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Senior/Associate Government Relations Analyst

Salary Range:
Senior: $79,537 to $123,282
Associate: $65,435 to $101,424

Close Date: April 15, 2022 – Open until filled


This position is best suited for a Government Relations Analyst with experience and interest in collaborating with regional, statewide, and federal partners.  The Analyst will support the funding and advancement of SANDAG programs and projects.  Focus areas include the implementation of the annual Legislative Program and coordinating with other SANDAG departments to develop comment letters on federal and state policies.  This position is being filled at either the Associate or Senior level.

Overview of the Government Relations Team

The Government Relations team advances SANDAG programs and projects through intergovernmental strategies, policy, and legislation. With a key focus on collaboration, the Government Relations team cultivates partnerships at the regional, state, federal, and binational levels to help secure the funding and support needed to deliver the agency’s priorities.

Job Responsibilities

Senior Level (in addition to Associate level responsibilities):

  • Monitor federal and/or state legislative, regulatory, and policy activities; recommend responses to legislation related to existing programs or newly enacted laws.
  • Review and recommend positions on proposed legislation and regulations, including actions to achieve desired results that are consistent with the agency’s interests.
  • Manage partnerships with SANDAG staff, elected officials and staff from local jurisdictions, and staff from state and federal representatives to support various projects and programs in support of Government Relations authorization and appropriations cycles.  
  • Manage the preparation of state and federal legislative committee testimony, speaking points, and presentations; develop background documents and informational materials regarding proposed legislation; contribute to the development of political and communication strategies to advance the agency’s positions at the state and federal levels.
  • Manage a small team of staff, assign work, provide feedback, support professional development activities.
  • Present written, oral, and visual reports to the Board of Directors, Policy Advisory and stakeholder committees, outside agencies and organizations, and/or community.

Associate Level:

  • Support the review of federal and/or state legislative, regulatory, and policy activities; provide recommendations on proposed legislation related to existing programs or newly enacted laws.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, business community leaders, tribal leaders, interest groups, and legislative and SANDAG staff.
  • Coordinate Government Relations activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide information and assistance regarding Government Relations programs and projects; receive and respond to concerns and questions; review issues and recommend corrective actions.
  • Participate in meetings with committees, outside agencies and organizations, and/or community groups as a representative for the Government Relations team and SANDAG.
  • Support the preparation of various documents with multiple internal and external stakeholders.

Experience and Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in political science, regional planning, public or business administration, International relations, or a related field.  A combination of education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree. Ability to travel as needed (5 to 10%).
  • Experience collaborating with local, state, and federal elected officials, and representatives from neighboring counties, tribal governments, and Mexico (Associate 3 years, Senior 5 years). 
  • Knowledge of various federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to SANDAG programs, activities, and operations.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local political, economic, and social trends and principles as they apply to SANDAG programs, activities, and operations.
  • Knowledge of various issues affecting the San Diego region related to transportation, land use, environment, economic development, housing, and public safety.
  • Knowledge of sources of federal, state, and local funding used for SANDAG programs; funding practices of federal, state, and local grant agencies.
  • Knowledge of functions of federal, state, and regional government agencies, departments, and institutions and the relationships between the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government.
  • Knowledge of state and federal legislative processes and budget cycles.
  • Knowledge of various methods and techniques to reach mutually agreeable solutions and outcomes.
  • Experience performing complex, responsible and difficult professional, analytical, and administrative work involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
  • Experience analyzing, tracking, and monitoring proposed legislation, and prepare sound responses and recommendations.
  • Experience communicating legislative programs to the public, member agencies, and other stakeholders and establish, maintain, and foster effective and credible working relationships with the Board of Directors, Policy Advisory Committees, and SANDAG staff as well as representatives from outside agencies and organizations, community groups, and residents.
  • Experience leading or supervising a small team of professional and technical employees; experience mentoring, evaluating, and training employees (Senior). 
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of Government Relations program goals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.


Our benefits include 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. SANDAG offers flexible work schedules and employees are provided with paid time off and paid holidays.

How to Apply

Interested candidates may apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application.

The Employment Application can be downloaded from the SANDAG website or by contacting or calling (619) 699-1900. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.

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), or fax (619) 699-6905.


Further Information

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.

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.

SANDAG requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 within 45 days of hire; the COVID-19 vaccine booster also is required within 30 days from the date of hire, or 30 days after becoming eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, whichever is sooner; reasonable accommodation requests will be considered.

SANDAG employees are expected to work in-person in our San Diego office.

Contact Us

401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101-4231
(619) 699-1900 | TTY/TDD: (888) 722-4889


SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer