1825 Principal Administrative Analyst II

Recruitment #PBT-1825-059437


This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Rule 111A of the San Francisco Civil Service Commission Rules.


1825 Principal Administrative Analyst II
(Principal Economist)

Under the general direction of the Chief Economist, the incumbent is responsible for assisting in the design and implementation of a variety of economic development, business studies and economic analysis to support policy and financial decision-making.  The incumbent is responsible for assisting in creating, maintenance, and period updates to a long-term economic plan for the City and for reporting on all pending City legislation having a potential material economic impact on the City and County of San Francisco. 


Essential duties include but are not limited to:   

  • Establishing methods, procedures, sources, models and schedules to collect and process economic data;
  • Conducting complex economic research, collecting and analyzing economic data, monitoring economic trends to draw conclusions and developing recommendations for both technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Performing various econometric and sampling techniques to analyze economic data for trend analysis, statistical analysis and economic forecasting using specialized analytical software;
  • Using qualitative and quantitative analytical approaches including survey and sampling techniques to ensure data validity and reliability; 
  • Interpreting complex economic relationships by planning, designing, and conducting extensive research;
  • Performing high quality research, forecasting and economic analysis on highly visible public issues for publication, policy analysis and briefings;
  • Assisting the Chief Economist in creating, maintaining, and updating a long-term economic plan for the City and County of San Francisco;
  • Preparing, analyzing and delivering complex reports to a variety of audiences on the potential economic impact of all proposed City legislation;
  • Performing economic feasibility analysis;
  • Monitoring, identifying and assessing complex Federal or State legislative policies and procedures and projecting their potential impact on economic development in San Francisco; 
  • Responding to requests for information from the public, city departments, outside agencies, the press and others; May represent the department to the Mayor’s Office, Board of Supervisors or other City Officials;
  • Actively supporting the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Controller’s Office (See Controller's Office website @ http://www.sfgov.org/site/controller_index.asp)
  • Completing other duties as assigned.

Employee must be willing to work a 40-hour week as determined by the department.  Overtime work may be required.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university AND seven (7) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional level analytical work as described

in Note A; OR

2. Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university with major college coursework as described in Note B and six (6) years full-time equivalent experience

performing professional level analytical work as described in Note A; OR

3. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and eight (8) years

of full-time equivalent experience performing professional level analytical work as described in Note A; OR

4. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major college

coursework as described in Note B and seven (7) years full-time equivalent experience performing

professional level analytical work as described in Note A

SUBSTITUTION: Applicants may substitute up to 2 years of the required education with additional qualifying experience in budget analysis, financial analysis and reporting, legislative/policy analysis, or contract/grant administration. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.

Notes on Qualifying Experience and Education:
A. Qualifying professional-level analytical experience must be in one or more of the following functional areas: complex budget analysis, development and administration; complex financial/fiscal analysis and reporting; development of complex contracting systems and administration of competitive bid processes and complex contractual agreements; development and evaluation of complex management/administrative policy; complex grant administration and monitoring; complex program evaluation and planning; complex legislative analysis; complex economic analysis; or other functional areas related to the duties of positions in Class 1825, where the primary focus of the job is complex professional-level analysis for evaluation, recommendation, development and implementation of major programs and functions of department/organization. Analytical experience equivalent to the duties of Class 1824 is considered qualifying.

B. Coursework applicable to a baccalaureate or higher degree in specialized subject matter areas

such as public or business administration, management, business law, contract law, public policy,

urban studies, economics, statistical analysis, finance, accounting or other fields of study closely

related to the essential functions of positions in Class 1825.   


Desirable Qualifications:


  • Experience with complex legislative analysis;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with spreadsheet and database software;
  • Progressively increasing experience with a public or nonprofit organization;
  • Experience with economic development planning and strategy;
  • Experience performing complex economic impact analysis.
  • Experience with urban and regional economic, demographic, and socio-economic analysis;
  • Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with major coursework in public policy, public administration, statistics or economics.


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


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process only.  Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process by registering an account.


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If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Vicente Centeno at (415) 554-7506, or via email at Vicente.Centeno@sfgov.org

Computer kiosks are located in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, One South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, for use by the public. The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Selection Plan

Oral/Performance Examination: (Weight 100%)
Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job-related areas including: Knowledge of economic theory; Knowledge of mathematical and statistical forecasting; Knowledge of research methods, survey techniques; Ability to gather, analyze and determine the applicability of economic data; Ability to establish, maintain and foster effective working relationships; Ability to work under pressure and respond in fast paced environment; Knowledge of software programs and information systems; Written Communication and Oral Communication Skills.  In addition, the department may use additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision. 

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process.  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.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten (10) 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.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 
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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.


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.

Exam Type:  CPE 
Issued:  October 5, 2012
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-1825-059437
CON/VC/(415) 554-7506


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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