San Diego – CA
The Long-Range Transportation and Binational Planning section addresses planning issues from three perspectives: the binational perspective with relation to our international border with the Republic of Mexico; the interregional perspective regarding issues with our neighbors in Orange, Riverside, and Imperial County; and collaboration with tribal governments within San Diego County. Guiding principles serve as a framework for the development and implementation of policy objectives and actions to help advance important initiatives and enhance the crossborder region. Fair and equitable planning with consideration of interregional impacts, shared infrastructure, and efficient transportation systems help to align planning initiatives with the needs of neighboring counties, tribal governments, and the Republic of Mexico.

A major focus for this program is coordinating with key stakeholders in both the U.S. and Mexico for a number of activities, including meetings with public officials and staff, shared planning projects, co-sponsorships of joint binational and interregional seminars, meetings, and studies, including borders initiatives for inclusion in long-term strategic plans such as San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.

The Regional Planner will participate in special studies and planning projects that support the short- and long-term policies and strategies designed to improve collaboration and coordination between the San Diego region and neighboring jurisdictions, develop and maintain relationships and dialogue with the local binational community and adjacent counties, and provide information and assistance to member agencies, policy and advisory committees, and the public.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban, regional, or inter-regional planning, or a related field, and one to two years of career experience in urban/inter-regional planning with an emphasis on borders/binational issues. 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 Web site 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 Web site at Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or e-mailing

Application Supplement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants 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 the role that borders planning plays in developing regional plans that support collaboration and coordination between the San Diego region and neighboring jurisdictions.
  2. Identify some of the challenges that SANDAG and local jurisdictions may face in implementing binational projects in the San Diego region.

Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via e-mail, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See the How to Apply page on our careers Web site for additional information.

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

Applications for the Regional Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013.