Research Manager

Greater Houston Partnership - Houston, TX (30+ days ago)3.2


Job Posting

Manager, Research

Posted: May 9, 2018

Expires: Until filled or further notice

Location: Houston, Texas (Downtown)

Experience: 5 years

Education: Undergraduate Degree required

Who we are

The Partnership is a place for community-minded business leaders who want to be involved in Houston’s positive growth and influence the direction in which Houston is going. Through the dedicated efforts of our members, the Partnership addresses Houston’s unique challenges, and champions the growth and success of our region.

Since 1840, the Greater Houston Partnership has strived to make the region the best place to live, work and build a business. We serve over 1,200 member companies in the 11-county Houston region including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller counties.

Join us as we work together to make Houston greater.

Who are we looking for today?

The Partnership is looking for an ambitious, results driven, Research Manager (project manager).

What you will do:
Responsible for

Supporting the Partnership’s mission primarily by gathering and analyzing economic, demographic and social data; monitoring policy issues; conducting various research studies; informing staff, committees, members and community leaders of research findings and policy insights; incorporating analysis into Partnership publications, press releases, web pages and speeches; responding to requests for information. This position and the information gathered is important to:

Supporting the work of Public Policy in developing positions to be advocated by the Partnership

Supporting the work of Economic Development in attracting jobs and investment to the region.

Supporting the work of Member Engagement in acquiring new members and retaining existing members

Supporting the work of Upskills Houston in building local workforce programs

Primary Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Senior Vice President, the manager’s primary responsibilities include:

Devising and evaluating methods and procedures for collecting data, such as surveys, opinion polls, or questionnaires, or arranging to obtain data from existing sources.

Maintaining extensive spreadsheets and libraries of economic and demographic data.

Applying mathematical models and statistical techniques to social, demographic and economic data.

Participating in survey research to update the Partnership’s company database.

Studying industry trends and drivers key to the local economy

Providing analysis and interpretation of Houston-specific and general industry trends

Preparing reports of findings, illustrating data graphically, and translating complex findings into written text.

Developing new methods, processes and publications for disseminating economic findings

Conducting fiscal and economic impact studies for corporate relocations and major special events

Conducting analysis of local, state and national policy issues

Establishing strong relationships with peer-level economists, demographers and policy analysts at the national, state and local levels.

Participating on an as-needed basis in meetings of public policy, member engagement and economic development committees

Representing the organization at various community and business meetings.

Updating fact sheets for posting to the web, preparing proposals and answering generic information queries.

Coordinating and participating in the collection of data for the C2ER Cost of Living Index , Houston Facts , Houston Economic Highlights, and the Partnership’s company database.

Preparing reports, proposals for relocation prospects, including developing city-to-city comparisons of key economic and demographic indicators—population, workforce, infrastructure, business costs, etc.

Briefing staff and clients on the region’s economy.

Developing background papers for Partnership executives to use when dealing with the media, members, governmental officials, investors, etc.

Fact checking publications, speeches, press releases and web pages in area of expertise.

Reviewing and editing web content in area of expertise.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The following knowledge, skills and abilities are desirable for job success:

Excellent and effective written and verbal communications skills

Knowledge of basic macro and micro economic theory

Ability to interpret data and write clear reports

Ability to understand the implications of data

Knowledge of census geography

Strong punctuation, spelling and grammar skills

Self-motivated and -directed, and able to discern when advice/help is warranted

Ability and maturity to manage large projects and work with people at all levels

Balanced judgment and tact

Excellent research, Internet and computer skills

Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required; knowledge of mapping software a plus.

Familiarity with federal, state and local agencies and policy development organizations

Ability to address broad and changing mix of issues

Above average statistical skills; good “numbers sense”

Professional appearance

Ability to work with all levels of internal and external contacts

Education Requirements

College Degree in Business Administration, Economic Development, or relevant study

Required Experience

Experience working with economic and demographic data

Benefits

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation commensurate with experience. We also offer an extensive benefits package including paid garage parking, paid time off, medical, dental and vision benefits, and future growth opportunities within the company. Plus, we work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

Physical Requirements

Good vision and hearing acuity (with adaptive aids if necessary)Manual dexterity and skillful use of computer keyboard, Physical exertion includes bending, pushing, standing, and walking. Must be able to move or lift approximately 25 pounds on occasion

Mental and Aptitude Requirements

Job requires the ability to hear, see, and talk; analytical, conceptual, problem-solving, planning and decision-making skills

Safety Requirements

No special requirements

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The Greater Houston Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer.