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Data and Technology Planning Associate

Regional Plan Association

Regional Plan Association is seeking a talented urban planner, computer scientist or policy analyst to develop policy and advocacy programs around technology and urban planning. We are looking for someone who understands how new opportunities for technology and data can help foster thriving, healthy communities.

RPA, a nonprofit urban-planning organization, focuses on the strategic government and business decisions that shape the New York-New Jersey- Connecticut region's growth and well-being. In April 2013, RPA launched an initiative to create the Fourth Regional Plan for the metropolitan area - a blueprint for the region's growth, sustainability, good governance and economic opportunity for the next 25 years. One of the defining issues of the fourth plan is technology and how it is shaping both the physical and non- physical landscape of urban life. The Data and Technology Planning Associate will be responsible for RPA's research, planning and advocacy around technology.

Examples of responsibilities include:

-Developing RPA’s planning and advocacy initiatives around how technology can transform traditional local-government services (for example, how can data enable and optimize the pricing of valuable urban commodities, such as street space for vehicle movement or parking);

-Staying abreast of developments in the field of data and urban planning, and connecting RPA to technology innovators;

-Advising on the physical changes in urban infrastructure necessary to accommodate the demand for broadband, and challenges in equal access;

-Identifying new strategies and technologies to engage residents and workers in the region on civic and urban-planning issues;

-Working with programmers and data-visualization specialists to translate data into compelling visual narratives;

-Parsing the tension between collecting and distributing data for better urban governance and the need for privacy.

Applicants should be dynamic, creative and strategic thinkers. They should have a background in both technology and urban planning, and a relevant master’s degree. The position requires initiative and the ability to balance multiple priorities. Excellent interpersonal skills and writing skills are essential.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing samples and any other relevant information to by December 27 and note in the comments section that you are interested in the Data and Technology Planning Associate position. Applications without all attachments won’t be considered.

About Organization:
RPA conducts research, advocacy and planning on regional and national priorities including open space and environmental sustainability, transportation, economic development and governance. Our team of talented professionals is passionate about developing and sharing ideas that improve the quality of life in our cities and communities.

We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City, with offices in Stamford, Conn., and Princeton, N.J. We encourage a challenging, collaborative and fun work environment. We also believe in work-life balance.

RPA is a workplace that values diversity. Employment and promotional opportunities are equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by law.



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