Director, Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC)
The University of Wyoming (UW) invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC). UW seeks an experienced and highly collaborative leader with a vision for the future of WYSAC, including ideas for expansion of WYSAC’s work within and outside Wyoming’s borders.
WYSAC is housed under the Office of Research and Economic Development and reports to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The WYSAC Director will manage and make decisions affecting the operation, administration, planning, and environment of WYSAC.
WYSAC’s mission is to provide clear, accurate, and useful information to decision-makers through applied social research, scientific polling, information technology services, and rigorous program evaluation. Without bias and with the highest standards of validity WYSAC collects, manages, analyzes, and reports data through research contracts for the public and private sector in Wyoming and throughout the nation.
WYSAC has three primary research focus areas: 1.) Evaluation and execution of studies to inform funding decisions and policy making primarily in the areas of criminal justice, public health, and substance abuse prevention and education; 2.) Survey research that provides assistance on research design, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of statistical results; 3.) Information Technology assistance in developing web applications and software solutions for data entry systems, case management, and database design.
This position is a 12-month 100% grant funded full-time administrative at-will position. Depending on the qualifications of the applicant, an academic appointment to a home department may be considered.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the leader of a 100% soft-money funded organization, the Director will serve the key leadership role to ensure the long-term financial viability and sustainability of WYSAC. The Director will take the lead in abiding by the vision and mission of WYSAC and in creating and implementing the strategic plan’s short- and long-term growth goals and objectives. In conjunction with the WYSAC Business Manager, manage an approximately $4 million annual budget to ensure continued funding to support personnel and operations.
The Director will work with UW administrative and academic units to integrate WYSAC into the education and research missions of UW. This includes promoting experiential and employment opportunities for students, and fostering faculty and academic unit research partnerships.
The Director will represent, promote, market, advocate and enhance the visibility of WYSAC. This position requires the ability to work with local, state, and federal agencies as well as various public, private and professional organizations.
The Director will manage a team of approximately 22 benefitted employees. Management includes employee hiring and terminations, conducting performance evaluations, approving compensation changes, managing employee conflict, and allowing for professional development. The person in this position should create a positive work environment that fosters open communication, employee participation, and high morale.
The Director will monitor personnel, projects, budgets, and resources to ensure adequacy to meet current and projected needs. The Director will determine systemic problem areas that need attention and take corrective action and adjust policies, procedures, and regulations as needed to ensure efficient and effective operation, funding, and compliance. Effective operation includes ensuring maintenance of deliverables and deadlines; maintenance of data and report quality, integrity, and compliance; and monitoring project budgets. The Director will act as the HIPAA security and privacy officer.
- Evidence of excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to secure competitive funding to support sustainable operation of the unit.
- Experience in developing and managing an annual budget
- Ability to present a programmatic vision and assessments to UW administration and others.
EDUCATION: Master’s degree in the social sciences or similar field (statistics, sociology, political science, business administration)
EXPERIENCE: At least 3 years of mid- to upper-level employee management and supervisory experience and at least 3 years of experience involving project management, collaboration, and team leadership.
Valid Driver’s License with a motor vehicle record that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy Found at: https://www.uwyo.edu/risk/_files/docs/offical-vehicle-policy.pdf
EDUCATION: PhD or equivalent degree in the social sciences or similar field (statistics, sociology, political science, business administration)
EXPERIENCE: At least 5 years of mid- to upper-level employee management and supervisory experience.
5 years of experience involving project management, collaboration, and team leadership.
Employment experience at an institute of higher education.
Associate Director, Center for Business and Economic Analysis
Support the economic growth and diversification of Wyoming’s economy through applied economic and business analytics for communities, industries, entrepreneurs, and the State of Wyoming by managing projects for the CBEA.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Our mission is to provide professional economic insight about Wyoming; undertake economic impact assessments; conduct specialized analyses, studies and projects, including guidance for investors, policymakers, and entrepreneurs; and study and disseminate population demographic and workforce conditions to support regional development. The CBEA will be the trusted destination resource for information about Wyoming’s economy, empower robust economic growth and diversification, serve as a bridge of engagement between the University of Wyoming and the broader state community, and be recognized nationally as a premier organization amongst its peers.
The Associate Director will manage projects for the CBEA. The successful candidate will also work with the Director to develop UW Economic Outlook Conferences around Wyoming and communicate regularly with local economic development groups. Responsibilities also include: continuing development and marketing of the Center; assisting government agencies and firms with analysis of local, state, and national business and economic conditions; interacting with local, state, and national media with respect to economic conditions and policies in the region; executing economic impact projects and other specialized projects; and all other related duties as assigned. Fulfilling these responsibilities may require occasional travel to meet with clients and travel throughout Wyoming to assist the Director with presentations or attended events.
- This position requires a master’s degree or higher in Economics or related field.
- The position requires explicit knowledge of standard econometric software, such as R, Python, and Stata.
