Planner V (Housing and Community Stabilization)

City & County of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA (30+ days ago)4.2


Appointment Type: Temporary Exempt (TEX)

Temporary Exempt (TEX), Full-Time. This position is being filled as TEX due to lack of an available eligible list from which a Permanent (PCS) appointment can be made. A 5283 Planner V Civil Service examination is currently in development and will be administered within the next several months in order to produce an eligible list. It is the intent of the Planning Department to fill this position as Permanent when the eligible list is available. The candidate selected for this TEX position must participate and be successful in a Civil Service Examination process for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for a Permanent appointment.


San Francisco is renowned as a cultural and economic engine nested within one of the most productive regional economies in the nation. With its 860,000 residents on 47 square miles, it is the second densest US city. The nine-county Bay Area is expected to grow by 1.5 million people to nearly 9 million people by 2040, and of that, the city is expected to grow by approximately 200,000 new residents and 200,000 new jobs. The City of San Francisco has a legacy of innovative and forward-thinking urban planning. This legacy is partially due to the community’s insistence on planning and great design: San Franciscans have an unusually strong interest and expertise in planning, land use and development, and have high expectations of the Department.

The Bay Area economy is growing three times faster than the national average. The San Francisco Metro area leads the surge with 5.4% growth in 2016. At the same time that the economy is growing, pressures are increasing on the City’s residents. The majority of California renters are rent burdened, meaning that they pay more than 30% of their income toward rent, and nearly 1/3 pay more than 50% of their income toward rent. San Francisco residents are struck particularly hard by the costs of housing. To purchase a median priced house, households would need to earn $303,000. The result is increasing income polarization. Since 1990, households earning more than 140% of Area Median Income (AMI) have increased by 76,000, while those earning between 30-120% of AMI have decreased by 37,150. The housing affordability crisis is widely felt and there have been severe impacts on vulnerable populations.

To address these challenges, the City has taken on the following key initiatives: 1) issued a 2017 executive directive under the auspices of the Mayor committing to the delivery of 5,000 new and rehabilitated homes each year, 2) passed a $310M housing bond to support the acquisition, rehabilitation, and construction of affordable homes, and 3) issued a 2013 executive directive under the auspices of the Mayor committing to accelerating housing production and protecting the existing housing stock.

The Planning Department has specifically taken on the following key initiatives: 1) developed new administrative approval processes for 100% affordable housing projects and State Senate Bill 35 housing projects, 2) launched a comprehensive study of the existing housing stock, and a Community Stabilization and Anti-Displacement Strategy, 3) formed a new work team of community development specialists to work in partnership with community members in neighborhoods that are experiencing rapid social and economic change on a variety of issues, including housing affordability, small business strategies, family retention, and transportation challenges, 4) established new frameworks for conducting community planning in vulnerable communities through Mission Action Plan 2020, Sustainable Chinatown, and Tenderloin Development Without Displacement plans, 5) developed a local density bonus plan, HOME-SF, that incentivize projects with 30% affordability without subsidy, 6) launched a Department wide Racial and Social Equity Initiative to advance equity internally and externally in our work, 7) is preparing for the public launch of the Housing Affordability Strategy to provide a framework for evaluating policy impact on housing affordability, and 8) established this position in the Planning Department to lead housing policy work, help advance equity and community capacity building.

To address these issues, the San Francisco Planning Department is seeking a senior level housing and community stabilization planner to develop, direct, and manage a work program relating two interconnected policy groups: housing policy and community development and stabilization policy. The Department has an opening for a 5283 Planner V position to fill these duties, within our Citywide (Long Range) Planning Division. The position reports to the Citywide Division Director. The position will supervise programming equivalent to approximately 9 FTE, including five (5) community development staff and four (4) housing staff and staff with expertise in design, data and analysis and general land use, plus collaboration with other division managers on a variety of efforts and topics.

1. Housing. The position will oversee multiple housing policy planning efforts at the city-wide and district scales, including the Housing Affordability Strategy, the Existing Housing Study, housing-related community engagement and outreach, review of local and state housing legislation, development of new density bonus programs, and the production of numerous housing reports.

2. Community Development & Stabilization. The position will also develop and refine a robust, equity-focused response to displacement and gentrification in the City. Related projects include analyzing where displacement and exclusion pressures are most acute across San Francisco; overseeing the development of a toolkit of community stabilization and displacement prevention strategies for the City; administering and managing the neighborhood-specific policy development and implementation efforts for neighborhoods including but not limited to the Mission, Tenderloin, the Bayview, and Chinatown; and implementing the Department’s Racial & Social Equity Action Plan.

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.

Citywide Planning Division. The Citywide Division is responsible for the long-range planning of San Francisco. The Division develops policy, maintains and oversees compliance with the City’s General Plan, prepares and implements community plans, acts as the urban design resource for the city, and gathers and analyzes data in support of land-use policy. The Citywide Division develops, plans and proposes policy on a wide range of topics, including resiliency, housing, transportation, urban design, land use, and sustainability policy and development of long-range plans at a city-wide or neighborhood scale.

