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Economic Analyst

By January 12, 2022
  • Full Time
  • Madison, WI
  • January 26, 2022

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Help estimate the impact of transportation related issues on the state’s economic growth and development by conducting economic analyses as an Economic Analyst (Program and Policy Analyst Advanced) for the Department of Transportation! This position, located in our Bureau of Planning and Economic Development, focuses on transportation economics, risk analysis and determining financial stability of businesses benefitting from grants. This position is headquartered at the Hill Farms State Office Building in Madison, WI.

WisDOT is a great place to work! In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, we offer a competitive benefits package featuring:

Substantial leave time including at least 3.5 weeks of vacation to start, 9 paid holidays, and ample accrued sick time that rolls over each year.
Excellent and affordable health, vision, and dental benefits (health plan options start at just $36/month for single plans and $89/month for family plans after two months of employment)
A casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, and telework options depending on the position’s requirements
An exceptional pension plan with employer match and lifetime retirement payment, plus an optional tax advantaged 457 retirement savings plan
Well Wisconsin Wellness Program

A free and confidential employee assistance program that offers employees and their immediate family dependents a variety of tools, resources, and professional consultation services to support their health, goals, and overall well-being
In addition to our generous employee benefits, we strive for inclusivity and celebrate different religious holidays and cultural observances and provide flexibility for utilizing paid time off for such celebrations. For more information on WisDOT you can visit our website by clicking here.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is an organization dedicated to creating transportation solutions through innovation and exceptional service. We are committed to fostering an environment rooted in Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, and Accountability.  Click here to learn more about how we apply these values in our work.

Position Summary
This position conducts independent research, analysis and planning focused on relationships between transportation systems, economic activity and economic development in Wisconsin. This position leads the evaluation, development, policy recommendations and program changes necessary to maintain and improve the state’s transportation system so it supports economic activity and promotes economic development. The level of research and analysis is complex and often requires in-depth coordination with intra/interagency state and federal officials, independent consultants, economists (professional and academic), municipal governments, MPOs, RPCs and local economic development organizations. Research and reports often include innovative approaches in the application of economic data and methods to evaluate relationships between transportation improvements and economic development projects. This position monitors and maintains knowledge on national and regional economic trends, economic analysis for transportation projects and development of economic data/models.

This position also receives requests for economic analysis from a variety of transportation related areas including external partners (e.g. TEA, Harbor Assistance, highway, rail and airport economic impact analysis). This analyst develops and provides specific economic analysis for other departmental work units, Region Planning Offices, municipalities, state and local economic development organizations. This position also coordinates activities and planning functions with other economic development staff towards the development of an overall transportation/economic strategy for the department.

Salary Information
This position is in schedule-range (07-03) with an annual salary of $58,240-$79,040, plus excellent benefits. A twelve-month probationary period is required. Pay for current state employees will be set in accordance with the Wisconsin State Compensation Plan.

Job Details
WisDOT does not sponsor work visas. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

Prior to any appointments for position(s) filled from this announcement, candidates may be subject to a comprehensive criminal background check which may include FBI fingerprinting.

Certain positions within this Department may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process. For positions that do allow remote work flexibility, although residency in the State of WI is not required for permanent positions, it is not anticipated that working outside of WI or bordering cities will be allowed as positions may at times need to report to office locations in WI on short notice.

All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. At this time, those who are unvaccinated are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.

Qualifications
Qualified applicants will have all the following:

•    Experience conducting economic research and/or analyses.
•    Experience creating presentations and writing reports.
•    Experience related to transportation, supply-chain, freight, or economic development issues.

In addition to having all the above, well qualified applicants will have one or more of the following:

•    Training in regional economics or macroeconomic theory.
•    Experience with statistics packages and/or programming in SAS, R, EViews, Python, SQL, etc.
•    Experience communicating technical information to a non-technical audience.

To apply for this job email your details to Allison.Huiras@dot.wi.gov

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