Job Opening: Economic Development Research & GIS Analyst

June 30, 2021
There is a full-time job posting at the UT Dallas Office of Facilities and Economic Development:
An EPPS graduate or part-time master’s student with R programming skills would be an ideal candidate. See examples at .
I worked in this role for nearly two years and highly recommend it as an opportunity to develop a strong creative portfolio in economic data analysis. I’ll be happy to answer any questions, (although I am no longer at UT Dallas and have no hiring authority.)
Best regards,
Rachel Brasier
Minimum Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public administration, economics or a related field.
  • One year of experience using statistical software.
  • Two years demonstrated experience using advanced functionality in Excel or other spreadsheet or database software.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Advanced degree in a field of study closely related to research or quantitative analysis (e.g., Economics, Statistics, Social Sciences, Geospatial Information Sciences (GIS), Business Analytics)
  • At least 12 credit hours in research methods and/or advanced statistical methodologies.
  • Two years of work experience in research, survey design, and statistical reporting in a professional work environment.
  • One year of geospatial analysis experience in open-source software such as QGIS or R.
  • Experience with R, including data visualization using packages such as ggplot2, plotly, and DT; web scraping using HTML and CSS selectors; string operations using regular expressions; Census API; data management; and iteration.
  •  Advanced working knowledge and ability with Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams).
  • Familiarity with sources of workforce, demographic, educational, and geographical data for the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
  • Familiarity with basic economic development concepts such as business attraction, business retention, workforce development and entrepreneurship.
  •  Skill in working with database management software including maintaining data accuracy, integrity and confidentiality.
  • Skill in taking a detail-oriented approach to all work and implementing steps to minimize risk of error in processes.
  • Skill in delivering presentations, organization and time management, computers and applicable software, customer service, event coordination, research and analysis, strategic thinking.
  • Skill in explaining technical concepts and products to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to generate creative research ideas in alignment with broader strategic goals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Apply knowledge of higher education and DFW economy to develop meaningful analysis to further the University’s economic development efforts.
  • Direct economic research to attract, retain, and assist businesses as they expand into the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
  • Produce monthly articles and interactive web charts for “The Connection: Economic Development and Our Community” analysis series.
  • Update labor market data and publish monthly DFW Labor Market Updates.
  • Collect data from various resources and build a clearinghouse for economic development data and information.
  • Support internal and external partners by providing customized reports and data.
  • Participate as contributing member of workforce alignment group comprising labor market intelligence specialists in government and higher education working to improve living wage attainment in the DFW area.
  • Read publications and updates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Higher Education Board, Brookings Institution, etc.
  • If applicable, manage student worker’s workflow, including economic data and GIS analysis tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned.