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5277 Planner I

One Position, Permanent Exempt, Three-Year Assignment

Recruitment #PEX-5277-059890

Introduction

Appointment Type, Duration and Location
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has one opening for a 5277 Planner I. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and the successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. The project has an anticipated duration of up to three years.

General Description
Under general supervision, the 5277 Planner I performs entry level planning work in the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of city planning data in one of a variety of phases of plan development and implementation. The essential functions of this job include: reviewing building permits, variances, use permit and other miscellaneous permit applications; recording appropriate data and preparing recommendations for the department, Planning Commission and other City Commissions; reviewing planning activities, goals, programs, zoning ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; providing information orally and in writing to City agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations and the general public; conducting site and field inspections of land, economic activities, transit patterns, buildings and streets; preparing computer based and hard copy graphic materials; conducting research studies, surveys and interviews to obtain data and formulating recommendations to assist in planning policies, plans for future developments and determinations of the environmental impacts of proposed projects; assisting in the preparation, revision and performing of updates of the General Plan and Planning Code and other governmental regulatory codes. Incumbents in this job code may be required to attend evening meetings occasionally held in community locations. Distinguishing Features: The 5277 Planner I is the entry-level class of the Planner series. This class is distinguished from the 5278 Planner II in that the latter is the journey level class responsible for performing more progressively complex planning assignments. Supervision Exercised: None.

Duties Specific to This Position
Under general supervision in the Bureau of Environmental Management at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the 5277 Planner I performs entry level environmental planning and review, resource agency permitting, and environmental construction compliance work. The essential functions of this job include: research and data collection, field surveys, environmental analysis, interpretation and presentation of environmental data, integration of data into various databases, preparation of CEQA categorical exemptions, completion of Environmental Evaluation Applications for the Planning Department, coordination of environmental training activities including field trips, and general project support for environmental project managers. The Planner 1 position will support the Westside Recycled Water and the Eastside Recycled Water Projects of the PUC’s Water System Improvement Program.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties
1. Reviews building permit, variances and use permit applications as well as may assist in the review of discretionary review, subdivision applications and other miscellaneous permits referred from other departments and the general public by checking plans and reviewing the applications for conformity to the General Plan and the Planning Code (Zoning Ordinances); records appropriate data and prepares recommendations for department or commission action.
2. Reviews Planning activities, goals and programs; zoning ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; procedural requirements for securing consideration of application requests; and federal and state environmental requirements and procedures (NEPA and CEQA).
3. Provides information orally and in writing to city agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations and the general public by answering questions, providing assistance, responding to complaints, presenting reports and draft plans; and explaining policies.
4. Conducts site and field inspections of land, economic activities, transit patterns, buildings and streets and conducts surveys and interviews to obtain data required for planning, zoning and environmental review.
5. Prepares computer based and hard copy graphic materials: land use maps, zoning maps, drawings, diagrams, graphs, charts, photographs, video and other display materials related to analysis and reports.
6. Conducts research studies and formulates recommendations by selecting, collecting, recording, tabulating, organizing and analyzing technical physical, economic, social and statistical data to assist in planning policies, plan for future developments, and determine the environmental impacts of proposed projects.
7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: the basic planning principles including land use, zoning, municipal regulation and community development, transportation and public utility systems as they relate to planning programs.
Ability to: organize and conduct investigations; anticipate, identify and analyze planning; visualize three-dimensional objects; prepare reports, memos, letters, etc.; explain complex ideas clearly and concisely to department personnel, the general public, applicants, special interest advocates, the Planning Commission and other governmental agency representatives; use basic computer applications; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with department personnel, other city departments, public officials, applicants, special interest advocates and the general public.

Experience and Training
Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in city, regional, or urban planning, or a closely related field such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, urban studies, public administration, historical preservation, or environmental studies; OR Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND one (1) year of city or urban planning, transportation, urban design, historical preservation, architectural or environmental review experience. Special Conditions: Some positions may require possession of a valid driver's license.

Application Procedure
Submit your application online here by clicking on the “Apply” link at the top of this webpage, or visit http://www.jobaps.com/sf/sup/images/default.asp to see this and other available jobs with the City & County of San Francisco. Please file immediately, as the posting will close on March 12, 2013.

Applicants are advised to keep a copy of their application papers for their own records, as these documents may be requested by hiring departments at a later date. Failure to submit the required documentations will result in disqualification. Applicants will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to the next stage of the hiring process. Those applicants most qualified will be offered interviews. Reasonable accommodations under accommodations legislation will be made so that applicants with disabilities may participate in the application and/or selection process. Applicants requesting accommodations should do so by calling (415) 554-1670; TDD (415) 554-1672.
In compliance with the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all persons entering City and County employment will be required to prove their identity and authorization to work in the United States.
Verification: Verification of education and qualifying experience may be required at a later date.

Note
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.

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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.

Benefits

 

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 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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