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    As Economist and analyst within the Department of Transportation (DOT) or Operating Administration (OA) within DOT, you will be responsible for conducting and managing complex economic and financial analyses required for the assigned studies and research projects.  You will also serve as senior economist and staff advisor. 

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    Responsibilities

    As an Economist, you will:

    • Serve as an economic expert representing the agency on Federal, and interagency task forces, collaborating with other DOT economists and providing advice and technical assistance for project planning and analysis.  
    • Design, build, maintain, and utilize the models and datasets necessary to understand how geo-spatial socio-demographic and economic patterns affect government and user transportation costs, cost-effective modal and network options, and overall system performance.
    • Estimate the key economic factors shaping transportation patterns and future trends, including personal and freight user costs; available transportation options; and the impact of land costs, labor markets, and other socio-economic factors.  Estimate the impact of demographic and economic geographic patterns on the economic viability of transportation modes and service options. 
    • Estimate the potential for technology, demographic, geographic, and economic trends to re-shape the economics of transportation options and demand; identify uncertainty bands or alternative future assumptions to reflect unknown attributes of future trends.
    • Develop policy options to enhance transportation performance or cost-effectiveness.  Evaluate the impact of these policies on transportation options and economics, including changes in demand patterns and the value/costs to users by socio-demographic, economic, and geographic characteristics.
    • Develop proposed analysis plans in collaboration with colleagues and leadership which are methodologically sound, consistent with available resources, complement broader DOT/OA research plans, and facilitate improved understanding of national transportation policy needs and options. 
    • Plan and manage the acquisition of approved funded research.  Manage in-house and procured project analyses elements to complete research projects within cost, schedule, and approved scope, including all reviews and report development. 
    • Identify the significance of research findings for policy development and effectively and impartially communication policy implications to agency decision-makers, the public, and the transportation research community.

    The ideal candidate for this position enjoys and excels at applied, data-driven research. Flexibility, creativity, curiosity, and a willingness to take initiative will help to find--or to create--the projects that analyze data using relevant economic methods, such as market assessment, benefit cost or economic analysis, and identifying implications of the findings as they relate to a transportation-related issue. Flexibility to adjust your analyses in your policy conversations with your leadership and others involved will ensure your research is effective in shaping policy choices. Good time-management skills to enable you to juggle inevitably competing and changing demands and priorities in a dynamic economic policy environment.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

  • Job family (Series)

    0110 Economist

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/511562200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.