The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Friday, March 6, 2015 |

RESEARCH ANALYST I/II -- Job Recruitment #15-03

OPENING DATE: March 2015
SALARY RANGE:Low to Mid $40,000's (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Offices of Environmental Planning, Energy & Climate Change Initiatives, and Smart Growth
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled

Job Description

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) seeks a planner/research analyst with interest and experience in the fields of environmental resources, energy and climate change, sustainability, and smart growth. This is a planning and policy research position assisting and performing analytical work, conducting studies, and coordinating with member governments and planning partners. This position will provide support for planning projects undertaken by project teams across the Planning Division (chiefly the Offices of Environmental Planning, Energy and Climate Change Initiatives, and Smart Growth).

The Planning Division and its Offices conduct 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 plan for and implement the regional multi-use trails system, to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, to facilitate community actions to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and to foster efficient land use patterns and zoning that supports a diversity of housing choices, walkable neighborhoods, and revitalized communities. Specific assignments may include supporting development of trail feasibility studies, managing trail grants, and tracking the status of trail projects; creating municipal environmental resource inventories and maintaining the regional protected open space inventory; supporting analytical, educational, and policy efforts related to energy use and climate change resiliency; conducting place-based transit-oriented development and redevelopment plans; and assisting with smart growth and livability outreach efforts. Day-to-day tasks include collecting, analyzing and communicating environmental, land use and active transportation data, supporting the development of policy 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 Managers in these three offices, each of whom in turn reports to the Director of the Planning Division.


  • Perform data collection, research and analyses; write reports, memoranda, and summaries of findings and recommendations; and create presentations; as directed by supervisors.
  • Assist in providing staffing support for various programs and initiatives, including organizing and staffing meetings.
  • Represent DVRPC in outside meetings as directed.
  • Perform related work as required.


  • Expertise with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of city and regional planning.
  • Experience in at least several of the following areas: trail and open space planning; energy use, greenhouse gas reduction, and climate change adaptation; and land use planning, transit-oriented development, redevelopment planning, and comprehensive planning.
  • Strong interest in sustainability, energy and climate change, trail development, environmental planning, and community development, among other planning issues.
  • Background or training in quantitative analysis.
  • Strong quantitative skills, excellent writing skills, and initiative.
  • Ability and willingness to take supervisory direction.
  • Ability to present results of research effectively in oral, written, and graphic form.
  • Ability to focus on details and possess strong organizational skills.
  • 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 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 planning. A master's degree in city or regional planning may be substituted for one year of professional experience. An equivalent combination of education and professional experience in urban planning, design, social science research, environmental studies, or governmental services 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.