WFRC Director of Analytics, Modeling and Data Services Job Announcement

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Blog |

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) prepares transportation plans and programs as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the area of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Tooele, and the southern portion of Box Elder Counties in Utah.

WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment. In an effort to further the mission, WFRC is seeking the Director of Analytics, Modeling, and Data Services.

Utah’s population is growing rapidly. Our demographic profile is changing and becoming increasingly diverse. The pace of change in technology continues to increase. It is in that dynamic environment that this executive-level position will function. The person in this position will help WFRC, its member entities and stakeholders, to: analyze current and future trends; manage, interpret and display data and information; forecast and model regional and local scenarios; and shape policies and decisions that will impact our region for decades to come. In so doing, the person in this position must be able to operate at the intersection of sophisticated technical analysis and policymaking.

The Director will lead and manage the following activities of a multi-disciplinary team:

  • Travel demand and land use forecasting, socioeconomic estimation and projection.
  • Technical analysis that supports the planning efforts of WFRC.
  • Project-level analyses to support WFRC’s partners.
  • Help parties understand interactions between transportation, land use, and economic development.
  • Improve understanding of the impact of changing demographics, technologies, and other external forces on the Wasatch Front.
  • Produce physical and online maps, including interactive story maps.
  • Refine and maintain the Regional Travel Demand Model (TDM).
  • Refine and maintain the Real Estate Market Model (REMM), used for forecasting land use and socio-economic conditions.
  • Create, edit, and maintain spatial datasets.
  • Perform and disseminate analysis of spatial and tabular data.
  • Display and communicate complex concepts in clear, understandable ways.
  • Gather and produce data to enable analytics and modeling.
  • Coordinate with local governments and transportation partners to support the above activities.
  • Coordinate work efforts with other groups at WFRC.
  • Improve understanding of the modeling and forecasting process and tools especially among technical partners.\

The WFRC models are jointly operated with the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG). MAG is a close partner in all model development decisions. In addition, WFRC and MAG
coordinate modeling with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). UDOT maintains a statewide model which is integrated with the WFRC/MAG
model, as well as the other models throughout the state, all on the CUBE software platform. WFRC provides ongoing modeling support to UTA for mode choice and transit modeling.

Qualification Requirements:

WFRC is looking for someone with the following attributes and qualifications:

  • Interpersonal/Leadership Skills
    • Must be able to work and communicate technical work effectively with all levels of government, including management and technical staff, as well as local
      stakeholders to assure comfort with models, understand needs and concerns, and create realistic expectations.
    • Ability to document technical work clearly.
    • Work with members of the modeling team to teach varying skills and techniques related to model development and application.
    • Work with other members of the modeling team to help project consultants produce analyses and solve modeling issues or concerns.
    • Professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.
  • Education and Experience
    • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Economics, Demography, Statistics, Computer Science or closely related field; and
    • At least 8 years of progressive experience, including management experience; or
    • An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of planning processes, specifically
    • Regional Transportation Plan/Transportation Improvement Program.
    • NEPA.
    • New Starts/Small Starts
  • Project management experience
    • Computer Skills
      • Understanding of data analysis techniques and software [R, SPSS, SAS preferred].
      • Computer programming experience.
      • Knowledge of how to use GIS effectively [ArcGIS skills preferred].
      • Transportation modeling software [Familiarity with CUBE preferred].
      • Model estimation software (e.g. R, SPSS, SAS, Alogit, Limdep) [preferred].

To apply:
Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest outlining their experience and qualifications (1 – 2 pages) and a resume to Ned Hacker, Wasatch Front Regional Council 295
North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84116 by Noon on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The letter and resume can be sent by email to nhacker@wfrc.org. For further information,
contact Ned Hacker at the addresses above or at (801) 363-4230 x 1120. For general information, please visit our website at www.wfrc.org. The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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WFRC Government Relations Manager Job Announcement

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Blog |

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) – the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the area of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Tooele, and southern Box Elder Counties in Utah – is seeking an individual in a full-time capacity to manage WFRC’s government relations and legislative issues at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment. The individual in this position will help to shape policy and funding in transportation and related land use and economic development issues that are vital to the future of our region and state.

