Annual Salary Range: $67,070.75 - $103,959.66 First Review of Applications: Open until filled. Expected Start Date: June 2023
Role The Associate Rail Transportation Planner will support projects, programs, and studies related to the development and implementation of improvements along San Diego’s rail corridors. This position will assist with a variety of regional rail related plans and projects at different levels and phases of design and completion. This position also will support the coordination with local, state, and national partners - this work is an important aspect of the position given the complexities of shared use rail corridors with multiple owners, operators, and stakeholders. This position is ideal for a rail or transit transportation planner with an interest in working on a variety of rail projects including railroad design and operation, intercity passenger rail, commuter rail, freight rail, and high-speed rail systems.
Overview of Capital Improvement Program: The SANDAG Engineering and Construction Department is responsible for implementing projects that enhance the regional transportation network and improve the efficiency of existing resources in close collaboration with our regional partners. Examples of significant projects currently underway or in the planning process include the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Improvements, Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization, Otay Mesa East Port of Entry, and high-priority Regional Bikeway Projects in the City of San Diego and other jurisdictions.
Experience and Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban, regional, or transportation planning, or a related field. A combination of education and recent transportation work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
Three or more years of increasingly responsible, professional (full-time) planning experience, preferably with a focus on transportation or rail transportation planning.
Experience supporting programs and delivering projects and services in support of transportation initiatives; experience coordinating and performing technical research and planning studies and evaluation.
Experience with grant administration, including grant research and grant application submittals; experience interpreting and understanding awarded grant terms, conditions, fiscal and reporting compliance requirements is desirable.
Benefits SANDAG offers comprehensive benefits, to include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Additionally, SANDAG offers the following:
Hybrid (three days onsite in office) and 9/80 flexible work schedule (every other Monday off)
Pay-for-performance merit increases
CalPERS pension plan with employer and employee contributions
Excellent health insurance options for employees and their eligible dependents
Free dental and vision insurance for employees and their eligible dependents
Education Assistance of up to $5,250 a year for regular employees
Free transit pass for use throughout the San Diego region, Rapid Express, Trolley, and COASTER
Paid time off including 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holiday days, generous paid time off (PTO) per year
SANDAG is one of the most recognized regional agencies in the nation with responsibilities that cover a broad range of complex, interrelated program areas connected by a Quality of Life theme. We are best known for our efforts related to transportation and this role continues to expand as we push beyond traditional boundaries to deliver a state-of-the-art transportation system for the region. In recent years SANDAG’s leadership in areas such as comprehensive land use and environmental planning, public safety, and modeling and data systems, also have earned us much acclaim. With an employee group about 300 strong, we work for our Board of Directors - mayors, councilmembers, supervisors, and other leaders representing the jurisdictions within the San Diego region and neighboring areas. They play the important role of making policy decisions that shape the future of the region. Our collaboration with stakeholders, partners, and the community, the precision of our data, the completeness of our reports and studies, and our sound recommendations are essential components of the regional decision-making process.