|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.