Overview

The Envision Downtown Research and Policy Fellow significantly advances the initiative’s capacity in parking data analytics/visualization, research, and policy development. This position will work closely with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Transportation Management Association and reports to the Envision Downtown Executive Director.


In the face of Downtown Pittsburgh’s rapidly evolving status as a dynamic eighteen-hour neighborhood and the changing patterns in the commercial office sector, a concerted plan for actively managing the downtown parking network is critical. Through the Advanced Parking Policy + Intensive Research Initiative, Envision Downtown will establish an in-depth understanding of the Downtown parking ecosystem and a clear picture of policy the management tools needed for it to serve as a continued catalyst for economic growth in Downtown.

Envision Downtown’s proposed work will operate on three interrelated focus areas:

  • Expand on existing parking research/policy development efforts to include analysis of special event and evening parking with the goal of establishing an actively managed parking district
  • Document technology, policy changes, translational research resources and budget requirements to advance a dynamic parking pilot in at least two parking garages
  • Secure and incorporate private parking operator data into existing data analysis of daytime/office market parking trends to establish concise and deliberate policy recommendations from updated data. Policy development in this area will also focus on establishing and building consensus around a projected parking supply/demand projection

Responsibilities  

  • Lead efforts to aggressively expand research on the off-street parking network in Downtown
    • Update and further existing data analysis collaboration with the Parking Authority
    • Expand data collection efforts to include other public and private parking operators
    • Maintain and refine parking supply pipeline and future parking demand models
  • Research and document best practices in active parking district management
    • Analyze existing on-street parking/no parking/loading zone location for potential removal in favor of vehicular and pedestrian traffic
    • Coordinate with PDP TMA on assessment of cost/benefit of on-street parking enforcement changes
    • Develop new parking data sets related to various event parking scenarios (Cultural District events, PPG Paints Arena events, North Shore events, etc.)
    • Collaborate with PDP Marketing/Communications team to investigate real time parking/traffic information delivery
  • Manage efforts to implement an off-street dynamic parking pilot, including technology research, budget projects, policy requirements, and partnership development
  • Leverage all of the above to develop concise and implementable list of policy recommendations for the downtown parking and mobility network
  • Support continuing efforts to deploy real-time parking information signage in the Cultural District
  • Assist with other data development and visualization projects including content development for the Data Blog
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities related to the operation of Envision Downtown and/or the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership as assigned by the Executive Director and Program Manager

Education, Skills & Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Data Science/Analytics, Economics, Information Systems, Public Administration, Political Science, Urban Planning, or a related field required. Master’s degree in the same fields preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) required
  • SPSS or R proficiency preferred
  • Personal and professional interest in urban mobility, city planning, and public policy
  • High level of self-motivation with drive to take initiative
  • Proven ability to be a member of a team, working collaboratively in support of the mission of the initiative
  • Passion for Downtown Pittsburgh

General Requirements

  • This paid fellowship is designed to run for approximately four-six months beginning in May
  • A commitment of 32 hours per week is expected
  • The Policy & Research Fellow must complete assignments at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s offices in Downtown Pittsburgh
  • Local travel and evening hours may be required

Application Requirements

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email to Sean Luther, Executive Director: sluther [at] EnvisionDowntown.com

 Applications will be accepted until April 29, 2017.