Data Specialist

SALARY: High $50,000s to Mid $60,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled

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 entry-level vacancy, we would like to hear from you.

Job Description

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about identifying and implementing data management and visualization solutions supporting various community and transportation planning programs. This self-motivated individual will work closely with project teams to evaluate complex processes, identify, and develop advanced technical solutions, and proactively enhance the commission's data systems and tools to improve work processes and products.

The position requires collaboration with a diverse group of planning and technical staff and coordination with government and transportation planning partners. Work is performed in accordance with professional standards and is subject to review by the Manager of the Office of GIS and the Associate Director of Data and Technology.


  • Assist in developing advanced data systems and flows to enhance the access and availability of critical enterprise data.
  • Engage subject matter experts in successfully transferring complex domain knowledge to design and develop data oriented solutions, including advanced analytics tool sets, web-based engagement and visualizations, and other innovative solutions.
  • Support the implementation of processes and standards of practice as established by the AD of Planning Innovation to support improved quality and reliability of analysis outputs and products delivered by the commission.
  • Assist in designing and delivering web-based data visualization products and information systems for consumption by diverse audiences and decision-makers.
  • Engage and coordinate with internal and external partners to advance Planning Innovation initiatives and develop opportunities for future work.
  • Provide technical support to planning innovation as required.
  • Perform related work as required.


  • Strong practical knowledge in Python or R, or any other leading programming languages for data science applications.
  • Proficiency with GIS and experience working with and visualizing spatial data. Knowledge of ArcGIS Online is a plus.
  • Knowledge of data cleaning, databases, data visualization tools, and methodologies to convert data into meaningful insights. Experience with JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and/or PostgreSQL is preferred.
  • Experience in data quality evaluation and knowledge of standard statistical techniques is a plus.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with work associates and external partners.
  • Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills required.

Experience & Training

To classify as a Level CS I, a minimum of one year of progressively responsible professional experience as a data specialist or related field is required. Such experience may have been gained from a combination of experience and training. Training may have been gained through graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in Information Science Technology, Data Science/Mathematics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Transportation or Regional Planning, or a related field. A minimum of three years of experience is needed to classify as a CS II. A master’s degree or a full year of internship or cooperative education can be substituted for one year of experience.

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