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The Sustainable Communities Planning & Implementation team has multiple Job Openings.

Salary Range:

Close Date: Open Until Filled

Sustainable Communities

The Sustainable Communities section supports the agency’s implementation of the Regional Plan and the Sustainable Communities Strategy, and collaborates with local, regional, statewide, and transit agencies for the development, implementation, and monitoring of regional housing, land use, transportation, public health, social equity, and transit oriented development (TOD) programs and projects.

Sustainable Communities Planning & Implementation Job Openings:

  • Senior Regional Planners:
    There are two positions available, one will serve as the Project Manager for the 2025 Regional Plan and the other will contribute to the development and implementation of the Housing Acceleration Program. Both positions will contribute to regional planning projects and programs that support implementation of the Sustainable Communities Strategy of the 2021 Regional Plan.
    • Annual Salary:  $81,525 to $126,364


  • Regional Planners (I/II/Associate*):
    These positions will support the Sustainable Communities Planning & Implementation section with various studies and will provide staff support to the various working groups, task forces, and subcommittees.  *Two Regional Planner positions are available, depending on the experience of the candidate, these positions will be filled at the I/II/Associate level.
    • Annual Salary:
      • Regional Planner I:  $53,833 to $83,442
      • Regional Planner II:  $59,351 to $91,995
      • Associate Regional Planner:  $65,435 to $101,424


Senior Regional Planners - Job Responsibilities and Experience & Qualifications

These positions require strong project management skills, effective communication, and close coordination and working relationships with local, regional, and state agencies and organizations.  Immediate work includes project management for the 2025 Regional Plan and managing components of the new Housing Acceleration Program funded by the Regional Early Action Planning of 2021 grant.  The Senior Regional Planner position that focuses on the Housing Acceleration Program is a Limited Term position funded through 2026.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the new Housing Acceleration Program and restructure the TransNet Smart Growth Incentive grant programs; conduct equity planning and analysis.


  • Lead and contribute to the development of the 2025 Regional Plan, and support implementation of the 2021 Regional Plan early actions.


  • Manage regional planning projects and studies and develop policies in the areas of housing, land use, transportation, smart growth, sustainable development, public health, social equity, and/or mobility hubs.


  • Foster collaborative working relationships with local, regional, and statewide agencies to advance planning and implementation of projects; facilitate dialogue among diverse stakeholders and work strategically to resolve complex issues.


  • Conduct and coordinate policy analysis, technical research, planning studies, and cost-benefit analyses used to evaluate the feasibility of new and existing regional planning programs, projects, and activities.


  • Analyze the effects of new legislation on planning programs, projects, and plans; assist with the review and development of proposed state and federal legislation in support of SANDAG programs, objectives, priorities, and plans.


  • Supervise, mentor, train, and provide career development opportunities for professional staff with expertise in planning, program implementation, and grants.


  • Develop project plans, manage and administer multiple contracts and/or procurement related responsibilities for program area (at various schedules), Requests for Proposals (RFP), scopes of work, amendments, project deliverables, budgets, and schedules; ensure projects progress on schedule, within the approved budget, and at a consistently high level of quality; ensure projects are completed based on requirements.


  • Provide staff support for policy advisory committees or stakeholder working groups; responsibilities include agenda setting, preparation of agendas, reports, and meeting summaries; participate in the development of staff recommendations to the committees/working groups.


  • Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors, Independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee (ITOC), policy and stakeholder committees, technical working groups, member agencies, community groups, private organizations, and members of the public.


Experience & Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree with major course work in public administration; urban, regional, or transportation planning; or a related field.  A project management certification is desirable.  A combination of education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.


  • At least five years of recent, progressive project management experience in planning including some supervisory experience.


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with project management and program area contracts management, including preparing and maintaining comprehensive budgets, project management plans, schedules, RFPs, consultant scopes of work, and contract execution, tracking, and amendments; experience evaluating proposals, selecting and managing consultants; experience managing project teams.


  • Demonstrated experience developing programs and delivering projects and services in support of planning initiatives; experience coordinating and performing technical research and planning studies and evaluation.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to regional planning; knowledge of current political trends.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Experience coordinating and developing effective public outreach efforts to inform, educate, and involve the public in the planning process.


Regional Planners (I/II/Associate) - Job Responsibilities and Experience & Qualifications

These positions will provide technical analysis and policy support for regional planning and implementation projects including housing, land use, transportation, smart growth, sustainable development, public health, social equity, and/or mobility hubs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the implementation of the housing acceleration program and land use components of the Regional Plan.


  • Participate in the development of planning studies for Mobility Hubs, the regional housing acceleration program, and Regional Early Action Planning grant funded initiatives.


  • Provide staff support for the Sustainable Communities Working Group, Social Equity Working Group, and others as appropriate including support to task forces focused on subject matter expertise such as housing. This includes the preparation of agendas, coordination with presenters, scheduling and logistics, note taking, and supporting follow up.


  • Participate in meetings with committees, working groups, outside agencies and organizations, and/or community groups.


  • Assist with the preparation of written, oral, and visual reports and presentations to the SANDAG Board of Directors, Policy Advisory Committees, and Working Groups.


  • Coordinate and participate in the preparation, administration, and evaluation of various grants from the state and federal government that provide funding for local programs and projects.


  • Coordinate regional planning activities with other departments, external partners, and stakeholders; provide information and assistance regarding regional planning programs and projects.


  • Review various reports, identify and analyze impacts, and prepare comments/ recommendations.


  • Participate in contract management responsibilities; assist with preparing scopes of work, monitoring deliverables, project budgets, and other support activities related to contracts and procurement.


  • Participate in public outreach and community involvement activities related to SANDAG planning efforts, including documentation of public comments and responses.


Experience & Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban, regional, or transportation planning, public administration, geography, or a related field. A combination of education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.


  • One to three years of increasingly responsible, professional regional planning experience is desirable.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of regional planning, particularly in the areas of land use, housing, equity, smart growth planning, and related fields.


  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to land use, housing, equity, smart growth planning; ability to interpret relevant legislative and regulatory mandates impacting the San Diego region; familiarity with current trends.


  • Experience conducting technical research and planning studies; experience supporting the preparation of project reports, researching, and recommending alternatives.


  • Experience supporting and participating in stakeholder meetings, including agenda preparation, reports, and meeting summaries.


  • Ability to support contract and project management efforts including preparing and tracking budgets and schedules, supporting elements of Requests for Proposals, scopes of work, and contract adjustments.


  • Ability to maintain working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including representatives from local, state, and federal agencies, other government officials, community and business leaders, and the public.


  • Ability to support public outreach efforts to inform, educate, and involve the public in the regional planning process.


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to prepare presentations and recommendations regarding various program elements.


  • Organizational skills and the ability to support several concurrent projects at various stages of completion.



SANDAG offers comprehensive benefits, to include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs.  Additionally, SANDAG offers the following:

  • 9/80 flexible work schedule
  • Pay-for-performance merit increases
  • CalPERS pension plan with employer and employee contributions
  • Excellent health insurance options for employees and their families
  • Education Assistance of up to $5,250 a year for regular employees
  • A transit pass for use on the bus, express bus, Trolley, and Coaster at no cost to the employee
  • Paid time off including 11 paid holidays, 2 floating holiday days, and 18 paid time off (PTO) days per year


How to Apply

Interested candidates may apply for these positions 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; the COVID-19 vaccine booster also is required within 30 days from the date of hire, or 30 days after becoming eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, whichever is sooner; reasonable accommodation requests will be considered.

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


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