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Research Statistician

Carry out complex quantitative analysis to help build a fairer, more sustainable community. This permanent, full-time job position is an opportunity to carry out policy-relevant analysis and publish work that has real world impacts. The Economic Roundtable is a public benefit urban research organization located in downtown Los Angeles. We have an informal, interactive, and highly focused work environment. We analyze a wide array of complex confidential administrative records and public data sets and prepare clear, objective analyses that are credible to public officials and community stakeholders, and operationally relevant for public action.

Examples of the statistical work that will be carried out include the probabilistic modeling described in the Roundtable article, Prioritizing Which Homeless People Get Housing Using Predictive Algorithms and statistical modeling to integrate data sets described in pages 52 to 66 of Long Beach Rising.

In addition to quantitative skills, this position requires knowledge about the social context of the issues that the Roundtable investigates. This means familiarity with problems such as homelessness, low-wage jobs, and lack of affordable housing.

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Master’s degree in an applied area such as planning, statistics, analytics, geography or economics.
  2. 1-3 years of experience in data extraction, processing, visualization, and analysis.
  3. Construction, manipulation and analysis of large, complex electronic data files.
  4. Effective quantitative skills for reliably extracting critical content from data.
  5. Required statistical skills include:
    • Building and operationalizing analytical databases with skills in programming or scripting languages such as Python, R, SAS, etc.
    • High level of proficiency and understanding with data mapping, data mining and statistical software tools, (SPSS, SAS, R and/or Python among others)
    • Proven statistical and data analysis skills to explore and analyze existing databases using statistical modeling and data mining techniques, including the use of SPSS, SAS or equivalent tool.
    • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in data/statistical analysis such as multivariate statistical methods.
  6. Ability to scope work for timely project completion.
  7. Ability to conceptualize key policy-relevant issues, develop coherent themes, and express information clearly.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  1. Doctoral degree in relevant discipline such as planning, statistics, geography or economics.
  2. 3-5 years of experience in data extraction, processing, visualization, and analysis.
  3. Experience with SQL based data query tools.
  4. Experience in data linkages and integration.
  5. GIS software knowledge.
  6. Experience with building predictive models using data mining techniques.
  7. Experience in applying network analysis to research problems.

Desirable Personal Qualifications

  1. Take initiative as needed and work independently
  2. Ability to see both the big picture and details and to prioritize and concurrently execute multiple tasks
  3. Willingness to work intensely when necessary to meet deadlines
  4. Ability to assess own work critically, objectively and insightfully to discover errors, identify opportunities for improvement, and acts on these assessments to produce final, completed work products
  5. Work style that builds trust-based relationships, team collaboration, seeks constructive feedback from others, and involves others in decisions that affect the work team
  6. Commitment to improving opportunities for individuals to sustain themselves and their families and lead stable, productive lives

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is highly competitive and negotiable, depending on level of graduate education, experience, demonstrated skills, and earnings history. Health benefits start immediately. Eight percent retirement fund contribution after six months.

Application

Send: 1) letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three samples of papers, articles or dissertation chapters you have written, and 4) names of three references with contact information. Send your application material to danflaming@economicrt.org and patrickburns@economicrt.org. No phone calls please.

In your letter, please discuss: a) why you are interested in this position, and b) your quantitative and statistical experience and skills.

Applications will be kept confidential. References will not be contacted until candidates are notified and invited for an interview.

 

Database Researcher

Produce innovative research and help build a fairer, more sustainable community. The Economic Roundtable is a public benefit urban research organization located in downtown Los Angeles. We have an informal, interactive, and highly focused work environment. We analyze a wide array of complex confidential administrative records and public datasets and prepare clear, objective analyses that are credible to public officials and community stakeholders, and operationally relevant for public action. Research assignments typically entail taking on complete responsibility for a set of issues, beginning with database construction, then data analysis, and finally articulating findings and recommendations. This job position is an opportunity to carry out policy-relevant analysis and publish work that has real world impacts.

Desirable Professional Skills & Experience

1. Construction, manipulation and analysis of large, complex electronic data files
2. Effective quantitative skills for reliably extracting critical content from data
3. Statistical and GIS software knowledge and experience
4. Project management experience
5. Conceptual tools for understanding labor market dynamics and the regional economy
6. Ability to make effective public presentations
7. Ability to conceptualize key policy-relevant issues, develop coherent themes, and express information in lucid written form
8. Doctoral degree in relevant discipline such as planning, geography or economics is preferred. Master’s degree holders will be considered if they have significant applied research experience.

Desirable Personal Qualifications

1. Take initiative as needed and work independently
2. Ability to see both the big picture and details and to prioritize and concurrently execute multiple tasks
3. Willingness to work intensely when necessary to meet deadlines
4. Ability to assess own work critically, objectively and insightfully to discover errors, identify opportunities for improvement, and acts on these assessments to produce final, completed work products
5. Work style that builds trust-based relationships, team collaboration, seeks constructive feedback from others, and involves others in decisions that affect the work team
6. Commitment to improving opportunities for individuals to sustain themselves and their families and lead stable, productive lives

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is highly competitive and negotiable, depending on level of graduate education, experience, demonstrated skills, and earnings history. Health benefits start immediately. Eight percent retirement fund contribution after six months.

Application

Send: 1) letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three samples of papers, articles or dissertation chapters you have written, and 4) names of three references with contact information. Send your application material to danflaming@economicrt.org and patrickburns@economicrt.org.
In your letter, please discuss: a) why you are interested in this position, b) your experience and skills in building and analyzing databases, and c) your experience and knowledge of public policy research and producing analyses that support evidence-based policy formulation.
Applications will be kept confidential. References will not be contacted until candidates are notified and invited for an interview.

 

The Economic Roundtable is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition. We value diversity and assess individuals solely on their job-related aptitude, training, skills, and performance.