Senior Policy Analyst

  • Full-time

Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What we offer

  • Impact - The work you do here matters to millions. 
  • Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it? 
  • Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.
  • Benefits - We care about your well-being.

Agency Description

The Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development acts to coordinate the City’s planning, zoning, housing, and development functions to promote the economic health of all of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and the city as a whole.

The Division of Development Services, located within the Department of Planning and Development, works to educate the public and private development community on the approval process for City Departments, Boards and Commissions.  Development Services also works to resolve unique development issues or conflicting direction from different Departments, Boards and Commissions.  Development Services staff also work with other City departments and quasi-governmental entities to develop publicly owned, or public spaces throughout the City.

Job Description

The Senior Policy Analyst is a management support role applying policy research, data analysis, strategic planning, and project management skills to various assignments for the Department of Planning and Development with oversight from the Deputy Director of Development Services.  This position functions to provide support to both the Division of Development Services as well as the entire Department of Planning and Development. 

Essential Functions

  • Assist the Deputy Director of Development Services in interfacing with developers and city agencies on zoning, planning, and permitting concerns;
  • Communicate with City Council offices and city agencies about the development priorities and policy position of the Department of Planning and Development;
  • Monitor potential legislative, permitting, and planning issues that could impact development project and policy priorities;
  • Collaborate with the Department of Planning and Development staff and other city agencies to ensure consistency of development projects with the comprehensive plan, zoning, and community needs;
  • Draft legislation, talking points, and policy statements related to real estate development;
  • Provide geospatial, quantitative, and qualitative data analysis on development issues;
  • Create documents and graphics concerning real estate development initiatives, city code issues, and permitting requirements;
  • Understand and utilize the Philadelphia’s development process in order to implement complex real estate development projects, and improve planning, zoning, and permitting procedures;
  • Work with senior staff in the Department of Planning and Development to create and implement policies concerning planning, zoning, and permitting for real estate development initiatives;
  • Research and interpret the city’s zoning code language to developers and residents using various methods;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Proficiency with Microsoft Office and graphical/mapping software such as ArcGIS, Pictometry, or Parcel Explorer; familiarity with concepts of the Philadelphia Zoning Code; a positive attitude and desire to learn about the City’s efforts to encourage real estate development and undertake any assignments geared toward meeting the City’s goal no matter how big or small.



Completion of a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in economics, public administration, urban studies, or a closely related field.


Four years of experience in economic development project planning or monitoring.


An equivalent combination of education and experience deemed acceptable by the Deputy Director of Development Services.

Additional Information

TO APPLY: Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume.

If your application is selected, you will be contacted for an interview.

Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • 25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available

*The successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

Please note that effective September 1, 2021 the City of Philadelphia is requiring all new employees to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19. 

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected].

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