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Posted: 07/05/2017

City & County of San Francisco
Planning Department

The San Francisco Planning Department (CPC) 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.

Planner II - Preservation Planner
Professional Opportunity
San Francisco, CA
$80,262.00 - $97,552.00/year
Open Until

The San Francisco Planning Department has an opening for one (1) 5278 Planner II Preservation Planner position to join the Current Planning Division.

Under the direction of the Senior Preservation Planner, the 5278 Planner II Preservation Planner performs mid-level preservation-related environmental review work pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The core work of this position entails determination of whether properties contain historic resources under CEQA and, where such resources exist, whether proposed projects would have significant adverse effects on the resources. Projects reviewed include development permits, infrastructure projects, area plans, legislation, and other approvals.

The Senior Preservation Planner and the Preservation Planner II are staff to and support the work of the Environmental Planning Division of the Planning Department, which is under the direction of the Environmental Review Officer/Director of Environmental Planning.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct archival and field research.
  • Scope, review, and direct technical reports and other documents prepared by professional historic resource consultants and others.
  • Prepare historic resource evaluation responses (HRERs) that analyze the potential impact to a historic resource of a proposed project under CEQA, including review for compliance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Coordinate with and assist other Environmental Planning staff in the development of scopes of work and review of the historic resource components of background technical documents and CEQA determinations, including exemptions, negative declarations, and environmental impact reports.
  • Maintain project schedules while meeting requirements for adequate review.
  • Attend and participate in public hearings before the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and other review bodies as required.
  • Interpret and explain legal, technical, and procedural aspects of CEQA preservation review to the public, boards and commissions, and other city staff.
  • Assist the Preservation Team as needed with the development of historic preservation policies to be included in area plans undergoing environmental review.
  • Exercise understanding of CEQA preservation review requirements and processes as required in staffing the Planning Information Counter.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND two (2) years (4,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in city, regional, urban or transportation planning, urban design, historic preservation, architectural or environmental review or other related field;

  2. Possession of a baccalaureate 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, Public Administration, Physical Sciences, Historic Preservation, or Environmental Studies AND one (1) year (2,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in city, regional, urban or transportation planning, urban design, historic preservation, architectural or environmental review or other related field;

  3. 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.

  4. *One (1) year (2,000 hours) of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of Historic Preservation Planning that enables professional judgments to be made about the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, protection, or treatment of historic and archeological properties in the United States and its Territories; and products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation.

    *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.   

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • A degree in Planning with demonstrable course work in Historic Preservation

  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques pertaining to local historical developments and ability to complete National Register of Historic Places and California Historical Resources documentation that has resulted in properties listings or Determination of Eligibility.

  • Knowledge of the sources and availability of current information in the field of historical

How to apply
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. •Select the job announcement TPV-5278-078277 •Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information •Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously” •Follow instructions on the screen 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. You can also watch this video for further assistance with our online application system: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-kUFHXhBjQ&feature=youtu.be 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. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Michael Eng, by telephone at (415) 575-9143 or by email at Michael.Eng@sfgov.org.
Michael Eng
Phone: 415-575-9143
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

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