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U3 Advisors
Philadelphia, PA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Economic Development
GIS / Technology
Regional Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
Entry Level


U3 Advisors works with anchor institutions to advance their mission and unlock their impact. Through envisioning and implementing transformative real estate and economic strategies and interventions, we create vibrant and sustainable campuses and communities that promote economic impact and inclusion.

Our team is comprised of creative, nimble, and strategic multi-disciplinary practitioners with backgrounds in urban planning, real estate development, GIS, data analytics, higher education administration, finance, architecture, and non-profit leadership. We care deeply about cities and are passionate about making communities more vibrant, equitable, and sustainable.

U3 has offices in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.  We are proud to serve as development managers, advisors, and strategists to a wide and diverse range of higher education and mission-driven clients. Current clients include Cornell University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Tulane University, the University of Washington, the University of Chicago, Lafayette College, the University of Maryland, and many others. For more information about our firm and clients, visit


Our Work

At any given time, U3 has 25-40 ongoing projects, affording team members the opportunity to participate in various areas of real estate and economic development consulting and take on multiple client-facing roles. These may include helping clients to monetize real estate assets and select development partners; assisting with public/private partnerships and public approval processes; developing long-term strategic real estate plans for property portfolios; serving as virtual staff to universities seeking to develop new campuses, facilities, and innovation districts; creating new entities to lead neighborhood economic development and engagement strategies; and providing strategic advice around institutional growth and organizational dynamics.


Position Details

The Analyst position will work with senior staff providing data management, research, analytic, and graphic support for a wide range of clients and assignments. The Analyst will be assigned to a group of projects, which may include local procurement and hiring analytics; geographic information systems analytics; real estate strategy; evaluation of specific real estate transactions; analysis of economic, demographic, and civic trends; and other research in support of a wide variety of client engagements. The Analyst will have significant client contact and, depending on ability, may take lead responsibility for specific projects or clients. In addition, the Analyst will participate in preparing proposals and other marketing efforts on behalf of the firm.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collect, organize, and clean large datasets (50,000+ records) within Excel; run analytics using Excel and potentially Tableau.
  • Utilize Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS Dekstop or ArcGIS Pro) to create maps and perform spatial analytics; load maps and interactive databases onto ArcGIS Online.
  • Conduct research on institutional hiring and buying practices, local businesses climates, current market trends, real estate comparables, etc.
  • Coordinate and schedule project team meetings, prepare agendas and meeting minutes, and follow up on assignments;
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations, reports, memos and other materials for current clients;
  • Prepare project work plans, budgets, and schedules;
  • Assist in business development including drafting proposals, development of responses to RFPs for consulting services, and preparation of marketing materials for prospective clients;
  • Coordinate and provide support to project team members, including design and construction professionals, attorneys, financial advisors, and planning consultants.


Job Requirements

  • Recent college graduate with an interest in real estate, economic development, consulting, planning, or a related field, and a strong interest in and penchant for data management and analytics. Previous work experience and/or coursework should demonstrate strong analytical skills.
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Excel, especially in managing larger datasets; experience with database structure (rows/colums), advanced functions (vLookUp, IF, etc), and Pivot Tables a plus.
  • Experience and fluency in working with GIS, especially ArcGIS and/or ArcPro. Experience with ArcGIS Online a plus.
  • Self-motivated; ability to execute tasks independently with minimal instruction.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional demeanor, especially when communicating with clients; an ability to actively listen to clients and teammates.
  • High proficiency in organizational and time management.
  • Fluency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Adobe Indesign.
  • A passion for cities, neighborhoods, active streets, and strong communities.
  • Ability to contribute to and mesh with a collegial company culture, to work with grace under pressure and to thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.


Salary & Benefits

U3 offers a competitive compensation package, including salary, the opportunity to earn a bonus, and a generous employee benefits package. Salary and bonus reviews are conducted annually. The starting salary for this position will be commensurate with experience. U3A provides the following benefits:

Medical and Insurance: 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision care insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability; up to ten paid days of sick/medical leave per calendar year

Vacation: four weeks’ paid time off (PTO) per calendar year; nine paid federal holidays.

Retirement: optional self-funded 401(k) plan with employer match up to 4% of salary, eligible after one year of employment.


To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter, to [email protected].

Published on:
March 11, 2021 - 8:17pm
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