boston planning & development agency

  • SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – DATA MANAGER / ECONOMIST

    Job ID
    2019-1467
    Category
    Research
    Grade Level
    J
    # of Hours
    35
    Salary Range
    $60,400 - $75,500
  • Summary

    boston planning & development agency

     

    TITLE:          SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – DATA MANAGER / ECONOMIST

     

    DEPARTMENT/DIVISION:   RESEARCH

                                                                              

    SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:  Under the direction of the Director of Research, create, manage, execute and analyze economic research projects. Oversee and participate in major research projects on Boston’s population, economy, and government policies; prepare research reports, maintain databases and perform statistical analysis. Coordinate Division response to special projects requested by other BPDA departments or City agencies.

     

    GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

     

    Plan, design, and develop strategy and methodology of economic and labor market research; may originate study concept or develop topic in response to request from Director. Draft, revise and prepare reports which monitor, assess, discuss and forecast Boston’s population. Discuss report findings and conclusions with Director of Research or other staff as appropriate.

     

    Responsibilities and Technical Skills

     

    • Execute and coordinate research reports published by the Division. 
    • Plan, design, and develop methodology of research studies. Draft, revise, monitor or critique reports that discuss economic forecasting, demography, or commercial markets of Boston.
    • Review Research Division reports prepared by other staff for technical accuracy.
    • Recommend and suggest other research topics to Director.
    • Review, analyze, and maintain BPDA pipeline database. Provide recommendations to improve data quality, data creation process, and integration with other city databases. Experience analyzing infrastructure data preferred.
    • Update and maintain knowledge of Boston’s population, economy, and research methodologies.
    • Have a clear understanding of core labor market databases (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and data limitations at the municipal level.
    • Lead development of new data tools and provide updates to existing department tools including labor market assessment tool.
    • Oversee Division’s economic impact and forecasting models. Enhance existing methodology and review modeling results. Experience implementing economic impact models such as Implan preferred. 
    • Identify and assess trends that may impact the City’s economy, population, and finances.
    • Perform other related duties as requested by the Director of Research.

     

    Communication

     

    • Prepare memoranda on a variety of topics for Research Division and City officials.
    • Research, draft, revise, and produce portions of major policy and research documents.
    • Manage, execute and coordinate research projects, including survey research studies where applicable.
    • Participate in joint research efforts with other City departments.
    • Manage, organize, and interpret data for a non-technical audience.
    • Present findings and recommendations to general public, community organizations, businesses, students, universities, and city officials as requested by the Director of Research.
    • Must have strong communication skills: written and presentations.

     

    KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

    Work requires a Master’s degree in economics, statistics, or data science. Must have at least five years of experience. Technical skills must include excellent analytical, quantitative, and research methodological skills. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

     

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    Normal office environment.

     

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

    Little or no exertion.

     

    SCOPE:

    May provide functional direction to Research Associates, Research Assistants, students and interns.

     

    **BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**

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