Job: Regional Planner & Policy Analyst – Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

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Title Regional Planner & Policy Analyst – Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
Categories Industry: Government, Location: Portage, Type: Full Time
Location Portage
Job Information

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Familiarity with regional planning and demographic concepts
  • Bachelor’s degree is required in urban or regional planning, information science or a related field.
  • Master’s degree with at least two years of experience is desired. AICP certification is preferred.
  • Demonstrated abilities in use of spreadsheets , word processing, presentation graphics and communications software, along with working knowledge of GIS.
  • Knowledge and experience in identifying data sources, conducting research and analysis, and retrieving, accessing and working with U.S. Census and other Federal and State information.
  • Ability to quickly respond to requests for information and analysis, identify and project trends, and interpret and relate data to overall regional goals.
  • Proficiency in basic math skills, including fundamental statistical analysis, as well as English grammar
  • Strong written and verbal communications and customer service abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and give public presentations while making information understandable
  • Problem-solving and time management skills, and a customer-oriented service ethic
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF ANTICIPATED DUTIES

  • Position the agency as a go-to source for identifying and interpreting regional trends
  • Conduct policy analysis of freight and logistics planning, economic development, and other planning activities related to updates and implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan
  • Manage demographic, transportation performance, environmental justice, economic, housing, fiscal and other data for internal and external users
  • Establish and organize a regional, open-source data clearinghouse
  • Analyze demographic, statistical and financial data, relate to overall regional goals, develop recommendations, and clearly communicate findings based on this analysis
  • Prepare and format data, information and other materials to support planning and programming
  • Respond to internal and external inquiries pertaining to data, information, analysis, display and interpretation
  • Extract and analyze demographic data for use in travel demand modeling and other planning activities
  • Forecast distributions of regional population, households, employment and other socio-economic attributes
  • Prepare reports, planning documents and apply for grants, as required
  • Expected to travel and attend events outside the office
  • Update and maintain statistical data for agency website and reporting

APPLY WITH LETTER, RESUME AND PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES VIA EMAIL TO:

Steve Strains, Deputy Director/ Director of Planning

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN 46324 219-763-6060, ext. 130; sstrains@nirpc.org

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