Regional Planner

Job Description

The Regional Planner will support projects and programs that further the development of smart growth, sustainable development, and public transit in the San Diego region as well as participate in a variety of long and short-range transit planning activities. This position is ideal for an entry to mid-level planning professional with a strong interest in furthering their expertise. 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 projects and programs that support development and implementation of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, with an emphasis on activities that support public transit and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Participate on inter-departmental and inter-agency project teams assembled for mid- and long-range planning studies; conduct technical and policy analyses on various public transit plans and projects, including first and last mile connections, complete streets, evaluation of alternatives, assessment of trade-offs, and development of capital and operating cost estimates and cost benefits.
  • Assist in coordinating with transit operators, local jurisdictions, and other stakeholders on operational planning for rail and bus projects including schedules, station maintenance, transit priority treatments, and customer amenities.
  • Participate in the review of proposed state and federal legislation in support of the agency’s programs, objectives, and plans.
  • Conduct research, collect and compile information, and assist in the preparation of reports, technical studies, surveys, and analyses related to regional transit planning.
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with local jurisdictions, various transit and transportation agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure coordination on regional transit planning issues and projects.
  • Participate in public outreach and community involvement activities related to SANDAG planning efforts.
  • Support the development of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) including scopes of work, project budgets; consultant selection criteria; assist with monitoring consultant performance and ensure projects are completed on schedule and within the prescribed budget; maintain grant or contract files and prepare project status reports.
  • Assist in the preparation of written reports, agendas, and supporting materials for committees and working groups.

Job Information

Position Title: Regional Planner

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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 organized, flexible, and can be relied upon to meet deadlines while working on multiple projects. Excellent communication and interpersonal 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 the field of land use, transportation, smart growth, sustainable development, and/or transit oriented development planning.   The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position.  

  • Working knowledge of the principles, practices, and current trends related to comprehensive regional planning, familiarity with regional transit planning and operations is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to regional transportation policies, programs, and plans.
  • Experience participating in technical research and planning studies, performing analysis, and preparing preliminary recommendations for decision-makers; experience compiling and synthesizing information into written summaries and reports.
  • Ability to support and participate in public outreach efforts designed to inform, educate, and engage the public in a planning process.
  • Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with local jurisdictions, various transit and transportation agencies, and other stakeholders.
  • Experience assisting and supporting the development of RFPs, scopes of work, budgets, and schedules, consultant selection, and grant or contract administration.
  • Ability to provide staff support for committees and/or working groups, through the preparation of agendas, reports, meeting summaries and minutes.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills and the ability to support concurrent projects at various stages of completion; ability to exercise good judgement and work independently.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite and other PC-based applications.
  • Experience with GIS software to integrate, display, and analyze transportation, land use, and transit information.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate technical information effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to prepare clear and concise reports that present research results and recommendations.
  • 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.

US Citizenship: no

Security Clearance: no

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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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