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 has committed the resources necessary to develop a more 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 Consumptions 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 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 Senior Regional Models Analyst will be a member of the Regional Models section of the Technical Services Department and will provide complex analytical support for 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 modifying the PECAS model system including the structure, databases, and recalibration of the models which will greatly help to enhance the credibility of the ABM.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in urban economics, economics, urban planning, demography, social science, mathematics, statistics, computer science, or a related field and five years of professional research experience in 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 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

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 Applied Research Analyst position will begin on Friday, November 9, 2012.