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Regional Planners I/II/Associate*

Salary Range:

Close Date: Open Until Filled

Annual Salary Ranges:
• Regional Planner I: $55,179 to $85,528
• Regional Planner II: $60,835 to $94,294
• Associate Regional Planner: $67,071 to $103,960
*Two Regional Planner positions are available, depending on the experience of the candidate, these positions will be filled at the I/II/Associate level.

Application Due Date: July 15, 2022
Expected Start Date: August 2022

Regional Planning
The Regional Planning Department provides the regional framework to connect land use to transportation systems, respond to population growth, preserve the environment, and sustain economic prosperity. The department oversees the development and implementation of various long-range and short-range plans including multimodal transportation plans and projects, sustainable development plans and programs, tribal, binational, interregional, and land use coordination, environmental and habitat planning and programs, goods movement, transit planning, and performance monitoring to track implementation of plans.

Regional Planning Job Openings

Intergovernmental Coordination Section:
The Intergovernmental Coordination section is responsible for goods movement planning, intergovernmental review, borders and binational planning, federal transportation performance measure development and compliance, Vision Zero, and safety planning efforts.

Technology Planning Section:
The Technology team identifies, develops, and implements transportation technology and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects that focus on better managing our transportation network to improve system efficiencies and provide multi-modal transportation options.

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 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holiday days, and 18 paid time off (PTO) days per year

Intergovernmental Regional Planner (I/II/Associate)
This position will support the Regional Plan implementation and development, Intergovernmental review, Federal performance management, and the Vision Zero and Safety related efforts for the agency. The Intergovernmental Review work includes working with agencies at local, state, or federal levels on planning efforts relevant to SANDAG interests.

Job Responsibilities
• Provide support and program analysis for the Regional Plan implementation and subsequent plan development, Intergovernmental review, TPM, Vision Zero, and safety related efforts for the agency, and other related projects.
• Perform and coordinate professional, analytical, and administrative duties for assigned regional planning projects and activities with SANDAG staff, member agencies, contractors, and other stakeholders.
• Participate in meetings with committees, working groups, outside agencies, organizations, and community groups.
• Assist with the preparation of written, oral, and visual reports and presentations for various audiences and 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; receive and respond to routine concerns and questions.
• Review various reports, identify, and analyze impacts, and prepare comments/ recommendations.
• Support working group meetings and public workshops; record and summarize minutes and actions for distribution; assist with specific follow-up requests that arise from meetings.
• Participate in public outreach and community involvement activities related to SANDAG planning efforts, including documentation of public comments and responses.
• Participate in contract management responsibilities; assist with preparing scopes of work, monitoring deliverables, project budgets, and other support activities related to contracts and procurement.

Experience and Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban, regional, or transportation planning, public administration, 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.
• Knowledge of or ability to learn the principles and practices of regional transportation planning, particularly in the areas of performance management and monitoring, stakeholder engagement, safety, equity, binational collaboration, transportation planning, and related fields.
• Knowledge of or ability to learn federal and state laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to transportation planning; ability to interpret relevant legislative and regulatory mandates; familiarity with current trends.
• Experience conducting technical research and planning studies; experience supporting the preparation of project reports, researching, and recommending alternatives; experience with intergovernmental project and plan review is desirable.
• 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 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.

ITS Planner (I/II/Associate)
This position will participate in several agency initiatives, including the SANDAG Next Operating System (Next OS), a secure digital platform that manages real-time transportation information for people and operators that use the region’s transportation network, Advancing Border Connectivity project (deploy pilot traveler information), smart intersection, and mobility hub technologies. This role also will support other related technology projects and programs and provide technical assistance for the development of concepts of operations and system requirements for agency ITS projects.

Job Responsibilities
• Provide project management support for various ITS projects and programs; track the progress of deliverables, schedules, and budgets; ensure timely project communication with staff and project partners.
• Conduct technical ITS research and participate in the development of data-driven planning studies that advance the development of transportation and mobility technology strategies; conduct data analysis and participate in the preparation of reports; provide assistance related to evaluating alternatives, assessing trade-offs, and developing capital and operating cost estimates and projected benefits.
• Assist with the preparation of project plans, Requests for Proposals, scopes of work, project deliverables, budgets, and schedules; participate in the selection criteria setting for consultants and vendors.
• Participate in the development of ITS initiatives that drive the implementation of advanced transportation and communications technologies, including, Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), and Active Transportation and Demand Management concepts and strategies.
• Assist with creating guidance and best practices for local jurisdictions and partners to promote and implement the ITS priorities identified in the 2021 Regional Plan.
• Coordinate and foster collaborative working relationships with local agencies, project partners, consultants, and other stakeholders on various ITS projects and initiatives.
• Participate in the preparation and development of grant proposals and coordinate submission of funding applications; in partnership with other SANDAG departments and local agencies.
• Coordinate with internal teams to identify, analyze, develop, pilot, test, and implement innovative technology solutions that enhance mobility.
• Provide staff support for policy advisory committees, working groups, community groups, private organizations, members of the public, and other groups; prepare written, oral, and visual reports agendas, and meeting summaries; participate in the development of staff recommendations to the committees/groups.

Experience and Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional or transportation planning, engineering, operations, or a related field. A combination of education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
• One to three years recent experience supporting ITS planning or transportation programs and services.
• Knowledge of the principles, practices, and current trends related to regional planning, transportation systems management and operations, or ITS and systems engineering planning.
• Experience supporting projects, programs, and services in support of planning initiatives; experience monitoring program performance and analyzing outcomes.
• Experience supporting project management activities including monitoring budgets, schedules, and project control measures; supporting development of RFPs, scopes of work, and contracts; experience supporting consultant selection and contract administration functions.
• Ability to communicate technical information effectively, both orally and in writing, to a broad range of audiences; ability to prepare clear and concise reports for a variety of audiences; ability to prepare and deliver presentations.
• Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to regional transportation.
• Experience participating in technical research, planning studies, and cost-benefit analyses for planning programs; experience preparing draft project reports and policy recommendations.
• Experience with or knowledge of grant program administration; ability to research funding opportunities and assist with the coordination of grant applications, amendments, and progress reports.
• Ability to support public outreach efforts including committees and working groups, agenda, reports, and meeting summaries.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including agency and other government officials, consultants, operating agencies, and vendors.

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

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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(619) 699-1900 | TTY/TDD: (888) 722-4889

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer