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Senior Geographic Information Systems Planner

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Allentown, PA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
Economic Development
GIS / Technology
Infrastructure Planning
Land-Use Management
Parks and Recreation
Public Health
Public Policy
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$60,697 - $88,010 per annum; plus excellent benefits, including but, not limited to: paid time off, health, dental, and retirement.

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) seeks to grow the technical transportation planning, geospatial, geoanalytics, cartographic and economic modeling capacity and capabilities.  Specifically, LVPC is seeking an individual with Geographic Information Systems skills and an interest in applying them to regional planning efforts. 

The Senior Geographic Information Systems Planner will have significant responsibilities in comprehensive, long-range planning, spatial analytics, and predictive modeling.  This position works under limited supervision, as part of the LVPC Team to coordinate the region’s Geographic Information System (GIS), prepare maps and databases, conduct a variety of geospatial and economic analyses, develop predictive models and initiate, monitor and oversee planning projects.  Reports to the Assistant Director of Transportation Planning and Data.   


  • Coordinate GIS data to support planning related projects.
  • Develop standards and implement procedures for GIS creation and maintenance of maps and complex databases.
  • Research data sources, digitize data and collect geospatial and attribute data.
  • Consult with LVPC staff, public officials and the public to identify geospatial data needs.
  • Work with other LVPC sections, outside agencies, and organizations to share, obtain, and incorporate planning related information into the regional GIS system.
  • Identify, provide and analyze data, both spatially and in table format, for build out calculations, identification and analysis of constrained lands, community resource mapping, update zoning and land use.
  • Analyze and summarize demographic, socio-economic and other data to support planning efforts.
  • Display cartographic information to ensure validity, reliability and appropriateness.
  • Perform complex analyses and develop models of data specific to project demands.
  • Develop graphic representations of geospatial data.
  • Produce infographics, charts and other graphic information displays.
  • Develop written reports of data consistent with geospatial analysis.
  • Develop, maintain and update a variety of map resources and online map services.
  • Participation in website development and maintenance to make cartographic, GIS and regional information and resources available to the public.
  • Develop promotional and educational material as needed.
  • Attend meetings and make public presentations.
  • Represent the LVPC as an expert in geospatial analysis.
  • Support work teams that participate in project planning.
  • Prepare technical reports for community, environmental, and transportation planning.
  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of community, environmental, and transportation planning projects.
  • Conduct field investigations for research, compile data and assess project conformity with plans.
  • Act as liaison between the community and the Data Team within the LVPC.
  • Update and coordinate planning projects with the Data Team and provide technical assistance to others.
  • Remain current in latest cartographic and GIS technologies.
  • Build REMI, travel demand modeling and related technologies skills and utilize them to support the planning program.
  • Research new technologies and make recommendations to the Assistant Director of Transportation Planning and Data for software acquisition, implementation and advancement in the fields of GIS, cartography, spatial analytics, predictive modeling.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Expertise in GIS principles, applications and database development. 
  • Expertise in ArcGIS, ArcGIS Extensions, ArcGIS Online, Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst and other extensions as applicable. 
  • Knowledge of the use of GIS to manage, manipulate, model and represent data. 
  • Experience with researching and acquiring geospatial, census, demographic and other data. 
  • Understanding of principles, methods, and tools used to perform data analysis.
  • Familiarity with of Federal, State and local laws, codes, regulations and current issues in community planning. 
  • Trained in thematic cartography and geographic visualization. 
  • Knowledge of land surveying techniques. 
  • Comprehensive of project management techniques. 
  • Knowledge and ability to promote safe work practices and ensure compliance with LVPC safety policies. 
  • Ability to efficiently coordinate multiple projects. 
  • Competence using GIS. 
  • Thorough experience researching, collecting, sorting, and manipulating data for database development. 
  • Capability to independently conduct research and write technical reports. 
  • Skill in communicating clearly and concisely, orally, in writing and in graphic work. 
  • Articulate customer service skills.
  • Desire and ability to learn new software and systems such as REMI, Cube 3.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with consultants, employees and the public.
  • Ambition to actively participate in and give back to the planning/GIS profession through the American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute, US Green Building Council, and/or other associated GIS professionals networks, etc. 


  • Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in urban planning, architecture, environmental studies or closely related field. A Master's degree or equivalent experience.
    • Three to five years of experience. 
    • Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners is preferred or the ability to seek certification within two years of employment.
  • Demonstrable experience in ESRI-based products, including ArcMap, ArcPro, ArcToolbox, ArcGIS Online and other GIS-related applications relating to planning and ability to maintain GIS data and provide related training; Python preferred.
  • Demonstrable experience with Microsoft Office; knowledge of Access preferred.
  • Demonstrable use of social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. 
  • Ability to use computers, tablets, smart phones, plotters, scanners, printers and copiers.
  • Thorough knowledge of fundamental planning issues and concepts, including basic planning theory, urban design, subdivision, environmental issues, growth management, economic development, housing, and transportation.
  • Excellent verbal, written and graphic communication skills.
  • Refined organizational skills, including time-management abilities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work within and contribute to a team structure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people and in diverse environments.
  • Participation in early morning, evening and weekend meetings and events required. 
  • Possess or immediately obtain a driver’s license. 


  • $60,697 - $88,010 per annum; plus excellent benefits, including but, not limited to: paid time off, health, dental, and retirement. 
  • The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission also, budgets for training and membership.  The LVPC is active in the American Planning Association (national, state and regional) National Association of Regional Councils, Urban Land Institute, Green Building United/US Green Building Council, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, among other local, regional, state and national allied organizations and initiatives.  Team members are encouraged to participate with partner entities.   


Only e-mail submissions to [email protected] will be accepted and must include:

  1. Current resume detailing your education and experience.
  2. Letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for this position and why you would like to be considered.  Please address this letter to, Becky Bradley, AICP, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, 961 Marcon Blvd, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109.  
  3. Minimum of three (3) professional references with contact information.  

Application materials must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on September 16, 2019.


The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Published on:
August 19, 2019 - 8:44am
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