San Diego – California
Long range plans for the San Diego region include increasing mobility, reducing greenhouse gases, and improving public health by making bicycling and walking viable options for everyday travel. SANDAG has adopted several strategies in order to accomplish this vision – to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities consistent with good urban design concepts; to improve access to public transportation resources via bicycling and walking; and to design and implement a distinctive regional bicycle system comprised of interconnected bicycle corridors, support facilities, and programs.
The SANDAG FY 2016 program budget includes resources to implement regional bikeway projects and supporting programs from the Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program (EAP), a $200 million, 10-year improvement program to design and build high-priority bikeway projects throughout the San Diego region. Although many sections of the regional network have been completed, it is important to move toward an interconnected Class I and urban bikeway network that will provide additional facilities for people who choose to bike or walk to use now. To complement the established Class I facilities, the regional network also will consist of on-street facilities such as bike lanes, bike boulevards, protected bikeways, and bike routes to create a comprehensive system that will serve the needs for all types of people riding bikes in the San Diego region.
The Active Transportation Planner will work with a broad cross-section of disciplines within SANDAG including engineering and construction teams, communications, and transportation demand management (TDM) to coordinate projects, programs, and studies related to the development and implementation of active transportation projects identified in the Bike EAP and San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban, regional, or transportation planning, geography, public/business administration, or a related field, and at least three years of progressive career development in transportation planning, preferably with an emphasis in non-motorized or active transportation. An advanced degree is desirable.
SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.
How to Apply
A complete job announcement can be seen under the Job Openings tab on the SANDAG website at www.sandag.org/jobs. We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG employment application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the employment application but are not a substitute for this document.
To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the two Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.
- Identify some of the challenges SANDAG and local jurisdictions may face in implementing bicycle and pedestrian programs and facilities, and what you, as a SANDAG staff member, could do to help overcome these challenges.
- How would you explain the role active transportation plays in a comprehensive regional transportation and land use strategy to someone who is unfamiliar with local and regional planning?
SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits.
Applications for the Active Transportation Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015.