Regional Models Analyst
San Diego Association of Governments 3 reviews - San Diego, CA

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Regional Models Division

An essential component of SANDAG’s success as a premier multi-modal planning and project implementation agency lies with the quality and capacity of our Transportation and Land Use Modeling program. A team of fourteen highly skilled professionals supports a wide array of studies including long-range coordinated land use and transportation plans, corridor studies, major transit investment studies, and air quality plans.

As regional issues become more complex, the demands and expectations of our modeling program have also increased. To meet these challenges, SANDAG is committing the resources necessary to develop a robust, agile, and integrated modeling infrastructure. SANDAG’s Land Use Modeling group ensures that the land use, demographic, and economic models are up-to-date and reflect the current and future needs of the region. The team designs, builds, and maintains a small-area, land-use simulation model based on the Production, Exchange, and Consumption Allocation System (PECAS) framework and maintains the current suite of tools, including the regional Demographic and Economic Forecast Model (DEFM).These models are integrated with SANDAG’s Activity-Based Model (ABM). The development and use of these models will move the agency into the forefront of state-of-the-art model development and help to support policy development and decision making.

Regional Models Analyst Role

The Regional Models Analyst will be a member of the Regional Models team of the Technical Services Department and will provide advanced analytical support for land use planning and implementation projects including support for the integration between PECAS and ABM and the development of a new sketch planning tool; assist in testing the reliability and credibility of the models, and support the modification of the PECAS model system.

Job Responsibilities

This position is ideal for a research professional with a strong interest in furthering their expertise in the development of land use, economic, and demographic models that support regional planning initiatives. 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-level employees. Examples of primary responsibilities include:

Assist with efforts to enhance land use, demographic, and econometric modeling functions that involves engineering new and existing software, developing and organizing data sources, processing survey data, and integrating transportation model results.

Participate in scenario testing using the integrated land use and transportation models.

Maintain a land use and socioeconomic database by working with other SANDAG departments and outside agencies to ensure accurate and up-to-date information on current land use, planned development, and other demographic trends.

Prepare and maintain comprehensive technical documentation of databases and programs used in the modeling program.

Gather and compile various types of small area or parcel level demographic, economic, social, geographic, and other quantitative data from various local, state, and federal agencies, the Internet, surveys, government publications, and other sources.

Develop visualizations of model inputs and outputs to enhance effective decision-making by key regional and local stakeholders.

Ensure quality assurance/quality control, accuracy, and monitoring of detailed GIS data systems used in land use, demographic, and econometric modeling.

Actively develop innovative new modeling and forecasting techniques to ensure SANDAG stays at the leading edge of forecasting and planning.

Assist with the preparation of written technical, analytical, and policy reports, including tables, charts, and maps to present findings and recommendations to technical and policy committees, the SANDAG Board of Directors, member agencies, community groups, private organizations, and members of the public.

Interact with other MPOs, state agencies and consultants on developing the land use and transportation models; develop productive working relationships with other agencies and collaborate with the employees of outside agencies to coordinate tasks.

Participate in project teams; complete concurrent assignments in an efficient and responsive manner.

Respond to information requests from member agencies and the public.

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, and the use of sound judgment are important.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in urban economics, economics, urban planning, demography, social science, regional science, statistics, mathematics, computer science, or a related field and one to three years of experience in a professional research environment. An advanced degree is highly desirable.

The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position:

Demonstrated knowledge of the research principles and practices of land use, demographic, and econometric forecasting; knowledge of long-range transportation and land use planning issues.

Experience in the development, application, and explanation of land use, demographic, and econometric models within a regional transportation and land use planning context.

Demonstrated knowledge of small area and parcel level data sources, preferably those related to regional land use and transportation planning.

Ability to perform complex mathematical and statistical calculations, including descriptive and inferential statistics, to analyze data and identify and forecast trends; experience analyzing data using advanced statistical methods such as regression, factor analysis, and/or multilevel modeling.

Experience with GIS software to create, edit, document, analyze, and map data in an urban planning or economic development context.

Knowledge of fundamental design principles for relational database management systems; experience creating SQL queries, stored procedures, and data views; familiarity with MS SQL Server.

Experience updating and maintaining project databases, files, and records, including data documentation.

Experience developing software using languages such as Python, Java, and .NET, with specific experience developing land use, demographic, and econometric modeling applications.

Experience or familiarity with creating social/economic accounting matrices using data from the Minnesota IMPLAN Group is highly desirable.

Experience working with land use, demographic, or transportation data from Baja California or Mexico particularly Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografia (INEGI) and Instituto Metropolitano de Planeacion de Tijuana (IMPLAN).

Ability to draft/prepare reports that document research procedures and present research results including the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of maps, charts, and tables.

Demonstrated ability to maintain and foster positive working relationships with other agencies.

Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Effective time management and organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment; ability to exercise good judgment and work independently.

Strong computer skills and proficiency with the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office applications especially Word and Excel; experience with relational database management (Access), statistical analysis (SPSS and R), and presentation software

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 Regional Models Analyst position will be filled at the Analyst I, Analyst II, or Associate level depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The annual salary ranges for the three levels are: Analyst I - $43,958 to $70,332 per year;Analyst II - $48,463 to $77,541 per year, and Associate - $53,431 to $85,489 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 Web site. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or e-mailing . Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via e-mail, 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 Models Analyst position will begin on Friday, January 11, 2013.

Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application.

Additional Application Requirement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question 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.

Supplemental Questions:
1. Describe a research project you were involved in that required the use of various sources of data. Explain the goal of the project, the types of data used, and your role in the project.

2. Describe any problems you encountered with the data in question one and how those problems were overcome.

Candidate Selection and Notification

Following the first review date for applications, candidates will receive written confirmation that their application has been received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the first review date. Based on this evaluation, 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.

Further Information

The SANDAG Web site 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

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The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is comprised of 18 city and county governments which serve as a forum for regional...