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Digital Equity Manager

Salary Range:
$106,587 to $165,209

Close Date: Open Until Filled

First Review of Applications: January 21, 2022 – Open until filled
Expected Start Date: February/March 2022

This position will bring the recently adopted Regional Digital Equity Strategy and Action Plan to life by managing complex projects that lead to rapid expansion of broadband infrastructure, increased adoption of broadband and technology, and advance digital literacy. A core function is cultivating strategic partnerships and coordinating federal, state, local agency, private sector, and community-based organization participation in the implementation of regional digital equity initiatives.

Vision and Mission for the Mobility and Innovation Department
The Department of Mobility and Innovation is committed to making new mobility services and transportation technology work for all people. We plan for a future where getting around the San Diego region without a car is easy, safe, affordable and enjoyable regardless of age, income or ability. Our air is cleaner because our transportation options are clean. Everyone has access to technology and can benefit from digital opportunities. Technology is making transportation seamless, safe and accessible. We bring this vision to life through planning, policy, partnerships, and catalyzing innovative transportation solutions that improve people’s lives.

Job Responsibilities
• Manage a variety of digital equity projects. Create and update project plans; monitor and report on progress, timelines, and milestones; communicate status of projects to stakeholders and management; develop and maintain project documentation and progress reports.
• Develop and manage project budget; prepare cost estimates and budget justifications; monitor and control project expenditures.
• Coordinate with local government agencies to develop regional permitting standards and guidelines that expedite broadband infrastructure development in unserved and underserved communities. Coordinate local efforts with state initiatives to streamline local land use approvals and permitting of broadband infrastructure.
• Coordinate with state and local agencies on construction of the open access middle mile network including the State Route 67 Dig Once Demonstration project.
• Oversee development and implementation of a regional Dig Once Policy.
• Seek and apply for funding to implement digital equity initiatives.
• Track and actively participate in federal and state legislation and California Public Utilities Commission rulemakings
• Integrate broadband into regional transportation plans and coordinate broadband infrastructure and service planning with local agencies.
• Complete a Broadband Master Plan to inventory public fiber infrastructure, identify gaps, and develop a strategy & implementation plan that would connect public facilities in each of the jurisdictions within the San Diego region.
• Oversee ongoing broadband data collection and analysis including a regional survey to establish a baseline for broadband adoption in the region.
• Develop Requests for Proposals/Qualifications; participate in the selection of consultants and vendors; administer contracts and ensure projects progress on schedule, within the approved budget, and at a consistently high level of quality; ensure projects are completed in adherence to funding agency requirements.
• Staff the Regional Digital Divide Taskforce. Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors, Policy Advisory Committees, community groups, private organizations, members of the public and other groups.
• Coordinate project activities with inter-departmental and inter-agency project teams; lead meetings with project teams and develop project partnerships; ensure effective communication of goals, progress, and decisions.
• Evaluate, and monitor project workload; respond to changing political, economic, and customer demands; implement and manage change when necessary to meet project goals.

Experience and Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional/urban planning, policy/planning, information technology, public/ business administration, project management, or a related field. A Masters’ degree is desirable. A combination of relevant education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of the bachelor’s degree requirement.
• Minimum of five years of increasingly responsible, professional experience leading projects and programs related to equity and social justice issues and digital inclusion programs or activities; including some lead or supervisory experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices, and current trends related to digital equity and inclusion.
• Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to broadband and digital equity; knowledge of current political trends.
• Demonstrated experience developing programs and delivering projects and services in support of digital equity initiatives; experience managing technical research and planning studies and evaluation.
• Experience supervising and evaluating the work of employees; experience evaluating internal business processes and balancing workload with staff resources; experience providing leadership and direction for assigned programs; ability to delegate authority and responsibility.
• Successful project management experience including preparing budgets and schedules; RFPs, scopes of work, and contracts; experience evaluating proposals and selecting and managing consultants.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships with those contacted in the course of work including local, state, and federal agencies, project partners, consultants, and committees; ability to gain cooperation and consensus through discussion and persuasion.
• Outstanding written and oral presentation skills and the ability to communicate technical information effectively to a broad range of audiences; experience preparing clear and concise administrative and management reports; experience preparing and delivering presentations and recommendations to audiences with diverse viewpoints.
• Ability to exercise discretion and political acumen in dealing with complex, sensitive, and confidential issues and conflicting agendas and positions.
• Experience managing and developing effective public outreach efforts to inform, educate, and involve the public in the regional planning process.
• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage several concurrent projects at various stages of completion; ability to establish and maintain priorities and work independently.
• Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite and other PC-based applications.

Our benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Retirement and financial security benefits are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program. SANDAG offers flexible work schedules and employees are provided with paid time off and paid holidays.

The employee selected for this position will be offered a three-year At-Will employment contract, which provides an annual $5,000 contribution to their defined contribution plan.

How to Apply
Interested candidates may apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application.

The Employment Application can be downloaded from the SANDAG website or by contacting or calling (619) 699-1900. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at, (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-6905.

Further Information
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.

The selected candidate can anticipate a driving record check upon hire, and approximately annually thereafter. The results of the check may determine whether the selected candidate will be permitted to drive for SANDAG business.

SANDAG requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 within 45 days of hire; reasonable accommodation requests will be considered.

SANDAG employees are expected to work in-person in our San Diego office.

Contact Us
401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101-4231
(619) 699-1900 | TTY/TDD: (888) 722-4889

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer