Assistant/Associate/Senior Regional Planner - Demographic Forecasting

Southern California Association of Governments
Los Angeles, CA
United States
April 6, 2017
SALARY: $31.12 - $51.90 Hourly
$64,729.60 - $107,952.00 Annually

Salary Range Effective 7/1/2017


Southern California Association of Governments is seeking a professional who enjoys contributing to a team on the cutting edge of research and statistical analysis on demographic regional data trends. Under general direction from the Department Manager, this role will develop demographic growth forecasts and analyses to be used in SCAG's regional plans and reports for example, the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) and Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). This position collaborates and coordinates with SCAG staff and partners with USC to develop demographic trends analyses and prepare presentations to share with staff, stakeholders and the public at the annual SCAG/USC Demographic Workshop.
SCAG headquarters is located in the hub of busy downtown Los Angeles, at Figueroa and 7th streets. In early 2018, SCAG will relocate to the 900 Wilshire Building, a new, multi-use hotel and office complex that features state of the art architecture and technology. The downtown area has expanded with LA Live, new restaurants, music, sports, shopping, libraries, museums and theaters. SCAG is in a culturally diverse area near Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Olvera Street and Grand Central Market. Southern California boasts near-perfect weather and close proximity to mountains, beaches and deserts, which encourages physical fitness and year-round activities.

For ease of commuting, the LA office is located across the street from the Metro Red Line 7th St. station and is easily accessible by commuter trains and buses serving surrounding areas. Metro light rail and the subway connect downtown LA to Hollywood, Universal City, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Azusa, Long Beach and many vibrant and up-and-coming neighborhoods.

Founded in 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, The SCAG region encompasses six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles. The agency develops long-range regional transportation plans including sustainable communities' strategy and growth forecast components, regional transportation improvement programs, regional housing needs allocations and a portion of the South Coast Air Quality management plans. Currently, the Regional Council consists of 86 members. 


Under the guidance of the Regional Council and in collaboration with our partners, our mission is to facilitate a forum to develop and foster the realization of regional plans that improve the quality of life for Southern Californians.
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  • Prepare regional and county population and household projections for race, ethnicity, age, gender, group quarters, housing units and labor force.
  • Collect, analyze and evaluate population and household data from a broad range of data sources, including national and state statistical offices, U.S Census Bureau and California Department of Finance
  • Work closely with counties/sub-regions, local jurisdictions and major stakeholders to develop the consensus regional growth forecasts.
  • Conduct research and statistical analysis on various issues of regional population and household projection sand related urban/regional planning.
  • Ensure relevancy, quality and appropriateness of content and presentation of data, and contribute to communicate analysis of data
  • Provides analytic support to multiple audiences to ensure understanding and appropriate use, interpretation, and application of data
  • Develop data sets, maps and graphics on key regional demographic trends and issues.
  • Prepare or assist in compiling and writing a variety of reports in statistical, graphic, or narrative form for senior management
  • Manage efforts to improve data quality, including designing, developing and modifying measurement and monitoring tools and establishing review systems, as appropriate.
  • Maintain detailed documentation of the data compilation and analysis process.
  • Present analysis and findings to executive management, staff, Regional Council and Policy Committees, for example, Community Economic Human Development (CEHD) Committee, partner agencies, and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with SCAG staff and USC to conduct SCAG/USC Demographic Workshops.


A bachelor's degree with major coursework in demography, urban economics, regional economics, urban planning, social science, regional science, statistics, mathematics or a related field. A Master's degree is highly desirable.
Assistant: One year of professional experience in a planning/research environment that includes economic and demographic analysis and forecasting.
Associate: Two years of professional experience in a planning/research environment that include economic and demographic analysis and forecasting.
Senior: Four years of progressively responsible experience in a planning/research environment that include economic and demographic analysis and forecasting.

The ideal candidate has proven experience and a strong background in statistical methodology, survey research, and demographic data analysis. The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills both orally and written, with the ability to communicate complex/abstract concepts effectively in oral and written format. He/she possesses the ability to work independently, set priorities, and complete projects within specified timeframes. He/she will have a high attention to detail and accuracy in addition to outstanding analytical and project management skills to meet tight deadlines.  The ideal candidate has the ability to apply statistical findings to data resources in order to identify trends and relationships. The ideal candidate will have expert level proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
Knowledge of: Demographic projection methods and application; SPSS, SAS, ArcGIS, spatial data and/or other programs for data and statistical analysis; the statistical theories, concepts, analytical methodologies for the collection, classification, and evaluation of quantitative data; computer operations, systems, and procedures. Principles and practices of public transportation planning including federal, state and local laws, policies and regulations; Principles and practices of local, state, and federal environmental planning practices, standards, and laws; effective writing techniques; data analytical software; forecasting and predictive analysis models; quantitative analysis including descriptive and inferential statistics

Ability to:  Prepare clear and accurate reports and presentations; respond to public requests and inquiries; independently plan and coordinate multiple assignments; analyze complex problems and identify logical solutions; independently investigate data collection and analysis problems; facilitate meetings and communicate effectively with agency staff and management in order to successfully support data requests and/or presentations; maintain professional composure and effectiveness in a rapidly changing environment with high customer expectations; work in a team environment; process information logically; conduct short-range and long-range project planning studies; perform mathematical calculations; assess future regional information needs; ability to learn new concepts/frameworks, algorithms and technology rapidly as changes arise; establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, agency staff and management to achieve common goals; plan, organize, and prioritize multiple assignments to effectively manage a fast paced and changing work environment without compromising accuracy; consistently meet internal and external customer needs and expectations in a professional manner.


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