Associate Airport Planner

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The San Diego Airport Authority is proud of its team members.  We have a high performing culture and we challenge ourselves through innovation…we work fast, value each other and have fun along the way.

The Planning and Environmental Affairs Department is searching for a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual as an Associate Airport Planner.  The ideal candidate will have prior research and technical writing experience as well as strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.  Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Assists in administering the overall Airport Development Plan and system planning, capacity enhancement programs for sustaining and improving the airport’s infrastructure and facilities; reviews and reports to department management on proposed legislation affecting airports; assists with agency and community presentations.
  2. Participates on Authority-wide teams focused on capital improvements and facilities development; leads or participates in land use and environmental studies and projects; assists in the preparation of land use and transportation studies.
  3. Researches planning policy issues and conditions; establishes methodologies for the research; coor­dinates the collection of information regarding study needs from other Authority departments and outside agencies; designs, conducts and analyzes surveys, inventories and evaluations, including data collection and interpretation, analysis and evaluation of consequences of different courses of actions; conducts special studies on sensitive planning issues.
  4. Assists department in providing requested information and assistance to the public; supports community and public involvement meetings; coordinates and reviews projects with in-house departments and outside agencies, when requested.
  5. Performs administrative related functions for the department including appointment scheduling, coordinating events, answering phone calls, compiling reports and data, preparing tabulations, charts, graphs, preparing and editing correspondences.


  1. Critical Thinking – Researches, analyzes and translates regulatory requirements, data and information; identifies and evaluates relevant information; weighs alternatives; draws connections and provides recommendations or conclusions.
  2. Communication – Effectively exchanges information with stakeholders through various avenues including but not limited to verbal, digital and written format; ability to facilitate and persuade.
  3. Problem Solving & Agility – Evaluates situation or factors and collaboratively generates alternative solutions; evaluates proposed solutions and identifies alternative practices in support of business objectives and strategies; readily adapts behavior or new work methods to evolving and unexpected situations.
  4. Relationship Management – Builds and maintains relationships and works effectively with others to accomplish organizational business objectives and goals; manages conflict.
  5. Process Knowledge – Understanding of current local, state and federal regulations as well of industry principles, practices and techniques; monitors processes and develops framework for implementation and improvement.
  6. Attention to Detail – Ensures information and records are complete and accurate; follows up with others to ensure obligations have been fulfilled.
  7. Leveraging Technology – Effective use of electronic information and associated systems.

Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in urban, regional or transportation planning or a closely related field; and
  • Two years of progressively responsible experience in a public planning agency or consulting organization focused on land use and environmental planning processes;
  • Or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Airport planning experience is highly desired.

Depending on experience, hiring reward is up to $72,000 annually.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, SDCRAA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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