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Research Analyst

RW Ventures, LLC and Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
Chicago, IL
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Development Finance
Economic Development
Public Policy
Regional Planning

Research Analyst - RW Ventures, LLC and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) (Full Time Position) 

RW Ventures, LLC and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) are seeking a full-time, Chicago-based Research Analyst whose time and projects will be split between the two organizations. Successful applicants will be innovative and motivated, with strong critical thinking and organizational skills. The person in this role will drive research, product and strategy development, and programmatic design and implementation on a range of economic development topics and projects. The position provides the opportunity to learn and grow quickly, working with leading national experts on projects at the forefront of the economic development field. 

About the Companies: 

RW Ventures, LLC specializes in creating products and enterprises to drive inclusive industry, neighborhood and regional economic growth. Based in Chicago, the firm is recognized as a national leader in market-based economic development. The firm manages large-scale, complex economic growth projects by assembling interdisciplinary teams of national experts, including partners such as the Brookings Institution, LISC and the MacArthur Foundation. In all our projects, we seek to bridge the gap between theory and practice, driving rigorous research from a practitioner perspective, and translating results into practical programs. For more information on the firm, its partners, clients and projects, please visit

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is a nonprofit regional economic development organization. As a nationally recognized public-private partnership, GPEC engages 22 cities and towns and more than 175 private-sector companies in the region around improving regional competitiveness and ensuring that the regional economy is productive and generates economic opportunity for all. For more information, please visit  

RW Ventures’ project pipeline includes the South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative, a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder effort to catalyze growth in an under-invested area of Cook County; the New Growth Innovation Network, a national, practitioner-led institution driving innovation in the field of inclusive economic growth; and an engagement to develop an overarching economic development strategy and design specific growth initiatives for the Greater Sacramento metropolitan region. GPEC’s current initiatives include advancing future industries, workforce development, public infrastructure investment strategies, and economic development policies. GPEC has adopted three-year strategic plan and annual action plan to advance equity and inclusive economic development.    


Working closely with the rest of the team, the Research Analyst will: 

  • Conduct research, literature reviews and market analysis of business, workforce, housing and other economic activity in neighborhoods and regions, utilizing quantitative and qualitative methodologies  

  • Draft memos, reports, proposals and presentations describing economic frameworks, analysis and research results; suggesting possible strategies; and analyzing varied economic opportunities 

  • Co-invent new frameworks, products, initiatives and enterprises to address specific economic development challenges and opportunities (e.g., manufacturing innovation, urban industrial land re-use, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, infrastructure development and financing), often tailored to specific industries and geographies 

  • Organize, conduct and participate in project and team meetings 



  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in economic development, economics, urban planning, public policy, statistics/mathematics, finance, other social sciences, or a related field 

  • 2 to 3 years’ work experience in academic research, economic and community development or related field  

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills  

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills to compare and draw conclusions from complex data and material and to formulate innovative solutions 

  • Ability to engage stakeholders and policy makers around complex issues 

  • Organizational and time management skills to balance several concurrent projects for multiple firms 

  • Capacity to quickly acquire new knowledge and skills 

  • Ability to work as member of a team in a low-structure environment with limited supervision 

  • Strong knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and  


  • Advanced degree in the fields noted above 

  • Project management experience 

  • Familiarity with statistical software such as Stata or R 

  • Familiarity with ArcGIS or similar mapping software 

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits and bonus opportunities.  

To Apply: Submit cover letter, résumé and 3- to 5-page writing sample to Charu Gupta at [email protected]

Published on:
September 13, 2019 - 3:16pm
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