** Amended and Reissued on 11/13/2018 to Add a Special Condition and Extend Filing Deadline **
This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Commission Rule 111A.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our divers community.
More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park patrol officers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.
Reporting directly to the Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens Manager, Mei Ling Hui, and ultimately to Director of Policy and Public Affairs Sarah Madland, this 9770 Community Development Assistant functions within PPA's Community Gardens Program to increase programming at Community garden sites; support development of the Urban Agriculture Resource Center; implement new initiatives to improve Community Gardens; develop outreach content for community members; support grant research and grant applications; and support program data tracking and reporting.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The 9770 Community Development Assistant:
1. Develops curriculum and hands-on workshops on practical garden related topics, including topics such as fruit tree pruning and grafting, on-site compost management, management of beehives and egg-laying chickens, and seasonal planting calendars.
2. Provides support to the Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Program manager in identifying features, resources, infrastructure development, and ongoing Center management.
3. Coordinates various volunteer projects including project scope and timeline with established volunteer garden leadership; measures and tracks project outcomes; and provides ongoing support to other projects and events as needed.
4. Researches grants for capital improvement grants at priority sites; prepares monthly reports on available grants for community projects; and applies for grants.
5. Interacts with the general public and garden members for the purpose of responding to community garden requests for improvement and special events.
6. Manages the procurement and organization of physical resources including packing and supplying tools for volunteer work parties and other related events.
7. Coordinates with service providers in order to identify actionable solutions that fit within the existing policy and resource parameters; engages contractors and vendors, monitors and reports project status and outcomes.
The below Minimum Qualifications reflect a special condition associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.
1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND
2. One (1) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, criminal justice, or elections related work;
3. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the following fields: public or business administration, urban planning, government, social work, education, finance or criminal justice.
Verifiable administrative/professional experience involving community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, criminal justice, and/or elections related work may substitute for the educational requirement in Minimum Qualification #1 on a year-for-year basis.
Candidates must possess this special condition:
Six (6) months of experience in community outreach, liaison or public education programs and the administration of volunteer work programs.
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when applicants are considered for hiring.
Extensive professional work experience in the development and delivery of youth or adult garden related education.
Experience in successful grant application and management for education programming and garden-related capital repairs and enhancements.
Experience in garden and farm management (i.e. annual and perennial crops and animal husbandry).
How To Apply
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.
- Select the desired job announcement (PBT-9770-090837)
- 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
Computers 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.
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, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).
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.
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 http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456
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.
Verification of required education typically must be a photocopy of the degree or transcript from an accredited college or university.
Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer's letterhead, and must include the applicant's name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative. City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment, but must submit written verification of outside experience. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.
Verification of required licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Antonio Archuleta, by telephone at (415) 831-6858, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred).
Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight 100%)
Upon application, candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application process. The supplemental questionnaire weighted score will be used to determine relative knowledge, skills, and abilities in job related areas which may include, but are not limited to, knowledge of: concepts and practices of community development programs; functions and organization of community stewarded spaces; methods and procedures for grant research and writing; project management principles and practices; collecting, analyzing, and processing data on community development issues; and ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the others.
The score report resulting from this examination 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 score report resulting from this examination process will be 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 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 http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.
The certification rule for the score report resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.
As a finalist for a job, 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.
Disaster Service Workers
All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
Terms of Announcement
Position Based Tests are administered in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A. General information concerning City and County of San Francisco employment policies and procedures may be found in the pamphlet entitled "Important Employment Information for Position Based Testing". This information is part of the terms of this announcement. The pamphlet is available at the Department of Human Resources Information Center, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 or on-line at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#positionbasedtesting.
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 of the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions.
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.
Copies of Application Documents
Information can be found at:
Reasonable Accommodation Request
Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this recruitment can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#reasonableaccommodation.
May be corrected by the posting of the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions.
Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20.
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Right to Work
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States. http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification.
10/31/2018; Amended and Reissued: 11/13/2018
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number:
REC / AA / 415-831-6858
All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.
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