boston planning & development agency

  • RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II

    Posted Date 07/03/2018
    Job ID
    2018-1323
    Category
    Research
    # of Hours
    35
  • Summary

    boston planning & development agency 

     

    TITLE:  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II

     

    DIVISION/DEPARTMENT:  RESEARCH/RESEARCH

     

    SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Under the direction of the Research Director, provide research and analysis for BPDA and City projects

    **BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**

     

    GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

    • Participate in and lead research projects on Boston's economy, government and population.
    • Prepare research reports, Manage Databases, Maintain Databases, and perform Statistical Analysis.
    • Collaborate and help lead development of research strategy and methodology.
    • Provide analytical technical assistance in the areas of statistical and economic analysis.
    • Analyze data and produce internal memoranda on Boston's economic, demographic, and commercial markets using statistical and graphic presentations.
    • Contribute to research reports that may be included in city documents or published by the Agency.
    • Maintain and manage Division databases. Apply strong proficiency in computer software for spreadsheets and databases, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, as well as Google Collaborative Suites (docs, sheets, forms, and slides).
    • Review, analyze, and assess third party data for Research staff.
    • Assess the short-comings and integrity of the third party data. Document new methodologies. 
    • Improve analytic efficiency through automation and programming.
    • Manage and maintain databases for World Council on City Data, and development data.
    • Lead major economic and statistical modeling projects using IMPLAN, REMI, STATA, Vensim, or in-house tools.
    • Refine research methodologies for projects in Research Division. Apply econometric and statistical techniques and methods.
    • Provide technical assistance to BRA/EDIC and City staff in the areas of economic analysis, finance, and statistics.
    • Collect and maintain databases for monthly, quarterly, and annual economic indicators for the City.
    • Estimate the job impacts of BRA pipeline projects on a monthly basis. Perform economic impact analysis, fiscal impact analysis, and benefit-cost analysis.
    • Utilize forecasting models and methods. Collect and compare economic indicators and projections from third parties for other Research staff.
    • Prepare memoranda on a variety of topics for the research division.
    • Oversee interpretation of data for a nontechnical audience.
    • Create PowerPoint presentations to communicate research findings and information.
    • Lead and contribute to research division publications.
    • Collaborate to develop strategy and methodology for research studies.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Requires Master's degree in Economics, Statistics, Sociology or related field and 2 years of experience in urban or regional economics.

     

    Special Requirements:

     

    • Two (2) years applying quantitative and analytic skills in urban or regional economics.
    • One (1) year experience in forecasting models and projections.
    • One (1) year working independently and managing projects.
    • Proven ability to succinctly describe a project in written form and orally before an audience.

     

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: Normal office environment.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Little or no exertion.

    SCOPE:  N/A

     

     

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