Analyst II (Land Use Planning and Modeling)

Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Sacramento, CA
United States
July 29, 2016
Professional Area: 
Regional Planning
1-3 years
Salary Range: 
$5225 - $6351

Analyst II (Land Use Planning and Modeling)

Salary range: $5225 - $6351 per month, depending on experience and qualifications

Close date: August 14, 2016 (midnight)

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Analyst II (Land Use). The position will report to SACOG’s Planning Manager. This is the experienced level in the Analyst class series. Employees in this class provide land use planning and analytical support to assigned programs, projects, and services on their assigned team(s). Employees conduct studies and analyses and manage projects or programs of a smaller scope, size, budget, duration, and complexity and/or a specific phase of a larger program or project under the guidance of an Associate or Senior Analyst. Employees exercise some independent discretion and judgment in selecting and applying work procedures and methods. Assignments and objectives are set for the employee and established work methods are followed. Employees have some flexibility in the selection of steps and timing of work processes. Examples of efforts that this position will work on: Sustainable Communities Strategy land use scenarios, monitoring and analysis of land use planning and development activity in the region.   

The ideal candidate will:

-       Have interest in land use planning, analysis and studying regional land use trends,

-       Have an attention to detail and enjoy working with large spatial datasets,

-       Enjoy meeting project milestones and deadlines,

-       Enjoy collaboration with team members,

-       Excel at and enjoy research, analysis and analytical writing,

Example of Duties:

This position will be an integral part of the land use team at SACOG. Duties generally may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Complete very detailed and technical work using GIS, or a GIS software-based tool, including testing the GIS software-based tool and coordinating with the land use team to develop the methodology for using the tool and interpreting the results. 
  • Research, investigate, survey, and gather a variety of information and data for the preparation of planning reports and studies, as well as for the land use GIS and planning document libraries. 
  • Assist in compiling, arranging, analyzing and interpreting data; analyze and summarize compiled data and present them in the form of maps, reports, tables or statistical analyses. 
  • Assist in making comparative studies of land use, or economic activities, housing, transportation, environmental factors and related subjects.
  • Assist in writing the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Community Strategy (MTP/SCS) and/or associated Environmental Impact Report or other regional documents.
  • Prepare governmental review letters evaluating proposed land use projects for consistency with the MTP/SCS or Blueprint Preferred Scenario, as well as other requested project support letters.
  • Answer inquiries and assist the public in matters relating to the functions of SACOG, especially related to land use data analysis and reporting requests and as part of public meetings or workshops. 
  • Maintain relationships with agencies involved in, or affected by, planning studies and projects and prepare for and attend outreach meetings related to land use. 
  • Plan and prepare moderately complex planning projects or significant portions of complex projects.
  • Work effectively in a challenging, team-oriented environment. 
  • Perform related duties as needed or assigned by SACOG management, including miscellaneous tasks supporting the MTP/SCS or other project as assigned.

Employment Standards:


In order to effectively assist in assigned projects, a background in land use planning and a knowledge of planning principles is required.  Experience and aptitude in GIS is a must and candidates should be comfortable manipulating and analyzing data using a variety of tools including ArcMap, Excel, and Access.  The ability to clearly convey data analysis results is also important.  Accuracy and attention to detail and adaptability to working with an iterative process is desired. Applicants should also have strong verbal communication skills and strong writing skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Word.

Training & Experience: 

Education equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in planning, engineering, or closely related field in addition to one year of planning experience. At least one (1) year of increasingly responsible experience performing planning in a field closely related to the area of assignment of two (2) years of experience equivalent to an Analyst I at SACOG. A master’s degree may count toward one year of experience. Candidates should be comfortable manipulating and analyzing data using a variety of tools including ArcMap, Excel, and Access.  Possession of a valid California driver’s license is required. 

Physical Demands:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.  This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in and walking between work areas may be required.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.  Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.  

Environmental Elements:

The employee works in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  The employee interfaces with staff, management, member jurisdictions, external funding agencies, and business representatives in explaining SACOG policies and procedures and requesting and providing information. 

Fair Labor Standards Act Status (Overtime): Non-exempt


SACOG offers a generous benefit package including 14 paid holidays, medical and retirement through CalPERS, dental, life and long term disability plans, paid time off, retirement investment programs, a career development program, transit subsidies and athletic gym access.

What is SACOG?

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is public agency (Joint Powers Authority). SACOG is a voluntary association of local governments formed by six counties, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba, and twenty-two cities within those counties.

SACOG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of County Supervisors and City Council Members appointed by the member jurisdictions. The Board is advised by several policy and technical committees. A full-time staff is employed to implement SACOG policies and work programs, and to coordinate the efforts of consultants who are retained to augment the staff's efforts.

SACOG values professional excellence, innovation, integrity, leadership, trust, mutual respect, accountability, teamwork, collaboration, open communication, and personal growth. The ideal candidate will embody these values.



Please apply through CalOpps at No applications will be accepted by any other method (e.g., email, mail or hand-delivery). Resumes/applications will be reviewed August 15, 2016, first round interviews will be the week of August 22, 2016, second round interviews will be August 29, 2016 with a desired start date of September 19, 2016.

Applicants who qualify under protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and require reasonable accommodation should notify SACOG at least five (5) working days prior to interview.  Upon acceptance of an offer of employment, the applicant must submit the appropriate documentation of his/her legal right to work in the United States.

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