5293 Planner IV-Principal Preservation Planner

Recruitment #PBT-5293-083914


This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

*03/02/2018:  Announcement amended to extend filing deadline.

The San Francisco Planning Department (CPC) 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. 

Our mission, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and region by:  generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code. 

The Department serves a broad range of constituents, including the citizens of San Francisco, community organizations, elected and appointed policymakers, builders, architects, property owners, tenants, and advocacy groups.  All rely on the City's General Plan and the Planning Code to achieve the City's development goals.

This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally. 

For more information about CPC, visit http://sf-planning.org.

Position Information
Under general direction, the 5293 Planner IV-Principal Preservation Planner 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:

  • Providing direction for professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in historic preservation analyses and preparation of complex and detailed technical data reports relating to historic resource evaluation under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA);
  • Providing supervision, of the analysis, evaluation and preparation of historic preservation reports for public/private projects;
  • Reviewing subordinate planners’ work on various historic preservation documents and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws/regulations and department approaches and procedures for CEQA analysis;
  • Providing interpretation and explanation of legal, technical and procedural aspects of CEQA preservation planning-related policies, procedures, and programs to the public, project sponsors, boards and commission;
  • Providing supervision and evaluation of subordinate personnel in the performance of planning-related work;
  • May act for the Environmental Review Officer at meetings or in his/her absence.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications 
  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND
  2. 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 AND
  3. Two (2) years of recent and verifiable experience in performing Environmental Review process pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) AND
  4. Two (2) years of experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of Historic Preservation Planning that enables professional judgments to be made about the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, protection, or treatment of historic and archeological properties in the United States and its Territories; and products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation.

    Must meet one of the three US Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards - History, Architectural History or Historic Architecture - used by the National Park Service, and have been previously published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61.

    A year of full-time professional experience need not consist of a continuous year of full-time work but may be made up of discontinuous periods of full-time or part-time work adding up to the equivalent of a year of full-time experience.

    Substitution:  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.
Special Conditions
The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position to be filled.  They may differ from standard minimum qualifications associated with the class.

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Excellent management skills, including supervising work of other planners and technical specialists, coaching and mentoring, appropriately delegating tasks, and building strong and cohesive teams;
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills and ability to effectively and sensitively communicate, both orally and in writing, with a broad variety of stakeholders and in formal presentation settings;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple high-level projects and demands within deadlines.

Note:  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process.

  • Select announcement PBT-5293-083914
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions 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 Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

You can also watch this video for further assistance with our online application system:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-kUFHXhBjQ&feature=youtu.be  

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email 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, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Michael Eng, by telephone at (415) 575-9143 or by email at Michael.Eng@sfgov.org

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class.  Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Training & Experience Evaluation (Qualifying)
Applicants are required to complete a Qualifying Questionnaire as part of the online application process. The purpose of the Qualifying Questionnaire is to allow candidates to self-certify their qualifications for the position. Applicants must also complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and the official application.

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weighted 100%)
Candidates must complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of the principles, practices, purposes, scope, and techniques of various phases of city planning, environmental and historic preservation analysis; management/supervisory ability, human relations ability and written communication ability.

The supplemental questionnaire is the sole component of the exam process. Candidates self-certifying meeting the Minimum Qualifications will have their supplemental questionnaire rated and scored. All relevant experience, education and/or training must be on the supplemental questionnaire in order to be reviewed in the rating process. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

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.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Seven (7) Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List
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 duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. 

To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score.

Conviction History

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you were given a conditional offer of employment. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at:  http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Veterans Preference
Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:  http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams 
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:  http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

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.

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 www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Additional Information
General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures may be found online at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20.

Exam Type: CPE

Issued:  February 12, 2018

Amended:  March 2, 2018 -- to extend filing deadline

Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5293-083914



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, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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