Transportation Planner - Goods Movement

  • San Diego Association of Governments - SANDAG
  • 401 B Street, San Diego, CA, USA
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Full Time Transportation

Job Description

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. 


Job Responsibilities

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:

  • Participate in the development, preparation, and implementation of a diverse range of transportation and border planning projects and programs designed to implement the goods movement elements of long-range regional transportation and land use plans.
  • Participate in multi-modal transportation planning, goods movement, and freight-system projects and studies at the corridor or subregional level, including binational projects with Baja California, Mexico.
  • Participate in and coordinate the air quality and climate change elements of goods movement planning and monitoring; assist with development of air quality conformity determinations for SANDAG transportation plans and programs.
  • Research, compile, and analyze data to support the development of corridor-level transportation improvement plans that align with the objectives of regional transportation and land use plans.
  • Participate in subregional project teams with other staff members and representatives from partner organizations to effectively coordinate the development and implementation of regional transportation projects.
  • Participate in public outreach and community involvement activities related to transportation planning efforts.
  • Collect, compile, and analyze data for use in regional planning studies; identify trends and make appropriate recommendations; prepare tables and graphs for written reports and presentations; prepare special studies and reports as required.
  • Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to member agencies, committees, community groups, private organizations, and the public.
  • Assist with the preparation of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) including scopes of work and project budgets; participate in the selection of consultants; monitor consultant performance and ensure projects are completed on schedule and within the prescribed budget.
  • Support the preparation of grant applications, including proposal development, budget, schedule, and deliverables; assist with the monitoring of grant contracts and reporting responsibilities; coordinate with representatives from funding organizations and participating agencies.
  • Provide staff support for policy advisory committees or working groups such as the Freight Stakeholders Working Group and San Diego Region Conformity Working Group; assist with the preparation of agendas, reports, and meeting summaries; participate in the development of staff recommendations to the committees/working groups.
  • Review proposed state and federal legislation in support of the agency’s programs, objectives, and plans.


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.

  • Experience supporting the development and implementation of programs and projects related to regional transportation, goods movement, and/or international/inter-regional borders initiatives.
  • Experience conducting technical research and planning studies related to transportation, goods movement, and/or borders policies; ability to analyze research data and propose appropriate recommendations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices, and current trends related to comprehensive regional planning, particularly in the areas of transportation, environmental, borders, and goods movement planning.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to regional transportation policies, programs, and plans; familiarity with current political trends related to regional transportation is desirable.
  • Knowledge of air quality and climate change principles and legislation.
  • Experience supporting the development of RFPs, scopes of work, budgets, and schedules, consultant selection, and consultant and contract management.
  • Experience with public participation and public outreach efforts designed to inform, educate, engage, and involve the public in the regional transportation planning process.
  • Experience providing staff support for committees and/or working groups, including the preparation of agendas, reports, and meeting summaries.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including agency and other government officials, community groups, and the public.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with researching funding opportunities and writing fundable grants.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate technical information effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to prepare clear and concise administrative, technical, and informational reports that present research results and recommendations, including the interpretation of data, trends, maps, charts, and tables.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver presentations and recommendations regarding various program elements to upper management, outside stakeholder agencies, and other audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage several concurrent projects at various stages of completion; ability to establish and maintain priorities and work independently.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite and other PC-based applications.
  • Proficiency with the Spanish language, both oral and written, is desirable.
  • 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 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 hr@sandag.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 hr@sandag.org.


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 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.

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 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.


Further Information

The SANDAG website contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.


SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.