State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who finished in third place in the June San Diego mayoral primary, is taking a job with Qualcomm Inc.

Fletcher announced the job change on his Facebook page, saying he’s been hired as Qualcomm’s senior director of corporate development after his term ends Dec. 2.

According to the post, he’ll be helping to develop global strategies for advancing Qualcomm’s mission in multiple areas, including wireless health initiatives, mobile education, and protecting intellectual property.

Fletcher, 35, will also help promote the company’s many corporate citizenship and philanthropic initiatives including employee volunteerism. The job won’t involve government relations or lobbying activities, the post said.

“We are thrilled to have Nathan join us,” said Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm’s chairman and chief executive. “His energy, passion and drive will be a great addition to Qualcomm.”

Fletcher, who put in 10 years of active and reserve duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, was elected to the 75th Assembly district in 2008, and re-elected in 2010.

When he declared his intention to run for the San Diego mayor’s job he was a Republican, but after losing the endorsement of the party, Fletcher said he was an independent. The switch didn’t help, as he came up short behind the top finishers in the June primary, Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner, the eventual winner.

— SDBJ Staff Report