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Research Manager

Bay Area Council Economic Institute
San Francisco, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Economic Development
Public Policy
Regional Planning
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 


The Bay Area Council has been at the intersection of business and civic leadership, shaping the future of the Bay Area since 1945. As a premier non-profit, public policy advocacy organization representing over 300 of the top employers across the nine-county region, we concentrate on making the Bay Area the best place to live and work in the world.

We focus on the economic health of the region, balancing long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Our mission includes:

  • Informing and mobilizing business, civic, and political leaders on the most critical issues and opportunities facing the region.
  • Developing solutions for an ambitious vision for the region’s future with participation of business, government, labor, science, and education.
  • Achieving results through advocacy, partnership, and committed leadership to realize this vision.

About the Bay Area Council Economic Institute

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is the Bay Area Council’s think tank, focused on the most critical economic and policy issues facing the nine-county Bay Area region. Since 1990, the Economic Institute has been a valued forum for stakeholder engagement and a respected source of information and fact-based analysis on economic and policy issues. Through economic and policy research, the Economic Institute addresses major factors impacting the competitiveness, economic development, and quality of life of the region and the state.


The Research Manager at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute is detail-oriented, committed to high quality, intellectually curious, and enjoys working in a collaborative environment. Because we are a small team of five researchers, the Research Manager will be expected to contribute to nearly all aspects of the work: development of project scopes, analysis of data, and production of written narratives that tell the story of keys aspects of the region’s economy. The Economic Institute uses data to develop innovative public policy solutions that address major issues impacting the economic competitiveness and quality of life of the Bay Area and the state.

The Economic Institute’s major products are reports, presentations, and policy memos. The Research Manager will lead these projects from start to finish and will also lead efforts related to general data collection, visualization, and dissemination of economic information. Successful managers are encouraged to progressively take on greater roles and responsibility over time. This position reports to the Executive Director of the Economic Institute.



The Bay Area Council and its teams are currently working remotely. It is likely that this role remains fully remote through the fall. The Bay Area Council plans to open its new offices on Pier 9 off of the Embarcadero in San Francisco by the end of 2021.



  • Working closely with Economic Institute Executive Director and Vice President to draft economic- and policy-related articles, publications, and reports
  • Conducting data collection and analysis using applications such as STATA and Excel
  • Performing ad hoc quantitative and qualitative research as needed
  • Aiding in the design of research strategies and methods on a project-by-project basis
  • Leading interviews with outside individuals as relevant to Economic projects
  • Engaging in graphic design for reports, presentations, and data visualizations
  • Maintaining and updating database of key regional economic indicators
  • Providing support for Economic Institute and Bay Area Council events and functions



  • High analytic aptitude: this role requires an ability to not just analyze numbers, but to understand what they mean in an economic and public policy context.
  • Excellent writing skills with an ability to make complex analysis easily understood for readers.
  • Ability to quickly develop strong quantitative and data visualization skills; background accessing and manipulating U.S. Census Bureau data products is a plus.
  • Willingness and aptitude to work both individually and within collaborative teams.
  • MS Office: must be highly adept with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; use of STATA or other statistical programs is a plus, but not required.
  • Mapping skills in GIS or other software also considered a plus.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Candidates with backgrounds in economics, statistics, public policy, journalism, finance, urban planning, business administration, political science, or related fields are preferred, though applicants with other educational and experiential backgrounds will be considered.
  • 3+ years of professional experience in analytical roles, or 2+ years of experience plus a graduate degree in an applicable field, such as an MPP, MBA, or MS.



The starting salary range for this position is between $85,000 and $100,000 per year. The Bay Area Council also provides a generous benefits package that includes: employer paid employee medical, vision, dental, and life insurance benefits; 401(k) deferred compensation program with employer matching; nine paid holidays per year; and paid time off accrual (up to 20 days per year for newly hired employees).



Work is primarily sedentary with intermittent stooping, bending, and walking throughout the day. 



Please send a thoughtful cover letter, writing sample of no more than five pages, and resume to Patrick Kallerman ([email protected]) and Greer Cowan ([email protected]).

Submit your resume and other materials as one e-mail attachment with your last name and “Research Manager” in the file name (i.e., “Smith_ResearchManager”).

This role requires both an ability to complete quantitative analysis and to explain complex material concisely to general audiences. Applicants should highlight both capabilities in their applications.

Applications will be accepted through May 17, 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Published on:
April 30, 2021 - 10:37am
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