boston planning & development agency

  • RESEARCH MANAGER

    Posted Date 06/21/2018
    Job ID
    2018-1326
    Category
    Research
    Grade Level
    I
    # of Hours
    35
    Salary Range
    $50,388 - $63,036
  • Summary

     

    boston planning & development agency 

     

                                                                                                                                                    

    TITLE:          RESEARCH MANAGER

     

    STATUS:       EXEMPT

     

    DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: RESEARCH/RESEARCH

     

    SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Under the direction of the Director of Research, manage day-to-day division administration including scheduling and coordination of internal and external communications.  Support and maintain records, systems, practices, and procedures for the Research Division. Provide technical and administrative support to the Director. Assist in the maintenance of both electronic and paper records.

     

    Conduct research on Boston’s population and economy for all departments of the BPDA, the City of Boston, and related organizations. Work independently and collaboratively on specific research projects with other Research team members. Provide input on research requests. May lead projects as assigned.  Maintain and track Research requests, project records, and databases. 

     

    GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

     

    The Research Manager will assist the Director of Research by serving as a contact, liaison, and scheduling manager in dealings with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) staff, professional consultants, City of Boston officials, community groups, and businesses. The Research Manager will also contribute or lead projects and requests, as requested by the Director of Research.

     

    Project Management

     

    • Manage workflow of projects and requests with particular attention to priorities, deadlines, accountability and use of Division resources.
    • Maintain and coordinate special requests from City officials and external “clients”.
    • Manage and coordinate Internship Program within the Research Division in collaboration with Human Resources.
    • Manage Division’s invoices and contracts.
    • Draft letters and correspondence for the Director’s signature.
    • Organize calls, e-mails, meetings, and incoming documents and requests in order to answer request in a timely manner.
    • Develop an ongoing knowledge of projects as to best serve the Division. Maintain and update files to develop a knowledge base for the Division.
    • Preparation and revision of presentations for members of the Research Division.

     

    Responsibilities and Technical Skills

     

    • Requires superior written skills. Research manager will create, edit, and proofread correspondence, memoranda, reports and other materials using Microsoft Office and Google Collaboration software suites. Must be proficient in Excel and presentation software programs such as Adobe InDesign and PowerPoint. Knowledge of HTML, JavaScript and SQL a plus.
    • Have clear understanding of core economic and demographic concepts.
    • Work cooperatively and independently on specific research projects.
    • Maintain, track and create databases for the Research Division.
    • Author reports, memoranda, and other final products to share research findings with “clients.”
    • Perform other duties as requested by the Director of Research.

     

    Communication

     

    • Coordinate research requests from the media and press with the BPDA Communications Division and other necessary offices.
    • Build and establish strong relationships with internal and external “clients.” 
    • Lead interactions with senior management on project related issues which may include preparation of presentations.
    • Coordinate on-going internal and external communications and "client" support on behalf of the Research Division.
    • Compile and prepare reports and presentations. Coordinate the preparation and distribution of Division reports and other materials.

      

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Work requires completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, statistics, urban planning, sociology, public policy or equivalent field. Two plus years of related experience required. Must have superior project management and client relation skills; capacity to work independently and within a team on specific projects; may act as a project leader as assigned.  Must be experienced and comfortable in leading interactions with senior management.  Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills.

     

     

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

    Normal office environment.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

    Little or no exertion.

    SCOPE:  N/A

     

     

    **BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**

     

     

     

     

     

     

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