Senior Policy and Program Analyst

Open Until Filled
Job Class: Sr Policy and Program Analyst
Status: Active
Salary Range: $49,247-$68,996 (DOE)
: Exempt

General Description:


Under general supervision of the Strategic Planning, Programming & Policy Director and with guidance from program leads, develops, evaluates and refines guidance on the policy implications of agency activities in alignment with Pima Association of Governments’ Overall Work Program. Assists in the identification, prioritization and development of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) programming, financial tracking and policy issues, and assists in staff efforts to resolve those issues. Work requires strong personal initiative, sound judgment, strong communication and organizational skills, as well as an understanding of federal and state regulations related to PAG’s operation as a federally required Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Strategic Planning, Programming & Policy Director, ensures PAG conducts an effective and efficient transportation planning process consistent with local, state and federal objectives and in accordance with technical, policy and legal requirements.
  •  Assists in the development of PAG’s Transportation Improvement Program and coordinates with program managers, senior professional staff, agency staff and officials, and consultants as needed to accomplish objectives.
  • Assists with tasks related to policy matters, including tracking and reporting on transportation-related legislation, maintaining familiarity with federal code, regulations, and guidance for Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and other tasks as assigned.
  • Maintains overall knowledge of the goals, objectives, responsibilities and activities of PAG’s program areas.
  • Communicates the status of policy implications and/or policy advancement activities related to PAG programs at public meetings.
  • Assesses and develops policy recommendations on regional issues.
  • Presents status reports and project updates as needed to various PAG committees and represents PAG on various federal, state and regional committees as needed.
  • Attends committee meetings and other public meetings, as directed, to present on the Transportation Improvement Program activities, revenue and expenditure information, legislative policy priorities or to obtain information and updates. Engenders support and participation as needed.
  • Coordinates with others as directed on policy, programming and project implementation.
  • Addresses inquiries of other agencies, the public and the media related to policy implications.
  • Serves as project manager for contracted consultant services on an as-needed basis.
  • Work requires considerable personal initiative, sound independent judgment and ability to develop consensus among diverse stakeholders in resolving complex planning and programming issues.
  • Maintains familiarity with, reviews and prepares comments on new or existing federal, state and local regulations, laws, policies, plans or programs applicable to funding availability, agency work elements and/or metropolitan planning organizations.
  • As assigned, may support or lead development of studies, plans or other work elements associated with the requirements of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities (KSOAs):

  • Knowledge of planning and/or economic principles and practices as well as the Arizona Statutes that authorize the establishment and operation of a Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in Pima County.
  • Ability to perform quantitative analyses, including proficiency in word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Outstanding organization and communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with regional and state professionals engaged in regional planning and programming.
  • Standard computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint and the ability to develop informative and engaging PowerPoint presentations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.

Minimum Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • At a minimum, requires a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities to perform duties AND EITHER a graduate degree with two years of related experience OR an undergraduate degree with four years of related experience OR equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in using database applications.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk.  The employee is occasionally required to stand.  The employee is frequently required to drive to locations and participate in outreach events. 

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is required to carry promotional materials to events.


  • This position is eligible for telework. Telework arrangements must comply with PAG’s telework policies, requiring a minimum of 16 hours (two days) of work per week to be completed in-office to perform required office assignments and duties.