5291 Planner III

Recruitment #TEX-5291-060272



Appointment Type: Temporary-Exempt 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.

Length of Appointment: This position is being filled as “Temporary” due to lack of an available eligible list from which a Permanent appointment can be made. A 5291 Planner III Civil Service examination is currently in development and will be administered within the next several months in order to produce an eligible list. It is the intent of the Planning Department to fill this position as Permanent when the eligible list is available. The candidate selected for this Temporary position must participate and be successful in the 5291 Planner III examination and then selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for Permanent appointment.

Under direction, the Planner III is responsible for complex planning work in the areas of design review, urban design, land use, zoning, development, recreation, housing, historic preservation and real estate. A Planner III provides planning, preservation, urban design and architectural expertise in support of the Department’s work to strengthen the City’s sense of place and livability through concern for the city’s physical qualities.

Examples of the job duties of the Planner III in the Current Planning division include, but are not limited to:
• Processing various development applications;
• Processing historic preservation applications; conducting design review on all building permit and zoning applications; conducting historic resource surveys;
• Processing building permit applications; preparing maps, charts, photographs, and other graphic presentations to illustrate studies of building permit and zoning applications;
• Interpreting and explaining the Planning Code to the public through review of building permit applications and zoning applications, project review meetings, and service on the Planning Information Counter;
• Interpreting and explaining legal, technical, and procedural aspects of planning work to individuals, permit applicants and community groups;
• Representing the Department in public hearings; and investigating alleged violations of the Planning Code.

Work may include:
• Supervising or assisting in the preparation and design of research surveys and projects and conducts the more difficult investigations;
• Preparing reports and planning studies;
• Providing information and advice on planning policies and procedures;
• Conducting limited environmental reviews, possibly coordinating environmental review processes;
• Performing other related duties as required. 

Planner IIIs assist in the development and implementation of planning policies and procedures.  They review various building and land use permit applications.  They have considerable contact with representatives of government, civic and business organizations and the general public.  They prepare, check, and review important technical records.

Essential Duties:

1. Coordinates and participates in design review, including architectural review, of development proposals;
2. Studies and makes recommendations on the more difficult planning and zoning issues, makes recommendations to the appropriate decision-making boards, and coordinates required notification and other processes.
3. Compiles, analyzes and interprets complex technical, physical, social, economic, and statistical data for urban policy development, planning projects, zoning, permit application review, recreation plans, historic preservation, environmental review, code enforcement, and other legal requirements.
4. Using computer applications, designs and prepares graphic presentations including maps, charts, models, sketches, and graphs to illustrate alternatives in reports on planning issues.
5. Assists in the development of land use, urban design and policy plans.
6. Works with the environmental review process, including coordinating and integrating required data and documents.
7. Supervises and reviews the work of subordinates performing professional and sub-professional level planning work.
8. For individuals, permit applications and community groups, interprets and explains legal, technical and procedural aspects of planning work; may represent the department in hearings or appear as a witness in court proceedings.

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).

Desirable Qualifications:

1. Ability to understand and apply Zoning Codes to a variety of project types.
2. Experience with the application of design guidelines to advance design quality of development within or in response to a regulatory setting.
3. Knowledge of regulation and techniques pertaining to historical preservation
4. Practical private or public experience in the design of residential and commercial buildings.
5. Knowledge of local Building Codes, Planning Codes, and Design Guidelines
6. Knowledge of best practices in building design, building materials, and structural requirements.
7. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
8. Ability to use judgment, tact, diplomacy, and experience in dealing with challenging projects, issues, and individuals. 
9. Ability to maintain effective working relations with members of City government and the general public.
10. Skill in: establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with government agencies, community groups, special interest advocates, permit applicants, and the general public;
11. Ability to work in collaboration with staff and others.
12. Ability to present technical information to decision makers and to a general audience.

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 on the screen.

Computers 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.

Applicants will be prompted to submit a resume as part of the online employment application. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. Please ensure that you are attaching the correct materials to your employment application, as materials cannot be deleted once they are uploaded/attached.

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 accept CCSF mail from “@sfgov.org”.

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 application process, please contact Anne Marie Monroe by telephone at (415) 557-4914 or by email at AnneMarie.Monroe@sfgov.org.
For any questions regarding this position and/or the San Francisco Planning Department, you may contact Delvin Washington at (415) 558-6443 or delvin.washington@sfgov.org.

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.
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.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be reviewed for qualifying experience and education. Only those applicants deemed best qualified will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in the selection process.

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 ADA Accommodation 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, CA 94103.

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 posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam records and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

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

Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Issued: June 3, 2013
Reissued: June 21, 2013
Announcement No.: TEX-5291-060272



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

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