Planning Assistant
San Diego Association of Governments - San Diego, CA

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Overview of our Long Range Transportation and Binational Planning Program

The Long Range Transportation and Binational Planning Section is responsible for a variety of comprehensive planning projects at the binational, regional, subregional, and corridor level.

The Section has a lead role in the development of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan and implements strategies through subregional and multimodal transportation corridor plans. The Section also is responsible for air quality planning and transportation conformity for the Regional Transportation Plan and the Regional Transportation Improvement Program.

Planning Assistant Responsibilities

With the guidance and mentoring of senior staff, this position will provide a “hands-on” learning experience in regional transportation and binational planning. Examples of Planning Assistant responsibilities include:
  • Contribute as a team member to various research projects and planning studies; participate in meetings and liaise with project partners; assist with coordinating activities.
  • Assist with providing staff support to formal working group meetings; record and summarize minutes and actions for distribution to working group members and the public; assist with specific follow-up requests that arise from meetings.
  • Contribute to the preparation of various types of reports, summaries, correspondence, and presentations.
  • Assist with the review of consultant work products and invoices.
    Respond to requests for project information from the public or other interested parties.


SANDAG employees are known for their commitment to excellence and passion for the work they do. To be most successful in this position, our ideal candidate would have the following education, experience, and attributes:
  • Graduate level coursework in urban planning, public policy, or a related field with a specific focus on transportation planning.
  • Intern or entry-level experience in transportation or binational planning, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends related to transportation and binational planning and coordination.
  • Ability to independently complete assignments that involve researching, analyzing, and synthesizing information into written summaries, reports, or recommendations.
  • Advanced computer skills with MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Internet research.
  • Ability to communicate with various audiences using exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; proficiency with the Spanish language is desirable.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to perform a variety of tasks typical of an entry-level planning position.

Program, Pay, and Perks

The Planning Assistant position is offered as a one-year position, working approximately 20 hours per week. The work is performed during SANDAG’s normal business hours; a specific schedule would be worked out between the Assistant and manager.

The Planning Assistant position is paid a starting rate of $15 to $17 per hour and is provided with several perks such as pro-rated holiday pay, a regional transit pass, Transportation Demand Management (TDM) incentives, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by sending us a completed Employment Application form along with a recent 2-to-3 page writing sample. A cover letter describing how this position would contribute to your career goals in the planning field as well as a resume is highly desirable.

The application form can be downloaded from the Careers section of the SANDAG web site. Once completed, your application and writing sample can be emailed to or sent to SANDAG, Attn: Human Resources, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101.

Apply immediately. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, September 27, 2013. The position is expected to start in October/November 2013.

Any questions regarding this position or application procedures can be referred to Cristen Powell, Human Resources Analyst, at or (619) 595-5379.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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