RESEARCH ANALYST III (RA III) JOB RECRUITMENT #22-15
SALARY RANGE: Low to High $70,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Office of Capital Programs; Regional Planning
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled
AREAS OF CONSIDERATION: All sources
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.
This is a professional position responsible for project development and coordination, as well as support activities in the development and maintenance of the regional Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. DVRPC convenes a wide array of partners across Greater Philadelphia to inform and facilitate data-driven decision making. One of our core responsibilities is the development and maintenance of a TIP, which lists the regionally agreed upon priority highway and public transit projects, plus bicycle, pedestrian, and freight related projects. The TIP uses performance-based planning to ensure efficient use of the region’s resources, public funding, and other assets.
The Office of Capital Programs works with member agencies to create a new TIP each cycle (every even year for NJ, every odd year for PA), including a number of meetings and the preparation of support materials. The employee will assist with project development and analysis activities in both states, including research, analysis, and coordination with various planning efforts, to identify, fund, and advance priority transportation plans and projects. Once the TIP is in place, there are requests for amendments and modifications through the monthly DVRPC meeting cycle, in addition to a number of competitive funding programs. The employee will provide support for these activities.
Project development activities include coordination with state departments of transportation (DOTs), counties, municipalities, transit operators, and other DVRPC staff, to help evaluate and prioritize proposals, and identify appropriate scope, costs, and schedules of projects. This involves new projects during a TIP Update, as part of maintaining the current program, or at times of seeking discretionary or other funding. It also involves existing projects if issues need resolution before a project can advance further.
Work is performed in accordance with broadly-defined objectives and professional standards and is subject to administrative and technical review by the Manager, Office of Capital Programs.
- Manage project development activities. Work with DOTs, counties, municipalities, transit operators, and other DVRPC staff to discuss project proposals in early stages; evaluate and prioritize proposals, including consideration of performance-based planning; identify most appropriate scope, costs, and schedules of projects; and help identify appropriate funding sources.
- Coordinate with partners for project development and implementation activities, such as I-95 Planning Assistance, PennDOT Connects, and NJ Local Concept Development.
- Provide staff support to competitively funded programs (such as: CMAQ, TAP, Bridge, HSIP, IMP) and local project development processes. Tasks may include preparing application and guidance materials, reviewing applications, assisting with analysis as needed, preparing summaries, and assisting in deliberations and formulation of recommendations to the Board for projects to be funded under these programs.
- Lead coordination for performance-based planning and programming responsibilities, including asset management, transportation performance measures target-setting and tracking, development and application of project evaluation criteria, and Environmental Justice and equity analysis of the Draft TIP.
- Research new funding opportunities and programs as requested, including new federal competitive programs through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)/Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
- Assist in the development and maintenance of the PA and NJ TIPs. Tasks may include assisting in the TIP amendment and modification process, such as maintaining the TIP databases by updating current database records, and website publishing. Tasks may also include research and follow-up of requested actions to determine funding eligibility, project details, and subsequently preparing and presenting materials explaining TIP requests to the Regional Technical Committee (RTC), and DVRPC’s Board.
- Assist in conducting public outreach efforts to gather input on capital projects, including but not limited to: the TIP development process and comments on Draft TIPs, development and maintenance of public information database/inventory for transportation projects, as well as public outreach for existing and proposed TIP projects as requested.
- Participate in public education efforts concerning the TIP as needed, including presentations to various groups, and providing technical assistance to member governments, the public, and other MPOs.
- Prepare special request data reports from Access database on an as needed basis.
- Use a variety of special software applications (some web based) for project decision making, project research, and processing requests.
- Perform related work as required.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of transportation planning, and ability to relate this knowledge to the development of a regional transportation system.
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a team of diverse staff in office and remote environments.
- Strong organizational and time management skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks and adhere to strict and frequent deadlines with attention to detail and accuracy.
- Ability to organize, synthesize, and communicate information in a clear and concise manner.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, planning and elected officials, and the general public.
- Proficiency with MS (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G-Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides) Experience using applications with an emphasis on data analysis, reports, and presentations. Thorough experience and knowledge of relational databases, database software (including MS Access), and spreadsheet software (MS Excel), and the ability to conduct analyses and produce reports using such data management tools. MS Access capabilities to design queries and reports, and to create and manipulate tables is required.
- Familiarity or knowledge of DOT and transit agency project programming, development, and/or delivery processes is a plus.
Experience & Training
A minimum of five years of professional experience in transportation or regional planning; and such training as may have been gained through graduation from a four-year college/university, with major course work in a planning-related discipline applicable to transportation planning. A Master’s degree can be substituted for one year of experience.
To learn more about our work culture and benefits, visit our website: www.dvrpc.org/HumanResources/.
DVRPC IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. FULL CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL ELIGIBLE, QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WITHOUT REGARD TO AGE, ANCESTRY, COLOR, DISABILITY, DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE VICTIM STATUS, ETHNICITY, FAMILIAL STATUS, GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION, GENETIC INFORMATION, MARITAL STATUS, MEDICAL CONDITION (INCLUDING PREGNANCY), NATIONAL ORIGIN, RACE, RELIGION, SEX, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MINORITY, DISABLED, & VETERANS CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. NOTE: YOU MUST BE LEGALLY ELIGIBLE TO WORK IN THE US.
TO APPLY, SEND RESUME / CV WITH COVER LETTER TO HUMAN RESOURCES VIA:
EMAIL: RESUMES@DVRPC.ORG; OR
FAX: 215-592-9125; OR MAIL: 190 N. INDEPENDENCE MALL WEST / 8TH FLOOR / PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-1520