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Senior Financial Programming Analyst

Salary Range:
$79,537 to $123,282

Close Date: Open Until Filled

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is seeking to fill two (2) Senior Financial Programming Analyst positions to provide advanced level professional, analytical, and coordination support for various regional, state, and federal programs. This is an exciting position in which you will be part of the team tasked to seek out traditional and non-traditional funding, innovative financing, and partnering opportunities to attract more funding to the region.
Come help to bring the 2021 Regional Plan vision to life while growing your career and working in a fulfilling work environment.


This position is ideal for an experienced financial programming professional who has the skill to perform the technical requirements of the position with a strong interest in applying their expertise in the financial programming of large-scale capital projects.
The ideal candidate will be detailed oriented and possess:
» Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
» The ability to think strategically and to see the big picture
» Demonstrated knowledge of the various federal, state, and local funding sources
» Experience coordinating financial programming preferably with a focus on transportation
» Experience performing complex calculations to complete financial, economic, and data analysis of funding activities
» Experience with the development of RFPs, scopes of work, budgets, schedules, vendor selection, and contract management
» Demonstrated understanding and use of traditional and non traditional methods for creatively programming multiple sources of project funding

Education and Experience
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in planning, engineering, finance, or a related field, and a minimum of five years of recent experience providing transportation financial strategy, funds management, financial programming, inter-agency coordination, and
some lead or supervisory experience, preferably in a public
sector organization. A Master’s degree is desirable.


Under direction, the Senior Financial Programming Analyst will supervise, plan, coordinate, and participate in a wide variety of advanced level professional, analytical, and coordination support duties for financial programming. The Senior Financial Programming Analyst may provide direct supervision to professional, technical, and administrative support staff.
Examples of core job responsibilities are listed below. It is anticipated that significant career development will occur while working on core job responsibilities and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff.
» Coordinate multiple local, state, and federal transportation funding programs, plans and documents.
» Provide technical expertise and creative strategies to Project Managers and management team in the field of transportation programming to fully leverage limited revenue in the implementation of a complex capital program.
» Research, compile, and analyze project development and implementation status; track progress against timelines and funding requirements; analyze data and prepare comprehensive technical reports that summarize findings, describe alternatives, and support recommendations to policymakers to ensure that the region fully leverages all available funding.
» Prepare Federal Highway Administration, Caltrans, and other agency grant applications and funding requests; administer grant funding; support the Finance department in resolving eligibility, scope, and timely use of fund issues.
» Collaborate with key stakeholders such as federal, state, and local agencies, member jurisdictions and other funding recipients; coordinate communication with federal and state agencies related to financial programming and transit issues.
» Provide support for the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) in the administration of the TransNet Extension Ordinance and assist the ITOC in conducting its fiscal and compliance audits, triennial performance audits, development of its annual report, and in carrying out its other roles and responsibilities.


SANDAG serves as the forum for regional decision-making for the San Diego region and is one of the most recognized regional planning agencies in the nation, with responsibilities that cover a broad range of complex, interrelated program areas. Its commitment to improving the quality of life for everyone who lives in the San Diego area is at the forefront of everything they do and is a shared goal among its team members.
SANDAG knows that all employees - no matter what role they play or how long they’ve been with SANDAG - are essential to its continued success. Dedication. Competence. Innovativeness. Integrity. These are some of the qualities they look for. And in return, they are committed to providing a supportive atmosphere where employees can develop to their full potential.
You can find a job anywhere but fulfilling and engaging careers where you serve others are hard to come by.
This is where SANDAG employees excel - meeting and exceeding the expectations of its Board of Directors and other regional policymakers, business leaders, community and special interest groups, and the public. If you’re excited by change, motivated by challenges, and eager to satisfy the people you serve, there’s a place for you at SANDAG.


SANDAG’s Commitment to Equity
SANDAG holds themselves accountable to the communities they serve. They acknowledge they have much to learn and much to change; and they firmly uphold equity and inclusion for every person in the San Diego region. This includes historically underserved, systemically marginalized groups impacted by actions and inactions at all levels of our government and society.
SANDAG has an obligation to eliminate disparities and ensure that safe, healthy, accessible, and inclusive opportunities are available to everyone. Throughout 2021, SANDAG has been developing an equity action plan that will inform how they plan, prioritize, fund, and build projects and programs; frame how they work with its communities; define how they recruit and develop its employees; guide its efforts to conduct unbiased research and interpret data; and set expectations for companies and stakeholders that work with them.
SANDAG is committed to creating a San Diego region where every person who visits, works, and lives can thrive.


