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Active Transportation Planner
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Job Description

Active Transportation Planner

Salary Range:
Associate - $58,979 to $94,366 per year
Senior - $71,689 to $114,703 per year

Close Date: Open Until Filled

Application Instructions:
Details about the SANDAG Employment Application and Supplemental Questions required for this position can be found below.

Improving Active Transportation Options for the San Diego Region

Long range plans for the San Diego region include increasing mobility, reducing greenhouse gases, and improving public health by making bicycling and walking viable options for everyday travel. SANDAG has adopted several strategies in order to accomplish this vision – to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities consistent with good urban design concepts; to improve access to public transportation resources via bicycling and walking; and to design and implement a distinctive regional bicycle system comprised of interconnected bicycle corridors, support facilities, and programs.

The SANDAG FY 2019 program budget includes resources to implement regional bikeway projects and supporting programs from the Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program (EAP), a $200 million, 10-year improvement program to design and build high-priority bikeway projects throughout the San Diego region. Sections of the regional network have been completed, and ongoing work will focus on developing an interconnected Class I and urban bikeway network that will provide additional facilities for people who choose to bike or walk. To complement the established Class I facilities, the regional network also will consist of on-street facilities such as bike lanes, bike boulevards, protected bikeways, and bike routes to create a comprehensive system that will serve the needs for all types of people riding bikes in the San Diego region.

Active Transportation Planner Role

The Active Transportation Planner will work with a broad cross-section of disciplines within SANDAG including engineering and construction teams, communications, and transportation demand management (TDM) to coordinate projects, programs, and studies related to the development and implementation of active transportation projects identified in the Bike EAP and San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.  

Job Responsibilities

This position is ideal for an experienced planning professional with a strong interest in furthering their expertise in active transportation and project management. 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 planning, design, and implementation of a diverse range of active transportation improvement projects.
  • Participate in programs to implement the Bike EAP and active transportation elements of the Regional Plan such as the SANDAG Complete Streets policy.
  • Develop project plans, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), scopes of work, project deliverables, budgets, and schedules; participate in the selection of consultants and vendors; administer contracts.
  • Coordinate the work of consultants and ensure projects progress and are completed on schedule, within the approved budget, and at a consistently high level of quality; ensure projects are completed in adherence with funding agency requirements.
  • Coordinate major multi-modal transportation planning projects at the corridor or subregional level; develop and recommend active transportation improvements for subregional areas that align with the objectives of the Bike EAP and the Regional Plan.
  • Research funding opportunities for active transportation programs through local, state, and federal grants; develop grant proposals, and coordinate the submission of funding applications.
  • Review proposed state and federal legislation in support of the agency’s active transportation programs, objectives, and plans.
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with local jurisdictions and various partners in the region to advance active transportation planning and implementation of projects.
  • Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to the SANDAG Board of Directors, member agencies, committees, working groups, community groups, private organizations, and members of the public.
  • Supervise, mentor, train, and support development opportunities for staff; oversee and coordinate projects; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; participate in the development of internal policies related to active transportation (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 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 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, public or business administration, or a related field, and four years (Associate level) to five years (Senior level) of increasingly responsible, professional experience in transportation, preferably with an emphasis in non-motorized or active transportation. An advanced degree is desirable.

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

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to regional transportation policies, programs, and plans; familiarity with current political trends in these areas is desirable.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply the principles and practices of comprehensive regional planning, particularly in the areas of non-motorized or active transportation, sustainable community development, and general transportation planning; familiarity with the goals and objectives of the Regional Plan is desirable.
  • Experience participating in technical research and planning studies in the field of active transportation; experience planning, designing, and implementing programs, projects, and studies related to active transportation.
  • Experience coordinating projects through consultants; experience supporting the development of RFPs, scopes of work, budgets, and schedules, consultant selection, and performing contract administration functions.
  • Experience monitoring and evaluating project progress; ability to prepare summary reports that communicate project status; ability to identify existing or potential scope, schedule and budget problems and ensure these are adequately communicated to upper management.
  • Experience with public participation and public outreach efforts designed to inform, educate, engage, and involve the public in the regional transportation planning process.
  • Knowledge of bicycle and pedestrian design standards; experience developing projects and programs that incorporate the principles of Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines and requirements for project development and delivery.
  • Outstanding written and oral presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate technical information and recommendations to a variety of audiences including elected officials, member agencies, the public, and upper management.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and foster positive working relationships with other agencies on a variety of land use and transportation planning coordination issues.
  • Demonstrated experience researching funding opportunities, designing research study methodologies, and writing fundable grants.
  • Experience supervising and evaluating the work of professional and technical personnel; experience providing administrative and professional leadership and direction for assigned programs (Senior level only).
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency using the Microsoft Office Suite, conducting research on the Internet, and other PC-based applications.
  • 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 flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

The Active Transportation Planner 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 - $58,979 to $94,366 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 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 will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, August 3, 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, candidates are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words 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. The candidate selected for this position will coordinate at least one project already in the design phase. Describe the steps you would take to keep the project on schedule and within budget. 

  2. SANDAG hears from both proponents and opponents, many with strong opinions, regarding its active transportation improvement projects. How would you respond to concerns raised and still move a project forward?

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

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