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 also have 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 current and reflect the future needs of the region. The team designs, builds, and maintains a small-area, land-use simulation model based on the Production, Exchange, and Consumptions Allocations System (PECAS) along with components from the UrbanSim 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 model development and help to support policy development and decision making.

The Senior Regional Models Analyst will provide complex analytical support for regional economic and land use planning and implementation projects; manage project teams; and coordinate modeling functions with other divisions and departments, committees, and outside agencies. Over the next several years, a key focus area for this position will be developing new regional economic and demographic forecasting models which will serve as the foundation for all transportation, land use, and revenue analysis at SANDAG.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in urban economics, regional economics, urban planning, demography, social science, mathematics, statistics, or a related field and five years of professional research experience developing complex predictive modeling systems. 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 project or model you developed where calibrating and validating data was difficult to achieve. How did you overcome the problem and how did the lack of data affect the results of the project or model?
  2. In your opinion, what is the most innovative or exciting land use, urban economics, or demographic modeling advancement in the last decade? Why do you feel it is important and how would you apply this advancement at an organization like SANDAG?

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 Senior Regional Models Analyst position will begin on Friday, October 10, 2014.