- Valid driver’s license with a motor vehicle record (MVR) that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy found at: https://www.uwyo.edu/risk/_files/docs/offical-vehicle-policy.pdf
- Knowledge of and experience with software for economic impact analyses, such as IMPLAN or REMI
- PhD in Economics or related field
- Knowledge of Wyoming’s economy and the energy industry.
- Successful applicants should possess excellent communication and applied research skills
- Applicants should have a documented ability to effectively communicate verbally and orally to diverse audiences about complex topics involving data, and prior experience working cooperatively with government agencies and private industry.
Associate Director, University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research
Duties and Responsibilities
- Applies diversified knowledge of scientific research principles, practices, and protocols in research projects; makes recommendations and conclusions which serve as the basis for decision making in a specialty area.
- Collaborates with users and principal investigators on design, analysis, application, and reporting of research projects; teaches and advises on techniques.
- Interprets, organizes, executes, and coordinates scientific research assignments concerned with unique or controversial problems.
- Formulates and conducts systematic problem analysis and resolution in an area of considerable scope and complexity through series of complete and conceptually related studies, or through a variety of projects of lesser scope.
- Develops model concepts and approaches as an individual researcher and acts independently on technical matters.
- Supplies technical leadership and consultation to professional co-workers, collaborators, and graduate students.
- Prepares analyses, reports, and other documentation for publication; presents findings at local, national, and/or international meetings.
- Prepares grant proposals to obtain funding in support of research activities.
- Serves as principal investigator on single or multiple projects of complexity and scope consistent with above criteria, and/or manages a research unit.
- Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
- Master’s degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
- Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Research Economist, College of Business and Economics, Western Washington University
This position functions as the Research Economist in the Center and as a mentor for student researchers, providing assistance, training, and support to the students. The Center engages in more than two dozen unique research projects annually.
Director, Regional Economic Research Institute, Florida Gulf Coast University
The Regional Economic Research Institute (RERI) is housed in the Lutgert College of Business. The RERI studies the regional and state economy, conducts on-demand economic impact and other analyses of issues pertaining to Southwest Florida, and applies economic theory to research and forecasting in its many regular and occasional publications. The RERI partners with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and assists area economic development organizations and chambers of commerce. In addition, the Institute examines regional workforce issues, assists economic development organizations, and supports the regional planning council. It works closely with the Institute for Entrepreneurship, the Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development and Finance, and the Small Business Development Center.
The Lutgert College of Business is seeking candidates who are focused on engaging community partners and continuing to develop the RERI as a resource for the regional business community, while maintaining teaching excellence and an active research program.
Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to be excellent teachers responsive to changing professional needs; committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region.
- Earned Doctorate in Economics or a closely related field from an AACSB accredited program.
- Research and experience to commensurate with Professor or Associate Professor rank.
- Experience in regional economic analyses and in production of applied regional economic studies.
- Experience with writing grants and generating external funding.
- Experience providing local, regional and national press media interviews.
- Experience teaching in an AACSB accredited business school.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Knowledge of Implan and/or REMI.
- Ability to present findings to the university and community.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to manage the operations of the RERI and provide strategic leadership for its continued development.
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
City Economist, City of Albuquerque
- Forecast, monitor, and report on City revenues.
- Develop, coordinate and participate in programs for the collection, research, analysis and interpretation of economic, financial and statistical data;
- Advise on City financial policies and goals;
- Monitor and report on the local economy; and serve as main point of contact for City departments and individuals requiring economic data and analysis.
Minimum Education, Experience And Additional Requirements
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in economics, statistics or related field plus five (5) years experience in public finance, economic analysis and/or econometric forecasting, including four (4) years direct supervisory experience. PhD. in Economics preferred.
- Operations, services and activities of a financial and economic analysis program
- Principles and practices of economic research and analysis
- Proficiency in analyzing data using mathematical models and techniques of statistics and econometrics
- Micro and macroeconomic theory and applications including cost benefit analysis
- Principles and practices of program development and implementation
- Advanced procedures, methods and techniques of budget preparation and control
- Financial management, including accounting, auditing, budgeting and computer information systems
- Recent developments, current literature and information related to municipal fiscal management
- Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations
Preferred Skills & Abilities
- Conduct research; interpret and analyze economic data (i.e. employment, wages, population, inflation, GDP, etc.)
- Understand and monitor changes in federal, state, and local tax policy
- Effectively consult a variety of professional and technical personnel
- Objectively analyze resource allocations
- Present and explain economic information and research results to City Officials and the general public
- Formulate taxation and expenditure policy
- Evaluate and interpret technical material, economic journals, literature and studies
- Interpret and explain City policies and procedures
- Allocate City resources in a cost effective manner
- Develop models and methodology for forecasting resources with a reasonable degree of accuracy
- Perform financial feasibility analyses
- Prepare clear and concise financial reports
- Communicate clearly and concisely
- Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including the general public.