Senior Research Analyst

1 month ago
Metropolitan Policy Program
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Commensurate with experience


The Senior Research Analyst conducts and oversees research and analyses on economic and labor-market trends, dynamics, and conditions in metropolitan areas/regions; authors reports, papers, summaries, strategic plans and Brookings publications to support and/or advance the innovation and managing disruption portfolio; provides project management to work produced by Brookings in collaboration with external partners; develops and maintains partnerships with members of the Program’s audience in national research organizations and local economic development organizations.


Research and Writing (60%)

  • Helps Senior Fellow oversee and execute the work of the innovation and managing disruption portfolio, including by designing, researching, and executing research and policy analyses on key national, state, and metro economic and labor-market issues
  • Independently conducts advanced analyses that support Brookings’ understanding of the economic and labor-market dynamics in states and metro areas in ways that can inform strategy development. Overall, the team’s data collection, market analyses, and strategy recommendations will:
    • Analyze metropolitan areas’ overall economic performance, industry competitiveness, and labor-market dynamics using a range of economic data, models, and tools
    • Analyze the individual contributions of discrete economic and labor market factors in economic, industry specific, and labor market performance, such as firm dynamics, wages, productivity, skills, technology assets, and anchor institutions
    • Analyze connections between overall metropolitan economic, industry, technology, or human capital dynamics on performance, labor market, and socio-economic outcomes
    • Analyze dynamics within discrete areas of the economy, such as clusters, innovation, and human capital, including synergies between them
  • Conducts qualitative market analysis in specific regional markets via interviews with firms, stakeholders, and other actors to inform understanding of market conditions, market opportunities and failures, and implications for solutions
  • Conducts refined economic analysis and justifications that informs the development of a concrete economic initiative in a region independently or with research staff, communicate findings in graphic form (e.g., data charts, graphs, tables, GIS maps) for presentations and publications
  • Develops and drafts economic narratives for metropolitan areas derived from economic analyses that are integrated into interim and final plans and reports
  • Authors, co-authors, reviews, and edits publications that codify knowledge, approach, and lessons gleaned from metropolitan innovations efforts, especially metropolitan business planning

 Project Management (20%)

  • Helps Senior Fellow manage the workflow of various activities and projects in the innovation and managing disruption portfolio including by prioritizing the work, determining next steps, and preparing for weekly check-ins
  • Works with the Senior Fellow to oversee and execute the research and analysis work of the portfolio. This includes: determining and driving completion of work assignments, managing work flow, training and guiding analyses, and overseeing and checking for accuracy and quality
  • Help develop work plans at the beginning of each innovation and managing disruption project that guides the work, including by external teams, including delineating stages of project development, timeline of deliverables and activities, and division of labor between parties
  • Serve as the day-to-day point-of-contact on key research and policy-analysis projects; provide regular guidance and project management on the execution of data analysis and strategy framing of metro business planning; participate in weekly calls with teams; travel regularly for on-site planning meetings
  • Serve as the primary point-of-contact within the Metro Program on the status of various metro engagements, especially those projects related to metro business plans or other broad-based engagements at the state or regional level

External Engagement and Communications (20%)

  • Develops professional relationships with external researchers, stakeholders, and other members of the program’s and the team’s audience as a means of gathering information and soliciting feedback to support and advance research
  • Presents research findings to external stakeholders, via public presentations, or private briefings
  • Prepares policy memos and codifies other lessons that emerge from the program’s Metro Engagements work
  • Prepares notes from key regional or Washington-based meetings with decision-makers to ensure proper follow up
  • Contributes to the drafting of blogs and articles based on the team’s research findings and policy recommendations




Education/Experience Requirements: 


Bachelor’s degree in a social science discipline and at least four years of work experience in fast-paced, public sector-oriented office (e.g., government, non-profit, or policy/political organizations) required; or Master’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Geography or other social science discipline with at least two years of practical work experience required.  Experience in managing and manipulating multiple large-scale datasets and analyzing economic and social data also required.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements: 


Strong interest in national, state, and local dimensions of “metropolitan” economies and policy strongly preferred; understanding of global economic issues is a plus; proficiency in Excel and statistical software (STATA, R, or SAS) required; basic knowledge of ArcGIS mapping preferred; dexterity with visualization and PowerPoint and Keynote for presentations preferred; capacity to learn other types of statistical and graphics programs preferred; strong organization, strong interpersonal skills, eye for detail, creativity and design, mature judgment; ability to work in a fast-paced environment and with multiple senior staff; clear writing skills preferred.  Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision. 


Additional Information:


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.







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