Demographic and Employment Research Specialist
Demographic and Employment Research Specialist (10412, Grade 30/26)
The Montgomery County Planning Department serves a rapidly growing and culturally diverse population of nearly one million people on the border of Washington, D.C. For more than 80 years, our agency has cultivated a national reputation for excellence in planning. Montgomery County planning staff is responsible for both long range planning and the regulatory review of development applications and works in a diverse environment that includes downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring, as well as suburban and agricultural areas.
The Research and Special Projects Division (R&SP) is responsible for demographic, land use and economic data collection, housing policy, and market studies related to master plans. In addition, the division oversees numerous special studies, such as recent studies on rental housing, retail markets, and employment trends. Further, the division supports the development of innovative tools, such as the Regional Pop Stats map, to provide data and information to the public in creative ways and taking advantage of the latest technologies.
R&SP seeks a Demographic and Employment Research Specialist to lead the Division's research and policy development efforts related to population, households, and employment trends, lead the development of the cooperative forecast, and serve as a resource other staff on data analysis (including GIS) and research methods. The role also includes overseeing approaches to disseminating research and working with other department staff to develop and maintain web and GIS-based data tools that make information resources available online to staff and the general public. He/she must have outstanding technical skills in demographic data analysis, employment data analysis, and forecasting. In addition, the person should have an overall understanding of urban planning and land use principles. The ideal candidate must be able to present ideas both graphically and in report format to non-technical audiences.
The Demographic and Employment Research Specialist will be expected to perform the following activities:
- Develop countywide forecast of population, households, and employment in cooperation with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and regional jurisdictions. This work includes building on and refining the existing GIS-based model that allocates growth by TAZ based on the parcel level development pipeline.
- Clean, analyze, and maintain databases in a GIS environment relating to topics such as employment, land use, and other large datasets. Respond to requests for information, identify emerging issues for further study, and develop new ways to creatively analyze data and communicate findings.
- Collaborate with department staff to provide data to support master plans, other policy initiatives, and research division publications.
- Support the development of public school child multipliers for the Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP).
- Contribute to regular publications (policy studies, trend sheets, blogs, etc.) on key data trends. Produce data reports, such as the economic indicators trend sheet, and coordinate with staff members on other topic areas.
- Provide guidance to division staff on data analysis and research methods. Provide support for quality control and ensure data accuracy.
- Identify opportunities to develop new tools and ways to communicate data to the general public in coordination with other department staff (GIS, Communications, etc.)
- Develop and lead presentations to the Planning Board and other key regional stakeholders.
- Oversee management of key databases, software, and other technical resources that support the research function.