Senior Regional Planner

Job Description

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:
  • Coordinate programs, projects, and studies and develop policies and plans that address the regional impacts of various projects in the areas of land use, transportation, smart growth, sustainable development, public health, social equity, and/or TOD.
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with local, regional, and statewide agencies/organizations to advance planning and implementation of projects; facilitate dialogue among diverse stakeholders and work strategically to resolve complex issues.
  • Participate in monitoring and reporting functions for the TransNet Smart Growth Incentive and Active Transportation grant programs.
  • Conduct policy analysis, technical research, planning studies, and cost-benefit analyses used to evaluate the feasibility of new and existing regional planning programs, projects, and activities.
  • Analyze the effects of new legislation on planning programs, projects, and plans; assist with the review and development of proposed state and federal legislation in support of SANDAG programs, objectives, priorities, and plans.
  • Supervise, mentor, train, and provide career development opportunities for professional staff with expertise in planning, program implementation, and grants administration.
  • Develop project plans, Requests for Proposals, scopes of work, project deliverables, budgets, and schedules; administer contracts and ensure projects progress on schedule, within the approved budget, and at a consistently high level of quality; ensure projects are completed in adherence to funding agency requirements.
  • Provide staff support for policy advisory committees or stakeholder working groups; responsibilities include agenda setting, preparation of agendas, reports, and meeting summaries; participate in the development of staff recommendations to the committees/working groups.
  • Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors, Independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee (ITOC), policy and stakeholder committees, technical working groups, member agencies, community groups, private organizations, and members of the public.

Job Information

Position Title: Senior Regional Planner

Position Level: Senior

Position Reports To:

Required Skills/Experience/Education:
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.  

  • Demonstrated experience applying the principles and practices of comprehensive local or regional planning, particularly in the areas of land use, transportation, smart growth, sustainable development, social equity, and/or TOD; familiarity with the goals and objectives of The Regional Plan is desirable.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to planning policies, programs, and plans; familiarity with the functions and practices of local government organizations.
  • Experience developing or maintaining projects or programs that incorporate smart growth and sustainability is desirable.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of  grants or contract administration, preferably in a government or public agency setting; ability to understand, interpret, and apply complex rules, regulations, and provisions related to grants, contracts, and government funding.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting technical research and planning studies; experience preparing and presenting project reports, evaluating alternatives, and developing policy recommendations for decision makers.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including local, state, and federal agencies, other government officials, community groups, and the public, ability to gain cooperation and consensus through discussion and persuasion.
  • Experience supervising and evaluating the work of professional and technical personnel; experience providing administrative and professional leadership and direction for assigned programs.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to prepare and deliver public presentations and recommendations regarding various program elements to Boards, Policy Advisory Committees, technical working groups, community groups, members of the public, and other audiences.
  • Experience staffing committees and/or working groups, including the preparation of agendas, reports, and meeting summaries.
  • Successful project management experience including preparing budgets and schedules; RFPs, scopes of work, and contracts; experience evaluating proposals and selecting and managing consultants.
  • 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.
  • The selected candidate also 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.

US Citizenship: no

Security Clearance: no

Salary Range: $71,689 to $114,703 per year

Other Benefits:

Start Date: April 1, 2019

Position Type: Full Time

Travel: None

Language: Spanish

Contact Information

Name: San Diego Association of Governments - SANDAG






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