5291 Planner III

Recruitment #PBT-5291-057061


Under direction, the Planner III performs complex and responsible planning work in land use, zoning, urban design, economic development, housing development, environmental planning, open space and recreation, code enforcement, historic preservation, real estate and other related planning fields.


The essential functions of this job include, but are not limited to: supervising, assisting, and/or developing & implementing planning policies and procedures; compiling, analyzing and interpreting complex technical, physical, social, economic, and statistical data; studying and making recommendations on complex zoning and land use issues; designing and preparing graphic presentations to illustrate planning and development concepts; reviewing and/or coordinating the environmental review processes; supervising and reviewing the work of subordinates engaged in planning work; preparing clearly written, concise staff reports and documents that are understandable to the general public; coordinating with other city and governmental agencies on planning matters; reviewing and evaluating various building and land use permit applications; representing the department to representatives of government, community groups, developers, business organizations and the general public; developing, managing and coordinating public outreach processes for department policies, plans or initiatives; interpreting and explaining legal, technical and procedural aspects of planning work; and performing related duties as required.


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, or may require specialized experience in order to perform department-specific planning duties (such as Historic Preservation, Architecture. or Urban Economics).


The eligible list resulting from this testing process may be used by other City departments with vacancies in class 5291 Planner III.


Minimum Qualifications

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




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, and/or regional and/or other related planning environment (such as transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design).

How To Apply

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

- Click on "Apply" above

- 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 Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Josie Lee at (415) 558-6280.


Selection Procedure

Supplemental Questionnaire: Information provided by the candidate on the Supplemental Questionnaire will be evaluated to determine the final score. This final score will be used to determine the rank of candidates on the eligible list. (Weight: 100%)


The department may administer additional 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.



Verification of Experience/Education:

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience, at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection processes. Verification of work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of service, and signature of the employer. San Francisco City and County employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment, but must submit verification of outside experience. San Francisco City and County employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1.



The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Seven (7) Scores.  The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make 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 twelve (12) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. The Human Resources Director may approve use of the eligible list resulting from this selection process to make permanent Civil Service appointments to other position(s) involving the same or similar title in any department.




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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:

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



Veteran’s Preference:

Information regarding requests for veterans preference can be found at:




Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 

Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:




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.


Terms of Announcement:




Copies of Application Documents:




Right to Work:







Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources


Issued:  November 10, 2010

Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5291-057061

CPC/JL/(415) 558-6378

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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