Now Hiring: Senior Analyst

Are you a leader with quantitative skills and a creative mindset that you love to apply to challenges and opportunities in land use, economic development, and transportation? Join the team at Smart Growth America and use your skills to help policymakers and community leaders advance racial equity, address the climate crisis, and create healthier communities.

We at Smart Growth America seek a skilled Senior Analyst with 6 to 9 years of experience to develop, oversee, and conduct technical and quantitative analyses regarding a wide variety of issues associated with land use, the built environment, and transportation, including economics, housing, real estate development, and sustainability. The Senior Analyst will report to Smart Growth America’s Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, and work closely with the Vice President for Land Use & Development and the full Economic Development team across a number of SGA projects. Candidates with additional years of experience will also be considered for this position.

This position plays a key role in delivering Smart Growth America’s economic development portfolio, including leading innovative, analytical work, developing new methods of analysis, and leading technical assistance engagements. The Sr. Analyst supports and guides projects across the organization to advance SGA’s north star: “a country where no matter who you are, or where you live, you can enjoy living in a place which is healthy, prosperous, and resilient.”

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Senior Analyst Application” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please indicate how you’ve learned of this opportunity. Applications will be reviewed as received. We look forward to hearing from candidates soon.

About Smart Growth America

Smart Growth America is a leading national non-profit organization advocating for equitable, sustainable land use, development, and transportation. We empower communities through technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership to realize this vision of livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity. Programmatic priorities for SGA include advancing racial equity, addressing the climate crisis, and improving the health of communities.

Position Overview

An ideal candidate will have a quantitative and creative mindset with exceptional data analysis and GIS skills, background and experience developing and applying ideas for new research, along with a dedication to achieving smarter growth. This position leads production of evidence-based advice and leading-edge research for policy makers across the country. Focus areas include why and how to promote equity in housing and land use, deliver affordable housing near transit, and more.


The position provides many opportunities to develop innovative solutions using quantitative and software skills. Typical projects may include:

  • Providing data-driven guidance to communities of all sizes to achieve their equitable development goals—market analyses, housing capacity modeling, value capture potential, and more.
  • Conducting fiscal analyses of alternative development patterns and communicating recommendations to community leaders.
  • Analyses to determine demand for different development products or to identify affordable housing funding strategies and reduce the likelihood of residential and small business displacement.
  • Analyzing trends and leading research and writing ground-breaking reports to advance the smart growth movement.
  • Developing innovative research proposals to explore and strengthen connections between smart growth strategies, racial equity, and climate change mitigation.

Professional qualifications

  • Commitment to SGA’s North Star, with a demonstrated commitment to equitable development outcomes and changing America’s built environment.
  • 6-8+ years of progressively responsible experience working in land use, housing, sustainability, or a closely related field;
  • Working knowledge of ESRI’s ArcGIS.
  • Experience using descriptive and inferential statistics (especially regression analysis), and with statistical packages (SPSS, Stata, R).
  • Ability to apply statistics to inform overall analysis and policy recommendations.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize large data sets to the most salient points. Familiarity and ability to work with key data sets, including U.S. Census data, statistics from US DOT (Bureau of Transportation Statistics), state, local, and MPO data sets. Ability to interpret and assess trends in large data sets.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Excel for moderate to advanced data analysis (pivot tables, macros, moderate-to-advanced Excel functions).
  • Ability to translate and explain the results of technical analysis, both orally and in writing, for less technically-trained audiences.
  • High motivation for accuracy and attention to detail,with strong writing skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and efficiently deliver multiple assignments; lead and work with small teams to develop and deliver key deliverables internally and for external clients.
  • Experience leading, managing and training analysts and other quantitative staff.


  • A graduate degree in urban planning, public policy, economics, real estate, or geography is preferred.
  • Ability to handle large data sets, and automate repetitive tasks. Working knowledge of MS Access, R, Python, SQL highly desirable, and similar databases.
  • Ability to translate and explain the results of technical analysis using data visualization software such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop.
  • Experience as a public speaker and organizational ambassador in external settings such as conferences, workshops, and partnerships.


Salary is commensurate with applicable experience with a range of $90,000-$115,000. The successful candidate would need to have at least 8-9 years of progressively responsible experience, some of the preferred skills, supervisory experience in a technical setting, and mission alignment to be considered for a salary at the top of the range. Internal equity is also a factor in determining a final salary.

SGA has an entrepreneurial and innovative workplace culture where employees work collaboratively to achieve the mission with a focus on equity. SGA offers a generous employee benefits package featuring a fully paid medical plan, optional dental and vision coverage, 401k with a strong company contribution, company-paid life and disability insurance, three weeks’ vacation in the first year and 12 paid holidays.

Office Schedule & COVID Protocols

This position is based in Washington, DC. SGA staff are currently working in the office at 1152 15th Street NW, Washington DC three days per week as of Fall 2022 and onwards. No relocation assistance is offered at this time.
SGA requires employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and boosted. Other COVID protocols include social distancing for meetings, and masks are encouraged, though not required.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Smart Growth America is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.
Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Senior Analyst Application” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please indicate how you’ve learned of this opportunity. Applications will be reviewed as received. We look forward to hearing from candidates soon.