Performs routine (journey-level) research to support regional economic and community development projects. Work involves quantitative research through established demographic and economic data sources; developing and maintaining regional economic conditions and trends; utilizing ESRI-ArcGIS and applying qualitative economic research. Research will incorporate land use, transportation, economic development, and other growth indicators. Assists with presentations and project development in planning, community and economic development at the local and regional levels. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
- Essential duties and functions may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
- Conducts demographic and economic research and analysis to support regional development planning and policies using known economic and demographic data sources.
- Performs research, data analysis and mapping for work on planning and policy issues, such as community development, housing, land use, transportation, and natural resources.
- Performs policy research in support of CAPCOG projects on local and regional policy issues.
- Supports CAPCOG’s work with local communities and regional stakeholder organizations related to planning, community and economic development.
- Assists with CAPCOG’s regional transportation planning activities and coordination, including rural transportation plans and analysis of local service utilization.
- Provides input to CAPCOG’s GIS program, identifying unmet data needs for the region and utilizing CAPCOG’s existing GIS data to produce information and guidance for local governments.
- Prepares reports and assists with presentations at CAPCOG meetings.
- May assist with project development for new initiatives including project proposals, grant applications, and presentations.
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in community and regional planning, urban planning, public policy, economics or public administration is required.
- Completion of graduate-level coursework in planning or public policy is preferred. Experience
- Minimum of 12 months of professional work in community and regional planning, economic analysis, or public policy is required.
- Experience analyzing statistical data on either a regional, county, or municipal level is required.
- Experience using ArcGIS is required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of regional planning and economic & community development.
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are required, with the ability to communicate technical findings to non-technical audiences.
- Skill in ArcGIS and Microsoft Office Suite.
- Knowledge of U.S. Census Bureau datasets and similar economic and demographic datasets.
- Knowledge of Texas planning laws and regulations is preferred.
Position Specific Competencies
- Conceptual/Strategic Thinking – Demonstrates an ability to distill broad themes and ideas from specific events.
- Judgment – Demonstrates critical thinking based upon in-depth data gathering, corroborating information, considering others’ inputs, and ethics.
- Project Management – Defines and builds consensus among team members and the client’s organization about goals, actions, milestones, and required resources to meet project objectives.
- Technical Knowledge – Proficiency in use of methods, tools, equipment, and other materials necessary to accomplish work.
Equal Opportunity Employer