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Planner III (#5291) - City and County of San Francisco - Multiple Departments

Recruitment: RTF0140549-01090064

Published: January 31, 2024


Michael Eng -

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Department: Citywide
Job class: 5291-Planner III
Salary range: $120,666.00 - $146,640.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of 7 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


San Francisco is a vibrant and dynamic city, on the forefront of economic growth & innovation, urban development, arts & entertainment, as well as social issues & change. This rich tapestry of culture and ideas is sustained by our City's commitment to heighten the quality of life for San Franciscans and residents of the greater Bay Area. Our employees play an important role not only in making our City what it is today, but also in shaping the future of San Francisco.


  • Application Opening - January 29, 2024
  • Deadline to Apply:  February 12, 2024
  • Recruitment ID:  RTF0140549-01090064
  • Exam Analyst:  Michael Eng

Role description

Under direction, the Planner III performs complex and responsible planning work in areas such as land use, zoning, urban design, economic development, housing development, environmental planning, open space and recreation, code enforcement, historic preservation, real estate, waterfront planning, airport planning, park planning, natural resource management, emergency planning, or other related planning fields.

Examples of essential functions of this job include, but are not limited to:

  • Compiles, analyzes and interprets complex technical, physical, social, economic, and statistical data for urban policy development, planning projects, zoning, permit and subdivision application review, open space & recreation planning, waterfront planning, historic preservation, environmental review, property management, land management, natural resources and/or other legal requirements.
  • Supervises, designs, and prepares graphic presentations including maps, reports, plans, PowerPoint (or similar presentations) charts, models, sketches and graphs to illustrate and analyze planning and development concepts
  • Reviews and/or coordinates the Federal, State, and Local environmental review and permitting processes, including coordinating various stakeholders and integrating required data and documents and obtaining other regulatory approvals for projects; for Emergency Planning Work, this includes review and/or coordinate the Federal, State, and Local Emergency Planning standards and guidelines, including coordinating various stakeholders and integrating required data and documents.
  • Supervises and reviews the work of subordinates engaged in the performance of professional and sub-professional level planning work; oversees consultant planning work
  • Manages planning projects and/or emergency response exercises for a city department; lead team projects.
  • Prepares clearly written, concise staff reports and documents that are understandable to the general public; prepares (or assists in the preparation of) reports and planning studies; provides information on planning policies, practices and procedures.
  • Coordinates with other city, regulatory and governmental agencies on planning matters; reviews documents prepared by other government agencies, such as environmental impact reports, policies, legislation and emergency plans
  • Reviews and evaluates various development and land use applications, special event or park and open space activation applications, considering all relevant legislation, plans and policy.
  • Represents the Department/Agency to government officials, community groups, developers, business organizations and the general public.
  • Develops, manages and coordinates internal and public outreach for Department/Agency policies, plans or initiatives.
  • Interprets and explains legal, technical and procedural aspects of planning work to agencies, commissioners, government officials and members of the public.
  • Reviews submitted architectural/site/landscape/engineering plans (e.g., site plans, floor plans, exterior elevations; structural plans; etc…); assesses and critiques against design-based criteria.

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.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

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);


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 qualifications requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

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

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.

What else should I know?

Selection Procedures

  1. Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) - Qualifying
    Candidates will be sent an MQSQ via email as part of the employment application. Applicants will be required to respond to the MQSQ in the time frame indicated, and submit their answers as directed. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQs) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.
  2. Supplemental Questionnaire Exam (SQ) - Weight 100%
    Candidates who meet the minimum qualification for this position will be sent a Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) via email to complete and return. Applicants will be required to respond to the SQ in the time frame indicated, and submit their answers as directed.

The Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) will account for 100% of the total weight of the final score.

A passing score must be achieved on all components of the selection procedures in order to be placed/ranked on the score report. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List/Score Report:
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Seven (7). Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be twelve (12)  months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see:  Position-Counts-by-Job-Codes-and-Department-FY-2021-22.pdf (

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights: 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. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at .] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at

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


How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

  • Select the “Apply Now” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and updated. 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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

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.

Questions:  If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Michael Eng, by telephone at 628-652-7522, or by email at

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.