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Job Description Summary
Performs highly-complex to advanced (senior-level) data analyses, planning, and research work. Work involves developing population and water use estimates and projections. Reviews regional and state water plans. Compiles and analyzes demographic and water use data from various sources. Conducts research regarding demographic trends and trends in water use and performs technical review of financial assistance requests. Provides technical assistance to regional planning groups in developing population and water demand projections. Analyzes large data sets such as Census, socioeconomic, or water use data. May train others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Projections and Socioeconomic Analysis Department.
Essential Job Functions
- Assists in developing population and water demand projections for the regional and state water planning processes, including the development of methodologies and implementation of procedures.
- Analyzes tabular and geographic data associated with water use, population, economics, and related topics for use in present water use and future projections of water demands for regional statewide water planning.
- Assists in the development and review of socioeconomic impact analysis for the regional and state water plans.
- Assists in the development and final review of regional and state water plans.
- Develops annual population and water use estimates for livestock and mining and documents work procedures.
- Conducts research and data analysis associated with population and water use in municipal, industrial, and agricultural categories.
- Planner IV – evaluates, analyzes, synthesizes, and develops multi-discipline data for studies, plans, and staff reports.
- Reviews and assesses population and water use data for assigned Board financial assistance requests for water and wastewater projects.
- Provides technical planning assistance to internal and external customers for water use and/or demographic analyses.
- Assists in developing the departments data QC requirements and methodological documentations and in conducting various data QC.
- Prepares reports, makes presentations, and provide training to Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) staff.
- Develops water impact statements (WIS) for legislation that includes the creation of water districts and serves as a WIS point of contact responsible for coordinating with Government Relations and keeping track of staff assignment and progress.
- Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
- Participates in supervisor-approved Career Development Plan activities, including the establishment of employee goals and identification of job-related training opportunities as discussed with supervisor.
- Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agencys records retention procedures and schedule.
- Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
- May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Economics, or a related field.
- Planner III Five years of planning or data analysis work experience.
- Planner IV Seven years of planning or data analysis work experience.
- Education and related experience may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.
- Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Community and Regional Planning or Agricultural Economics.
- Three years of experience developing population and/or water demand projections.
- Previous experience with socioeconomic and/or demographic data.
- Previous experience with relational databases, including querying, reviewing, and reporting data.
- Previous experience with geographic information system (Arc/GIS) and spatial analysis.
- Previous experience in regional and state water planning in Texas and/or water use or water projection data.
- Planner IV AICP certification.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
- Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the Projections and Socioeconomic Analysis Department; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
- Knowledge of the use of census data including American Community Survey.
- Knowledge of principles, methodology and practices of socioeconomic and demographic analysis.
- Knowledge of Texas water providers, laws, trends, and data sources.
- Knowledge of research techniques, statistical methods and geographical concepts and their application to data analysis.
- Knowledge of relational databases and skill with data management including editing, querying, and generating reports and graphs.
- Skills in analytical thinking and problem-solving, including evaluating and analyzing large amounts of data.
- Skills in using statistical software programs such as R or SAS.
- Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.
- Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
- Skills with ESRI ArcGIS software and spatial analysis.
- Ability to evaluate planning material.
- Ability to conduct research.
- Ability to prepare reports, including methodology documents.
- Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
- Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
- Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
- Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
- Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
- Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
- Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
- Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
- Ability and willingness to travel 5% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.
- Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a drivers license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
- Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
- Ability to train others.