RESEARCH ANALYST II (RA II)
JOB RECRUITMENT #21-07
SALARY RANGE: Low to Mid $50,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Division of Transportation Planning
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 Transportation Operations Management at DVRPC seeks a forward thinking planner with excellent communication skills to assist in the continued and expanded use of operational strategies to improve the overall efficiency of the region’s multimodal transportation network. As traffic volumes and traveler expectations increase, and lane miles remain stagnant, the Office of Transportation Operations Management works to maximize the existing transportation system through the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), traffic incident management (TIM), multimodal integration, construction coordination, and other strategies. The overarching goal of the team is to safely improve mobility through existing infrastructure; this is commonly referred to as Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO).
The successful candidate will help to identify and advance, through data analysis and close interagency collaboration, potential operational strategies, plans and projects to improve the efficiency of the region’s transportation system. These operational strategies must be successfully communicated to a wide array of stakeholders and transportation professionals, some who may not be as familiar with all the ever growing benefits of TSMO approaches. With traveler preference and emerging technologies, like connected and autonomous vehicles, and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) constantly evolving, the candidate will be adaptable and able to incorporate new transportation and societal trends into their work.
This position requires constant coordination with key partners such as local, state, and federal agencies, consultants, and police, fire and other emergency responders. The position demands an independent-minded individual, but also one able to operate seamlessly within a team framework. Work is performed in accordance with general agency policies and professional standards with results subject to review by senior professionals.
- Assist in the coordination of Traffic Incident Management Task Forces and programs.
- Assist in the coordination and development of operational initiatives through ITS, traffic incident management, traffic management, transit management, goods movement, safety, and congestion management activities.
- Assist in the overall marketing and promotion of operational strategies in the planning process.
- Participate in the development and selection of methodology for individual transportation projects, including detailed specification of the problem, data to be collected and analyzed, interpretation of results, and the development of conclusions and recommendations for project implementation.
- Write reports with visually dynamic supporting material; present results to appropriate agencies, technical committees, and the public.
- Assist in interagency sharing of real-time operational conditions.
- Conduct field views of project locations to compile an inventory of existing physical and operating conditions.
- Conduct outreach, project coordination services, and technical assistance to member governments, consultants, and transportation operators.
- Use planning and engineering computer software such as geographic information system (GIS) software, traffic simulation software, and other techniques to support traffic operations programs at member agencies, and develop regional policies.
- Perform related work as required.
- Excellent communication skills with attention to detail, and the ability to present results of research effectively in oral, written, and graphic form.
- Superior time management and organizational skills, and personal initiative with the ability to proactively learn about new concepts and techniques, and work both independently and in a team environment.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate dialogue among a diverse group of stakeholders and the general public.
- Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of transportation planning and/or transportation engineering. Previous experience with transportation operations is strongly preferred.
- Ability to organize and conduct research projects.
- Solid background or training in quantitative skills with an ability to analyze and interpret data.
- Strong database management skills in Access or Oracle. Expertise with G Suite, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign.
- A high level of proficiency with GIS: ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro.
- Knowledge of applicable traffic analysis and traffic simulation software (Synchro) is preferred.
- Experience in conducting field surveys and data analysis.
Experience & Training
To classify as a Level RA II, a minimum of three years of progressively responsible professional experience in transportation planning or city/regional planning and such training as may have been gained through graduation from a four-year college/university, with major course work in planning or related discipline that is applicable to local government or regional planning. A Master’s degree may be substituted for one year of professional 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, AND VETERANS CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. NOTE: MUST HAVE PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS AND WORKING PAPERS.
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