Entry Level Planner Job Opp at City of SF

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Division: Sustainable Streets
Section/Unit: Livable Streets Subdivision
Work Location: 1 South Van Ness, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Position Description:
The Livable Streets Section of the SFMTA Sustainable Streets Division focuses on the safety, efficiency and livability in San Francisco.  Under general direction, the 5277 Planner I performs entry level planning work in the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of city planning data in one of a variety of phases of project development and implementationThe essential functions of this job include: recording appropriate data and preparing recommendations for the subdivision; providing information orally and in writing to City agencies, stakeholders, community organizations and the general public; conducting site and field inspections of transit patterns and streets; preparing computer based and hard copy graphic materials; conducting research studies, surveys and interviews to obtain data and formulating recommendations to assist in planning policies, plans for future projects and determinations of the environmental impacts of proposed projects; tracking, managing, and mapping data related to previous and on-going transportation projects. Incumbents in this job code may be required to attend evening meetings occasionally held in community locations.

Nature of Work:  Candidates must be willing to work a 40-hour week as determined by the department with occasional extra hours as needed.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
1. Reviews, manages, and organizes GIS data related to on-going analysis and communications.
2. Provides information orally and in writing to city agencies, stakeholders, community organizations and the general public by answering questions, providing assistance, responding to complaints, presenting reports and draft plans; and explaining policies.
3. Conducts site and field inspections and conducts surveys and counts to obtain data required for planning, conceptual design, outreach, and environmental review of transportation projects.
4. Prepares computer based and hard copy graphic materials: maps, drawings, diagrams, graphs, charts, photographs, video and other display materials related to analysis and reports. Manages and creates GIS layers to track and analyze previous and ongoing work in the Livable Streets subdivision.
5. Conducts research studies and formulates recommendations by selecting, collecting, recording, tabulating, organizing and analyzing technical data to assist in planning policies, plan for future projects, and determine the environmental impacts of proposed projects.
6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  1. 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, historic preservation, or environmental studies; OR
  2. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND one (1) year of city or urban planning, transportation, urban design, historical preservation, architectural or environmental review experience.
 Desirable Qualifications:
§  Computer skills, including advanced proficiency in Geographic Information System (GIS) and Microsoft Office.
§  Demonstrated interest in traffic/transportation analysis and planning and project management.
§  Ability to work on projects with a variety of funding sources which could have competing deadlines, scopes, budgets, and schedules.
§  Ability to conduct transportation research and data analysis using appropriate methods and techniques, including basic statistics.
§  Ability to effectively prioritize work flow.
§  Ability to communicate clearly and with diplomacy; conduct meetings with various stakeholders.
§  Skilled in public speaking; ability to make presentations to government, nongovernment and community organizations.