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5288 Transit Planner II

Recruitment #CBT-5288-059377



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The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited.
Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.



The purpose of this examination announcement is to establish an eligible list for this classification.

The filing deadline had been extended to November 29, 2012.

Under general supervision, the Transit Planner II performs urban mass transit and/or transportation planning work.  Essential functions of this class include: evaluating and making recommendations on technical aspects of transit planning and/or capital programming, which involve various transit or other transportation modes; collecting, compiling and analyzing field and other data concerning urban mass transit and transportation activities; preparing correspondence in response to public, Board, Commission or other agency inquiries; interpreting and integrating transit and/or transportation policies; developing and evaluating proposals for planning and coordinating the implementation of route and service changes; making presentations to community, business and other groups; assisting in the preparation, analysis, or evaluation of reports and plans for various urban mass transit and/or transportation planning projects and/or grant requests; designing, preparing and/or directing the preparation of visual materials; reviewing and interpreting legislation and codes; and applying computer-assisted analytical techniques to evaluate transit and other transportation planning projects.   The Transit Planner II also performs related duties as required. 


Nature of work: Positions are utilized within various departments/locations throughout the City and County of San Francisco.  These departments include: Airport Commission (AIR), City Planning Commission (CPC) and Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA).



  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND two (2) years of full-time transit planning and/or transportation planning experience; OR
  2. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Transportation, Transportation Engineering, Public Administration or other closely related field.


  1. Additional transit planning and/or transportation planning experience beyond the Minimum Qualifications as described in item 1 may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for year basis.
  2. Additional post-graduate education as described in item 2 of the Minimum Qualifications may be substituted for required experience on a year-for-year basis (30 semester units/45 quarter units equal one (1) year of experience).


San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.


               Click and select 5288 Transit Planner II (CBT-5288-059377)

               Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

               Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”

               Follow instructions given on the screen.


Computer kiosks are available for the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco and in the lobby of SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by e-mail. It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered e-mail address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses: (@sfgov.org, @sfmta.com).


Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application by the SFMTA - Merit Section. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at 415.701.5003 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.



All applicants, including employees of the City and County of San Francisco, must submit verification (proof) of all work experience and/or education needed to qualify.  This required verification must be submitted by November 29, 2012 (postmark not accepted). 


Verification can be submitted by one of the following methods:


  • fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: CBT-5288-059377; or
  • attach to the online application in the “Other” tab; or
  • hand-deliver to One South Van Ness Avenue, Sixth Floor (closes at 5pm); or
  • mail to One South Van Ness Avenue, Sixth Floor; ATTN: CBT-5288-059377; San Francisco, CA 94103.

Verification of Education:  A copy of diploma or transcript must be submitted to verify qualifying education.


Applicants who have obtained education from a foreign college or university must provide a Foreign Transcriptions Evaluation letter from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agency.  A list of approved agencies can be found at http://www.naces.org.   


Verification of Experience:   Verification of work experience must be on the employer’s letterhead; must show the name of the applicant; job title(s) and duties performed; dates of employment; types of employment (part-time/full-time); and must be signed by the employer.  City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed or assigned unless sufficient and credible documentation is provided to verify performance of other duties.  Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. 


Applicants who cannot obtain the required verification of employment may request a waiver of the verification requirement.  The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining the reason for the request, the name(s) of the employer(s) with whom qualifying experience was obtained, job title(s), duties performed, and the dates of employment.  Verification of experience may be waived if impossible to obtain.  Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 


Failure to submit the required verification, or a request for waiver of verification, by November 29, 2012 (postmark not accepted) may result in disqualification of the application.



Each applicant is required to submit a supplemental application, which is part of the online application process. The supplemental application may be used to evaluate training and experience of the candidates participating in this examination and determine their scores and ranks. False or incorrect information may result in disqualification from the examination process.



Training and Experience Examination: (Weight 100%)                          

Candidates will be evaluated and scored based on the information provided in their job application and supplemental application to determine their possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for position 5288 Transit Planner II. It is important that the information provided on the supplemental application be accurate and complete. All relevant experience, education, and/or training must be on the application in order to be reviewed in the rating process. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final training and experience score. All statements made on the application materials are subject to verification.



The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.



The certification rule used for the eligible list resulting from this selection process will be the Rule of Ten Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.



Applicants are responsible for notifying the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency – Merit Unit of any changes to contact information, such as e-mail address or mailing address. This information should be submitted to the SFMTA-Merit Unit, One South Van Ness Avenue - 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Contact Information can also be updated online at http://www.jobaps.com/sf by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account. If updating contact information online, applicants must contact the analyst at (415) 701-5003 immediately to inform them of the change. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility.


Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment.  Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes.  Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not  be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 701-5003 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 701-5043 (TTY) or in writing to the SFMTA Human Resources Merit Unit, 1 South Van Ness, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Specify Class 5288).


Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities


Veteran’s Preference:

Information regarding requests for veteran’s preference can be found at:



General Information concerning San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Employment Policies and Procedures:

Employment Information for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency can be obtained at http://www.sfmta.com/cms/aopp/important.htm, or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor. This information, including information regarding appeals of the terms of this announcement, is part of the terms of all announcements.


Terms of Announcement:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at http://www.sfdhr.org .


Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam records and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.


Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer


COMBINED PROMOTIVE AND ENTRANCE                                                                   


Edward D. Reiskin

Director of Transportation

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Announcement No. 059377

Recruitment No: MTA-12-13

Issued: 11/01/2012

MTA/WM: (415) 701-5003

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically a 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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