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Lead Research Analyst - CEBR

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Business of Economics

Position Title Lead Research Analyst
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Center

The Center for Economic and Business Research within the College of Business and Economics support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.

The Center works in partnership with businesses, non-profits, government/quasi-governmental entities and tribal communities to respond to data and analysis needs. 

The Center brings students and faculty together with each client to find solutions that inform, engage and encourage innovation.  Our work ranges from answering specific questions to creating the information platform that drives productive discussions. 

We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

As our Lead Research Analyst you will  serve as a mentor for student researchers, providing assistance and training to the students.  You are responsible for overseeing and managing the methodology and analytics related to: economic impact analyses; data collection, organization, and monthly forecasts for the Puget Sound Economic Forecaster; and other analytical project support work.  You are also responsible for preparing and reviewing written reports on other projects engaged in by the Center which include public opinion research, regional economic research and other related areas. 

This is a 2-year, .75 FTE project-employment position.

Position Responsibilities:

Conduct research and analysis for Center projects

  • Perform advanced statistical analysis and tabulation including econometric modeling for projects as requested
  • Monitor changes in tax and multipliers for areas of interest
  • Collect external information including demographic, financial and public opinion through both primary and secondary processes
  • Monitor local economic current events
  • Write and maintain online surveys designed for a wide-variety of respondents
  • Prepare profile summary reports for publication
  • Identify or create necessary datasets from secondary and primary data sources
  • Create graphics, images and/or videos that are context relevant

Perform Impact Analyses and Forecast Development for Center projects

  • Update and maintain procedures for economic impact analysis
  • Prepare economic impact reports using IMPLAN and/or eViews with customized sectors
  • Update and maintain procedures for regional economic forecasts
  • Prepare regional economic forecasts and articles related to forecasts
  • Maintain advanced computer models and databases to present economic indicators for the area
  • Develop and maintain a statistical software syntax to maintain methodological consistency
  • Gather necessary data from public and private sources to support research projects engaged in by the Center

Provide mentorship, training, and support for student researchers and projects

  • Coordinate, prepare and collaborate in the different economic and business research projects engaged in by the Center
  • Update and check the accuracy of online surveys, phone surveys or other survey methods
  • Monitor and perform data collection and data entry
  • Maintain historical records of results
  • Manage the reporting and deadline for multiple projects
  • Create an annual schedule of deadlines
  • Mentor and train student employees as required
  • Identifying problems with usability and understandability of created deliverables
  • Review and edit research reports to ensure academic standards and adherence to contractual terms

Draft Proposals, Prepare Presentations, and Attend Meetings on Behalf of the Center

  • Assist the Director with writing responses to RFPs; provide assistance writing scope of work documents for clients at the direction of the Director
  • Write reports and articles for clients for publication and present the results to clients and other outside constituencies as well as Center staff
  • Attend meetings with organizations, clients, public officials and media as required
  • Establish working relationships with prospective and current clients
  • Travel as required to network with researchers and receive training in new statistical software and relevant state-of-art methodologies
  • Provide timely and thorough reports to the Director on all ongoing projects.
  • Other duties as required to facilitate office operation and administration
Required Qualifications
  • BA/BS in Economics or equivalent education/experience
  • Demonstrated advanced working knowledge with advanced analytical tools including IMPLAN, EViews, Qualtrics, Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Ability to create and edit technical reports designed for a non-technical audience related to economics, marketing, spatial analysis and demographic data;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including multicultural experience and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Outgoing personality;
  • Ease with ambiguity;
  • Ability to balance competing high priority requests/projects;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Advanced skills with Word;
  • Experience with supervising researchers or other equivalent experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience conducting economic forecasts and impact analyses
  • Reliable transportation for meetings throughout region
  • Ability to have limited overnight travel
Salary $34,965 - $44,677 depending on experience; includes an excellent benefits package
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins September 24, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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