Manage or support agency projects that analyze transportation, freight, land use, infrastructure, economic, and other relevant public policy issues facing northeastern Illinois and identify regional scale challenges and opportunities.
Collect and analyze data on transportation, demographic, land use, economic, and other regional trends. The applicant should have strong quantitative skills, and a creative approach to problem solving.
Write reports, policy updates, and issue briefs that explain data trends, synthesize qualitative analysis, and relate their potential impact on changes in federal, state, or local public policy.
Engage stakeholders through project-specific interviews, presentations to relevant CMAP committees, and participation in regional groups, where appropriate. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated understanding and/or interest in the complex connections between transportation, development, public policy, and the metropolitan economy.
Ability to apply empirical evidence toward practical purposes, superior research and quantitative skills, and take creative approaches to problem solving.
Excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively on issues of public policy and planning.
Ability to manipulate and analyze large data sources in spreadsheets, databases, and GIS, as well as the ability to generate findings from these data and communicate results to a nontechnical audience.
Demonstrated ability to lead complex research projects and produce reports and issue briefs that are factual, original, compelling, and persuasive.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to complement existing projects via independent or team-based work.
Ability to manage consultant-led projects ensuring that work meets CMAP’s expectations for quality, and adhere to timelines and budgets, as assigned.
Familiarity with the governance structure in Northeastern Illinois is desired.