The Financial Planning and Budgets Department coordinates the agency’s financial programming for regional transportation projects, ensures the delivery of regional capital improvements through the Capital Program Office, facilitates the role of the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee in the administration and implementation of the TransNet Program, and is responsible for the development and monitoring of the agency’s Annual Program Budget. TransNet, the halfcent sales tax for local transportation projects, has been instrumental in expanding the region’s transportation system, reducing traffic congestion, and bringing critical transportation programs to life.
The process of programming projects for a region as dynamic as San Diego is complex and demands a high level of creativity, flexibility, and strategic thinking.
The Financial Programming team oversees the preparation of required state and federal programs and plans related to transportation funding such as the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP), the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and Senate Bill 1 (SB1) formula and competitive programs in support of delivery of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The team also prepares the TransNet Plan of Finance and supports funding claims on behalf of the agency and its transit partners. The team provides expert support to pursue new funding and innovative solutions to fiscal, economic, and environmental challenges and opportunities as the capital program transitions from a debt-financed program to a pay-go


San Diego, renowned for its idyllic climate and 70 miles of pristine beaches, is California’s second largest city with nearly 1.3 million citywide residents and more than 3 million residents countywide. San Diego offers world-class dining, professional sports, and entertainment options typical of a large metro area, but the patchwork of distinct neighborhoods fosters strong community ties. Within its borders of 4,200 sq. miles, San Diego County encompasses 18 incorporated cities and numerous other charming neighborhoods and communities, including downtown’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Coronado, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Escondido, La Mesa, Barrio Logan, and Chula Vista. The city recognized the importance of its neighborhoods when it organized its 2008 General Plan around the concept of a “City of Villages”. Residents gather at festivals and farmers markets, meet friends at beaches and parks, and regularly bump into friends and acquaintances at local bars and restaurants.
San Diego is considered to have one of the most favorable climates in the country enabling year-around enjoyment of the area’s many outdoor amenities and activities. San Diego County has an award-winning park system featuring 152 facilities across 56,000 acres of land, including parks, camping parks, sports parks, community centers, open space preserves and historic sites. Over 380 miles of trails take residents through multiple climates and habitats - from the coast to the desert and the valleys to the mountains.
The San Diego Unified School District is the main district serving the San Diego metro area. The district operates 124 elementary schools, 42 middle schools, and 33 high schools. All 41 charter schools in San Diego are also administered by the San Diego USD. A hybrid option between public and private schools, charter schools are tuition-free as part of the public school district but are run independently, granting them more flexibility to focus on specialized curricula. San Diego is home to several world-famous universities and colleges, plus several smaller educational venues focused on specific trades or skills.


The recruitment will remain open until the positions are filled. First review of applications will occur on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Interested parties are encouraged to apply early as the positions will be filled based on qualified applicants and the recruitment will close. To be considered for this exciting and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your application, résumé, and cover letter at:
Job Opportunities | Nationwide Public Sector Recruitment Solutions (
Application materials will be screened in relation to the education and experience minimum requirements criteria outlined in this job announcement. Those candidates who are determined to be the most highly qualified for the opportunity, will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process which may include an interview panel.
Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure that an applicant will be invited to the next phase of the examination process. SANDAG reserves the right to invite only the most closely qualified applicants to participate and move forward in the recruitment process for this position.
For more information, please contact: Ariana zur Nieden, Manager of Strategic Capital Funding and ITOC Program, (619) 699-6961,


Additional Information
SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance 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.

All newly hired SANDAG employees are subject to an annual driving record check; additional background checks (e.g., criminal checks, credit checks) may be required depending on the scope of job responsibilities. All new employees must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States within three days of hire.
SANDAG requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 within 45 days of hire; reasonable accommodation requests will be considered.


The Senior Financial Programming Analyst positions have a salary range of $79,537 to $123,282 per year; the starting salary will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. SANDAG conducts periodic market studies to ensure the competitiveness of its salary ranges.
SANDAG offers a comprehensive benefits package with health, wellness, financial security, and work/life balance programs including:
» A 9/80 flexible work schedule with telework options
» Pay-for-performance merit increases
» CalPERS pension and a 457 deferred compensation plan
» Excellent health, dental, and vision insurance options for employees and their families
» Education Assistance of up to $5,250 a year
» A regional transit pass for use on the bus, Trolley, and Coaster, and a commuter incentive program
» Paid time off including 11 observed holidays, 2 floating holidays, and 18 PTO (paid time off) days per year


SANDAG is an equal employment opportunity employer