The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 |

OPENING DATE: March 2014
SALARY RANGE: Low to Mid $40,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Systems Planning Unit, Transportation Planning Division
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled

Job Description

DVRPC is seeking a planner who is enthusiastic about Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian work and has a project portfolio that demonstrates the ability to lead complex tasks.

DVRPC's Office of Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Planning conducts planning studies on topics that often require an integrated approach, including transportation, land use, design, and analysis (see for examples of the work we do). This is an urban planning and analysis position with a focus on public transit, bicycle, and pedestrian studies. Focus is also on integrating these Active Transportation modes with one another, along with their community and development context.

Typical project elements include finding patterns in available transportation and demographic data, collaborating with diverse stakeholders, and preparing reports that summarize study findings in a clear and professional way and that include creative design, mapping, and illustration work. This work benefits from the ability to think analytically, visually, and spatially. It requires a strong interest in livability, "green" transportation, and an affinity for data analysis. It also requires excellent computer skills including competence with mapping and design software.

Work is performed in accordance with broadly defined objectives and professional standards with the opportunity for independent judgment, subject to administrative and technical review by the Manager, Office of Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Planning during progress and upon completion.


  • Define regional or local transportation problems and develop solutions.
  • Prepare reports summarizing findings and recommendations, including text, tabulations, maps, charts, and other appropriate graphics.
  • Present findings and conclusions to a steering committee, technical advisory committee, and the general public, as appropriate.
  • Assist in the analysis and evaluation of specific TransitBikePed proposals, including station area and access studies, bicycle facilities and networks, and proposals for new or improved public transit services.
  • Represent the Office at internal and external meetings at the direction of the Office Manager, including presentation of technical analyses and reports.
  • Perform related work as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of transportation and regional planning, and understanding of MPO roles and processes.
  • Considerable knowledge of and proven interest in transit, bicycle, and pedestrian issues and planning methods.
  • Considerable knowledge of research methods and planning techniques, including experience working with data collection and analysis, as well as good design for the display of information.
  • Aptitude for planning with urban design scale principles and/or public transit guideway or facility design is desirable.
  • Ability to present recommendations effectively in oral, written, and graphic form, including the demonstrated ability to write well and with a high attention to detail.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, planning officials, and the general public.

Minimum Experience and Training

One to three years of 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 a planning-related discipline and applicable to transportation planning. A master's degree in city or regional planning is preferred. Recent graduates with an equivalent combination of education and professional experience/internships in urban planning, engineering, design, or mathematical or social science research work, and a strong project portfolio will be considered.

To Apply

Forward a cover letter and resume to:

DVRPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Full consideration will be given to all eligible, qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliation, disability or marital status. Minority, female, and disabled applicants are encouraged to apply.
Employment is contingent upon ability to comply with Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations which states when offered employment "identity and right to work in the United States" must be produced.