Director of Citywide Planning

City and County of San Francisco
San Francsico, CA
United States
April 1, 2017
Professional Area: 
Urban Design
More than 10 years
Salary Range: 
$141,310.00 - $180,336.00/year

Position Description

The San Francisco Planning Department currently has an opening for the Director of Citywide Planning which is the long range planning and urban design function of the department. 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 Division works on a wide range of topics, including housing, transportation, urban design, land use, community development, resiliency, and sustainability.

This position oversees a current staff of 50 and a budget of $5.9 million, and serves as one of eight senior managers in the Planning Department.  The other seven senior managers include the Director of Administration, the Director of Current Planning, the Environmental Review Officer, the Zoning Administrator, the Director of Commission Affairs, the Senior Policy Advisor, and the Senior Advisor for Special Projects.  All report directly to the Director of Planning. The position also contributes to the overall management of the Department through overseeing various interdivisional project teams.

Under policy direction of the Planning Director, the Director of Citywide Planning is in charge of developing Planning policy, and of developing, maintaining and amending the General Plan of the City and County of San Francisco in its entirety. 

The position is principally responsible for advising the Planning Director in providing guidance on key land use issues, amending and interpreting the General Plan, developing implementation programs, developing legislation, supporting community development, and conducting studies and reports as necessary to consistently implement the goals, objectives, policies and principles of the General Plan.

The Director of Citywide Planning is also responsible for overseeing area plans, urban design projects, and other initiatives as needed.  This responsibility includes the development of related code amendments and policies through adoption by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

The senior managers and administrative staff of the division report directly to the Director of Citywide Planning, who provides executive direction for highly specialized professional planning functions; provides direction to senior managers responsible for program areas; and manages organizational changes.  Other staff of the Division report to the Director of Citywide Planning in matters related to the consistent interpretation and application of the General Plan, matters related to the preparation and adoption of area and action plans, matters related to the general management and administration of the Department as needed, and other matters as assigned from time to time, including teams of staff working on cross-divisional project assignments.

The position develops and oversees the organizational structure, the annual work program, and the budget and staffing of the Citywide Planning Division and assists in and coordinates with the Chief Administrative Officer in the preparation of the Department’s work program and budget.

As a principal deputy, the Director of Citywide Planning represents the Department and the Director at all times and officiates on the Director’s behalf as needed.  The Director of Citywide Planning represents the Department and the Director at meetings with the public, elected officials, other agencies and departments of the City and County, and other Planning Department stakeholders.

The link to the job announcement and application process is below.  The final file date for this position is April 17, 2017, at 5:00 PM.:

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