Policy Advisor—EV Infrastructure and Parking

City of Philadelphia

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

The Managing Director’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) is charged with driving change through our transportation and infrastructure systems. OTIS leads a portfolio of departments, including Streets Transportation, Streets Sanitation, Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), and the Office of Sustainability to provide cost-effective quality services with a focus on the resident. OTIS collaborates with a wide variety of organizations such as Amtrak, DVRPC, PATCO, PennDOT, SEPTA and the Philadelphia Parking Authority.  OTIS has led the City’s engagement with the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and its related programs.

As an office environment, OTIS provides a unique opportunity for individuals who want to make meaningful and visible change in the place where they live.  OTIS is staffed by people who believe that investments in the built environment can lift up communities and prepare our city for a vibrant, sustainable and equitable future.

Job Description

The Policy Advisor for EV Charging and Parking will manage and support the implementation of high-priority projects related to public parking and public electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

EV Charging Work Area:

The Policy Advisor will be responsible for formulating and facilitating a strategy to increase publicly accessible charging in the City of Philadelphia. They will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the City’s role in expanding public EV charging and coordinating with private, Federal, State, and regional entities in the rapidly evolving EV charging space.

Parking and Curbside Management Work Area:

In this work area, the Policy Advisor will be responsible for reviewing and recommending revisions to curbside rules and management strategies within Philadelphia.  They will coordinate closely with internal and external stakeholders such as the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Philadelphia Streets Department, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Philadelphia City Council, and others.

Essential Functions

Specific Tasks within EV Charging Work Area:

  • Understand emerging best practices around EV charging from the perspectives of municipalities, institutions, equipment providers, and vehicle owners.  Assess growth and timelines for EV use and charging need.
  • Update City’s 2018 EV strategy in partnership with internal and external stakeholders, City Council, etc. which may include drafting and presenting testimony before Council.
  • Work with PennDOT, DVRPC, and other partners on PennDOT NEVI plan to increase public charging in Philadelphia
  • Work with a variety of businesses to increase privately owned, publicly available charging
  • Coordinate efforts with City fleet charging initiatives as appropriate
  • Coordinate with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Department of Licenses and Inspections, and Philadelphia City Council to increase the amount EV and EV-ready parking in new developments
  • Support the City’s Infrastructure Solutions Team to grow wealth and resources for Black and Brown Philadelphians with the expansion of EV charging infrastructure.

Specific Tasks within Parking and Curbside Management Work Area:

  • Research current best practices related to parking policy, programs etc.
  • Provide analysis, policy recommendations, and briefings as needed on parking and curbside management
  • Develop a parking and curbside plan for Philadelphia and facilitate its implementation through policy updates and the subsequent policy changes
  • Oversee consultant work such as studies and policy review as appropriate.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Relationship-builder: Ability to work with a variety of people and personalities by building strong relationships.  Can build and maintain coalitions focused on shared goals.
  • System Thinker: Knowledgeable about how government systems are interrelated and impact the day-to-day lives of Philadelphia residents. Has experience making change within a large institution like the City of Philadelphia.  Understands how many different factors can affect a project’s ultimate success.
  • 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.
  • Action-oriented: Ability to see opportunities, navigate barriers, be self-directed, and problem-solve solutions that enhance the City’s deliverables, processes, and practices.
  • Excellent communicator: Ability to communicate articulately and convincingly across different formats – written, verbal, visual, etc. and for various audiences and cultivate effective communication among team members.
  • Progress-Oriented: Can set practical goals for large programs or initiatives. Ability to independently monitor progress and evaluate outcomes.
  • Resilient: Ability to have a sense of humor, learn from mistakes, and return to work after experiencing a setback, delay, or course change.
  • Curious: Ability to practice active listening, ask questions to get at the root of a problem, be open to receiving and giving constructive feedback, and have a sincere interest in learning new skills or growing old ones.
  • Commitment to equity: Strong commitment to racial equity and demonstrated ability to center the experiences of BIPOC individuals in work environment.


Working hours are generally 40 hours per week.  Our team is currently hybrid with both virtual and in-office days, however the position can opt to come in the office each day if desired.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience with a focus on the EV sector, public parking or curbside management, sustainability etc.
  • Experience managing complex projects or processes in bureaucratic or political environments


  • Master’s degree or other post-secondary education in a related field such as, City Planning, Public Policy, Urban Studies, Sustainability, Environmental Science, Law, etc. is preferred.
  • Passion for quality, professionalism, integrity, initiative, energy, dedication, innovation, and respect.
  • Policy research experience in both EV charging and public parking areas
  • Consultant contract management

Additional Information

TO APPLY: Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume.

Salary Range: $75,000 – $85,000

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • 25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available

*The successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

Please note that effective September 1, 2021 the City of Philadelphia is requiring all new employees to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19. 

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 or send an email to faqpchr@phila.gov.

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