Financial Programming Analyst

  • San Diego Association of Governments - SANDAG
  • San Diego, CA, USA
Full Time Admin-Clerical Finance Program Management

Job Description

TransNet Financial Programming Office

TransNet is the half-cent sales tax for local transportation projects that was first approved by voters in 1988 and has been extended to 2048. Administered by SANDAG, the program has been instrumental in expanding the region’s transportation system, reducing traffic congestion, and bringing critical transportation programs to life. During the 60-year life of the program, tens of billions in TransNet and matching federal, state and local dollars will be distributed among highway, transit, and local road projects.

The TransNet Department facilitates the role of the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee in the administration and implementation of the TransNet Program, coordinates the agency’s financial programming for regional transportation projects, and monitors the delivery of regional capital improvements through the TransNet Project Office.

Financial Programming Analyst Role

The Financial Programming Analyst will coordinate the preparation of multiple plans, documents, and reports related to the financial programming of regional transportation projects and provide technical expertise to project managers regarding available funding sources for the development of various regional transit, traffic, and active transportation programs.

This is a Limited-Term employment opportunity and it is expected to be funded through December 31, 2020. Limited-Term Employees are considered to be “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.

Job Responsibilities

This position is ideal for a professional with an interest in the financial programming of complex capital projects. 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:

  • Coordinate the preparation of plans and documents for multiple federal, state, and local transportation funding programs, including the Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and other state and federal formula and competitive funding programs.
  • Provide technical expertise and creative strategies to project managers and executives to fully leverage available revenue in the implementation of complex capital programs.
  • Administer claims and amendments, track allocations and obligations, and review programming actions for state and federal compliance.
  • Prepare financial forms for Caltrans Local Assistance, Caltrans Programming, and the California Transportation Commission for programming, allocation, and obligation of funds; review materials for compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Research, compile, and analyze project development and implementation status; track progress against timelines and funding requirements; prepare comprehensive technical reports that summarize findings, describe alternatives, and support recommendations to policymakers that fully leverages all available regional funding.
  • Research and analyze potential federal and state funding sources; interpret and apply funding sources to new or existing projects.
  • Prepare Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Caltrans, and other grant applications and funding requests; administer grant funding; support the Finance department in resolving eligibility, scope, and timing issues of invoices.
  • Support the development of revenue forecasts for short- and long-range programs and plans, including federal, state, local, and private transportation funds.
  • Consult and strategize with project managers, project schedulers, cost control analysts, and the Finance department, and provide technical guidance for the development of accurate budgets for highway, transit, and bikeway capital improvement projects.
  • Support the development, management, and update of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP), including projects and programs from both internal and partner agencies.
  • Coordinate and/or participate on inter-departmental and inter-agency teams assembled for short- and long-term planning projects, develop contingency or alternative plans during funding shortfalls; prepare applications for joint-funded projects; foster collaborative working relationships with local jurisdictions, transit agencies, Caltrans, and other public entities.
  • Provide staff support for the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee, Policy Advisory Committees, and stakeholder working groups; participate in setting agendas; prepare reports and meeting summaries; participate in the development of staff recommendations.
  • Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors, Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee, Policy Advisory Committees, community groups, private organizations, members of the public, and other groups.
  • Supervise, mentor, train, and support development opportunities for team members. (Senior level only)

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 detail-oriented candidate who has exceptional analytical capabilities and the ability to think strategically to see the big picture. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are also needed.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in finance, business management, planning, engineering, or a related field, and four years (Associate level) to five years (Senior level) of recent professional experience related to fund management, financial programming, or capital project financial strategy.

The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position:

  • Experience coordinating financial programming and project control systems and processes preferably with a focus on the implementation of regional transportation projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the various federal, state, and local funding sources used for regional transportation projects.
  • Experience interpreting and applying funding and programming laws, regulations, rules, and guidelines; demonstrated understanding and use of traditional and non-traditional methods for programming multiple sources of project funding.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, monitoring, and maintaining numerous project budgets preferably for a comprehensive regional capital improvement program.
  • Demonstrated experience consulting and strategizing with project managers, providing technical guidance for the development of budgets for complex capital improvement projects, and educating project managers on the budget and programming process.
  • Knowledge of the roles and functions of various federal and state agencies in funding transportation projects; experience participating in various committees or groups and representing key issues, positions, and policies.
  • Familiarity with current issues and emerging trends related to federal, state, and local funding and programming for transportation and other regional projects; demonstrated ability to research and analyze issues, evaluate alternative solutions, develop sound conclusions, and prepare recommendations.
  • Experience performing complex calculations to complete financial, economic, and data analysis of funding activities; knowledge and experience with accounting, budgeting, and auditing principles; familiarity with grant writing and grant funding practices.
  • Experience staffing committees and/or working groups; experience preparing agendas, reports, and meeting summaries.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including local, state, and federal transportation agencies, other government officials, community groups, the public; experience working in multi-disciplinary project teams.
  • Ability to communicate highly technical information effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to prepare and deliver presentations and findings regarding various legislation, to Boards, upper management, member agencies, committees, and other stakeholders.
  • Experience supervising and evaluating the work of professional and technical personnel; experience providing administrative and professional leadership for assigned programs. (Senior level only)
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite, web-based research applications, programming, and budget software.
  • 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 offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

The Financial Programming Analyst will be filled at the Associate or Senior level, depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The annual salary ranges are: Associate - $53,496 to $85,593 per year; Senior - $71,689 to $114,703 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. 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 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 will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, October 5, 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

Application Supplement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, candidates are asked to respond to the Supplemental Question below. The information can be up to two pages in length 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 Question

  • Describe the constraints to traditional transportation funding that agencies face today. What options or tools would you recommend SANDAG explore to overcome these constraints?

Candidate Selection and Notification

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


Account Management, Business Development

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree


Associate - $53,496 to $85,593 per year; Senior - $71,689 to $114,703 per year