• Senior Policy Advisor

    Location US-NJ-Trenton
    Job ID
    Executive - Policy, Planning & Research
  • Overview

    Job Summary


    The position will serve as an advisor on various policy issues, including but not limited to redevelopment and transportation, urban revitalization, energy and infrastructure, and economic development strategies.  Will conduct long- and short-term research on best practices, performance measurement, and provide analytic support for the EDA’s initiatives relating to financing, incentives, real estate, and business development.

     $64268 - $80335


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities


    • Direct and assist in the preparation of analyses, reports, and other materials for policy and research projects.
    • Research may involve developing or collecting original data, creating research databases from existing sources, analysis of existing data sets, and tracking of federal and/or state statutory and regulatory changes and best practices.
    • Aid senior staff with policy initiatives which can include legislative research, state-specific analyses, and reviews of private industry and other efforts in economic development and urban planning.
    • Aid in outreach efforts to businesses and local communities.   
    • Track and review legislative and regulatory issues pertinent to economic development and urban revitialization, particularly at the state level.
    • Assist director in managing and interpreting political and policy developments and formulating strategy.
    • Facilitate communication, prepare meeting materials and follow-up documentation, participate on conference calls, respond to staff inquiries.
    • Support/lead other special projects as assigned.
    • Work with the communications director to develop and execute the EDA’s communications and outreach strategy. Collaborate to prepare materials for target audiences and identify opportunities to engage policy makers and highlight the initiative’s research.
    • Supports the director by partnering with relevant stakeholders to ensure policies are developed and advanced to support EDA’s mission and commitment to transparency and fiduciary accountability. Stakeholders include the Governor’s Office, elected officials, sister agencies, business trade organizations, and members of the public.
    • Establishes, communicates and tracks against key metrics for strategic initiatives.
    • Experience researching economic development best practices and associated enabling/governing legislation.
    • Experience with Federal funding sources utilized in facilitating large catalytic projects that could supplement State programs.
    • Technical proficiency utilizing GIS analysis tools to identify program effectiveness or needs from a locational perspective.
    • Experience with advanced statistical analysis to both produce and consume quantitative analysis.
    • Assists in the development of process enhancements internally and externally with sister agencies in support of collaboration on strategic programs and projects.
    • Promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer-focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers.
    • Performs other duties and special projects, as assigned.


    Required Skills and Abilities


    • A strong understanding of the strengths and limitations of economic development strategies and theories and analysis of market externalities.
    • Strong project management skills, including the ability to lead research and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to write clearly, and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team of lawyers, researchers, communications staff, and senior management.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of economic and community development.
    • Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively interface with a broad range of stakeholders, including senior managements, EDA Board of Directors, staff, government officials, business and industry partners, as well as individual customers and prospects.
    • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and deal effectively and diplomatically with business professionals and EDA staff.
    • Demonstrates respectful behavior and promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer-focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; proficient in grammar, spelling and editing; and foster communications with business professionals and EDA staff
    • Ability to prioritize workload, must be highly organized, detail-oriented, handle various tasks simultaneously and work independently within limited time constraints with little or no supervision
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to learn new software packages


    Required Qualifications


    Education and Experience Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, Planning and/or equivalent professional experience
    • Minimum 7 years of experience in industry, consulting, government or academics, including prior experience applying research to public policy.


    Master’s degree preferred and may be substituted for 1 year of experience


    Physical Demands

    • Minimal
    • Ability to work outside normal business hours, as needed



    • As necessary to events, meetings, businesses, etc.


    Certificates and Licenses Required

    • Valid driver’s license






    The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job description. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope, general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job.  This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.


    Your employment at NJEDA is voluntary and subject to termination by you or NJEDA at will, with or without cause, or with or without notice, at any time.  Nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to conflict, eliminate or modify the employment-at-will status of NJEDA employees. 


    This position is considered exempt and is excluded from minimum wage, overtime regulations, and other rights and protections afforded nonexempt workers under FLSA.


    NJEDA reserves the right to amend/revise this job description as necessary to meet current and changing business needs.


    Equal Opportunity Employer


    Position Requirements


    • Must comply with the “New Jersey First Act” which requires employees hired after September 1, 2011 to reside in New Jersey. Non-New Jersey resident employees must relocate to New Jersey within one year of their date of hire and provide proof of residency to Human Resources.
    • Must complete an Outside Activity Questionnaire (disclosure of outside office or employment) on an annual basis.

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