City and County of San Francisco – Planner III

5291 Planner III

$44.46 – $54.04/hour; $7,707.00 – $9,367.00/month; $92,482.00 – $112,398.00/year

Application deadline: August 30, 2016 at 5:00PM


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 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, and may require specialized experience in order to perform department-specific planning duties.


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


  1. 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, regional and/or other related planning environment (such as, but not limited to transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture, historic preservation or urban design).


  1. Two (2) years of experience in History, Architectural History or Historic Architecture

Must meet one of the three US Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards – History, Architectural History or Historic Architecture – used by the National Park Service, and have been previously published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61. A year of full-time professional experience need not consist of a continuous year of full-time work but may be made up of discontinuous periods of full-time or part-time work adding up to the equivalent of a year of full-time experience.

Please see full job posting on SF website for full description of the below requirements.



Architectural History


Historic Architecture

The minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification and special requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.


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