Planner V – Transportation, City and County of San Francisco

Planner V-Transportation

$62.56 – $76.04/hour; $10,844.00 – $13,180.00/month; $130,130.00 – $158,158.00/year

Application Deadline: 2/15/2017 5:00 PM



The Planner V – Transportation position has upper-level responsibility for coordinating major transportation-related planning efforts, both within the Planning Department and across municipal and regional agencies. The position performs and oversees work related to transportation planning, policy development, funding strategies, and impact analysis. This position is responsible for convening and managing high-level, collaborative transportation vision, planning, and funding strategy efforts amongst multiple municipal and regional agencies, including the SFMTA, SFCTA, Mayor’s Office and regional transportation agencies. As a high-level position, it represents the Department and the City/County, advocating on behalf of its policy objectives in local, regional and State interagency forums and initiatives. The successful candidate must have expert conceptual, technical and project management abilities and a strong ability to convene multiple agencies and interests and represent the City/County in regional transportation conversations and forums.

The position will direct the Connect SF program ( Connect SF is a multiagency collaboration to develop a long-range transportation vision and implementation strategy to improve mobility for all people in San Francisco, and to promote the strategic integration of land use and transportation for the city and region. It seeks to build an effective, equitable and sustainable transportation system for our future, so current and future generations can get around the city safely, reliably, and conveniently. The position will also direct the update to the Transportation Element of the San Francisco General Plan, consistent with the Connect SF preferred transportation vision.

The position will supervise transportation planning staff within the Citywide Planning Division, and will be a key member of the Citywide Division management team. The successful candidate must have strong management skills, including envisioning, developing, and directing a long-range transportation planning work program, and managing the work of other staff towards achieving the goals of the work program.

The Planner V is the highest level position in the Planner series, is housed in the Citywide Planning Division of the Planning Department, and reports to the Director of Citywide Planning. As such, the Planner V – Transportation serves as a member of the Citywide Planning Division’s management team.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop,  manage and maintain a work program relating to the Department’s long-range transportation planning and policy efforts;
  • Direct the Connect SF program, including all staff and consultant work and deliverables; convene interagency Connect SF team, and serve as primary point of contact for other agencies and external stakeholders for Connect SF;
  • Represent the Planning Department in interagency and inter-jurisdictional forums and efforts with regard to local and regional transportation planning and policy initiatives, including SFMTA, SFCTA, the Mayor’s Office, MTC and other State and regional agencies;
  • Supervise and/or directly manage a variety of long-range transportation plans, programs, and policy initiatives; serve as senior transportation advisor on comprehensive plans, area plans, major development projects, and transportation plans; and lead development of transportation policy, funding, and implementation strategies;
  • Advise and act as a resource to the Director of Planning, Citywide Division Director and other Senior Department managers on transportation-related planning and policy issues;
  • Direct the Transportation Element (General Plan) update and other transportation-related policy development in the Department;
  • Recommend department positions in response to regional and local transportation policy proposals, and communicate these positions to key stakeholders and decision-makers;
  • Directly supervise the work of transportation planning and project staff in the Citywide Planning Division, potentially including other Citywide Division managers; supervise the development, training and advancement of subordinates; advise and oversee the related, consultant contract procurement process,  ensure proper staffing levels; and evaluate the performance of subordinates and consultants;
  • Coordinate with the Planning Department’s Environmental Planning Division regarding development and updates to transportation policy and review guidelines
  • Address community, business and other groups to clearly explain planning programs and problems, promote resolution and good public relations for the department;
  • Represent the department at the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Supervisors committee meetings, and other local, regional and state government agencies, commissions or boards;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Planner Vs 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’s license, or may require specialized experience in order to perform department specific planning duties.


  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND
  • Eight (8) years of experience in urban, city, regional, and/or transportation planning, including three (3) years of supervisory experience.


The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process.

  • Three (3) years of recent and verifiable experience in performing complex city and region-wide, long term transportation policy, including transportation funding and implementation strategies.
  • Strong working knowledge of transportation planning practices, including policy development; funding and implementation strategies; and technical knowledge including transit operations;
  • Strong interagency collaboration and facilitation skills to support reconciling divergent agency imperatives and forging consensus;
  • Excellent management skills, including supervising technical work of other planners, coaching and mentoring, appropriately delegating tasks, and building strong and cohesive teams;
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills and ability to effectively and sensitively communicate, both orally and in writing, with a broad variety of stakeholders and in formal presentation settings;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple high-level projects and demands within deadlines.


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