PRINCIPAL SPATIAL ANALYST

Full-Time
Los Angeles, CA
Posted 11 months ago
  • Organization: Public Transportation Services Corporation (PTSC), Los Angeles 
  • Closing Date: 11-NOV-21Salary
  • Grade: H1M
  • Salary Range: $86,154 – $107,682 – $129,210
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA USA

Job Description (PRINCIPAL SPATIAL ANALYST)

Basic Function: Analyzes and provides spatial representations of complex transit operational issues, investigates, and develops methodology for future processes, and develops, promotes and supports spatial understanding of Metro’s overall operations.

Example Of Duties

  • Develops, evaluates, and applies Geographic Information Systems (GIS) procedures, computer applications, and statistical methods to the collection and analysis of a variety of transit operational data and displays visually
  • Designs and produces spatial analyses depicting relationships of service-provision to service-consumption and other socio-economic variables by understanding the data and results, determining what needs to be generated, choosing the method, processing the data, and evaluating the results; spatial analyses comprise analytical techniques to determine the spatial distribution of a variable, the relationship between the spatial distribution of variables, and the association of the variables to an area
  • Investigates issues and problems with ongoing operations service
  • Designs data structures for others to use, including interactive maps, etc.
  • Oversees General Transit Feed (GTF) production for public transportation schedules and associated geographic information
  • Uses statistical software packages, such as Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), to perform descriptive, time-series, variance, and multiple regression analyses
  • Develops procedures for ongoing production of graphic spatial analyses and geo-statistics related to proposed service changes by utilizing GIS based tools; developing, testing, and reviewing databases and production outputs; and recommending changes or additions to output records
  • Develops customized graphic spatial analyses by conducting needs analysis, developing a GIS plan, and obtaining and manipulating appropriate databases to create shape files and metadata
  • Develops analytical methods for special studies; gathers, interprets, and analyzes information and prepares and presents recommendations
  • Devises strategies for collecting, analyzing, and using transit data
  • Ensures service and performance statistics and other collected data are reliable and valid by collaborating with Metro Departments and outside agencies, investigating and resolving data related problems or issues, researching statistical applications, and applying tests
  • Integrates HASTUS (service scheduling and dispatch software), Transit Access Pass (TAP), Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS), and Spatial data to provide answers to complex questions
  • Interprets and summarizes findings and makes recommendations to management
  • Prepares comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Manages Patronage transit ridership processing for (NTD) National Transit Database reporting for bus operations
  • Provides technical guidance and direction to other staff and consultants on research design, sampling strategies, and analysis methods
  • Provides technical assistance to internal staff and outside agencies requesting for maps, geo-statistics, spatial analyses, and estimation validity-testing
  • Represents department and Metro at meetings and conferences
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency’s safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out


May be required to perform other related job duties

Requirements For Employment

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Information Science, Geology, Planning, or a related field; Master’s Degree in a related field preferred

Experience

  • Five years of relevant experience performing statistical research, database management, data analysis, and spatial presentation; some positions in this class may require specialized experience in area of assignment; at least two years of transit-related experience preferred

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications (PQs) are used to identify relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) as determined by business necessity. These criteria are considered preferred qualifications and are not intended to serve as minimum requirements for the position. PQs will help support selection decisions throughout the recruitment. In addition, applicants who possess these PQs will not automatically be selected.

The following are the preferred qualifications:

  • Experience interpreting transit operations schedules data
  • Experience applying advanced computer programming techniques
  • Experience developing, testing, and reviewing complex databases and related structures
  • Experience applying knowledge of SQL to pull Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data from relational databases for plotting in GIS software (ArcGIS or BI Visuals)

Knowledge:

  • Research and statistical theories and methods
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, such as ArcGIS
  • Net script metaprogramming language
  • Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and other computer programs
  • Database structures and GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification)
  • Transit operations, including bus runs, work runs, layovers, short lines, interlining, foreign lining, planning (origins/destinations), bus safety, etc.
  • Applicable business software applications

Skill In:

  • Statistical analysis
  • Compiling and analyzing complex data; developing, testing, and reviewing complex databases
  • Preparing comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives

Abilities:

  • Think and act independently
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Selection Procedure

Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Application Procedure

To apply, visit Metro’s website at www.metro.net and complete an online Employment Application. Telephone: (213) 922-6217 or persons with hearing or speech impairments can use California Relay Service 711 to contact Metro.

All completed online Employment Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. (EA)

*Open to the public and all Metro employees

This job bulletin is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform other related job duties.

PTSC BENEFITS
Medical/Dental/Vision Plan – Employee has the choice of 3 separate medical plans and 3 dental plans. A separate vision plan is included in each medical plan.
Group Life Insurance – PTSC pays for an amount equal to your annual salary, rounded up to the nearest $1,000. Minimum amount of life insurance is $30,000.
Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance – PTSC provides $50,000 coverage for each employee. Additional voluntary coverage in amounts up to $500,000 is available at favorable premium rates.
Long-Term Disability Insurance – 100% employer paid. Provides employees with a minimum income of 60% of earnings after six months of disability. Buy up or buy down options available.
Holidays – 10 days a year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Time off with Pay (TOWP) – Compensates employees who are on approved absence from work for reasons such as illness, injury, medical and dental appointments, personal business, vacation, or observance of (a) religious holiday.
Years of Service                Annual Accrual
Hire date – 5 years                          20 days
Beginning of 6th – 10th year             25 days
Beginning of 11th – 15th year            30 days
Beginning of 16th + years                 35 days

Pension Plan – PTSC retirement plan is the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Vesting is five (5) years. Minimum retirement age is 52, based on the 2% at 62 formula.
Other Benefits: Transportation passes for employees and/or eligible dependents; Medicare; Tuition reimbursement; credit union membership; SDI; Deferred Compensation Plan; 401(K) Thrift plan; EAP; Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts; Flexible work schedules; and Jury Duty Pay.

Supplemental Questions

  1. Do you possess a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Statistics, Mathematics, Information Science, Geology, Planning, or a related field from an accredited college or university?
  2. Please select the years of relevant experience you have performing statistical research, database management, data analysis, and spatial presentation including 2 years’ experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or a related field.
  3. Please select the years of relevant experience you in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or a related field.
  4. Do you have two years of experience in transit-related experience, or a related field?
  5. Please describe your relevant experience you have performing statistical research, database management, data analysis, and spatial presentation including 2 years’ experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or a related. (Please list the places and dates of employment where you gained this experience.) Do not refer to or rely on a resume or other documentation as we will not review resumes to determine qualifications. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A in the field below.
  6. Please describe your experience interpreting transit operations schedules data. (Please list the places and dates of employment where you gained this experience) Do not refer to or rely on a resume or other documentation as we will not review resumes to determine qualifications. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A in the field below.
  7. Please describe your experience applying advanced computer programming techniques. (Please list the places and dates of employment where you gained this experience) Do not refer to or rely on a resume or other documentation as we will not review resumes to determine qualifications. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A in the field below.
  8. Please describe your experience developing, testing, and reviewing complex databases and related structures. (Please list the places and dates of employment where you gained this experience) Do not refer to or rely on a resume or other documentation as we will not review resumes to determine qualifications. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A in the field below.
  9. Please describe your experience applying knowledge of SQL to pull Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data from relational databases for plotting in GIS software (ArcGIS or BI Visuals). (Please list the places and dates of employment where you gained this experience) Do not refer to or rely on a resume or other documentation as we will not review resumes to determine qualifications. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A in the field below.

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Job CategoryGeology, IT, Planning, RS and GIS, Statistics

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