About the Agency: The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners.

Your Team: The Office of Neighborhood Strategies (ONS) is charged with ensuring that HPD’s development and preservation efforts are guided by meaningful community engagement and coordinated with public investments in infrastructure and services. ONS is composed of three divisions and one cross-divisional unit reporting to the Deputy Commissioner:

  • The Division of Planning & Predevelopment (P&P) is central to developing and managing HPD’s housing production pipeline from project proposal phases through the land use review and entitlement process, to ensure that HPD’s investments contribute to building strong, healthy, resilient neighborhoods in all five boroughs.
  • The Division of Neighborhood Development & Stabilization (ND&S) leads the agency’s commitment to neighborhood planning and strategic preservation through engagement with tenants, landlords, community leaders, and neighborhood stakeholders as we work to enable strong and healthy neighborhoods anchored by affordable housing.
  • The Division of Tenant Resources (DTR) administers rental assistance programs including Section 8, Shelter Plus Care, and Moderate Rehabilitation for more than 40,000 households. HPD Section 8 serves households referred by our Development and Asset and Property Management programs, including a large percentage of homeless households placed in HPD-financed buildings.
  • The Strategic Initiatives Unit leads special ONS initiatives and provides essential technical, planning, and policy support to staff and the Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood Strategies. The Senior Planner and Policy Analyst is a member of this team.

Your Impact: As a Senior Planner and Policy Analyst for the Office of Neighborhood Strategies, you will provide important planning and policy support to meet the agency’s goals and vision. You will play a role in groundbreaking initiatives related to innovation in housing models, use of City-owned land, and equitable neighborhood growth, helping ONS to achieve the greatest impact possible.

Your Role: You will work with the Director of the Strategic Initiatives Unit and other staff to provide policy and planning support to the Office of Neighborhood Strategies. You will provide insights and project coordination to support wide-ranging special initiatives advancing the mission of ONS, and in support of the Deputy Commissioner and staff in ONS Divisions on additional planning initiatives and development projects on an ad hoc basis.

Your Responsibilities: The Senior Planner and Policy Analyst will be expected to:

  • Provide project coordination support on special initiatives and related development projects, including identifying open questions and potential next steps, performing policy and data analysis, and coordinating with internal and external partners
  • Conduct research and analysis, which may include analysis of NYC code and zoning requirements, affordable housing case study research, neighborhood and citywide conditions, and policy issues and programs from NYC and elsewhere
  • Prepare presentations, written memos, maps, and other materials summarizing findings and recommendations The Department of Housing Preservation & Development and the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Coordinate and support intra-agency and external partnerships to identify and advance potential improvements to agency and City policies and programs to support ONS initiatives
  • At the discretion of the Director, represent the agency and ONS at public meetings and forums
  • Support ONS Divisions and Deputy Commissioner with other projects, as necessary

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Education: Candidates with master’s degrees in urban or city planning, public policy, political science, urban studies, or urban sciences preferred
  • Professional experience: A minimum of three years of professional experience in a related field is preferred
  • Project management skills: Proven ability to manage complex projects with multiple internal and external stakeholders; to receive direction and anticipate next steps; to think through, communicate, document, organize, and execute on project goals; and to meet deadlines
  • Analytical skills: Experience using analytical tools to understand in improve programs, policies, and processes. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and PowerPoint required, ArcGIS preferred. Experience with coding and statistical analysis (R, Stata, Python, etc.) a plus, but not required
  • Subject-matter expertise: Knowledge of New York City government and housing issues, the New York City Zoning Resolution, and New York City land use approval processes. Familiarity with the New York City Building Code and Housing Maintenance Code is a plus, but not required
  • Relationship-building skills: Ability to collaborate with, and relate to, people from different backgrounds, and to present information clearly to people with varying levels of understanding of a given topic
  • Communication skills: Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills. Proven ability to produce high-quality materials in a variety of formats for internal and external audiences
  • Self-starter: Ability to take initiative and to work both independently and with others
  • Patience and a sense of humor

How to Apply: Please go online and apply at www.nyc.gov/careers. Search for JOB ID# 530653

  • City Employees: Apply through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) at www.nyc.gov/ess. Search for JOB ID# 530653
  • Salary range for this position is: $74,650 – $85,847
  • NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
  • NYC residency required
  • Business Title: Senior Planner and Policy Analyst, ONS
  • Civil Service Title: Associate Housing Development Specialist