The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the Philadelphia region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. We believe DVRPC is a place to work, learn, and create a career in a professional and stimulating environment that values diversity, innovation, and bringing your best self to work. If your background and experience match the following vacancy, we would like to hear from you.
- The Office of Environmental Planning conducts planning activities and technical studies throughout the nine-county Philadelphia metropolitan region in partnership with public and private organizations. The purpose of this work is to protect environmental resources and open space, to facilitate community actions to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, to plan for and implement the regional multi-use trail system, and to foster efficient land use patterns that support and shape livable communities by creating a sense of place, protecting environmental resources and providing outdoor recreational opportunities.
- This position involves assisting planning and policy research and performing analytical work, conducting studies, and coordinating with member governments and planning partners. Specific assignments may include supporting development of trail feasibility studies and administering Regional Trails Program funding; creating municipal environmental planning studies; maintaining regional environmental data; supporting analytical, planning, and policy efforts related to climate change resiliency; and assisting with green stormwater infrastructure projects. Day-to-day tasks include collecting, analyzing and communicating environmental, land use and transportation data, supporting the development of policies and plans, and managing relationships with diverse stakeholders.
- The Research Analyst’s work is to be performed in accordance with well-defined objectives and professional standards under the close technical supervision of the Manager of the Office of Environment Planning, who in turn reports to the Associate Director, Livable Communities.
- Perform data collection, research, data analyses and interpretation for studies and initiatives.
- Conduct field work for place-based studies, assessing existing conditions and community concerns.
- Assist with managing study steering committees and organizing meetings.
- Create and give presentations to internal and external groups.
- Write reports, memoranda, and summaries of findings and recommendations.
- Assist in planning events, such as our Climate Adaptation Forums and Healthy Community Task Force Meetings, including developing agendas, soliciting speakers, leading question and answer sessions, and organizing logistics.
- Represent DVRPC in outside meetings as directed.
- Perform related work as directed.
- Knowledge of and interest in the principles, practices, and objectives of city and regional planning, with a focus on resiliency, sustainability and environmental resources.
- Strong quantitative skills with an ability to analyze and interpret data.
- Excellent writing skills with ability to prepare reports that are clear, concise, and technically sound.
- Ability to make oral presentations to diverse stakeholders.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, planning officials, and the public; strength at listening and drawing conclusions; skill at bringing different viewpoints to consensus.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and willingness to take supervisory direction.
- Ability to focus on details and possess strong organizational skills.
- Expertise with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. The ability to conduct geographic analysis and create maps, graphics, and document layouts using ArcGIS and the Adobe Suite is a plus.
Experience & Training
- To classify as a Level RA I, a minimum of one year of professional experience in city/regional planning, or in social science research work is required. To classify as a Level RA II, a minimum of three years is required. Such experience may have been gained from a combination of experience and training. Training may have been gained through graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, with major coursework in Urban Planning. A Master’s degree or a full year of intern or co-operative education experience can be substituted for one year of experience.