Port of San Francisco Published: Thursday, March 25, 2021
San Francisco, Ca 94111, California
Job Type


This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Commission Rule 111A


Please use the above link to go our page and apply

The Port of San Francisco is an enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco and is governed by a Commission of five members appointed by the Mayor. The Port Commission is responsible for overseeing a broad range of waterfront commercial, maritime, and public access facilities that are held in public trust for the people of California. The Port’s jurisdiction covers approximately 7.5 miles of waterfront land from Pier 98, near Hunter’s Point in the southern part of San Francisco, to Fisherman’s Wharf in the northern part of the City.

The Port’s diverse business portfolio includes over 550 ground, commercial, retail, office, industrial and maritime industrial leases including cargo shipping, layberthing, excursion boats, ferry boats, fishing and fish processing/distribution, tourism, filming, harbor services, and cruise operations. With some of the most flexible cargo handling facilities on the West Coast, as well as naturally deep water, the Port can handle various types of cargo such as, dry-bulk, neo-bulk, roll-on/roll-off, and project cargoes.

The Port of San Francisco has many internationally recognized landmarks such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, the Exploratorium, the Ferry Building and Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. With its unique and historic properties, the Port is home to a variety of tenants and uses. The Port Commission over the last five decades has led a remarkable transformation of the Port; maintaining its industrial maritime heritage while developing new uses, including commercial and public activities, that have helped San Francisco remain one of the most visited and popular cities on the globe.

Job Description

Under general direction, the Assistant Deputy Director for Waterfront Development manages the non-maritime aspects of the Port’s real estate portfolio and supports the Port Executive Director on strategic initiatives, annual portfolio goals and objectives. This position directs six development project managers responsible for public-private partnership development projects along the Port’s 7 ½ miles of waterfront property, including financial, regulatory, legal, and community acceptance aspects. This position is also responsible for development solicitations and for negotiating complex real estate transaction agreements. Most projects are large-scale, complex and politically sensitive, with potential significant impacts on the economic vitality of the Port and City.

The essential functions of this position include:

Conceptualize and manage difficult and complex public-private partnerships to redevelop select waterfront properties which entails establishing project objectives and goals; and soliciting and evaluating development proposals and teams.

Direct and coordinate subordinate development project management staff which consists of overseeing development projects from conception and private partner solicitation through the regulatory approvals and construction process; negotiating waterfront development projects, establishing priorities, objectives and policies for each project; facilitating input from community groups, presenting and requesting approvals of the Port Commission.

Monitor, guide and coach the work of subordinate staff and conduct regular performance evaluations.

Coordinate Real Estate & Development division activities with other Port divisions, City department staff, Mayor’s Office, City Supervisors, and officials of outside agencies.

Negotiate and administer complex real estate transaction agreements, including exclusive negotiation agreements, development agreements, long-term leases and sale and exchange agreements.

Identify and secure public financing sources in support of eligible components of projects and develop approval documentation to access them within the project framework.

Lead in-depth financial analysis of all Port long-term real estate leasing and development opportunities for the Real Estate & Development division and financial analysis for Maritime division assets.

Represent the Port on public-private partnership projects to developers, regulatory agencies, other City departments, advisory committees, community groups, industry organizations, the media, Port Commission and Board of Supervisors.

Oversee negotiations and administration of consultant contracts.

Work closely with Port’s Planning & Environment Division to assure public participation and support for Port development objectives.




The Minimum Qualification guidelines for management classifications can be referenced here. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., desirable qualifications) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in real estate, finance, analytics, statistics, business, economics, law or related field; AND


Seven (7) years progressive responsible experience in commercial real estate property management, real estate development or project management.

This experience must include the following:

Three (3) years’ experience analyzing, negotiating, and working public-private partnership development projects; AND

Three (3) years supervisory experience with responsibility for the direction and evaluation of staff engaged in development projects and/or commercial property leasing; AND




Possession of a valid California driver’s license (to be presented at time of appointment). Employees must be insurable under the Port’s automobile liability insurance. Insurability must be maintained throughout employment.

