Working with the RCPA

Available contracting opportunities, recruitment and resources

Recruitment

Salary: $65,000-$91,000 annually based on qualifications and experience

Opening Date: 10/17/2022
Closing Date: Open until filled (first review on 11/28/2022)

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and completed supplemental questionnaire with “Data Analyst – Transportation and Climate” in the subject line to margaret.fernandez@scta.ca.gov.

The Data Analyst is a professional, responsible for supporting SCTA/RCPA in multiple subject areas including data processing and analysis, forecasting and travel demand modeling, geographic information systems (GIS), demographic research and analysis, and assisting with transportation improvement and climate protection strategy implementation. The analyst frequently serves as the departmental expert in assigned areas of responsibility.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists with the operation, maintenance, and improvement of the Sonoma County Travel Model and associated land use and economic datasets
  • Assists with or leads model application projects including highway and transportation studies, and assisting local staff and consultants with the analysis of transportation impacts
  • Prepares input data for agency forecasting tools and models
  • Manages data collection and reporting
  • Converts data into accessible and useful data products for staff, elected officials, and the public
  • Develops and maintains web-based maps and data dashboards
  • Manages field data collection and equipment
  • Assists with the management of consultant contracts and procurement
  • Assists with the development of planning and policy documents
  • Assists with the collection and development of climate related data and reports
  • Prepares a variety of reports, records, maps, graphics, correspondence, and other documents
  • Assists with public outreach efforts including website enhancement, community events, focus groups, and targeted stakeholder workshops
  • Represents the department in a professional manner

Desired skills include:

  • Working knowledge of transportation planning, travel demand modeling and forecasting, web mapping and design, and climate protection data and analysis
  • Fluency with GIS software and concepts
  • Ability to process and analyze demographic data, trends, and forecasts
  • Ability to communicate data effectively to a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to perform basic statistical analysis using spreadsheets, databases, and statistical analysis platforms
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to learn and implement new technical tools and processes

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s or master’s degree in planning, engineering, geography, economics, information/data science, environmental policy, statistics, or a closely related field, and at least 1 year of experience working with forecasting tools, models, data, statistics, GIS, databases, data dashboards, and the analysis and processing of data resources. A Master’s degree is desirable and may be substituted for professional work experience. The candidate should also have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products.

General Overview of SCTA/RCPA
The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) was established in 1990 and is charged with coordinating transportation plans, programs and projects among the cities and County of Sonoma. The SCTA develops long range transportation plans covering all modes and works cooperatively with local, regional and State agencies to deliver capital projects as well as allocate various federal, state and regional funding programs. The SCTA is also responsible for the administration of a voter approved ¼ cent sales tax dedicated to transportation.

The Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) was established in 2009 and is charged with leading and coordinating countywide efforts to implement and advocate for a broad range of programs and projects to reduce GHG emissions. The RCPA serves as a central location for information sharing related to GHG reducing policies, projects and programs; helps to coordinate advocacy efforts to secure funding from all levels of government; and assists local partners in their efforts to identify, prioritize and implement GHG reducing measures.

Combined, the SCTA/RCPA have a staff of fifteen and manage an annual budget ranging from $30-$100 million including both projects, grant funding, programs, and operations.