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Job Type: Non-Union

Job Posting: COP-00140-21

Salary: $53,804 – $58,824

Department: Planning and Development

The City of Providence welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce at all levels of the organization. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit hiring discrimination of any type. All City hiring decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Job Summary

The Research Associate reports to the Deputy Director of Planning and Development or their designee. This position provides technical and project management oversight of research initiatives that support the Department’s work and collaborates closely with professional planning and community development staff to support projects and initiatives, build knowledge, and inform policies that shape cities through land use, redevelopment, housing, community development, transportation, environmental planning, public health, sustainability, and resilience. The Research Associate conducts complex research projects, works with directors and professional staff to determine research priorities, and develops plans, timelines, and project plans for completion of research projects.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Produces compelling research and analysis regarding issues, market conditions, and trends related to planning and development through presentations, reports, maps, memos, and other content
  2. Collects, analyses, and creates content to respond to internal and external requests for data analysis, graphs,
  3. Provides assistance such as technical guidance and training to co-workers
  4. Works both collaboratively to support projects, grant applications, and ongoing work and independently as a leader for research projects
  5. Establishes, organizes, maintains, and uses data sets, graphs, maps, and spreadsheets
  6. Presents prepared information at meetings with city staff, elected officials, members of the public, partner organizations, and peers at conferences and professional events
  7. Actively works to obtain funding to support research needs and interests by writing grant applications and participating in strategic planning
  8. Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Real Estate, Economics, Finance, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Policy, Geography, or a related field; Master’s degree in Real Estate, Economics, Finance, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Policy, Geography, or a related field preferred.
  2. A minimum of five years of relevant experience (Completion of a Master’s degree may be substituted for some experience at the discretion of the City.)
  3. Significant experience and expertise with datasets, finding information online and through other sources, and advanced quantitative methods required for analyses
  4. Demonstrable knowledge of the basic principles and issues involved in city planning, including but not limited to development, community development, transportation, land use, housing, and resilience.
  5. Excellent writing, analytical, organizational, verbal communications, research, and project management skills
  6. Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized
  7. Ability to handle and manipulate large amounts of data
  8. High level of computer literacy, including familiarity and extensive experience with databases, Microsoft programs (Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), and GIS
  9. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, illustrator, and Photoshop highly desirable
  10. Familiarity with obtaining and working with US Census data and similar datasets important to urban planning and related work
  11. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and manage grant proposals


Posting expires on: 07/30/2021


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