5291 Planner III

Preservation Technical Specialist, Information Services Planner

Recruitment #TPV-5291-074120

Introduction

Appointment Type:  Temporary Provisional (TPV)
A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service Examination process for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for a permanent appointment. Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years. 

About the San Francisco Planning Department (CPC)
The San Francisco Planning Department 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 Description
The Planning Department
has one (1) 5291 Preservation Technical Specialist, Information Services Planner III opening in our Current Planning Division.

The Preservation Technical Specialist, Information Services Planner III, under general supervision, performs difficult and complex planning work in the areas of land use, zoning, development, urban design, and housing; provide general and specific planning information in a professional and courteous manner regarding land-use designations and Departmental policies and procedures, assist with Planning Code compliance requests from other City Departments and State agencies, distribute documents and applications, perform intake of plans and application submittals, and approval of some application and plans for over-the-counter permits.  As the Preservation Technical Specialist, this positon also reviews discretionary permits and case applications in conformance with the City’s long-range planning and policy goals, as regulated by Articles 10 and 11 of the Planning Code.

Essential duties, but are not limited to:

  • Processing land use applications; conducting limited environmental reviews and/or coordinating environmental review processes;
  • Reviewing of building permit applications that entail the alteration of historical resources for compliance with the Planning Code, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA);
  • Reviewing of land use applications such as Certificate of Appropriateness, Permits to Alter, Landmark Designations, Environmental Review Evaluations, Mills Act contracts;
  • Reviewing of cases associated with San Francisco’s role as a Certified Local Government (CLG), such as Section 106 review;
  • Assisting the public with the public computers, redirecting them to other agencies or departments for answers, if needed, and as necessary, following up by phone or email;
  • Preparing or assisting in the preparation of reports and planning studies; and 
  • Performing other related duties as required. 

In addition, the core work of this position is providing information directly to the public at the Planning Information Center (PIC), as well as by phone, email and correspondence.  The PIC serves the general public as the primary access point to planning information and services.  This position typically works 1-2 shifts per day at the PIC.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering questions about all aspects of the Planning Department activities, including but not limited to Planning Code regulations, the General Plan, the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, and other planning activities policies and procedures of the Department; and
  • Providing staff trainings and guidance to other planners regarding PIC activities, planning policies and procedures, and various topics related to providing technical advice to the general public.

Distinguishing Features
Supervision Exercised:  Planner III's may supervise the work of subordinate Planner I's and/or II's or administrative support staff and/or consultants.

Planner III’s 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, and may require specialized experience in order to perform department-specific planning duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND four (4) years (8,000 hours) of verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in an urban, city, regional and/or other related planning environment (such as transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design);

    OR
  2. Possession of a master's 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 or Environmental Studies AND two (2) years (4,000 hours) of verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in an urban, city, regional and/or other related planning environment (such as, but not limited to transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture, historic preservation or urban design).

    AND
  3. Two (2) years of experience in History, Architectural History or Historic Architecture

The above minimum qualifications reflect a special condition associated with the position to be filled.  They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and special condition by the final filing deadline unless otherwise noted.

How To Apply

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

  • Select the job announcement TPV-5291-074120
  • 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

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 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.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Verification:  http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#verification.  Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Note: 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.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, 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 are a finalist. 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 applying 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 applying 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 are selected as a finalist, 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.

Conclusion

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.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at
www.jobaps.com/sf.] 

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, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.  Information regarding this can be found at:  http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies

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. http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification  

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


Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources

Issued:  January 26, 2017

Announcement No.: TPV-5291-074120

CPC/ME/415-575-9143

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

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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