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Senior Regional Planner (Social Equity & Environmental Justice)

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

Close Date: Open Until Filled

The Senior Regional Planner will manage and coordinate the agency’s Social Equity and Environmental Justice Initiative. Duties include conducing social equity analysis for regional plans, programs and projects; leading public outreach and engagement strategies and partnering with community-based organizations; and developing and implementing plans and policies that advance social equity and environmental justice.

Overview of Sustainable Communities Section

The Sustainable Communities section of the Regional Planning Dept. supports the agency’s implementation of the Regional Plan and the Sustainable Communities Strategy, and collaborates with local, regional, and statewide 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..

Job Responsibilities

• Lead the implementation of the agency’s Equity Action Plan and oversee the application of the Equity Baseline Study to regional plans, policies and projects.

• Lead the social equity analysis for the Regional Plan, Regional Transportation Improvement Program and other regionally significant plans and projects.

• Manage regional planning projects and studies and develop policies related to social equity and environmental justice (EJ).

• Serve as the coordinator for the Social Equity Working Group; execute and manage contracts and relationships with Community Based Organizations; develop and implement effective public outreach and engagement strategies with EJ communities and historically underrepresented communities.

• Provide social equity and EJ leadership, strategy and support on regional plans, projects, and programs.

• Serve as the SANDAG representative to the AB 617 Community Air Protection Program

• Lead implementation of digital equity and inclusion projects in SANDAG’s Digital Equity Strategy and Action Plan including oversight for the Get Connected Campaign; support the Digital Equity Taskforce.

• Serve as the SANDAG representative at interagency digital equity coordination programs and meetings.

• 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.

• Analyze the effects of new legislation on Social Equity and Environmental Justice 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 related to social equity and environmental justice.

• 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 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; public policy; planning; or a related field. 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 including lead supervisory experience.

• Demonstrated knowledge and experience with project management and 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.

• Strong analytical skills and demonstrated experience conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis.

• 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.

Benefits and Salary
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 eligible dependents
• Free dental and vision insurance for employees and their eligible dependents
• Education Assistance of up to $5,250 a year for regular employees
• Free transit pass for use throughout the San Diego region, bus, Rapid Express, Trolley, and COASTER
• Paid time off including 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holiday days, generous paid time off (PTO) per year, depending on length of service.

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

SANDAG an equal opportunity employer