Executive Director

Recruiter: SANDAG
Type: Permanent
Location: San Diego, California, USA

The SANDAG Board of Directors seeks an Executive Director with a strong background in management as well as transportation and regional planning, capital development, and operations, who facilitates consensus and decision-making.

Under policy direction from the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will plan, direct, manage, administer, and review the activities and operations of SANDAG; coordinate services and activities among SANDAG departments, the Board of Directors, Policy Advisory Committees, member agencies, and outside organizations; provide highly responsible and complex executive support to the Board of Directors and Policy Advisory Committees; serve as Executive Director of the San Diego County Regional Transportation Commission; and provide leadership to approximately 350 employees. SANDAG’s highest priorities are described below. Funding and resource decisions have been made with respect to their contribution toward advancing these objectives. The new Executive Director will possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to direct and lead staff in these important goals and initiatives:

·         Modeling and Research: Employ technologies, methodologies, and models to enhance research and analysis capabilities to support complex policy and operational issues. 

·         Sustainable Development: Planning and Funding Strategies. Working with partner agencies and stakeholders, advance the region’s sustainability goals and policies, including those related to air quality and climate change. Use a coordinated planning process to implement all the projects and programs contained in the Regional Plan, as well as develop funding strategies sufficient to support the region’s sustainability vision. 

·         Sustainable Mobility Programs and Services: Collaborate with Caltrans, transit operators, and other partner agencies to implement sustainable mobility projects, programs, and services that help to improve mobility, reduce traffic congestion, increase reliability, enhance customer service, and address air quality and climate change goals. 

·         External Support and Communications: Develop strategies to effectively expand member agency awareness and engage the public regarding the development of regional projects and programs. 

·         Regional Operations and Services: Manage and optimize operational programs and customer services to deliver enhanced mobility and public safety services for the region. 


The Executive Director will be an effective leader with the ability to coordinate SANDAG’s planning, project implementation, and operations activities. The ideal candidate should be collaborative, visionary, fiscally wise, and politically astute but apolitical. The Board values a big picture perspective and forward-thinking attitude. The Executive Director should be proactive and a forthcoming, honest, and skilled communicator with the ability to foresee and respond to issues/concerns of the public and the Board of Directors. He/she should have knowledge of federal, state, and local politics and practical experience affecting policy change. The Board seeks an individual capable of positioning SANDAG as a regional leader and managing internal and external change. He/she should encourage cities in the region to prepare for growth and take a balanced approach to meeting the region’s needs. The ability to analyze situations, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals is sought in the new Executive Director. In addition, the selected candidate should have the ability to allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner and travel as needed on behalf of the agency. Knowledge of the following principles and practices is expected: regional governance administration, organization, functions, and services; current social, political, and economic trends and operating problems of regional governance; techniques of long range, sustainable regional planning in land use and transportation; organization and management as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operation needs; governmental resource management including budget preparation and administration and funding practices of federal grant agencies; organization, administration and personnel management; supervision, training and performance evaluation; pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, transportation, engineering, public or business administration, or a related field is required while City or county management experience and/or a Masters degree is desirable

The salary range and competitive benefits for the Executive Director is negotiable and will be based on qualifications and experience.


The final filing date is Monday, March 12, 2018. To be considered for this exceptional opportunity, please submit your resume (including dates of employment plus staff size and budgets managed), cover letter, the names of six work-related references (two each for current or former supervisors, direct reports, and colleagues) to: secure.cpshr.usescandidate/JobDetail?ID=318  


The 18 cities and county government are SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments. This public agency serves as the forum for regional decision-making. SANDAG builds consensus; makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers, and builds public 


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