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. We work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment with opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects and topic areas, both individually and on project teams. In performing our work, we work closely with staff of other City and regional agencies, the development community, and the general public. Community outreach and engagement is a big part of our work, and we hold frequent public forums to present and get input on our work.

General Position Description

The Planner V – Housing and Community Stabilization position has upper-level responsibility for designing and directing, and delivering major housing and community-related planning efforts, both within the Planning Department and across municipal and regional agencies. The position performs and oversees this work inclusive of planning, policy development, funding strategies, community engagement, and impact analysis. This position is responsible for convening and managing high-level, collaborative visioning, planning, and funding strategy efforts amongst multiple municipal, county, regional agencies, and community organizations. As a high-level position, it represents the Department and the City & County, advocating on behalf of its policy objectives in local, regional and State interagency forums and initiatives. The successful candidate must have:
· expert conceptual, technical and project management abilities,

· demonstrated staff development and management expertise,

· skills to convene multiple community interests, and

· ability to represent the City & County in formal hearings, community conversations and public forums.

The Community Stabilization Program starts from a foundational principal of respect for community. The program seeks to work directly with communities who are most effected by displacement to ensure that San Francisco remains welcoming for low-income people, people of color, and immigrants. The challenge for this program is to ensure an equitable and inclusive city through effectively partnering with the public and non-profits. The goal of this program to assure affordable housing in all neighborhoods overlaps with the housing program while also going beyond housing to ensuring living wage jobs and to improve access to parks, community services and transportation.

The Housing Program strives to improve housing outcomes on three fronts: increasing production of both market-rate and affordable housing; increase preservation of existing housing; and protect existing tenants. The Housing Affordability Strategy is the omnibus effort, launching in summer of 2018. The Housing Affordability Strategy will provide a comprehensive framework for housing plans and policies with dynamic, quantified goals for improving housing affordability in San Francisco and addressing the housing needs of the city’s diverse population. The Strategy will also form the basis for the next Housing Element update to be adopted in 2022. The Strategy’s quantified housing affordability goals will focus on achieving desired outcomes including:

• Stabilize or reverse the loss of low and moderate income households in San Francisco.

• Address housing needs and outcomes by race/ ethnicity, age, household type, and worker income to help sustain the city’s diversity.

Outcomes could also include housing cost indicators such as:

• Meet production targets for total housing units and affordable units produced or preserved.

• Stabilize or reduce housing rents and sale prices.

• Address current housing needs such as severe cost burdens.

This position will also be responsible for the overseeing the Department’s multiple housing reports and plans: including the Housing Element, the Housing Inventory, the Housing Balance, and the Housing Dashboard. The successful candidate must have strong management skills, including envisioning, developing, and directing a long-range planning work program, and actively managing the work of other staff towards achieving the goals of the work program. The Planner V is the highest level position in the Planner series, is housed in the Citywide Planning Division of the Planning Department, and reports to the Director of Citywide Planning. As such, the Planner V –serves as a senior member of the Citywide Planning Division’s management team. This management team includes the Citywide Division Director, the Assistant Director, a Planner V focused on transportation, and a Planner V focused on land use.

Essential duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

· Direct, conceptualize, manage and administer work program relating to the Department’s long-range housing planning and community stabilization policy efforts;

· Direct the housing and community stabilization program, including all staff and consultant work and deliverables; convene the public and stakeholders, and serve as primary point of contact for other agencies and elected officials;

· Represent the Planning Department in interagency and inter-jurisdictional forums and efforts with regard to housing and community stabilization planning and policy initiatives, including Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Mayor’s Office, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, MTC/ABAG, HCD and other State and regional agencies;

· Supervise and/or directly manage a variety of long-range housing and community stabilization plans, programs, and policy initiatives; serve as senior advisor on comprehensive plans, area plans, major development projects, and transportation plans; and lead development of related policy, funding, and implementation strategies;

· Advise and act as a resource to the Director of Planning, Citywide Division Director and other Senior Department managers on related planning and policy issues;

· Direct the Housing Element (General Plan) update and other related policy development in the Department;

· Recommend department positions in response to regional and local housing and community stabilization policy proposals, and communicate these positions to key stakeholders and decision-makers;

· Directly supervise the work of housing and community stabilization planning and project staff in the Citywide Planning Division, potentially including other Citywide Division managers; supervise the development, training and advancement of subordinates; advise and oversee the related, consultant contract procurement process, ensure proper staffing levels; and evaluate the performance of subordinates and consultants;

· Address community, advocate, business and other groups to clearly explain planning programs and problems, promote resolution and good public relations for the department;

· Represent the department at the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Supervisors committee meetings, and other local, regional and state government agencies, commissions or boards;

· Perform other duties as assigned.

Planner Vs 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's license, or may require specialized experience in order to perform department specific planning duties.

Minimum Qualifications These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Eight (8) years of experience in urban, city, regional, and/or related planning environment such as (transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design).

License and Certification:

Possession of Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional or Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies or Environmental Sciences may substitute for one (1) years of the required work experience.

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If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Susan Chu, by telephone at 415-575-9149, or by email at

Selection Procedures The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

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Conviction History If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:
  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.
Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources

Issued: June 18, 2018
Announcement No.: TEX-5283-086747

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