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Planner I

City and County of San Francisco - City Planning (CPC)
San Francisco, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Sustainability Planning
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$70,044.00 - $85,150.00/year


The San Francisco Planning Department is currently running a permanent examination for the 5277 Planner I position.  The 5277 examination will be open for on-line filing until October 7, 2019, 5:00 PM.   This is a Classification-Based Testing (CBT) and the examination process will result in the creation of the 5277 eligible list.  The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination is Rule of Seven (7) Scores.

Under general supervision, the Planner I performs entry level planning work in the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of planning data (e.g., land use, zoning, housing, transportation, environmental) in one of a variety of phases of plan development and implementation. The essential functions of this job include: reviewing project activities, goals, programs, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; providing information orally and in writing to City agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations and the general public; conducting site and field inspections of land, economic activities, transit patterns, buildings and streets and conducting surveys and interviews to obtain data; preparing computer-based and hard copy graphic materials; conducting research studies and formulating recommendations to assist in planning policies, plans for future developments and determining the environmental impacts of proposed projects; assisting in the preparation, revision and performing updates of plans and other governmental documents and regulatory codes; and performing other duties as assigned

The 5277 examination has two components: (1) the Planner Core Exam (Weighted 45%) and (2) the Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight 55%):

Planner Core Exam – Weighted 45%:

Candidates meeting the Minimum Qualifications will be invited to participate in the online Planner Core exam. Candidates will be sent a web link via email that will allow them to take the online Planner Core exam that is designed to measure basic knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with a Planner I position, which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of basic planning principles; interpersonal relations ability; knowledge of graphic presentation methods, systems and techniques; and knowledge of statistical research and analytical methods.

This computer-administered test can be taken at home or at a time and location of one’s convenience, but only within a 4-day time period specified on the test notification. Candidates must have access to a computer and reliable internet connection to participate in this exam.

Supplemental Questionnaire – Weighted 55%:

Candidates who pass the Planner Core Exam will be sent a Supplemental Questionnaire via email to complete and return. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to determine relative knowledge, skills and ability levels in job related areas which may include, but not be limited to: knowledge of basic planning principles; written communication skills; and project and time management skills.  All relevant experience, education and/or training must be on the supplemental questionnaire in order to be reviewed in the rating process. The Supplemental Questionnaire will account for 55% of the total weight of the final score.  A passing score must be achieved on all examination components in order to be placed/ranked on the Eligible List.


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, historical 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.


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Published on:
September 27, 2019 - 11:09am
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