Additional qualifying work experience may be substituted for up to two years of the required education on a year-for-year basis (30 semester/ 45 quarter units equals one year).

One (1) year is equivalent to 2,000 hours worked. 2,000 hours of qualifying experience is based on a 40 hour work week. Qualifying experience can be gained concurrently.


The ideal candidate for this position:

•Is an excellent manager and commercial real estate professional, with either direct experience with or knowledge of publicly-owned property transactions.
•Is a proven leader with experience sustaining a positive work culture and guiding and setting work priorities for a staff of professionals.
•Has an entrepreneurial mindset and be a creative strategist with excellent organizational abilities.
•Has strong public-private development experience, including financial feasibility analysis and negotiation experience.
•Is passionate about public sector work including working within a large organization and being accountable to a public-oversight body with a strong public-serving and diversity, equity, and inclusion ethos.





This ideal candidate may also have achieved some of the following designations that require course work and tests awarded by recognized professional organization directly related to real estate:

·       Real Estate Broker’s License

·       Master’s degree in finance, planning or business (real estate)

·       Certified Property Manager (CPM)

·       Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI)

·       Real Property Administrator (RPA)

·       Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)

·       Commercial Real Estate Professional Society (CREP)


The stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being 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 announcement PBT-0932-109135
• 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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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.

Verification of Experience and Education

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or appointment in this class. Refer to the following links for information on acceptable forms of verification:

Verification Guidelines: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#verification
Education Verification: https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements


Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Please contact Suzette Love at (415) 274-0569, or by email at Suzette.Love@sfport.com if you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process.


Minimum Qualifications for this position (Weight: Qualifying)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Management Test Battery (Weight: 40%)
Candidates will be invited to participate in a computer-based examination designed to measure competencies in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Problem Solving; Leadership; Decision Making; Interpersonal skill; Human Resources Management; Team Building; Communication; Conflict Management and Process Improvement. For more information about this Management Test (and a suggested reading list) please visit: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=343 . Please note: this examination is only held in San Francisco. A passing score must be achieved on the Management Test Battery to continue in the selection process.

A passing score must be achieved on the Management Test Battery in order to continue in the selection process.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Scores attained on the Management Test Battery will be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take the Management Test Battery. The Management Test Battery may be used for many other classes; therefore, your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes the Management Test Battery, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the Management Test Battery. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which the Management Test Battery is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 60%)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application process. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not be limited to: Knowledge of real estate principles, practices and law; management skills, including experience, knowledge, and motivation to coach and support staff responsible for implantation of waterfront development projects; comprehensive knowledge of land use law and regulatory approvals required to develop Port’s waterfront properties including regulations enforced by the State Lands Commission, Bay Conservation and Development Commission and other waterfront regulations agencies; comprehensive knowledge of market-based land use, economics and financial feasibility analysis, including public private residential, commercial and industrial transactions as well as public financing mechanisms (e.g. community facilities districts, infrastructure financing districts); knowledge of principles and practices of management, administration, budgeting, training and personnel management; knowledge of contract law as applied to complex public/private commercial, retail, industrial real estate development transactions; supervisory ability for the direction, motivation and evaluation of staff; ability to manage or oversee management of waterfront commercial, maritime, retail, industrial and other development projects; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental staff, other City department staff, representatives from outside agencies and the public; ability to identify, analyze and report upon issues and problems and recommend appropriate solutions; ability to participate in strategic discussions about portfolio management and tradeoffs between development and interim leasing; and writing, public speaking and presentation skills.

Note: Candidates must pass both test components to be placed on the resulting eligible list.

Eligible List/Score Report

A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process 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 eligible list 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 eligible list/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 https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf


Certification Rule
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of the List. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.



As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.



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 and Appeal Rights:
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 the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.


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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

Veteran's Preference: Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:


Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:

Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process


Copies of Application Documentshttp://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies

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





Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance

Issued:  March 11, 2021

Carol Isen, Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Announcement: #109135
Port/SL (415) 274-0569


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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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