Goods Movement Planning
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 the SANDAG Regional 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 bottlenecks 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.
Transportation Planner - Goods Movement Role
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.
This position is ideal for a planning professional with a strong interest in furthering his or her expertise in transportation and freight system planning. 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:
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 responsible, organized, and demonstrates initiative. Excellent oral and written communication 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 urban, regional, or transportation planning, or a related field, and one to four years of recent career development in transportation planning, preferably with an emphasis in goods movement. An advanced degree is desirable.
The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position.
Salary and Benefits
SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible and generous offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.
The Transportation Planner position will be filled at the I, II, or Associate level depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. Positions at the Planner I and II level are considered entry-level with job duties primarily related to learning and supporting program activities. At the Associate level, employees are expected to independently coordinate more complex functions. 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. And 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 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. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, May 11, 2018.
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 email@example.com.
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 300 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.
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 planning and delivering a goods movement program, and identify strategies to overcome these challenges.
Candidate Selection and Notification
Following the first review date for applications, all candidates will receive written confirmation that their application has been received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the first review date. Based on this evaluation, the best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive written notification as to the final outcome of their application.
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SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.