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HPD’s Office of Policy and Strategy (OPS) cuts across traditional areas of responsibility within HPD’s organizational structure to support and strengthen the work of the agency’s various divisions holistically, in close collaboration with the Commissioner’s Office. The Policy Development and Special Initiatives unit (PDSI) is part of OPS’s Division of Housing Policy (DHP). PDSI is an interdisciplinary team of policy and data analysts, technical researchers, and project managers whose work covers a dynamic portfolio of short- and long-term policy projects. PDSI works across the agency to assess policy proposals, design new initiatives, and review the impacts of existing policy, in order to further the agency’s mission.
The Technical Policy Researcher will work in coordination with their colleagues to pair holistic thinking with rigorous quantitative analysis to advance practical solutions and innovative ideas that address the city’s most pressing housing challenges. As part of PDSI, the Technical Policy Researcher will:
- Provide the analytical foundation for the policy choices of agency decision-makers
- Inform the work of agency programs in response to requests for analysis
- Connect the work of various programs with each other
The Technical Policy Researcher will be a key part of PDSI’s work, setting an empirically sound base for the recommendations and insight the team provides. The Technical Policy Researcher will work both independently and collaboratively across the Division of Housing Policy and the agency. Project types include:
- Short-term, one-off requests for analysis from fellow team members, colleagues around HPD, or external partners
- Medium-term, months-long engagements with stakeholders to shape policy projects
- Recurring updates of PDSI data products for both internal and external use
PDSI team members will benefit from skill- and knowledge-building workshops, guest talks, and field trips, curated to expand the expertise of the unit. PDSI leadership will support the professional development and growth of the Technical Policy Researcher through individual guidance and support.
- Manipulating, cleaning, and processing large datasets
- Using data and policy analysis creatively to solve challenging problems
- Creating visualizations, including maps, to communicate analysis results and findings
- Designing and conducting research and evaluative projects
- Using results from their own and others’ research and analysis to support policy discussions and PDSI projects
- Facilitating meetings with colleagues within and beyond PDSI to advance policy projects
- Collaborating with PDSI colleagues, as well as PDSI clients, to ensure the strengths and limitations of data sets and analysis methods is understood and maximized to answer policy questions
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
- For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
- A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
- A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
- Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above.
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
- Ability to analyze large datasets in languages such as R, Python, Stata, or SAS
- Ability to use geographic information systems (GIS) software to create maps and perform spatial analyses
- Exceptional skills related to quantitative research, conceptualizing research questions, and understanding how to approach answering them with data, are preferred
- Experience managing and manipulating administrative data, working with relational databases, and using data sets produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, including Census tables and PUMS microdata, and New York City and State government agencies
- Advanced knowledge of statistical concepts as well as research and evaluation methods
- Ability to communicate complex statistical data and concepts to a variety of audiences in e-mails, memos, slides, and oral presentations
- Ability to think creatively, critically, and strategically, and to consider complex policy problems through both a micro-level and a macro-level lens and from an equity perspective
- Track record of energetically delivering high-quality work products under pressure on strict deadlines
- Desire to be part of a high performing team and excellent teamwork and leadership skills
- Commitment to public service and passion for using skills to advance the common good
- Knowledge of housing, real estate, and land use policy issues relevant to New York City is a plus
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New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.