SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission – Waterfront Planner

The award‐winning San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a small state agency located in the San Francisco’s Civic Center. BCDC has planning and regulatory responsibility over development in San Francisco Bay and along the Bay’s nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its decisions by its laws, the McAteer-Petris Act and the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, the San Francisco Bay Plan, and special plans for specific areas around the Bay.

Who We Want

We are seeking a talented and motivated planner to carry out shoreline planning activities on behalf of BCDC. Ideally, you will have experience and interest in collaborative land use planning along urban waterfronts. You should feel comfortable working independently with general supervision.

Knowledge of California land use and environmental planning principles, including CEQA, is highly desirable. This role requires project management skills and close communication with consultants, project stakeholders, other government agencies, and with BCDC‘s regulatory and planning teams. You should be an effective and analytical problem solver with excellent writing and public speaking skills and the capacity to become a strong negotiator.

What You’ll Do

BCDC’s Planning Unit is responsible for conducting major planning studies, specialized research and policy development, and keeping the Commission’s policy plans current, including the San Francisco Bay Plan, San Francisco Bay Area Seaport Plan, and the San Francisco Waterfront Special Area Plan. As a member of our planning team, you will contribute to our efforts to develop and maintain timely planning and policy documents related to waterfront development, which can include updating Special Area Plans for specific areas along the shoreline or applying Commission policies to regional land use planning for individual segments of the Bay Area economy. You will analyze and provide policy recommendations to the Executive Director, the 27‐member Commission and various committees on planning and policy matters affecting San Francisco Bay, in areas such as:

  • Maritime and industrial land uses
  • Regional seaport and maritime trends and forecasts
  • Public trust uses
  • Environmental assessments
  • Environmental justice
  • Sea level rise
  • Mixed‐use residential and commercial developments
  • Shoreline parks and open spaces

Essential Job Functions

  • Contribute to the development of regional policy and land use plans.
  • Perform and synthesize research on various waterfront land use planning topics and evaluate policy alternatives.
  • Prepare staff reports, correspondence and other documents on proposed plans.
  • Lead, review and comment on CEQA documents, including environmental impact reports.
  • Lead and participate in meetings, planning and policy discussions, site visits, and workshops.
  • Work cooperatively with property holders, industry representatives, environmental and community groups, and others to develop balanced approaches to urban waterfront planning.
  • Present plans and policies to various audiences, including the Commission, advisory and technical committees, the public, and agency staff.

Term, Salary, and Benefits

BCDC’s Waterfront Planner is a full‐time, 12‐month, limited‐term position with a possibility of an extension up to 24-months. Potential salary ranges:

  • Coastal Program Analyst II salary range: $5,223 – $6,542/month
  • Research Data Analyst II salary range: $5,223 – $6,542/month
  • Benefits include paid vacation/sick leave or annual leave; public transit subsidy; 11 paid holidays each calendar year; health, dental, and vision benefits; and deferred compensation and retirement programs.


Candidates must be eligible for appointment to the California civil service classification of Coastal Program Analyst (CPA) II or Research Data Analyst II. Current State employees or former State employees with transfer or reinstatement rights at one or more of these levels may apply. To be eligible for transfer or reinstatement, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of one or more of the listedclassifications. Appointment is subject to the State Restriction of Appointment (SROA) provisions. Applicants must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility, including SROA, surplus, transfer, reinstatement status, or list eligibility in the Examination or Job Title section on the State Application Form #678.

Coastal Program Analyst II or Research Data Analyst II
(Full-time, 12-24 Month Limited-Term Position)

February 22, 2019


If you are not a current or past State employee or have not successfully participated in an appropriate civil service examination, you cannot be considered for this position. For more information on the State hiring process, please visit the California Department of Human Resources.

To Apply for the Position

The job opening is at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; however, the California Coastal Commission will conduct the application appraisals. To apply for the position, please submit a State Application STD 678 (available at Cal Career),  cover letter, resume,  brief writing sample (5 pages or less), and 3 (or more) professional references to:

Human Resources Office
California CoastalCommission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, California 94105‐2219
(415) 904‐5430 or toll free (866) 831‐2540

For more information, see BCDC’s website or contact Jessica Fain (Planning Director) at 415‐352‐3642 or Jessica.Fain@bcdc.ca.gov.

Filing. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only the most qualified applicants will be interviewed. No relocation expenses will be offered.

Special Interview Arrangements. If you have a disability and require special interview arrangements, please mark the appropriate box in Item 2 of the application. You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. For additional information about BCDC, see our website or contact Anissa Kotey at Anissa.Kotey@bcdc.ca.gov or (415) 352-3639) .