Regional Energy and Climate Change Planning
SANDAG recognizes the importance of energy and climate change planning to regional goals for improved quality of life and sustainable development, and the strong nexus among energy and climate change issues and land use and transportation planning. The region’s policymakers have adopted a proactive and industry-leading approach to this important program area.
Through close collaboration with member agencies and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the Regional Energy and Climate Change Planning team supports energy and climate change planning at the local and regional levels through initiatives related to energy efficiency, transportation, zero emission vehicles, renewable energy, and climate change adaptation. The team oversees programs that deliver technical services, analysis, and data monitoring in support of local and regional energy and climate change planning, and participates in various collaborative regional planning activities related to energy and climate change, including the SANDAG Regional Energy Working Group.
Regional Energy/Climate Planner Role
Working in collaboration with member agencies, SDG&E, and other stakeholders, the person selected for this position will assist with local energy/climate planning and activities to reduce energy and/or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This is a Limited-Term employment opportunity and is expected to be funded through December 2020. Limited-Term employees are considered to be “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.
This position is ideal for a planning professional with a strong interest in furthering their expertise in regional land use and transportation planning with a focus on climate change and energy planning. We anticipate significant career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff. Examples of primary responsibilities include:
Experience and Qualifications
Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for a candidate with an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving who is organized, flexible, and can be relied upon to meet deadlines while working on multiple projects. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively, dynamic and strong interpersonal skills, and the use of sound judgment are important.
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional or urban planning, climate change or energy policy/planning, environmental sustainability, economics, public/business administration, or a related field and one to four years of recent work experience in the field of sustainable energy or climate change planning. A Master’s degree is desirable.
The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position may include:
Salary and Benefits
SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.
This Limited-Term Regional Energy/Climate Planner position will be filled at the Planner I, II, or Associate level depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. Positions at the Planner I and II level are considered entry-level with job duties primarily related to learning and supporting planning activities. At the Associate level, employees are expected to independently coordinate more complex planning functions.
The annual salary ranges are: Planner I - $45,741 to $76,113 per year; Planner II - $50,429 to $83,915 per year; Associate Planner - $55,598 to $92,516 per year.
Our benefits include traditional 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. And to support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays.
How to Apply
We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.
The Employment Application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply web page for additional information.
This position is Open until Filled. The first review of applications for the Regional Energy/Climate Planner position will begin on Friday, March 16, 2018.
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), fax (619) 699-6905, or email@example.com.
To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the two Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.
1. How would you explain the purpose and relevance of a local climate action plan to someone who is unfamiliar, and what are some of the major trends and biggest challenges related to local climate action planning?
2. Describe an interdisciplinary planning project or study you have been involved in. What were your specific role(s) in the overall project or study and what actions did you take to contribute to the overall success of the project or study?
Candidate Selection and Notification
Following the close date for applications, all candidates will receive written confirmation that their application was received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the close date. The best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive written notification as to the final outcome of their application.
The SANDAG website contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.
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.
SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.