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Policy Development Principal Analyst - San Francisco Police Department (1824)

Recruitment: REF32970N

Published: October 06, 2023


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Department: Police
Job class: 1824-Principal Administrative Analyst
Salary range: $134,212.00 - $163,150.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


  • Application Opening: October 06, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Announcement will close two weeks from posting date
  • Compensation: $131,248 - $159,562 Annually
  • Recruitment ID: PEX-1824-133804
  • Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday through Friday. Telecommuting work schedule available in line with CCSF policy.
  • Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt (PEX), full-time position up to three years. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process, is considered "at will" and shall serve at the discretion of the Department Head. 

The San Francisco Police Department was established in 1849 and continually strives to become a more effective, inclusive and modern police department, while earning the trust and pride of those we serve and those who serve.  Our goal is to reflect on current SFPD initiatives, assess best practices across the country, and evaluate the changing environment in policing and within the City to arrive at a strategy statement that the Department and our community can embody every day.

The San Francisco Police Department stands for Safety and Respect for All. We will engage in just transparent unbiased and responsive policing. We will do so in the spirit of dignity and in collaboration with the community. And we will maintain and build trust and respect as the guardians of Constitutional and human rights.

The San Francisco Police Department is committed to excellence in law enforcement and is dedicated to the people, traditions and diversity of our City. The department provides service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision. The department has grown into a nationally known police department providing law enforcement services to one of the most recognized cities in the United States.

Role description

SFPD Policy Development Division:

The San Francisco Police Department’s Policy Development Division (PDD), under the Chief of Staff, is responsible for providing the Department with a suite of policy development services, ensuring clear, cohesive, and collaborative policies are adopted and implemented and further ensures the Department’s Written Directives Unit (WDU) can efficiently track, manage and issue clear directives to Department personnel.

Under the direction of the Policy Development Division Manager, the Policy Development Principal Analyst manages a variety of complex functions related to leading and administratively supporting policy update processes, professional policy level research, analysis and drafting, and cross-functional collaboration within the San Francisco Police Department. The Policy Development Principal Analyst will be a part of the Policy Development Division and will partner with other units within the Division as well as other Department Bureaus to facilitate and synthesize the policy development process.

Essential Duties:

  • Leads and serve as a research support service for Policy Development staff during policy drafting discussions.
  • Consult with departmental leadership, other jurisdictions, other government entities, and others regarding best policy practices.
  • Reviews best policy practices with affected internal parties.
  • Communicates consistently with the Policy Development Unit staff and the Division.
  • Performs complex analysis and develops presentations to support the translation of department policy goals and objectives.
  • Presents research and analysis to internal and external partners, including oversight bodies.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

How to qualify

  1. Education: Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. AND
  2. Experience: Five (5) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level analytical work. Qualifying professional-level analytical work includes analysis, development, administration, and reporting in major programs and functions of an organization in the areas of budgets, contracts, grants, policy, or other functional areas related to the duties of positions in the 182X Class series.

Substitution: Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university with major coursework in specialized subject matter areas such as public or business administration, management, business law, contract law, public policy, urban studies, economics, statistical analysis, finance, accounting or other fields of study closely related to the essential functions of positions in the Class series may be substituted for one (1) year of required experience.

Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of 2 years). Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Ability to diligently conduct thorough research.
  • Demonstrated expertise in utilizing appropriate tools for developing reports and analyzing data.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams.
  • Knowledge of MS applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint).

Verification of Education and Experience: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, or disqualification.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Background Investigation: Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of  controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo  drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

Job Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the HR Analyst, Danny Wan at

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