Director of Research
Oversee and manage all aspects of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s applied research initiatives; plan the entire research program and agenda and manage its associated budget; define and implement research agenda that furthers our policy and trail development objectives; oversee field investigations, surveys, impact studies, and other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, or physical factors for trail use; oversee and direct original research in partnership with academic institutions; direct research on trails and active transportation and identify leveraged opportunities to catalyze or conduct new research that will fill priority information gaps relative to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s mission; oversee development and advise on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and possible alternatives; supervise the applied research work of GIS Analyst; engage with program staff and management to identify and distill current applied research needs and use research findings to educate the public and shape policy discourse; create tools to support development of high priority regional trail networks and improve the effectiveness of trail development professionals; advance current initiatives; and present research findings in reports, briefings, presentations, articles, and blog posts.
Desired Background and Personal Attributes
Requires a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, or closely related field and a minimum of four years of experience as a Researcher, Urban Planner, Professor, Transportation Planner or closely related occupation. Also requires four years of experience with advanced spatial analysis (ESRI/GIS software); statistical programming language (STATA software); equity and accessibility research for transportation policy and planning; and securing external research grants. Up to 10% travel is required to various unanticipated locations.