San Diego – California
Through long-range strategic planning, SANDAG has established a roadmap to improve energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable energy sources, and reduce petroleum consumption to better meet the region’s energy demands. SANDAG recognizes a strong link between energy, land use, and transportation planning, as well as the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with various planning choices. The region’s policymakers have adopted a proactive and industry-leading approach to this important program area. The Regional Energy and Climate Change Planning team works in close collaboration with member agencies and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) through the Energy Roadmap program. The team also works to implement the Regional Energy Strategy and Climate Action Strategy through collaborative initiatives within SANDAG and across the region that save energy, reduce GHG emissions, and address climate adaptation.

SANDAG is designated, under both federal and state law, as the area-wide clearinghouse for the review of environmental documents and for projects that are conducted or located in the San Diego region. In this role, agency staff review projects from a regional perspective. For projects determined to be regionally significant, comment letters are prepared that emphasize the need for land use and transportation coordination based on policies contained in the various regional planning documents.

The Regional Energy/Climate Planner will play a key role in two program areas. Working in collaboration with member agencies, SDG&E, and other stakeholders, this position will assist with local energy/climate planning and other measures to reduce energy and/or GHG emissions. The second component of this role is to support coordination of the SANDAG intergovernmental review (IGR) program, which emphasizes the need for land use and transportation coordination across the San Diego Region.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional/urban planning, climate change and/or energy policy/planning, environmental sustainability, economics, public/ business administration, or a related field and one to two years of recent work experience in the field of sustainable energy and/or climate change planning. A Master’s 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 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

Application Supplement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, candidates are asked to respond to the 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.

Supplemental Questions

1. Describe some of the challenges a local jurisdiction may face in developing and implementing climate plan and/or greenhouse gas reduction measures, such as a clean energy program.
2. Provide an overview of a planning project or study you have been involved in. Outline the tasks you were responsible for and describe your most significant contribution to the project.

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

Applications for the Regional Energy/Climate Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015.