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Airport Economic Planner (Multiple Positions) - SFO (9255) - (146969)

Recruitment: RTF0146725-01033221

Published: July 09, 2024


Susan Vang-Chan -

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Department: San Francisco International Airport
Job class: 9255-Airport Economic Planner
Salary range: $144,560.00 - $175,630.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Position Based Test
Rule: Rule of 10 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


*Posting was amended on 7/9/24 to include potential assignment areas.

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

Application Opening: Reopened July 9, 2024
Application Deadline: Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement may close at any time after 5:00 PM pacific time on Monday, July 22, 2024.
Compensation: $144,560 - $175,630 Annually
Recruitment ID: PBT-9255-146969

San Francisco International Airport (SFO), an enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF), has approximately 1,700 CCSF employees and strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer.

SFO’s mission is delivering an airport experience where people and our planet come first and our core values are Safety and Security, Teamwork, Excellence, Care, and Equity. Learn more about careers at SFO.  

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Role description

Under general direction, the Airport Economic Planner manages and/or supervises an Airport section and directs and coordinates its activities. Positions in the class exercise a significant amount of judgment and discretion in meeting, communicating, problem solving and negotiating with representatives of Airport tenants, airlines, aviation support companies, government agencies, contractors and consultants, representatives of governmental agencies and commissions, and Airport staff and management; and performs related duties as required. Examples of major programs managed by positions in the class include but are not limited to: Client Services, Management Services, Regional, National and International Business Development, Risk Management, Retail, Airline and Customer Services and Property Management.

This recruitment will be used to fill multiple positions within SFO, which may include the following assignment areas:

Aviation Management Section

Aviation Management section performs a variety of functions related to the Airport’s property management and business development programs, financial and economic business planning, development and management at the San Francisco International Airport

Budget Section

Budget section develops and manages the $1.6 billion Operating Budget and $11 billion Five-Year Capital Plan and Ten-Year Maintenance & Capital Plan. The section informs fiscal policy directives, processes, reporting and strategies. The section collaborates with various stakeholders to implement the highly complex and sensitive financial programs essential to the financial viability of the Airport.

Financial Planning & Analysis Section

Financial Planning & Analysis section conducts complex analyses that drive leadership decision-making in rates and charges, revenue forecasting, budgeting and tracking, financial and economic reporting, air traffic forecasting, financial modeling and analysis, and data collection and revenue systems. 

Risk Management Section

Risk Management section performs a variety of functions related to the Airport’s comprehensive risk management and compliance programs including but not limited to insurance programs management, risk evaluation, construction safety insurance, and contract compliance; financial and economic business planning, development and management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will vary depending on specialty area and team assignment, however, general duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Plans, supervises and coordinates the activities of Airport units engaged in business, finance, capital, and related programs; trains and evaluates the work of assigned personnel;
  • Implements and supervises the Airport’s fiscal policy operations in connection with its capital budget program, capital project funding, and bond financing program; analyzes, recommends, coordinates, and where applicable, negotiates the financings of new Airport facilities and assesses the financial impact of the Airport’s capital program on the debt service costs;
  • Supervises and coordinates the Airport’s business development and business management programs; implements programs for the leasing and rental of terminal space, retail concessions, and Airport land and buildings for retail merchandisers, foreign and domestic air carriers, cargo enterprises and other tenants; conducts research and performs analysis to ensure maximum economic utilization of Airport lands and properties;
  • Develops, implements, and manages retail and food/beverage programs to optimize net revenue; assures participation in selection process of qualified tenants, including also minority, women-owned, and San Francisco based business.
  • Plans and implements, and manages the Airport program(s) to expand the markets served by the Airport, improving and sustaining stakeholder relations including setting up public relations programs to attract new and established airline business.
  • Manages and performs risk assessment of Airport systems and procedures; designs and implements studies to evaluate identified exposures; and develops and implements preemptive corrective action plans.
  • Develops and implements comprehensive programs to increase revenue generation via improved customer service; identifies roles for customer service training consultants and other specialists, organizes selection processes, and manages contractors activities; implements studies to evaluate customer services issues, including effectiveness of customer service activities.
  • Writes a variety of reports, grants, budgets; recommends, and plans marketing activities; oversees contract administration, records management and tenant liaison.
  • Represents the Airport to General public/customers, contractors, developers, engineers, vendors, Board of Supervisors, Airport Commission and other governmental agencies and City departments. May serve as Assistant Deputy Director in his/her absence.
  • May include additional duties as assigned.

How to qualify


Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Economics, Business, Accounting, Airport Management, International Relations, Administration, Public Administration, or a related field. AND


Five years of progressively responsible experience in the area(s) appropriate to the assigned position. These areas may include but are not limited to: municipal bond and debt issuances, investment portfolios, capital project analyses and evaluation, contracts, budgets, retail branch or airline line station management, airport retail program development, airport property management, transportation service planning or marketing, international trade, customer service planning, aviation risk assessment, aviation space utilization or expansion. Note: The job area(s) for this recruitment is defined in the position description listed above.


Additional qualifying experience as described above may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of 2 years). Note: One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying work experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units. (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week.).

Note: Residential property management experience is not qualifying.

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2000 hours. (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week.) Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment. 

Verification: 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

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.

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.

Selection Procedures:

After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ): Candidates will be required to complete a MQSQ as part of the employment application at a later time. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 100%)
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be sent a Supplemental Questionnaire. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. All candidates’ responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire are subject to verification. All relevant experience, education and/or training must be included in the responses in order to be reviewed in the rating process.

A passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be achieved in order to be placed/ranked on the eligible list. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score.

Note: Only those applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be notified of the exact date, time and place to report for the examinations. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance:
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security Threat Assessment in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.

Some positions may also require the following:

Customs Clearance

This position requires that the incumbent be qualified for unescorted access to the San Francisco International Airport U.S. Customs Security Area. An application for a U.S. Custom Access Seal may be submitted to Customs ONLY after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a Customs Access Seal. Per Civil Service Commission Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain customs access, a requirement for this position, may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission. Customs Access Seal requirements and procedures are located in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19, Part 122, Sections 181 or 189.

What else should I know?

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. 

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.  

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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. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at .

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date. 

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


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

• Select the “I’m Interested” 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 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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 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. 

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst Susan Vang-Chan 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.