0952 Deputy Director II

Director, Current Planning

Recruitment #PEX-0952-058640


Appointment Type:  Permanent-Exempt (PEX) Appointment.   This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.  

Major Duties:

The San Francisco Planning Department provides land use policy development and implementation for the City and County of San Francisco.  The Department provides development entitlements, guides land use decisions, develops long-range land use policy, administers and enforces the Planning Code, and provides environmental review of land use proposals.  The Department has approximately 150 employees in five divisions, including Current Planning, Citywide (long range) Planning, Environmental Planning, Zoning and Compliance, and Administration.

The Director of Current Planning serves as one of six senior managers in the Planning Department.  The other five senior managers include the Director of Citywide (long range) Planning, the Environmental Review Officer, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Commission Secretary and the Chief of Staff.  The senior managers are direct reports to the Director of Planning, with a dotted line report to the Chief of Staff on management issues.  The Senior Management Team is responsible for major policy and management decisions that affect the entire department.  This requires each member of this team, including the Director of Current Planning, to recognize and support functions in all areas of the department, even while their primary focus may be on their own division.  The Director of Current Planning also has a close working relationship with the Zoning Administrator, who administers the Planning Code and manages the Zoning and Compliance division.

The incumbent serves as the senior manager for the Current Planning function of the Planning Department.  In this capacity, the incumbent provides executive and policy direction and priority to the Current Planning Division.  The incumbent is responsible for policy development and guidance in the functional areas and policy guidance to the Director relative to these areas. 

The position manages approximately 55 subordinate staff, through management of supervisory staff overseeing the individual functional areas.  A high-level support position reporting to the Director of Current Planning is proposed to be available in FY 12~13, and may be defined in part by the successful candidate.

The Director of Current Planning supervises the Current Planning (CP) Division consisting of the four geographic-based quadrant planning Teams, the Planning Information Counter (PIC) Team, the Support Staff Team, and the Historic Preservation Team. The quadrant teams consist of planners and support staff to accomplish the CP Section core work in their specific area of the City. The Preservation Team consists of planners and support staff to review permits and case applications affecting historic resources, accomplish the Historic Preservation Survey Team Work Program, and support the Historic Preservation Commission.  The PIC Team is made up of “core” PIC staff who staff the PIC and fulfill other public information duties as required.  The Support Staff Team is responsible for supporting staff activity across all of Current Planning.  The Planner IVs that supervise these Teams report directly to the Director of Current Planning, as does the Senior Preservation Planner IV and the Senior PIC Planner IV.

The core work of the CP Division is managing the processing of discretionary permits and case applications in conformance with the City’s long-range planning goals, the Planning Code and other related regulations. The CP Division administers a variety of City regulations relating to physical development. The CP Division is responsible for reviewing building permit and project applications for compliance with the Planning Code; reviewing various types of entitlement applications such as conditional use, variance, discretionary review, certificates of appropriateness and permits to alter, condominium conversions and subdivisions, shadow analysis, cell phone antennas, miscellaneous permits, zoning, text, and map reclassifications, and General Plan referrals; and preparing staff reports with recommended findings and conditions to present before the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission, and the Historic Preservation Commission as needed.

The Planning Department has several multi-year process-improvement projects underway in fiscal year 11~12, including implementation of a new Permit & Project Tracking System, which require the participation of Current Planning staff as well as the Director of Current Planning.  The candidate selected for this position will be expected to participate in these and other ongoing process-improvement efforts.  Management of staff on these projects may be shared with other members of the senior management team.  In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to have an ongoing, proactive approach to improving the functions in Current Planning in terms of approach to work, organizational structure, policies, procedures, interaction with project applicants, etc. 

The incumbent develops, oversees and monitors implementation of all activities of the various Current Planning functional areas.  As such, the incumbent ensures appropriate allocation of resources, including planning for future resource needs and attendant budget requests; manages organizational structures and changes; and develops goals and objectives for the relevant functional areas and for the Department.  In addition, the incumbent ensures the efficient functioning of the units under the position’s purview, including advice and policy guidance to senior staff responsible for the various functional areas; problem identification and resolution; appropriate resource allocation supported by analysis of workload and knowledge of emerging issues; and ongoing monitoring of and support to subordinate staff. 

As the Director of Current Planning the incumbent also has responsibility to represent the Director and the Department before the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, community groups, and other stakeholders on planning issues, as needed or as requested by the Director.  This requires both technical and policy skills related to land use planning in the City and County of San Francisco.  In this capacity, the incumbent frequently appears before legislative bodies of the City and County and represents the Department publicly on issues and Departmental policy.  Additionally, the incumbent is an integral part of the Director's strategic planning efforts as it relates to the future of the Department.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  In addition to competitive salaries, the City offers flexible benefit plans with pre-tax elections which include: medical and dental insurance, Retirement Plan; Deferred Compensation Plan; Social Security; Long-term Disability Plan; Life Insurance; paid Management Training program; 11 paid holidays per year; 5 floating holidays, and additional floating holidays as provided by collective bargaining agreement; 10 to 20 vacation days per year, depending on years of service; and 5 days paid executive leave per year.

Minimum Qualifications: 

1. Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a specialty in urban planning, architecture, public administration, or a related field, AND

2. Nine (9) years or more of progressively responsible experience in the area of urban planning, including a minimum of five (5) years management experience, managing a staff engaged in city planning, public administration, or a related field and two (2) years of project experience involving implementation, interpretation or analysis of a Zoning Code and or related regulations. 

Substitution: An advanced degree in urban planning, architecture, public administration or a related field may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two (2) years of the required experience as described above except the management and project experience.  The five (5) years of management experience and the two (2) years of project experience are required.

Desirable Qualifications:

• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

• Sound and demonstrated technical background pertaining to land use, and especially land use considerations in San Francisco.

• Extensive experience managing staff and prioritizing among competing needs; which includes experience in managing project review and entitlement processes.

• The ability to work effectively in a team environment.

• Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of the Planning Code, and its implementation, of techniques of applying the Planning Code in City Planning, experience in exercising judgment regarding the application of the Planning Code to specific projects and proposals, and the policy implications of those decisions, and experience in coordinating with other agencies, project management and dealing with the public.

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter, resume and a completed City and County application through an on line 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.
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.

Verification of Education and Experience:

Verification of education and qualifying experience may be required at a later date.  Failure to submit the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application.

Selection Process:

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience.  Those applicants most qualified will be offered interviews.  Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.


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.

Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations for this selection process must contact the department by telephone at (415) 558-6280 or in writing at the address listed above as soon as possible.

                                Minorities, Women and Persons with Disabilities are Encouraged to Apply

                                                         An Equal Opportunity Employer

0952 Issued 02/23/12

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