San Diego – California
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, and sustain economic prosperity. SANDAG developed a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) as part of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and was the first Metropolitan Planning Organization to adopt an RTP that meets specific statutory requirements. This strategy focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and guiding the growth of the region in a sustainable way by developing sustainable planning practices that promote the integration of land use, housing, and transportation to create walkable, transit-oriented, and compact communities.

The Land Use Planning and Coordination section is responsible for planning and coordination activities that support the framework for growth and development in the San Diego region and focuses on the principles of smart growth and sustainability. Key work efforts include updating The Regional Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy; preparing the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA); collaborating with member agencies, the military, tribal governments, and other stakeholders to implement The Regional Plan; managing the Smart Growth Incentive and Active Transportation grant programs and Smart Growth tool kit; ensuring public health, housing, and social equity are considered in the planning process; and monitoring The Regional Plan implementation.

The Senior Regional Planner supports the implementation of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan and the Sustainable Communities Strategy, and collaborates with local, regional, statewide, and transit agencies for the development, implementation, and monitoring of regional housing, land use, transportation, public health, and transit oriented development (TOD) programs and projects.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban, regional, or transportation planning, geography, or a related field, and five years of recent, progressive career experience in land use, housing, or smart growth planning including some lead or supervisory experience. Local government work experience, possession of an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification, and a Masters’ degree are 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, applicants are asked to respond to the two 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 managing a planning project or study and specify the roles and responsibilities assigned to you. Describe any challenges you faced while managing this project and how you approached solving these issues.
  2. Identify some of the challenges local jurisdictions may face in implementing projects in support of developing or maintaining smart growth activities, and what you, as a SANDAG staff member, could do to help overcome these challenges.

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

Applications for the Senior Regional Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017.