Fresno Council of Governments hiring a Demographer/Transportation Planner

The Fresno Council of Governments (FCOG) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Fresno County, California. Fresno COG has an immediate opening for a full-time professional level Regional Transportation Planner position specializing in demographics. The demographer is a key member of the Travel Demand Modeling, Demographic Forecasting, and GIS Team and performs critical functions supporting the Fresno COG model and operations.

This position develops, maintains and disseminates socio-economic, land use information and forecasts for area wide studies and computerized transportation modeling needs. The position is critical in developing and supporting land use information for the Fresno COG transportation models.

Fresno COG currently has a traditional four-step travel demand model with transit mode choice and is working on development of an activity based model. Fresno COG utilizes Citilabs Cube/Voyager transportation modeling software, the Envision Tomorrow land use model and is developing a local application for the Integrated Transportation and Health Impact Model (ITHIM).

Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for overseeing growth forecast and estimates and managing special studies related to the regions housing, population and employment. The position also assists with the development of the Regional Transportation Plan and other planning studies.

The demographer must be able to work as a collaborative team member, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and handle a high volume of work in a busy and demanding environment. Accuracy and timeliness in completing assignments is extremely important.

Education/Experience:

Graduation from a recognized college or university with a degree in Planning, Math, Geography, Computer Science, Engineering, GIS or related field is required. A Master’s Degree is desirable.

However, enthusiastic recent college graduates will be highly considered.

Applicant must have strong mathematics, computer, spreadsheet, and urban and regional planning knowledge. Applicant should also be highly proficient in all Microsoft Office applications and be extremely detail oriented.

Strong oral and written communications skills are required for preparing and presenting reports, graphics, and presentations. This position provides an exciting opportunity for a technically savvy person to develop critical analysis for the region’s decision and policy makers in areas such as transportation, land use, housing, and air quality.

Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge or skills in the following areas: Geographic information system applications (GIS), relational database management and programming (Access, SQL), transportation planning, land use modeling/planning and demographic forecasting.

Candidate should be politically astute but must be apolitical on the job.

Benefits:

Candidates may be hired at the Assistant, Associate or Senior level depending on qualifications.

The position offers the opportunity to gain broad experience and to take on progressively greater responsibility with added compensation based on merit and performance.

We offer a very competitive benefits program which includes medical, dental and vision benefits. FCOG contributes to a 401A program.

Method of Evaluation: Resumes will be evaluated and those applicants deemed qualified will be contacted for an interview.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter with a detailed resume, contact information (include email address for contact if possible)and references to:

Mike Bitner PE, Deputy Director
Fresno Council of Governments
2035 Tulare St., Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93721
559 233-4148 Ext. 216

Or email to mbitner@fresnocog.org

See the Fresno COG Website for more information: http://www.fresnocog.org/announcements

*Applications are not required unless scheduled for an interview.

Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled.