The incumbent in this parenthetical specialty serves as the principal staff resource person for the California Department of Transportation for the State Transportation Program, and is responsible for planning and directing the economic and financial phases of issue analyses for the Department; providing transportation economic studies and analysis to the Legislature and Governor's Office; providing expert consultant direction for feasibility studies; cost/benefit analysis of factors involved in prioritizing transportation projects, supply and demand of transportation services, and the economic analysis of alternative solutions to transportation problems; advising Department management and staff on research findings and sensitive economic/financial issues related to transportation policy positions.
Experience: Five years of progressively responsible technical research above the trainee level engaged in the collection, compilation, analysis and interpretation of transportation-related economics and financial data. (A Doctoral Degree in Economics, Urban Planning, Business or Public Administration field may be substituted for two years of the required experience. A master's degree in one of the these fields may be substituted for one year of the required experience.) (Experience in the California state service applied toward this pattern must include at least one year in a class at a level of responsibility equivalent to Research Program Specialist II. )
and Education: Graduation from college with a major in economics supplemented by at least two courses in statistical methodology.
Knowledge of: Advanced economic theory; transportation and urban/regional economics, benefit/cost analysis, public transportation finance funding at various levels of government; computer modeling, econometric methodologies; electronic data processing techniques; transportation planning practices; the legislative process and investment decision-making methodologies.
Ability to: Plan and successfully carry out economic, econometric, and financial research projects related to various transportation programs and transportation planning; communicate effectively and work cooperatively with other professionals within and outside of the Department; plan and carry out complex research projects; prepare, present and evaluate technical reports; develop computer models for forecasting, resource assessment, and impact analysis; provide skilled leadership in economic research.
Demonstrated ability to act independently with initiative and flexibility and gain and maintain confidence and cooperation of others.