Research Scientist 2, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of New Mexico
The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) is looking for a creative, self-motivated and organized socioeconomic researcher. With supervision and working collaboratively, the candidate selected for the position will be engaged in all aspects of applied economic and sociological investigation of topics relevant New Mexico policymakers. Recent and ongoing research has addressed issues such as regional economic development, public finance, housing, labor and health policy, and nonprofit planning and development. This position will allow for significant opportunities for professional growth.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities will include:
- With supervision of the Director, defines research questions and methodology.
- Serves as principal investigator, as appropriate, on sub-projects.
- Collects primary data with surveys, focus groups and interviews.
- Develops datasets from national, state and local secondary sources.
- Ensures oversight and security of confidential data.
- Prepares statistical and narrative reports and/or graphs
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Term appointment position for 1 year from date of hire. Continuation of appointment based upon availability of funding.
A complete application will consist of:
- Cover letter describing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications
- Writing Sample – Recent research report where you are the primary author
See the Position Description for additional information.
Conditions of Employment here.
Successful candidate must submit to a post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check. Additional health screenings may be required, dependent on the nature of the research conducted, as determined by Employee Occupational Health Services.
Bachelor’s degree; at least 1 year 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.
- Doctoral or Master’s degree in a field of the social sciences, including Economics, Sociology, Geography or Demography.
- Demonstrated experience with qualitative research methods, including sample selection, survey design, and focus groups.
- Demonstrated experience with/in :
-Institutional and/or social network analysis
-Program evaluation, public administration, strategic planning
-Statistics and applied statistical packages, particularly SAS, SPSS or STATA
-Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Knowledge of secondary economic, social and demographic data sources.
- Commitment to the economic and community development in New Mexico.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required
Director, Indiana Business Research Center, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
% of Time, Duties & Responsibilities
40 % – Develop, implement, maintain and evaluate projects, plans and specifications. Contact and interact with key external personnel (e.g., elected officials, government agency executives, economic developers and business leaders), obtaining agreements to sponsor projects, funded by such entities, suitable for both the sponsor’s and the center’s use.
35 % – Direct, develop and enhance information services and key information-user relationships for the center. Participate actively in national, state and regional organizations relating to economic, demographic and business information content and delivery. Inform the public and business/government leaders via presentations, press interviews, and other effective media to share the center’s insights on relevant topics to such audiences. Respond to information requests from Indiana’s legislators, congressional delegates and elected officials, from similar officials at local, regional and national levels, and from sponsoring government agencies. Productive collaboration on important projects with leaders and staff of other research centers (at IU or external entities) is common in this position.
15 % – Supervise and participate in a variety of personnel actions for professional and support staff, including hiring, delegation of key functional roles to staff, performance appraisals, merit recommendations and dismissals. Most professional staff will require minimal day-to-day supervision, as they are expected and encouraged to manage their efforts effectively.
10 % – Initiate plans and develop effective promotional and informative materials for internal and external audiences.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
At a minimum, this position requires a graduate degree in business, economics or a closely related field. A doctoral degree in such field from an AACSB-accredited institution is preferred. This work would benefit from relevant experience extracting insights from large sets of economic, demographic and/or business data. Solid knowledge of sources and analytical procedures appropriate to such data sets is strongly desired.
No particular licenses or certifications are required for this position.
Typical examples of tasks or problems this position must often handle effectively include:
- Assigning appropriate staff member(s) to a given project or task.
- Helping a prospective client clarify and define the kinds of results desired from a research project.
- Establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with external organizations to support conducting valuable research and analysis of mutual interest.
- Coaching staff regarding their professional development and supporting such development.
- The IBRC’s budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year totals more than $2.5 million. Funding to support the center’s work comes from a variety of sources. Several federal, state and non-profit agencies seek the center’s help to monitor and report on economic, demographic or other activity related to the agencies’ missions. Contracts are typically entered into for such work, with the IBRC director (and other staff, as appropriate) involved in negotiating terms, subject to school and university approval. Some clients sponsoring the center’s work are for-profit companies that want to understand their markets, their economic impacts, or similar issues. Among the recent sponsors of IBRC research are these organizations:
- S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
- S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
- Lilly Endowment Inc.
- Indiana Department of Workforce Development
- Indiana Department of Local Government and Finance
- Indiana State Board of Accounts
- Indiana Management Performance Hub
- Indiana Education Employment Relations Board
- Indiana Gaming Commission
- Marion County Public Health Department
- Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation
- Indiana Association of Realtors
- Early Learning Indiana
- Purdue University
- Harvard University
- Center for Migration Studies of New York
- Center for International Business Education and Research – KSB, IU
- Various Indiana businesses, school corporations, faith-based and non-profit organizations
The Kelley School of Business has, for several years, provided two graduate research assistants (RAs) each year, at no cost to the center, for whom the applied research tasks they’re assigned are a practical extension of their academic studies. Supporting these two RA positions costs the school approximately $5,000 annually. In addition, several other RAs are typically supported via grant and contract funds, depending on the project(s) on which they work.
Contact Jerry Conover, (email@example.com) for more information.
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.
Economics Associate, REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.)
REMI is seeking an Economic Associate to join its consulting and expert client support team. REMI provides the nation’s leading regional economic forecasting and policy analysis models (PI+, TranSight, Tax-PI). In this position, you will work side by side with REMI’s Chief Economist and CEO, Vice President, and other senior member of the consulting/client team, learning the role of consultation and business development. We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate intellectually rigorous economic research, strong communications skills, and a passion for informing public policy decisions through research-based analysis.
- Collaborating with senior staff and clients in analyzing policy proposals through the use of REMI’s state-of-the-art econometric model.
- Organize and run meetings with decision-makers.
- Extensive business travel.
- Developing reports that drive the conversation about policy questions and alternative proposals.
- Answering clients’ questions about modeling approaches and the structure of their research.
- Developing expert knowledge in complex economic model.
Research academic debate and literature on economic policy issues.
- A commitment to providing objective and comprehensive analysis that improves the quality of public policy.
- A passion for economics and public policy, and appreciation for the value of data and nonpartisan analysis.
- Demonstrated ability to perform independent, publication-quality research.
- High academic achievement, excellent communications skills and a degree in economics, public policy or related field.
- The successful candidate will be expected to master our proprietary economic modeling software, and have strong communications and business development skills.
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and transcripts via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org