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Research Designer

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

Position Title Research Designer
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 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 90,000 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Center

The Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) at Western Washington University 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 includes a variety of analysis documents, presentations and facilitated discussions backed by both primary and secondary research that is supported by academic standards and best practices.

The Center is located within the College of Business and Economics.  We support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. 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 The Research Designer in the Center for Economic and Business Research works to develop research proposals and methodologies for both qualitative and quantitative primary and secondary research. The Research Designer also serves as a mentor for student researchers, providing assistance, training, and support to undergraduate and graduate students.

The Center engages in several dozen unique research projects annually and develops many additional research proposals in that effort. As Research Designer, you would be responsible for writing proposals, including methodologies, for requested research. The Research Designer reports to and works closely with the Director of the Center.

In this role, you would work closely with the Center’s Research Economist 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.

This position is 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. In this role, you may occasionally present research results publicly to large and small groups.

Job Duties

Research development and design (30%)

  • Identify and respond to proposal requests connect prospective clients with services available from the Center
  • Develop applicable research methodologies/plans that reflect academic values

General economic and business research and analysis for Center projects (20%)

  • Monitor changes in economies from local to global and their effects on modeling efforts
  • Collect economic and demographic data from secondary and primary sources using survey mechanisms and established databases/datasets
  • Generate and/or edit reports on analyses of data for clients
  • Assist in designing media (graphics, images, videos, etc.) that are relevant to projects
  • Maintain historical record of projects

Impact Analysis and Econometric Modeling (10%)

  • Advanced statistical analysis, including econometric modeling in EViews and other statistical packages
  • Perform economic impact analyses in IMPLAN, with the ability to customize sectors and multipliers

Provide Mentorship, Training, and Support for Student Researchers and Projects (30%)

  • Work in a collaborative setting with student researchers and faculty
  • Manage reporting and deadline for all concurrent projects
  • Monitor student work for quality and consistency of analysis, writing, and presentation
  • Mentor and train student employees
  • Manage students on personal and professional level

Draft Proposals, Presentations, and External Meetings (10%)

  • Assist Director in writing project proposals and scope of work documents for potential projects
  • Produce written articles for publication
  • Attend meetings and give presentations across the region to clients
  • Other administrative duties to facilitate the office
  • Receive training in new research methods and tools and network with other researchers
Required Qualifications
  • Prior experience in drafting successful project proposals;
  • Demonstrated advanced working knowledge with Qualtrics or equivalent online survey software;
  • Demonstrated advanced working knowledge with Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Exposure to advanced analytical tools including IMPLAN, EViews, SPSS or equivalents;
  • Ability to create and edit technical reports designed for a non-technical audience related to economics, marketing, spatial analysis and demographic data;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that include professional and motivational communication, public speaking, and relationship building;
  • Prior experience with ambiguity in research design;
  • Ability to balance competing high priority requests/projects;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including multicultural experience and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Experience with supervising researchers or other equivalent experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Two years or more experience in creating successful project proposals for government and private sector clients.
  • Two years or more working at an advanced level with Qualtrics;
  • Prior experience developing and managing focus groups;
  • Two or more project examples working with R, IMPLAN, EViews, SPSS or equivalents;
  • Prior experience in developing economic forecasts and impact analyses.
  • Reliable transportation for meetings throughout region.
  • Ability to have limited overnight travel.
Special Conditions All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary Starting salary range is $50,725- $59,179, commensurate with experience; includes an excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

A complete application should include the following:

  • Cover letter and resume addressing your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. The cover letter must explicitly address ALL required qualifications; applications that fail to address a required qualification will not be considered.
  • Names and contact information of three professional references.
  • Separate statement (maximum length 1-2 pages) describing how you anticipate the Research Designer position could reflect Western’s commitment to accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI). Learn more about the University’s commitment to these values by reviewing the ADEI Homepage.
Closing Date Notes Application review begins January 20, 2022; 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 Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, 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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