San Francisco Planning Department – Planner V – Housing and Community Stabilization

The San Francisco Planning Department is currently recruiting to fill a Temporary Exempt (TEX) 5283 Planner V (Housing and Community Stabilization) position in the Citywide Division. The candidate selected for this TEX position must meet the minimum qualifications (see below), participate and be successful in the 5283 Planner V examination, and then selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for Permanent appointment.

Job Description:

Planner V – Housing and Community Stabilization position has upper-level responsibility for designing and directing, and delivering major housing and community-related planning efforts, both within the Planning Department and across municipal and regional agencies. The position performs and oversees this work inclusive of planning, policy development, funding strategies, community engagement, and impact analysis. This position is responsible for convening and managing high-level, collaborative visioning, planning, and funding strategy efforts amongst multiple municipal, county, regional agencies, and community organizations. As a high-level position, it represents the Department and the City & County, advocating on behalf of its policy objectives in local, regional and State interagency forums and initiatives.

The successful candidate must have:

  • expert conceptual, technical and project management abilities,
  • demonstrated staff development and management expertise,
  • skills to convene multiple community interests, and
  • ability to represent the City & County in formal hearings, community conversations and public forums.

Essential duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Direct, conceptualize,  manage and administer work program relating to the Department’s long-range housing planning and community stabilization policy efforts;
  • Direct the housing and community stabilization program, including all staff and consultant work and deliverables; convene the public and stakeholders, and serve as primary point of contact for other agencies and elected officials;
  • Represent the Planning Department in interagency and inter-jurisdictional forums and efforts with regard to housing and community stabilization planning and policy initiatives, including Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Mayor’s Office, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, MTC/ABAG, HCD and other State and regional agencies;
  • Supervise and/or directly manage a variety of long-range housing and community stabilization plans, programs, and policy initiatives; serve as senior advisor on comprehensive plans, area plans, major development projects, and transportation plans; and lead development of related policy, funding, and implementation strategies;
  • Advise and act as a resource to the Director of Planning, Citywide Division Director and other Senior Department managers on related planning and policy issues;
  • Direct the Housing Element (General Plan) update and other related policy development in the Department;
  • Recommend department positions in response to regional and local housing and community stabilization policy proposals, and communicate these positions to key stakeholders and decision-makers;
  • Directly supervise the work of housing and community stabilization planning and project staff in the Citywide Planning Division, potentially including other Citywide Division managers; supervise the development, training and advancement of subordinates; advise and oversee the related, consultant contract procurement process,  ensure proper staffing levels; and evaluate the performance of subordinates and consultants;
  • Address community, advocate, business and other groups to clearly explain planning programs and problems, promote resolution and good public relations for the department;
  • Represent the department at the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Supervisors committee meetings, and other local, regional and state government agencies, commissions or boards;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.


Eight (8) years of experience in urban, city, regional, and/or related planning environment such as (transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design).

License and Certification:


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) years of the required work experience.


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Recruitment #TEX-5283-086747