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Director of Research

Center City District
Philadelphia, PA
United States
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level

The Center City District (CCD) produces a continuing series of thoroughly researched, high-quality reports on marketplace and demographic trends in Center City Philadelphia with comparisons to the city, region and other major cities in the United States. Reports usually include specific local public policy recommendations. Reports also focus on City of Philadelphia municipal government real estate assessment trends, monitoring wage, business tax, and budget trends as part of a broader effort to shape more competitive tax policies for the city. https://centercityphila.org/research-reports

GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE JOB: CCD seeks a highly capable and skilled Director of Research to conduct original research, summarize and translate data into clear graphics and well-written analyses using publicly available information. Sources may include the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, the City of Philadelphia budget, tax and building permit records, local commercial and retail brokerage firms, and original field survey data gathered by the staff of the CCD. Responsibilities also include producing reports that inform CCD programs and operations.

The Director is responsible for data collection from multiple sources, management of various proprietary databases, overseeing research staff and interns, coordinating with the graphics department on report production and finding creative ways to use research to support the mission of other departments within the CCD.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Analysis & Report Production

  • Research and synthesize publicly available data, CCD surveys, information shared by commercial brokerage firms and other partners into compelling, well-written and  frequently published reports on marketplace trends with clear illustrative charts and tables, including but not limited to CCD’s annual State of Center City publication, housing, employment retail and transportation reports, and other reports as assigned.
  • Ability to work with and analyze large data sets, like citywide tax records, with experience working with sophisticated, statistical software programs, like Stata, R or similar programs,  
  • Oversee the work of one full-time research assistant and periodic interns, who are responsible for supporting basic research, collecting on-street data for CCD’s housing, retail, café, and developments surveys, assists with analysis tasks for periodic and annual reports, and other internal data collection and management initiatives.
  • Stay current on issues and trends affecting Center City, other downtowns, and cities nationally, including development and employment trends in the commercial office, hospitality, health care and education, and retail sectors.
  • Stay abreast of new data releases from public and proprietary sources, including the U.S. Federal Government (Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, etc.) and other local and national organizations and tailor data from secondary sources to CCD research questions.
  • In a timely fashion, fulfill internal and external special requests for information and short-term analyses, such as information needed for grant and sponsorship proposals, or specific requests from developers and brokers. 
  • Identify opportunities or needs for new analyses within CCD’s mission and produce periodic specialized reports.
  • Manage ongoing special projects and initiatives and perform other duties as needed.

Data Management

  • Maintain Center City District’s proprietary datasets, including the retail, café, and developments database.
  • Assist other CCD staff in trouble-shooting problems with management of databases as they arise.

 
“These are the essential functions of the position, other duties may be assigned.  Incumbents may be required to follow any additional related instructions, acquire job related skills, and perform other work as required.
 
SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Manage one full time research assistant and other interns or part time staff for specific projects as needed.

 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing research; Master’s degree in City Planning, Geography, Public Policy, or related field preferred.
  • Solid mathematical and analytical background.
  • Knowledge of the federal statistical system, including how data are processed and produced, preferred.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Experience accessing, analyzing, and interpreting U.S. Federal Government data sources, including data from the Census Bureau (Decennial Census, American Community Survey, County Business Patterns, Local Employment Dynamics/OnTheMap), Bureau of Labor Statistics (Current Employment Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Inflation Calculator), Bureau of Economic Analysis (Regional GDP & Personal Income Data), and other key sources of data.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and organize data from large, heterogeneous datasets; to organize large amounts of data and detect critical trends, patterns, and forecasts; and to produce written reports containing visual interpretations that are clear, concise and easily understood by the public. 
  • Ability to manage in-house databases and design database-based analysis. 
  • Inquisitive by nature with a demonstrated ability to think strategically.
  • Competence with Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to work with confidential information.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with business professionals, public officials, and research organizations.
  • Strong attention to detail; organized and systematic in approach; self motivated with a high degree of ability to work independently; team management skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a mission-driven, quick-paced environment, where collaboration is essential; ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, particularly Microsoft Excel; intermediate ArcGIS skills; experience using ArcGIS Online preferred.

 CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS:

  • None required.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • The position requires that the employee have the ability to sit for long periods of time, stand, walk, talk, hear, use hands and fingers, and lift objects.
  • Ability to perform on-street surveys as necessary.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT:

  • Must be able to pass a background investigation including criminal history and child abuse clearance, a reference check and a drug screening.

Forward Resumes to:
Human Resources Department
Center City District
660 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: 215.922.7672
e-mail: [email protected]

 

We are an EEO/AA employer. No phone calls please.

Published on:
September 13, 2019 - 2:46pm
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