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Posted: 03/25/2016

City & County of San Francisco
San Francisco Planning Department

The San Francisco Planning Department plays a central role in guiding the growth and development in our City. The Department works with other City agencies and the community to help achieve great planning for a great city. Our mission, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code The Department serves a broad range of constituents, including the citizens of San Francisco, community organizations, elected and appointed policymakers, builders, architects, property owners, tenants, and advocacy groups. All rely on the City's General Plan and the Planning Code to achieve the City's development goals. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally.

Historic Preservation Technical Specialist (Planner II)
Professional Opportunity
San Francisco, CA
$75,452.00 - $91,702.00/year

Under direction, the Planner II performs difficult and responsible historic preservation planning work in land use, zoning, development, recreation, urban design, urban economics and finance, housing, code enforcement, and real estate; 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, including the preparation of historic designation reports for listing of properties at the local, state, or national level; processes applications; provides information on planning policies, contracts, budgets, and procedures; conducts limited environmental reviews and may also coordinate environmental review processes; 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.

A Preservation Technical specialist as part of the Survey Team demonstrates strong skill sets for the identification and evaluation of historic resources as well as integrating sound historic preservation principles for all work efforts, and reviews them for conformance with the City's long-range planning goals and the Planning code.

The essential functions of this job include:

  1. Develop and assist in the development of historic resources survey methodologies, surveys, and context statements, including thematic frameworks for ethnic and cultural heritage and the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, and treatment of historic districts and individual resources.
  2. Prepare and develop local landmark, California, and National Register designations, including community coordination, conduct primary research, write reports, and prepare legislation and coordinate it through the public review process.
  3. Review and edit consultant-prepared or community-authored historic resource survey forms, historic context statements, designation reports for consistency and quality. 
  4. Demonstrate competent and effective capabilities in the review of building permit applications that entail alterations to historic resources for compliance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and other relevant historic preservation policies, as needed.
  5. Provide public outreach and technical assistance on landmark designation processes under the Planning Code, state, and federal levels, historic resource surveys, context statements, the Mills Act property tax reduction, State Historic Building Code, and general permit processes.
  6. Assist with database development and the integration of survey findings into the Departments Parcel Information Database. 

Planner IIs 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.

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How to apply
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are accepted through an online process. Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement 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 (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com). 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. 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. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.
Michael Eng
Phone: 415-575-9143
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

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