Research Analyst, Economic and Public Policy Research Unit, Grants & Contracts

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass President's Office
Department: UMDI - Economic&Pub Policy Res
Categories: Donahue Institute
Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

Primary Work Location:

100 Venture Way, Suite 9, Hadley, MA 01035 or 1 Beacon Street, 31st Floor, Boston, MA 02108

Normal Work Schedule:

Standard full-time work schedule consisting of five, eight-hour days and 40 hours each week. Work performed in addition to regular work hours may be necessary, and may require a change in availability at specific times, to accommodate for variations in work demands.

Job Summary:

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research unit (EPPR) conducts a range of customized economic and demographic data analysis and policy studies on topics of interest to policymakers in government, business, and academia. Workforce, housing, infrastructure, local and regional economic development, industry ecosystems, demographic and socioeconomic trends, and economic impact analyses are frequent but not exclusive themes of EPPR’s policy-related work.  Research Analysts conduct specialized economic and public policy research through quantitative data analysis, literature reviews, surveys, and interviews. Depending upon the qualifications of the Research Analyst, the position will entail significant writing duties and independent task management. Typically, Research Analysts work collaboratively under the direction of a Research Manager, Senior Research Manager, and/or the EPPR Director.

Essential Functions:

Research Analysts are expected to conduct the following work and have knowledge, proven expertise, and proficiency in the following:

  • Conduct data analysis with office software, expertise in specialized software such as STATA, SPSS, or ArcView GIS;
  • Identify and utilize public data sources from a wide range of Federal, State and Local data providers, including the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as private data providers to extensively analyze social, economic, and demographic conditions;
  • Prepare charts and tables, maps, memoranda, and write sections of reports;
  • Apply specialized quantitative research methods to analyze economic and public policy conditions using a variety of relevant, academically sound methodologies;
  • Conduct  qualitative research, including field research, interviews, surveys, focus groups, and literature reviews relevant to project subjects and themes;
  • Support managers in the presentation and review of analytical findings with clients.

Other Functions:

  • Share expertise with colleagues within the unit;
  • Assist student research assistants,  and other staff, as necessary and directed by supervising manager;
  • Assist the Director and/or supervising managers with responses to development opportunities, including proposal-related research and writing;
  • Proactively communicate the capabilities of EPPR, as well as the Institute in general, to potential and existing clients;
  • Other duties as assigned requested by the Director and/or supervising managers, to support the effective operation of the project and group;

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, sociology, public policy, planning, or a related discipline;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, and engage in collaborative research in a team setting;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of professional office software and specialized analytical software.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Master’s degree in economics, sociology, public policy, planning or a related discipline;
  • Three plus years of relevant experience;
  • Advanced experience with STATA, SPSS, R or a similar statistical software package, ArcGIS software, and/or related social science analytical software.

Working Conditions:

  • Conduct work in an office-based, collegial environment allowing regular communication with supervising managers.
  • Multiple hours in stationary position and using office equipment and computers.
  • This role requires strong attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, a respect for confidentiality requirements, high levels of accuracy and organization.
  • Environment is a busy, collegial office area resulting in multiple interruptions and requests for assistance.
  • Research Analysts must have flexibility to travel on an as-need basis within Massachusetts and occasionally outside of the Commonwealth to attend meetings, and/or conduct field-based data collection.
  • The physical/mental demands and work environment factors described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Additional Details:

  • This position is funded by grants and/or contracts, and is contingent upon funding;
  • This is a full-time benefited position;
  • No relocation assistance provided;
  • Any job offer within the President's Office is specifically conditioned upon the potential candidate consenting to and successfully completing a background review;
  • Potential candidates will not be contacted for interviews until after the posting closes;
  • A skills test may be required.
  • Salary: $42,000 - $52,000

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.