San Diego – California
Three key elements affecting regional prosperity are the economy, the environment, and social equity. Each of these elements is essential to sustaining the vitality of the San Diego region. The Regional Economic Prosperity Strategy identifies the demographic and economic challenges facing the San Diego region and promotes a set of strategic goals and recommendations to meet these challenges and improve the competitiveness of our local economy. SANDAG is working with a coalition of local leaders to implement policies that foster economic growth and provide capital outlays to sustain the environment and promote equity.

With the Prosperity Strategy as a framework, SANDAG’s Economic Research team periodically compares the San Diego region to other similar metropolitan areas using economic, environmental, and equity indicators, and conducts complex benefit-cost analyses, economic impact analyses, and other technical research projects related to regional plans, programs, and projects that lead to recommendations for policy-makers regarding infrastructure investments in the region.

The Senior Economist will lead the development of complex long-range regional economic studies and programs, and will serve as project manager for economic research studies for public and private organizations through SANDAG’s Service Bureau. Responsibilities include managing project teams and supervising staff, overseeing project budgets and contracts, writing and responding to Requests for Proposals, and full project responsibility for economic and fiscal impact studies.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional economics, economics, public finance, demography, statistics, or a related field, and five years of recent, relevant experience in an economics or related research field. 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 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

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 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 your experience presenting technical information to a non-technical audience. What strategies do you use to ensure a successful presentation when highlighting unpopular (or controversial) information?
  2. Describe your experience developing a benefit-cost and/or economic impact analysis in support of a project. How did your analysis influence acceptance/approval of the project?

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.

This position is Open until Filled. The first review of applications for the Senior Economist position will begin on Monday, April 8, 2013.