San Diego – California
An essential component of the success of SANDAG as a premier multi-modal planning and project implementation agency lies with the quality and capacity of our Economic, Transportation, and Land Use Modeling program. A team of eighteen highly skilled professionals supports a wide array of studies including long-range coordinated economic, land use and transportation plans, corridor studies, major transit investment studies, infrastructure development, 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 has committed the resources necessary to develop a more robust, agile, and integrated modeling infrastructure. The Economic and 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 Allocations System (PECAS) framework and maintains the current suite of tools, including the regional Demographic and Economic Forecast Model (DEFM); these models are integrated with the SANDAG 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.

Two Regional Models Analyst positions are available. One position will provide ongoing maintenance, enhancement, and production of the SANDAG sub-regional demographic and economic forecasts, and the other position will assist with the development of a new regionwide integrated demographic-economic forecasting model. These positions will provide advanced analytical guidance for land use planning and implementation projects including the integration between the SANDAG suite of land use and transportation models, assisting in testing the reliability and credibility of the models, and supporting the evolution of the agency’s GIS land information system.

These Limited-Term employment opportunities are expected to be funded until July 31, 2017. Limited-Term Employees are considered to be “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.

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

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.

How to Apply

A complete job announcement can be seen under the Job Openings tab on the SANDAG website at 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 website at Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing

Application Supplement

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.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

These Regional Models Analyst positions are Open until Filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, November 14, 2014.