The SANDAG Data Solutions Program
The Data, Analytics, and Modeling department provides SANDAG member agencies, elected officials, other organizations, and the public with information and technical resources for regional planning, funding, and policymaking efforts. The department represents a broad range of expertise from land use and transportation modeling, programming and website development, applied social research, public safety, demographics, and economics. The information the department gathers, analyzes, produces, delivers, and maintains is essential to the success of SANDAG.
The Data Solutions team administers the data centers that support the agency’s modeling, forecasting, analysis, mapping, and visualization tools. These data centers include a wide range of spatial and non-spatial data acquired and maintained by a team of highly skilled professionals responsible for the development and delivery of the SANDAG activity-based transportation model, economic and demographic estimates and forecasts, geographic information systems, and criminal justice research.
Research Analyst Role
The Research Analyst will coordinate the acquisition and procurement of demographic, economic, and transportation data, as well as geographic information system (GIS) data to support numerous modeling, forecasting, analysis, visualization, and Web applications. The position also will document data standards and processes, develop metadata and data citations, and monitor data and analysis requests.
This is a Limited-Term employment opportunity and is expected to be funded through June 30, 2020. Limited-Term employees are “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.
This opportunity is ideal for an individual who has an interest in furthering their expertise in the acquisition and management of data. 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 staff. Examples of primary responsibilities include:
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 superior organization skills, a technical background, and an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving who is responsible and detail-oriented, demonstrates initiative, and is committed to providing professional, prompt, and accurate services while meeting numerous time-sensitive deadlines. Excellent communication skills, flexibility, and the ability to work collaboratively using sound judgment are important attributes for this position.
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in computer or information science, geography, statistics, engineering, mathematics, or a related field, and one to four years of recent experience coordinating projects with data acquisition, storage, and reporting elements, or contracts and procurement administration.
The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position.
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.
The Limited-Term Research Analyst position will be filled at the I, II, or Associate level depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The annual salary ranges are: Research Analyst I - $48,522 to $77,635 per year; Research Analyst II - $53,496 to $85,593 per year; Associate Research Analyst - $58,979 to $94,366.
The benefits we offer include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays. And contributions to financial security are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program.
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 website. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing email@example.com.
Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.
This position is Open until Filled. The first review of applications for this position will begin on Friday, October 19, 2018.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), fax (619) 699-6905, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the two 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.
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 outcome of their application.
The SANDAG website 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 program.
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