San Diego – California

Land Use and Transportation Planning

The Department of Land Use and Transportation Planning (LUTP) provides the regional framework to connect land use to transportation systems, respond to population growth, preserve the environment, support public health, and sustain economic prosperity. The department oversees the development and implementation of various long-range and short-range plans including multimodal transportation plans and projects, sustainable development plans and programs, tribal, binational, interregional, and land use coordination, environmental and habitat planning and programs, transit planning, and performance monitoring to track implementation of plans.

The Long-Range Transportation and Binational Planning section is responsible for a variety of comprehensive planning projects at the binational, regional, subregional, and corridor level. The section leads the development of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, and implements strategies through subregional and multimodal transportation corridor plans, including goods movement. This section also is responsible for air quality planning and transportation conformity for the Regional Transportation Plan and the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP).

Regional Planner Role

The Regional Planner will participate in the coordination of planning studies, quantitative data analyses, and public outreach and education to support regional transportation, air quality, and public health planning efforts.

This is a Limited-Term employment opportunity; the position is expected to be funded through July 2019. Limited-Term employees are considered to be “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.

Job Responsibilities

This position is ideal for an entry to mid-level planning professional with a strong interest in furthering their expertise in the coordination of regional transportation plans, programs, and services. We anticipate significant career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff. Examples of primary responsibilities include:

  • Participate in a broad range of transportation, air quality, and public health projects and studies in support of planning initiatives such as San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST).
  • Provide administrative and technical support for the review of local plans, development proposals, and environmental documents to assess impacts to the region’s transportation network and alignment with regional air quality policies and standards.
  • Conduct research, collect and compile information from a variety of sources, and participate in the preparation of reports to support the recommendation and implementation of policy and planning initiatives; conduct preliminary research and analysis of legislative, social, economic, demographic,transportation, land use, public health, and environmental data and trends.
  • Provide technical assistance related to transportation, air quality, and public health planning to SANDAG staff; participate in project teams or working committees involving staff from other departments, local jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, and the public to assist in the formulation of policy recommendations.
  • Research funding opportunities for grant funding through local, state, and federal grant program; coordinate and participate in the preparation of grant applications; provide input regarding grant application narratives and support the development of scopes of work, budgets, resource needs, and staffing; support the review of final grant application materials prior to submittal for consistency with agency policies and practices.
  • Coordinate submission of project funding applications in partnership with other SANDAG departments and local agencies; provide administrative and technical support for existing grant funded projects; monitor project progress and prepare status and final reports.
  • Assist with the preparation of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) including project plans, scopes of work, project budgets, and consultant selection criteria; assist with evaluating consultant proposals, contract oversight, reporting requirements, invoicing, and reviewing deliverables.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with local agencies, community organizations, stakeholders, consultants, program managers, and staff from other SANDAG departments.
  • Support the preparation and presentation of written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to SANDAG committees, community groups, private organizations, members of the public and other groups.
  • Coordinate meeting logistics and develop informational materials for events which provide education and opportunities for meaningful input from stakeholders and the general public.
  • Attend meetings and gather information on programs that may benefit the organization.
  • Provide assistance to senior level staff and executives.

Experience and Qualifications

Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for a candidate with an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving who is organized, flexible, and can be relied upon to meet deadlines while working on multiple projects. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work collaboratively, and the use of sound judgment are important.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in transportation or regional planning, or a related field, and one to four years of recent experience supporting planning projects. A Master’s degree is desirable.

The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position:

  • Experience supporting the development and implementation of comprehensive regional transportation programs, projects, and studies.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and current trends related to regional transportation planning, including air quality planning.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to regional transportation policies, programs, and plans.
  • Experience participating in technical research and planning studies, collecting data from a variety of sources, evaluating alternatives, conducting quantitative data analysis, and preparing draft recommendations for decision-makers.
  • Familiarity with grant administration processes and procedures; ability to research funding opportunities and assist with developing grant applications; ability to coordinate the submission of project funding applications, monitor project progress, and prepare status reports.
  • Experience supporting the development of RFPs, including scopes of work, budgets, schedules, and consultant selection criteria; experience with contract administration functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and foster productive working relationships with local agencies, communities, organizations, stakeholders, and other SANDAG departments.
  • Ability to support and participate in public outreach efforts designed to inform and educate the community about transportation and regional planning projects.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment; ability to exercise good judgment and work independently.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate technical information effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to prepare clear and concise reports that present research results and recommendations; ability to prepare and deliver presentations.
  • Familiarity with the Spanish language is desirable.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite, conducting research on the Internet, and other PC-based applications.
  • 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.

Salary and Benefits

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.

The annual salary ranges are: Planner I – $45,741 to $76,113 per year; Planner II – $50,429 to $83,915 per year, Associate Planner -$55,598 to $92,516 per year.

Our benefits include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Retirement and financial security benefits are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays.

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG employment application. 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. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers/How to Apply webpage for additional information.

Applications for the Regional Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017.

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), fax (619) 699-6905, or

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 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. 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.
  2. Describe opportunities and challenges in serving the mobility needs of residents and visitors in the San Diego region, now and in the future.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer