San Diego – CA
Situated between major production, trade, and population centers, San Diego features a wide array of freight transportation and infrastructure components. The freight network includes interstate and state highways, Class I freight rail operations, two short line railroad operations, airport cargo systems, the Port of San Diego with two working marine terminals, and the Otay Mesa and Tecate commercial border crossings.

A main responsibility of the team includes involvement in the Goods Movement Strategy (GMS) component of SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan. The GMS considers the growing importance of freight and goods movement to the region’s economic prosperity, and seeks to balance regional and national freight priorities. Key areas of importance within this strategy include: balancing public, private, and community issues, the dominant use of trucks to transport goods, and bottle necks at gateways. In support of this strategy, one of the major areas of focus for the position is supporting the planning, development, and implementation of port related projects, highway projects, rail projects and the new State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry, which, once implemented, will curb traffic congestion and reduce border wait times.

The Transportation Planner will develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders to coordinate regional transportation projects, and participate in the development, preparation, and implementation of a diverse range of comprehensive, multi-modal, long-range regional transportation planning projects and studies.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban, regional, or transportation planning, or a related field, and one to three years of progressive career development in transportation planning, preferably with an emphasis in goods movement. 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. How would you explain the role of goods movement planning in a comprehensive transportation strategy to someone who is unfamiliar with regional planning?
  2. Identify some of the challenges that SANDAG and local jurisdictions may face in implementing a goods movement program and what you, as a SANDAG staff member, could do to help overcome these challenges?

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 Transportation Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013.