Talent Development Manager

Our Story

We exist to maintain and improve the quality of life for everyone who calls this region home. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is both a metropolitan planning organization and a council of governments, bringing together local decision-makers to develop solutions to regional issues including improving equity, transportation, air quality, clean energy, economic development, public health & safety, housing, and more.

With a $1B operating budget, 400 staff members, and a network of key community partners, SANDAG applies strategies that are real-world, big-picture, and equity-focused to tackle major regional challenges. The SANDAG Regional Plan guides our work with a long-term vision for transforming the way people and goods move across our region now, and into the future. We bring this plan to life by creating and supporting partnerships, identifying funding, and delivering projects.

We are a data-driven agency, speeding up the delivery of exciting, large-scale infrastructure projects throughout the region. This includes building a new Central Mobility Hub to link transit connections, boosting cross-border travel between the U.S. and Mexico with a new, high-tech border crossing facility, and fortifying our coastal railway corridor against erosion. Other important SANDAG initiatives include administering the TransNet Program, disseminating critical economic and criminal justice data, providing a forum for housing needs, and offering funding and technical assistance to partner agencies. For more information, visit www.sandag.org.

Leadership & Culture

Our dynamic leadership team is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace. The Talent Development Manager will report to Melissa Coffelt, Director of Organization Effectiveness. Melissa’s path exemplifies SANDAG’s commitment to providing employee development and internal growth opportunities. A 26-year veteran of the organization, Melissa has extensive experience in SANDAG’s people and culture work, having served in various administrative and business roles, including 19 years in the Human Resources team. She is passionate about building cultures that align the strengths and talents of employees with the goals of the organization and takes great pride in supporting her team, building strong relationships, and implementing solutions that deliver results.

Compensation & Benefits

SANDAG offers comprehensive benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Additionally, SANDAG offers the following:

  • Salary: $97,207 – $150,670 DOE with pay-for-performance merit increases
  • 9/80 flexible work schedule
  • CalPERS pension plan with employer and employee contributions
  • Excellent health, dental, and vision insurance options for employees and eligible dependents
  • Education Assistance of up to $5,250 a year
  • Free transit pass for use throughout the San Diego region
  • Paid time off including 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holiday days, generous paid time off (PTO) per year, depending on length of service
  • The employee selected for this position will be offered a three-year At-Will employment contract, which provides an annual $5,000 contribution to their defined contribution plan.


This is a hybrid role with an office located at 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101.

Position Summary

The Talent Development Manager is a newly created position, reflecting our investment in expanding and evolving the skills and talents of our workforce. We are committed to a culture of learning that supports career advancement for employees at all levels of the agency. The Talent Development Manager will use innovative strategies to develop and implement a robust Learning and Development program with an emphasis on innovation, equity, and excellence. This position will have a major impact on our culture through the personal and professional growth of SANDAG team members at all levels and in every area of the organization.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Develop and implement customized programs for executives, managers, and supervisors that enhance performance and prepare individuals for upward mobility.
  • Partner with program managers to design and deliver technical training related to their functional area of responsibility or in support of large-scale agency initiatives.
  • Collaborate, create, and implement programs and practices for professional learning and development that motivate and inspire employees.
  • Empower employees, managers, and leaders to take ownership of their professional growth through impactful programming and delivery of self-service and ready-to-use toolkits and resources.

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.

For more information, or to apply, please contact:

Sarah Thompson, Senior Director
Blair Search Partners
1855 1st Ave, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101