San Diego – CA
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.

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.

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.

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 Web site 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 Web site at Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or e-mailing

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 Question 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 Question

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.

Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via e-mail, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See the How to Apply page on our careers Web site for additional information.

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

This position is Open until Filled. The first review of applications for the Regional Models Analyst position will begin on Friday, January 11, 2013.