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Planner III - Power Enterprise- SFPUC (5291) (134914)

Recruitment: RTF0134913-01154187

Published: June 08, 2023

Accepting applications until: June 16, 2023


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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 5291-Planner III
Salary range: $120,666.00 - $146,640.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


  • Application Opening: 05/08/2023
  • Application Filing Deadline: 06/16/2023 (deadline has been extended) 
  • Annual Salary: $115,128 - $139,906
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0134913-01154187

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary Exempt: This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of the appointment shall not exceed 36 months.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees operating across eight counties serving more than 2.7 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area – 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality.

To learn more about working at the SFPUC, visit our career site at

Role description

Work Location: 525 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco CA 94102

Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm

Position Summary:

Under direction of the Customer Engagement Manager, the 5291 Planner III in the SFPUC Power Enterprise performs complex and responsible planning work supporting the City’s efforts to expand access to clean energy programs for San Francisco electricity customers. The Customer Engagement Group is the main point of contact for power customers and will be responsible for the intake and resolution of all customer requests in order to facilitate access to SFPUC resources.

 This advanced journey-level position assists in the preparation of planning, research, surveys, and projects; conducts investigations, collects and analyzes data on zoning, electrical subdivision design, and infrastructure mapping; assists in the preparation of written and graphic reports; and performs related duties as required. 

Requires responsibility for: carrying out and interpreting city planning policies and procedures; making continuing personal contacts with representatives of government, civic and business organizations, and the general public in the explanation and interpretation of laws, ordinances, policies, rules and regulations relating to city planning activities; preparing, checking and reviewing important technical records involving the master plan, capital improvement program, urban renewal, zoning and other technical city planning records. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

- Compiles, analyzes and interprets city-wide electrical load planning efforts, such as building decarbonization and fleet electrification from a variety of forms and sources, make judgements and recommendations, for purposes of grid distribution planning.

- Provides electrical strategic planning advice and identifies clustering opportunities across City department project pipelines.

- Generates and maintains process flow mapping utilizing Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules, Precedence Diagram Method (PDM) schedules, or other.

- Tracks project pipelines across customers and identify alignment with new and existing assets for purposes of identifying strategic investment opportunities.

- Coordinate complex projects involving the resolution of conflicting interests.

- Interprets and explains legal, technical, and procedural aspects of planning work for individuals, permit applicants, government officials and community groups.

- Schedules collaboration meetings across stakeholder groups and prepares meeting agendas, minutes, PowerPoint presentations, and other documents as required.

- Prepares reports and presentations including maps, charts, and plans to track, identify and formulate recommendations on strategic investment concepts and opportunities.

- Prepares planning and engineering design documents, cost estimates, and analysis for evaluating strategic investment opportunities.

- Provides good customer service by meeting with customers, conducting site visits, reviewing engineering details, discussing priorities and construction schedules.

- Assists in the development and implementation of planning policies and procedures

- May be required to attend meetings or participate in work-related activities outside of normal working hours (evenings and weekends) in various community locations.

- Supports Memorandum of Understanding, Easement, Real Estate and other documentation development and execution across City Departments and SFPUC stakeholders

- Represents the SFPUC and serves as liaison for new and existing customers while advancing the City’s climate goals in areas of energy efficiency and electrification.

- Work effectively in a team environment; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with various stakeholder types; design and carry out complex studies or projects; work collaboratively with staff and others.

- Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

How to qualify

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); OR

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 transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design).

When assigned to Emergency Communications Department: Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited four year college or university AND four (4) years of experience in emergency/disaster planning and management.

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

“The stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.”

Verification of Education and Experience:

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Education verification information on verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

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.

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. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

What else should I know?

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:


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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.

Job Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the job analyst, Rocio Mendoza, by email at 


CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.