco Planning Department 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.

Under general direction, the 5293 Planner IV plans, administers and directs the activities of a planning group, and/or oversees a major study, and/or supervises a project group engaged in professional city planning work. The Planner IV develops, implements and enforces city planning policies and procedures; gathers, analyzes and interprets planning data and prepares recommendations; prepares difficult and complex technical reports; represents the department in public meetings; acts as technical advisor on all studies and problems relating to planning; and performs related duties as required.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide direction for professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in analyses and preparation of complex and detailed technical data reports or review of planning and development proposals and interpretation of the planning code relating to planning issues of a major metropolitan area, includes the use of technologies to analyze data and develop plans.
  • Provide supervision, analysis, evaluation and preparation of reports on complex issues, including details regarding the General Plan, area plans, project plans, land usage, zoning ordinance, housing programs, preservation programs, neighborhood planning, environmental planning, economic and real estate development, urban design issues, transportation planning, review of development proposals, and enforcement monitoring.
  • Supervise and undertake research related to planning and city policy issues, prepares policy and plan recommendations and implementation strategies.
  • Provide interpretation and explanation of planning-related policies, procedures, programs and problems to the public, project sponsors, communities, businesses, boards and commission and other organizations. Representing Department at the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other government agencies or boards; interacts, engages and works with community groups; promotes good public relations for the department.
  • Provide written communication to the general public, includes letters, memoranda, reports, texts and studies which are clear, concise and understandable by the general public; also includes edits and reviews of same when prepared by subordinates.
  • Provide supervision and evaluation of subordinate personnel in the performance of planning-related work, includes assisting in workload management, performance measures and evaluations, staffing, mentoring and other administrative functions (i.e. budgets, management of work programs).

Planner IVs 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, or may require specialized experience in order to perform department specific planning duties.


  • 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.


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Recruitment #PBT-5293-094470

EOE (equal opportunity employer)