Principal Waterfront Planner (Long-Range Planning)

Under general direction of the Long-Range Planning Manager, the Principal Waterfront Planner designs and leads major policy planning studies, conducting research, surveys, investigations, and public engagement, as well as assisting in regulatory activities involving the most complex issues of coastal management as staff to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, including amendments to the San Francisco Bay Plan and other plans, including the San Francisco Waterfront Special Area Plan. The Principal Waterfront Planner will coordinate across BCDC staff teams, to facilitate engagement with complex plans and projects, develop guidance for agency work, and serve as a resource to BCDC staff on current and long-range planning issues. The Principal Waterfront Planner may lead multidisciplinary teams for a project or activity, and may serve as a lead for the Long-Range Planning Team to develop the long-range planning priorities for the Commission. Principal Waterfront Planner performs a wide variety of complex planning functions, including: literature research, presentations and technical policy writing on complex planning issues and concepts, policy and data analysis, permit analysis, participating in efforts related to social equity and environmental justice and climate change, and training and mentorship of Long-Range Planning Team staff. Working in partnership with other public agencies and interest groups, the Principal Waterfront Planner develops and presents planning recommendations to the Commission. The Principal Waterfront Planner may also supervise the work of planners, and assists in planning and directing the Long-Range Planning Program.

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
San Francisco County
$7,252.00 - $9,084.00 per month

Under the general direction of, and coordination with the Planning Manager, the Principal Waterfront Planner shall:

  • 40% Independently design and lead major policy planning studies on complex coastal management issues. Conduct research, surveys, investigations, and public engagement involving San Francisco Bay Plan policy development and amendment, and special area plans. Develop and lead collaborative stakeholder processes. Develop and assist policy efforts related to climate change, sea level rise, social equity, and environmental justice.
  • 30% Prepares written reports or recommendations documenting the results of project or policy analysis. Makes recommendations for action on amendments to the Commission’s laws, policies and regulations. Prepares written summaries and makes written and oral presentations. Reviews local, state and federal plans or programs and environmental impact reports and prepares comments.
  • 20% Tracks the planning of complex plans and projects with regional significance that require coordination between multiple BCDC staff teams. Facilitates BCDC staff engagement with project proponents in complex planning processes. Serves as a resource to BCDC staff on current and long-range planning issues, participates in preapplication engagement related to complex plans and projects, provides and develops guidance to the Regulatory team, provides assistance on permits, and helps mediate conflicts and issues. Represents the Long-Range Planning Manager in his/her absence in addressing policy issues raised in the long-range planning program. Manages contracts and grants and prepares deliverables and reports to support grants and in compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act.
  • 10% General Duties. Participates in various BCDC staff programs, staff meetings and projects, such as partnerships with scientists, or other collaborative efforts. Responds to inquiries from the public and developers and may be assigned other related duties, such as assistance with mass mailings, filing of project documents, and other duties as assigned
  • Knowledge of issues and disciplines related to the field of coastal management, including: land use, coastal planning, natural resource management, regional planning and policy, and/or law; social science; scientific research principles and methods; public access and design; social equity and environmental justice; and climate change.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Online tools and SharePoint file management; Adobe creative suite.
  • Skills include: Analyze and research complex coastal management issues and projects; design and lead planning processes and associated outreach and engagement; oral and written communication; work independently and in a team; apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, and requirements related to state and federal environmental protection and resource management; resolve and negotiate complex policy, legal, and planning matters; establish and maintain cooperative relations with Commission staff, the Commission, its advisory boards, and stakeholders and collaborate; apply common sense and judgment; meet deadlines both accurately and thoroughly; and prioritize, organize, and manage varied assignments; Provide leadership in accomplishing basic functions and objectives in assigned programs; Inspire confidence and effective working relationships with employees, managers and leaders in the public and private sector.
  • Ability. All employees are responsible for contributing to an inclusive, safe, and secure work environment that values diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences, and is free from discrimination.
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