Description: The Government Relations Manager will serve these primary functions:

  • Collaborate with local, state, and federal elected officials, agency staff, and other public and private partners and stakeholders.
  • Track and analyze relevant state and federal legislation and policy developments.
  • Participate in developing and implementing policies and programs designed to advance WFRC’s strategic goals and short- and long-range plans.
  • Participate in relevant state and national organizations and associations.
  • Report to the WFRC Executive Director; work with WFRC members and staff.

Desired Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with local, state, federal, and other officials, staff, and agency partners and stakeholders.
  • Organize, coordinate and manage the efforts of multiple, disparate parties towards common goals.
  • Possess superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be a self-starter who can work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Effectively manage politically sensitive issues.
  • Strong analytical ability and attention to detail, with ability to think strategically.
  • Complete complex projects within specified deadlines while managing multiple work efforts.
  • Have knowledge of and interest in legislative and regulatory processes that affect regional transportation, land use, and economic development planning, policy, and funding.
  • Maintain professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Graduation from college; advanced degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Law, or related field; AND
  2. Five (5) years of relevant experience related to above duties; two (2) years of which must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity; OR
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

To apply: Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest outlining their experience and qualifications (1 – 2 pages) and a resume to Ned Hacker, Wasatch Front Regional Council, 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84116 by Noon Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The letter and resume can be sent by email to nhacker@wfrc.org. For further
information, contact Ned Hacker at the addresses above or at (801) 363-4230 x 1120. For general information, please visit our website at www.wfrc.org. The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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WFRC Fall 2017 Internship Opportunity

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog |

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) prepares transportation plans and programs as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Salt Lake City-West Valley City and Ogden-Layton Urbanized Areas. WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment. In an effort to further WFRC’s mission, the following internship position is available for fall 2017.

Job Title: Planning Intern

Supervisor: Callie New

Description: Work internally with staff and management to provide assistance with regional planning activities in support of the Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision and Regional Transportation Plan. Potential to work with local agencies, jurisdictions, and partners. Provide assistance with land use, roadway, transit, and active transportation planning, including data analysis and evaluation, performance measures, financial planning, and other tasks as needed.
Timing: September – December 2017, with potential to extend through May 2018

Hours/week: 20

Wages/Salary: Yes

Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate student in the field of urban planning, civil engineering, and/or geography. Proficiency with Excel and ArcGIS is preferred.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Ned Hacker, Director of Operations, Wasatch Front Regional Council by email at nhacker@wfrc.org or by regular mail at 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 not later than Thursday September 21, 2017. If you have any questions, you may also call him at (801) 363-4230 x 1120.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Fall 2017 Internship Opportunity – WFRC

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Blog |

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) prepares transportation plans and programs as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Salt Lake City-West Valley City and Ogden-Layton Urbanized Areas. WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment. In an effort to further WFRC’s mission, the following internship position is available for fall 2017.

Job Title: GIS and Data Analysis

Intern Supervisor: Matthew Silski

Description: Gather, analyze, and maintain geographic data relating to transportation and land use in the Wasatch Front. Assist in the creation of printed maps using ESRI ArcGIS software and online maps using ArcGIS Online. Provide technical GIS support to the development of the Regional Transportation Plan and Wasatch Choice 2050 vision. Other duties may include cleaning, organizing, and analyzing active transportation, green infrastructure, traffic, and demographic data for use in WFRC planning processes.

Time Frame: September–December 2017, with a possible extension

Hours/week: 20

Wages/Salary: Yes

Qualifications: College student completing coursework in geography, urban planning, or related fields. Coursework/experience in GIS is required. Experience/coursework in programming, statistics, and/or economics is a plus. Preference may be given to individuals satisfying college internship requirements

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Ned Hacker, Director of Operations, by e-mail at nhacker@wfrc.org no later than Tuesday, September 5, 2017. If you have questions, you may also call him at (801) 363-4250 x1120.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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July Luncheon

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Calendar Of Events |

The July 2017 Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Chinese Gourmet, 4425 S State St, Murray, Utah.

Phil Sarnoff, Executive Director of Bike Utah, will be presenting.

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