Land Use and Transportation Analyst

State of Colorado
Published
September 17, 2022
Location
Denver, CO
Category
Job Type

Description

Department Information

This mission of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. We do this by developing and implementing highly impactful policies and programs, establishing Colorado as a leading state for climate action. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services, and encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

Starting Salary Range: $70,000.06 - $80,000.18

The Land Use and Transportation Analyst position will be responsible for shaping and implementing emissions reduction strategies at the nexus between the transportation sector and land use. Colorado has set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including from the transportation sector which is now the largest source of emissions. Colorado is projected to grow by over 1.8 million people by 2050. Where and how new homes and industries are built in the coming decades will have major implications for how much those buildings emit from heating and cooling, and from the driving, deliveries, and other vehicle trips they generate. Compact, walkable, and sustainable land use patterns have been identified as a top strategy not only to reduce building and transportation emissions, but also to address several other critical issues facing the state such as housing affordability and increasing climate hazards like drought and wildfires.

This position will serve to develop and analyze policies, programs, and strategies to reduce emissions from land use and transportation, engage stakeholders to shape and refine these strategies, and work with other staff and interagency partners to implement sustainable land use and mobility programs. This position will report to the Transportation Climate Change Specialist at the Energy Office, and is an opportunity for the right person to be influential in strategic decision making with top executive leadership across state agencies and with the Governor's Office. The ideal candidate will have a background in land use, transportation, and climate change and will possess excellent communication (oral and written) skills, analytic thinking, and good judgment.

Application

Please provide a resume and tailored cover letter that speaks specifically to your qualifications for this position. Please also note the required supplemental questions at the end of the application.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

* Develop and analyze impacts of policy and program approaches to better integrate land use, housing, and transportation planning in ways that support achieving the state's climate goals.

* Conduct stakeholder engagement, outreach, and education in support of the development of sustainable land use and housing policies, programs, and strategies.

* Collaborate with interagency partners on the design and management of programs that provide grants to local governments to implement sustainable land use best practices, such as through developing program design guidance, reviewing grant applications, and analyzing program outcomes.

* Collaborate with peer agencies to analyze the emissions impacts of indirect sources, and support development of potential policy strategies to address those sources.

* Maintain subject matter expertise on energy-related transportation and land-use planning issues and advise leadership.

Additional Responsibilities

* Provide support on tracking the development, analyzing impacts, and engaging in regulatory proceedings on new light-duty and medium- and heavy-duty vehicle standards by the federal government and the California Air Resources Board.

* Contribute to the development of the state's next Greenhouse Gas Reduction Roadmap by helping develop a comprehensive set of strategies to achieve deep GHG emissions reductions from land use and transportation.

* Support design and management of Energy Office programs for electrified shared mobility and micromobility options, and increase access to other sustainable transportation modes.

* Manage procurement and consultant contract management to support policy analysis and/or program implementation as needed.

* Other duties as requested and required.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

The Energy Office seeks a well-rounded professional with the following minimum and preferred education and experience:

* Minimum of 5 years professional experience in land use planning, housing and community development, transportation planning, or related fields. Additional education may substitute for professional experience.

* Strong written, oral, and presentation communication skills.

* Strong analytical skills. Experience with policy analysis, GIS analysis, land use modeling and analysis, and cost-benefit analysis preferred.

* Experience working with government agencies, regulatory bodies, and legislative bodies preferred.

* Experience with leading stakeholder engagement efforts preferred.

* Experience with program management, procurement, or project management preferred.

* Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as in a team environment. Strong time management and organization skills.

* Excellent computer skills including the Microsoft Office and Google suite.

* Experience in and knowledge of Colorado transportation, land use, and/or housing issues and stakeholders preferred.

Supplemental Information

To Apply:

A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the application for consideration. Your cover letter and resume must provide sufficient detail about your background and experience to allow the screening panel to properly assess your experience in the required elements, including your experience and achievements.

The State of Colorado/Office of the Governor offers a generous benefits package including:

* Retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan*, plus optional 401(k) and 457 plans - www.copera.org/

* Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance coverage - including extensive prescription drug coverage (many preventive medications covered at no cost)

* Wellness programs - participation can reduce employee premiums

* Automatic Short-Term and Optional Long-Term Disability Coverage

* Life and AD&D Insurance

* Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

* Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) job protection and State of Colorado Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)

* 11 Paid Holidays Annually and Accrued Annual and Sick Leave

* Hybrid work arrangements

* Variety of discounts on services and products available through the State of Colorado's Work-Life Employment Discount Program

* Access to the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP): offers confidential mental health counseling, professional coaching, employee mediation, 24/7 crisis support

* Free RTD EcoPass to all eligible State Employees

* Training and professional development opportunities, including reduced college tuition through CSU Global

* Credit Union of Colorado Membership Eligibility

To learn more about State of Colorado benefits, please visit the state's benefits portal: www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits.

* For information on mandatory employee salary deferral (in lieu of contribution to Social Security), see COPERA for details: www.copera.org/member-contribution-rates

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations

The Office of the Governor is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Staffing Coordinator (the Director of Human Resources) at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].

Conditions of Employment

Applicants must pass a thorough background check prior to employment.

Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have thirty (30) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado's Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Employees who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged (and may be required) to test before and/or wear a mask while spending time in person at the Energy Office.

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