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Senior Policy Manager

City of Philadelphia
Mantua, New Jersey, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Academic / Research, Government
Policy / Legal
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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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

This position sits within the Mayor's Office of Policy, Legislation, and Intergovernmental Affairs. This office ensures the policy and legislative priorities of the Mayor are organized, well-researched, and implemented through legislative or administrative action. In addition, the Office works with the Mayor and City Council to set legislative and policy priorities, and works to implement best practices and manage progress in partnership with key program stakeholders, and with experts both internal and external to government.

The Mayor's Policy Office leads GovLabPHL, a community of City employees and academic researchers led by the Mayor's Policy Office dedicated to creating opportunities to learn and practice evidence-based methods. We collaboratively explore ways in which government can best serve residents by supporting City agencies looking to address challenges through the practical use of data and research. The mission of GovLabPHL is to foster a culture in government of evidence-based policy and data-driven decision making.

Essential Functions

Job Description

In This Role, You Will
  • Support strategy development and alignment within and across multiple priority initiatives, and identify and elevate challenges and opportunities
  • Develop and manage tools to track progress and stay organized
  • Coordinate interdepartmental meetings to facilitate communication, planning, and decision-making on the Mayor's priority initiatives
  • Communicate with agency leaders, partners, and key stakeholders, both internal and external to government.
  • Identify opportunities to incorporate applied research and evaluation into priority initiatives, in order to further our commitment to evidence-based policy
  • Conduct policy research to creatively inform City policies and program designs.
  • Collaborate on policy, priority initiatives, and research projects as part of the Mayor's Policy Office portfolio
  • Proactively provide ideas and critical feedback-as well as being open to such constructive dialogue-as part of constantly improving the Mayor's Policy Office and its collective work output.
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities
  • Organized: Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, estimate timelines, rework a project approach based on unforeseen challenges, work well under pressure, and set/meet reasonable deadlines.
  • Excellent communicator: Ability to explain policies and initiatives concisely to City leaders, write and speak clearly, and cultivate effective communication among team members.
  • Relationship-builder: Ability to work with a variety of people and personalities, listen and ask questions to identify policy opportunities, and cultivate strong relationships to ensure seamless collaboration and continued project support.
  • Curious: Ability to practice active listening, ask questions to get at the root of a problem, be open to receiving/giving constructive feedback, and have a sincere interest in learning new skills or growing old ones.
  • Compassionate: Ability to generate actionable solutions that address people's real needs ethically and with integrity.
  • Rigorous: Driven by thoughtful, quality, and detail-oriented processes, project output, and client/team interactions.
  • Action-oriented: Ability to see opportunities, navigate barriers, be self-directed, and problem solve solutions that enhance the City's deliverables, processes, and practices.
  • Broad spectrum: Knows enough about the basics of social sciences and research processes to effectively collaborate across disciplines.
  • Resilient: Ability to have a sense of humor, learn from mistakes, and/or return to work after experiencing a setback.
  • Amplifier: Ability to amplify others' strengths and successes and operate beyond ego and self-interest.
  • Experience in local government or at least one field of relevance to, such as psychology, sociology, economics, public policy, urban design, criminal justice, or other related fields.
  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills
  • Familiarity with applied research, including statistical research methods, experimental research design, and/or program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of racial equity and inclusion principles and experience with their application
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities
  • Education: At a minimum, a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in psychology, sociology, political science, statistics, economics, mathematics, or another social science field.
  • Experience: Three years of relevant experience which includes coordinating multi-stakeholder projects, facilitating meetings or convenings, and relationship management
Additional Information

Salary: $70,000-$82,000

The City of Philadelphia is interested in hiring the best possible candidate for the Senior Policy Manager role. We recognize that experience, education, and qualifications can be attained in a variety of ways and that many skill-sets are transferable. If you feel you're a good fit, please don't hesitate to apply.

Apply Here And Include
  • A one-page cover letter explaining why you're passionate about working in this role with the City of Philadelphia
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
As a condition of employment with the City of Philadelphia, employees starting employment on or after September 1, 2021 must be vaccinated.

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

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