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Senior Research Analyst - Hadley, MA

Apply now Job no: 509463
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: UMDI - Economic&Pub Policy Res
Union: PSU
Categories: Laboratory & Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Economic and Public Policy Research  (EPPR) business unit conducts a range of customized economic and demographic data analysis and policy studies on topics of interest to policymakers in government, business, and academia. Workforce, housing, infrastructure, local and regional economic development, industry ecosystems, demographic and socioeconomic trends, population estimates and projections, and economic impact are frequent themes of EPPR’s policy-related work.

EPPR Senior Research Analysts support the work of their business unit through project management assistance, conducting literature reviews, and implementing data collection and analysis plans. Senior Research Analysts work extensively with a wide range of Federal, State, and Local data providers, including the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as private data providers to extensively analyze social, economic, and demographic conditions. The position may entail significant writing duties and some independent project and task management.  Specifics of the role may vary depending on the needs of the project(s) to which they are assigned. 

Senior Research Analysts will have proven experience implementing research projects in a professional setting, as well as maintaining positive client relationships. They should be skilled in developing appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, as well as providing technical supervision to research analysts and student research assistants assigned to their projects.  Typically, Senior Research Analysts work collaboratively under the direction of a Research Manager, Senior Research Manager, and/or the business unit’s Director.


Essential Functions

  • Actively contribute to conceptualization and development of sound research plans and work plans;
  • Monitor progress relative to project work plans and timelines in collaboration with project team members;
  • Identify and review necessary background materials such as research articles, secondary data, and program information;
  • Actively contribute to the design or acquisition of appropriate data collection instruments;
  • Contribute to the development of data collection training protocols and train staff and clients as necessary;
  • Coordinate logistical support for primary data collection, including collaborating with clients to ensure timely and accurate data collection;
  • Conduct and monitor primary data collection;
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of project databases;
  • Conduct and/or oversee data entry and quality assurance protocols;
  • Actively contribute to planning for data analysis;
  • Conduct required analyses of quantitative and qualitative data consistent with skill set;
  • Develop clear visual data summaries such as tables and graphs;
  • Develop clear and concise descriptive summaries of data;
  • Actively contribute to synthesis of data to identify summary findings;
  • Contribute to the development of high quality project deliverables, including written analytical reports;
  • Support effective communication with clients;
  • Respond to client requests in a positive and proactive manner;
  • Work with project leads to provide ongoing project status reports and interim findings to clients as required.


Other Functions

  • Assist with training and coordinating the activities of research analysts and student research assistants;
  • Provide support in the development of proposals, scopes of work, and effort analyses;
  • Share expertise with colleagues within UMDI;
  • Participate in business unit and UMDI initiatives;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline: Economics, Geography, Regional Planning, Resource Economics, Public Policy, Sociology or related disciplines, and at least three years of professional research experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of professional office software (e.g. SPSS, R, Stata, SAS, GIS).
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge in relevant demographic and economic databases including the U.S. Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Must have the flexibility to travel on an as-needed basis within Massachusetts and occasionally outside of the Commonwealth to attend meetings and conduct field-based data collections.
  • Ability to move and transport supplies up to 20 pounds.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline: Economics, Geography, Regional Planning, Resource Economics, Public Policy, Sociology or related disciplines, and four years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with Stata or a similar statistical software package, GIS software, and/or related social science software.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Conduct work in an office-based, collegial environment where expectation is to maintain regular communication with supervising manager(s), colleagues, and clients.
  • Multiple hours in stationary position, using office equipment and computers, attending meetings, working closely and collaboratively with others.
  • Environment is a busy, open office area with multiple interruptions and requests for assistance.
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team setting, and with varying amounts of support, as project assignments may require.
  • The physical/mental demands and work environment factors described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


Additional Details

  • This position is funded by grants and/or contracts, and is contingent upon funding.
  • This is a full-time benefited position.
  • No relocation assistance provided.
  • Any job offer is specifically conditioned upon the potential candidate consenting to and successfully completing a background review.


Work Schedule

Standard full time work schedule consisting of five eight-hour days and 40 hours each workweek.  Work performed in addition to the regular work hours may be necessary and may require a change in availability at specific times to accommodate for variations in work demands.


Salary Information

PSU Level 27

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Special Instructions to Applicants

 Please complete online application, including a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references by September 30, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. The position may remain open until filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.


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