About the position

  • Full time, 40h/week
  • Permanent
  • Starting annual salary range: 82 400 - 94 000 CAD
  • Location: we’re primarily recruiting a Montreal-based person, but open to considering an exceptional candidate from elsewhere
  • Perks and benefits:
    • Open-minded and inclusive team that values care, collaboration, communication, accountability, pragmatism and diversity
    • 20 annual vacation days and additional paid time off for sick days, parental obligation, bereavement, etc.
    • Closed between Dec 25th and January 1st of every year (i.e. additional employer paid time off)
    • Health premium reimbursement (employer contribution may vary per country of employment)
    • Virtual health care service
    • RRSP (Canada) and 401K (USA) employer contributions
    • Compensations for public-transit and shared-mobility passes, home office material and coworking space

Hundreds of millions of public transit passengers around the world rely on apps to get information on how to get around. These apps and transportation providers rely on data standards to structure and exchange this information on things like subway routes, bus schedules, network disruptions, fares, and many other useful pieces of passenger information.

GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification) is a widely adopted open standard used by several thousand agencies across the globe such as the New York MTA, Tokyo Metro, and Paris RATP. This standard facilitates the dissemination of transit information to passengers through popular apps like Apple Maps, Google Maps, Transit, and Moovit.

At MobilityData, our mission is to empower GTFS users and enhance the standard's capabilities to meet evolving user needs.

Our work includes facilitating discussions to advance standardization efforts for the benefit of global users, proposing new functionalities, and offering support through comprehensive documentation and training.

What you will do

As a Data Analyst for GTFS, you will play a crucial role in evaluating and proposing modifications to the specification to accurately represent various attributes of transportation systems in a standardized format. Your insights will shape the seamless integration of additional features of public transit systems into data for utilization in apps catering to the traveling public.

Working alongside a dedicated team including a Program Manager, Community Manager, and fellow analysts, you will identify needs and systematically assess various options for enhancing data standards. You will also collaborate with our talented software engineering team to support shaping tools supporting GTFS users.

Suggest Improvements to the spec (33%)

  • Conduct research and data analytics on publicly available GTFS data, and engage with the community to understand how data standards are used.
  • Propose modifications to the specification based on insights gathered, and evaluate changes proposed by the community to ensure alignment with GTFS standards.

Contribute to the resources and tools supporting GTFS users (33%)

  • Enhance GTFS documentation (gtfs.org) by contributing technical documentation and data examples.
  • Support the development of open-source tools such as GTFS Validators by leveraging your technical expertise and specification knowledge.

Provide Technical Assistance to MobilityData’s members and the community (33%)

  • Provide timely technical assistance and help respond to questions and comments on the GTFS GitHub repository, MobilityData Slack, and GTFS Google Groups.

And other activities as assigned.

This role is under the supervision of the Product Director. This role does not have a management profile.

Who you are

  • You are experienced in working to create data standards specifically, or in gathering and standardizing data to solve specific problems.
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable professional experience.
  • 3-5 years of work experience designing solutions that leverage data.
  • Knowledge of diverse, international public transportation systems.
  • Experience with GTFS.
  • Proficiency in Git/GitHub for version control and collaborative development.
  • Analytical mindset with a keen attention to detail.

Even better if

  • Experience with GTFS Realtime or work using Protocol Buffers.

What to expect after you apply

  • We do our best to contact you within two weeks of receiving your application to let you know if your candidacy will progress.
  • Our hiring process usually spreads over 2 to 4 weeks, including interviews and technical testing.