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Senior Regional Planner (Mobility and Integrated Transportation)

Salary Range:
Annual Salary Range: $81,528 to $126,364

Close Date: Open Until Filled

The Senior Regional Mobility and Integrated Transportation Planner will serve as project manager for regional planning and mobility planning projects and programs that implement the 2021 Regional Plan and contribute to the development and implementation of the next Regional Plan. This work requires strong project management skills, knowledge of transportation planning, effective communication, and close coordination and working relationships with local, regional, and state agencies, community-based organizations, tribal nations, and stakeholder groups.  Current projects include managing the development of the transportation network for the next Regional Plan, development of grant applications, and advanced planning for existing and future transportation projects.

Overview of Regional Planning Department
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.

Job Responsibilities
•Manage regional planning projects and studies and develop policies in housing, land use, transportation, smart growth, sustainable development, public health, social equity, climate and 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.
•Lead the advanced planning of existing and future transportation projects to include transit, managed lanes, mobility hubs, and other multimodal transportation strategies. 
•Lead the development of the transportation network and other components of the development of the next Regional Plan and support implementation of the 2021 Regional Plan early actions. 
•Conduct and manage 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 priorities, and plans.
•Supervise, mentor, train, and provide career development opportunities for professional staff with expertise in planning, program implementation, and grants administration.
•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 in adherence to funding agency 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 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 and 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 preferred.  A combination of education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
•Five years of recent, progressive project management experience in planning including lead supervisory experience.
•Demonstrated knowledge and experience with complex 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 assembling and managing teams.
•Demonstrated experience developing programs and delivering projects and services in support of planning initiatives; experience managing technical research and planning studies and evaluation. 
•Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices, and current trends in state, regional, or local planning.
•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 through discussion and persuasion.
•Outstanding written and oral presentation skills and the ability to communicate and present technical information effectively to a broad range of audiences; experience preparing clear and concise reports.
•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.

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.
SANDAG employees are expected to work in-person in our San Diego office; there are telework options available, as well as a 9/80 work schedule (every other Monday off).

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