boston planning & development agency

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Job ID
2017-1266
Category
Research
Grade Level
H
# of Hours
35
Salary Range
$41,209 - $51,562

Summary

boston planning & development agency 

                                                                                                                       

TITLE:         RESEARCH ASSISTANT

 

STATUS:       NON-EXEMPT 

 

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direction of the Director of Research, provide data and research for BPDA, the City of Boston, and related organizations. Participate in research projects on Boston’s economy, government, and population. Prepare research reports, maintain databases; perform statistical analysis. Collaborate in planning and developing research strategy and methodology.

 

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The general duties, skills, and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.

 

The Researcher collects, analyzes, and develops data on Boston’s economy, demographics and commercial markets using statistical and graphical presentations, and contributes to research reports that may be included in City documents or published. The Research Assistant must have a clear understanding of the US Census Bureau’s databases and data definitions, and have strong communication skills, both written an oral, to communicate research findings to a wide audience.

 

Responsibilities and Technical Skills

  • Conduct research using U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other databases
  • Assess the shortcomings and integrity of data
  • Field data requests from the public and other BPDA staff, the Mayor’s Office, and other City officials
  • Perform economic and statistical analysis using a variety of specialized software
  • Create and maintain databases using data from a variety of municipal, governmental, public, and private sources
  • Explore new data sources and analytic tools
  • Provide technical assistance to Research staff
  • Analyze data using GIS software including ArcMap and create maps using a variety of data sources
  • Conduct literature reviews and surveys and prepare a summary of findings both orally and in writing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Collaborative Suites, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Advanced Excel skills are a must
  • Experience with STATA and R is preferred

 

Communication

  • Prepare memoranda for BPDA staff and other City officials
  • Manage, organize, and interpret data for a non-technical audience
  • Create PowerPoint presentations to communicate research findings and information
  • Work collaboratively on projects with other Research staff
  • Perform other related duties as requested by the Director of Research

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Work requires a Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, urban planning, sociology, public policy, related field, or equivalent. Must have excellent analytical skills, be able to collaborate and work under the direction of senior staff, as well as work well independently. Must have experience in assisting and executing various aspects of a research project, including data cleaning, data analysis, visual presentation of data, and documenting results.

 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Normal office environment.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Little or no exertion.

 

***BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT***

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