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Posted: 08/11/2016

City & County of San Francisco
San Francisco Planning Department

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

Planner III - Historic Preservation
Professional Opportunity
San Francisco, CA
$92,482.00 - $112,398.00/year

The Planning Department has one (1) 5291 Planner III opening in our Historic Preservation program within the Current Planning Division.



Current Planning Division.  Planners help shape the physical development of the City. They are responsible for reviewing building permit and land use entitlement applications for compliance with the San Francisco Planning Code, San Francisco's General Plan, zoning regulations, and relevant design guidelines.


The Historic Preservation program within the Current Planning Division plays an important economic, environmental, and cultural role in the ongoing development of San Francisco.  As a Certified Local Government, the Planning Department has demonstrated its commitment to meeting the standards set forth by the California State Office of Historic Preservation.


Staff in the Historic Preservation program are responsible for a variety of tasks, including project review, environmental review, Historic Preservation Commission support, and historic and cultural resource surveys.


Under direction, the Planner III performs difficult and responsible planning work in land use, zoning, development, recreation, urban design, urban economics and finance, housing, code enforcement, historic preservation and real estate; supervises or assists in the preparation and design of research surveys and projects and conducts the more difficult investigations; prepares or assists in the preparation of reports and planning studies; processes applications; provides information on planning policies, contracts, budgets, and procedures; conducts limited environmental reviews and may also coordinate environmental review processes; may manage capital improvement projects for a city department and may supervise subordinate personnel and lead team projects; assists in the development and implementation of planning policies and procedures; reviews various building and land use permit applications; prepares, checks, and reviews important technical records and plans; has considerable contact with representatives of government, community groups, developers, business organizations and the general public; and performs related duties as required.


The essential functions of this job include: supervising, assisting, and/or developing & implementing planning policies and procedures; compiling, analyzing and interpreting complex technical, physical, social, economic, and statistical data related to planning (such as urban policy development, planning projects, zoning permit and subdivision application review, open space and recreation planning, historic preservation, environmental review, property management, land management, natural resources and/or other legal requirements); studying and making recommendations on complex planning related 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 and consultants 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 government officials, 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.  


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 IIIs 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.

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How to apply
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. •Select the desired job announcement •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. 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.
Michael Eng
Phone: 415-575-9143
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francsico, CA 94103

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