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Senior ITS Planner

Salary Range:
Annual Salary Range: $81,525 to $126,364

Close Date: 09/23/2022 - Opened Until Filled

The Senior ITS Planner will deliver, and support several agency initiatives, including the SANDAG Next Operating System (Next OS), an important element of the Five Big Moves, which is a secure digital platform that manages real-time transportation information for people and operators that use the region’s transportation network. This role will also lead other related technology projects and systems and provide technical guidance and support for the development of concepts of operations and system requirements for agency ITS projects.

Overview of the Regional Planning Department
As part of the Regional Planning department, the Technology Planning team works on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to identify, develop, and implement transportation technology projects that focus on better managing our transportation network to improve system efficiencies and provide multi-modal transportation options. The Technology plays an integral role in innovating, implementing, and administering regional technology strategies, projects, and programs.

The SANDAG Board of Directors approved an action plan to create a bold new transportation vision with the goal to transform the way people and goods move throughout the region. This vision is shaped by five key strategies for mobility, collectively known as the 5 Big Moves—Complete Corridors: Smart, connected routes that accommodate all modes of transportation; Transit Leap: A complete network of high-capacity, high-speed, and high frequency transit services; Mobility Hubs: Places of connectivity where a variety of travel options come together for a seamless travel experience; Flexible Fleets: On-demand, shared, electric vehicles that connect to transit and provide personalized transportation; Next Operating System (OS): The “brain” of the transportation network that manages systems in real time.

Job Responsibilities
• Manage the development of ITS initiatives that drive the implementation of advanced transportation and communications technologies, including, Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), and Active Transportation and Demand Management concepts and strategies.

• Conduct technical ITS research and lead the development of planning studies that advance the development of transportation and mobility technology strategies; conduct data analysis and prepare technical reports; provide recommendations on alternatives, assess trade-offs, and develop capital and operating cost estimates, and cost benefits.

• Lead inter-departmental and inter-agency initiatives requiring ITS technologies, including Next OS, Complete Corridors, Transit Leap, Flexible Fleets, and Mobility Hubs.

• Coordinate and support inter-departmental operations of existing ITS management solutions for the Regional Arterial Management System, I-15 Integrated Corridor Management system, and other ITS systems.

• Collaborate with key stakeholders such as local, state, and federal agencies, project partners, consultants, and operating agencies.

• Coordinate and lead, across all the Regional Planning teams including with the Digital Equity, Integrated Transportation, Mobility Planning, and Strategic Partnerships to identify, analyze, develop, pilot, test, and implement innovative technology solutions that enhance mobility.

• Develop project plans, Requests for Proposals, scopes of work, project deliverables, budgets, and schedules; participate in the selection of consultants and vendors; administer contracts and ensure projects progress on schedule, within the approved budget, and at a consistently high level of quality; ensure projects are completed in adherence to funding agency requirements.

• Support policy advisory committees, and/or working groups; prepare agendas, reports, and meeting summaries; participate in the development of staff recommendations to the committees/working groups.

• Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors, Policy Advisory Committees, community groups, private organizations, members of the public and other groups.

Experience and Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional or transportation planning, engineering, operations, or a related field.

• Five years of increasingly responsible experience supporting ITS planning or transportation programs and services; relevant experience in lieu of educational requirements will be considered.

• Knowledge of the principles, practices, and current trends related to regional planning, transportation systems management and operations, or ITS systems engineering planning.

• Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations/requirements pertaining to transportation policies, programs, and plans.

• Experience conducting technical research, studies, and cost-benefit analyses for planning programs; experience preparing and presenting project reports and policy recommendations.

• Experience coordinating and delivering complex projects, programs, and services in support of planning initiatives; experience monitoring program performance and analyzing outcomes.

• Project management experience including preparing and managing budgets, schedules, and project control measures; developing RFPs, scopes of work, and contracts; experience evaluating proposals and selecting and managing consultants.

• Experience administering grant programs; experience assembling, organizing, and submitting grant applications, amendments, and progress reports.

• Experience staffing committees and/or working groups, including the preparation of agendas, reports, and meeting summaries.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including agency and other government officials, consultants, operating agencies, and vendors.

• Ability to communicate technical information effectively, to a broad range of audiences; ability to prepare clear and concise technical and informational reports; ability to prepare and deliver presentations and recommendations regarding various program elements to upper management, elected officials, community groups, private organizations, and other audiences.

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

How to Apply
Interested candidates may apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application at

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.

SANDAG employees are expected to work in-person in our San Diego office; there are telework options available, as well as a 9/80 work schedule (every other Monday off).

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