The WSDOT Multimodal Planning & Data Division has an exciting opportunity for a travel demand modeling and data analysis expert. If you are interested in fostering collaboration, taking on challenges, practicing innovation, and making a difference in supporting a safe, sustainable, and integrated multimodal transportation system, this is the job for you! This position will serve as the senior level expert providing direction and making tactical and strategic decisions on modeling and technical analysis to support WSDOT business areas, divisions, and regions. This position is responsible for leading and directing professional travel demand modelers and specialized consultant teams working on modeling projects. This highly technical work requires a specialized combination of education, experience, and expertise in travel data modeling and analysis, “Big Data” processing, and traffic simulation modeling. This position will provide expert advice on all facets of travel modeling for WSDOT and its partners.
What to Expect
This position is the agency’s expert in travel demand modeling and analysis methodologies and has
authority to lead and assist others in analyzing various policy issues through travel modeling and analyses.
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Travel Demand Modeling & Analysis Expert will:
• Lead travel demand and Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) modeling efforts for WSDOT projects, statewide plans, corridor planning projects, and regional projects, including hands-on modeling.
• Develop modeling scopes and cost estimates, define deliverables, review consultant contracts, analyses and deliverables, and make recommendations to WSDOT management.
• Provide hands-on modeling support using EMME, Dynameq, VISUM, VISSIM, and other vendors’ software for travel modeling.
• Utilize travel demand models created by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), WSDOT regions, or consultants for different projects as needed.
• Coordinate and collaborate traffic simulation modeling efforts with Traffic Operations Division modeler; and support each other with modeling projects as needed.
• Lead efforts to evaluate and make decisions on the development of various modeling tools including a multimodal travel demand model to meet legislatively prescribed goals.
• Provide modeling support to WSDOT divisions, regions, offices, MPOs, regional transportation planning organizations (RTPOs) and other jurisdictions on model developments, model reviews, and quality assurance and control as needed.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
• Bachelor’s degree in transportation engineering, traffic engineering, civil engineering, transportation planning, urban planning, or related fields.
• Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in travel demand modeling and systems analysis and/or traffic simulation; OR Master’s with eight (8) years of experience OR Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND five (5) years of experience; OR any combination of education and experience that would provide the applicant with proven skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job.
• Knowledge and hands-on experience in developing, interpreting, analyzing and applying travel demand forecasting and traffic simulation models such as EMME, VISUM, SYNCHRO, VISSIM, and DYNAMEQ or similar software platforms.
• Experience in working with data mining, data analysis, probe vehicle data, NPMRDS, or similar database (INRIX, StreetLight, etc.).
• Thorough understanding of “state of the art” travel demand forecasting, traffic simulation, traffic engineering analyses, and other transportation planning methodologies.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
• Basic computer programming skills, preferably in R/Python, GIS applications, and Visual Basic.
• Understanding of traffic engineering principles and theories, Highway Capacity Manual procedures, signalized and non-signalized intersection optimization procedures, channelization, etc.
• The salary listed for this position are with the legislative approved 5% premium for workers in King County.
• Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this position will be remote in a telework capacity full-time. Once the restrictions are lifted, WSDOT supports a flexible work schedule with partial telework opportunities, depending on business needs and prior supervisor approval.
• By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by no later than October 18, 2021. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes, however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
• Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
• Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays and one personal holiday, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
• Sick Leave – Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month.
• Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
• Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.