Improving Sustainability for the San Diego Region
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 innovative planning practices that promote the integration of land use, housing, and transportation to create walkable, transit-oriented, and compact communities.
The Transit Planning and Land Use Coordination section is responsible for 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 Transit Network and Sustainable Communities Strategy; collaborating with member agencies, the military, tribal governments, and other stakeholders to implement transit projects and sustainable development programs called for in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan; preparing the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Plan and facilitating its implementation; managing the Specialized Transportation, Smart Growth Incentive, and Active Transportation grant programs; maintaining the Smart Growth tool kit and implementing the Regional Transit Oriented Development Strategy; ensuring public health, housing, climate change, and social equity are considered in the planning process; and monitoring The Regional Plan implementation.
Senior Regional Planner Role
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 land use, transportation, and sustainable development programs and projects.
This position is ideal for a planning professional with a strong interest in furthering their expertise in land use, transportation, and sustainable development 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 may 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 project management skills, oral and written communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively and build consensus with community groups, 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, geography, or a related field, and five years of recent, progressive career experience in land use, transportation, or smart growth planning including some lead or supervisory experience. Local government work experience 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 offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.
The Senior Regional Planner position has an annual salary range of $71,689 to $114,703 per year; the starting salary will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.
The benefits we offer include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays. Contributions to financial security are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program.
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 recruitment will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, February 8, 2019.
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 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.
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 close 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