San Diego – CA

Maintaining and growing a strong economy is one of the primary goals identified for the San Diego region’s future as outlined in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. SANDAG influences local land use and economic policies through regional transportation investments in transit, highways, bike infrastructure, freight corridors, transportation demand management, transportation system management, and supporting programs, and through financial incentives. Identifying emerging economic and long-term trends are a focus of the economic function of the agency and help to strengthen the capacity and support coherence of strategic policy development related to regional plans, programs, and projects. As a regional agency, SANDAG is uniquely positioned to bring together decision-makers from all areas of the region to discuss issues of mutual concern and coordination.

The Chief Economist provides leadership, analysis, and management expertise to develop, coordinate, and implement innovative region-wide fiscal and economic strategies designed to proactively leverage new opportunities and drive the agency toward reaching its strategic goals. The success of this position rests in enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency and promoting consistency between transportation improvements and the planned growth and economic development patterns of the region. This position is part of the upper management team at SANDAG consisting of the Executive Director, Chief Deputy Executive Director, General Counsel, and seven Department Directors: Administration, Finance, Land Use and Transportation Planning, Mobility Management and Project Implementation, Operations, Technical Services, and TransNet, in addition to the Director of Communications, Principal Legislative Analyst, and Transportation Demand Management Program Manager.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional economics, applied economics, econometrics, public finance, or a related field, and eight years of professional experience in applied economics, financial analysis, and economic research or a related field. A graduate degree is highly 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. This position is eligible for several enhanced benefits which include a Management Benefit valued at 2.5% of salary that can be applied towards time off, health premiums, or deferred compensation, access to an Executive Health Program, and paid parking.

How to Apply

A complete job announcement can be seen under the Job Openings tab on the SANDAG website at 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.

The employment application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website at Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing

Additional Application Requirement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the Supplemental Question below. The response can be up to three pages 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.

Supplemental Question

Describe an initiative or project you have been involved in that demonstrates your mastery of local/regional economic theory, and your ability to apply this knowledge to interpret and analyze complex environments and situations, communicate to non-technical parties and agencies, and provide leadership on public policy related matters.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

This position is Open until Filled. The first review of applications for the Chief Economist position will begin on February 6, 2015.

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