Department: Schar School of Policy and Government
Research Associate – Center for Regional Analysis
The George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, within the Schar School of Policy and Government, seeks a Research Associate to support the center's research mission by collecting, maintaining and analyzing regional and local data; providing research support on the center's sponsored projects; and assisting with administrative tasks. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Center for Regional Analysis is the premier university-based regional economic research unit in the National Capital Region. The center engages in a wide range of research areas for sponsors in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including economic development strategic planning, economic and fiscal impact analysis, housing market and policy research, transportation, land use planning, public policy analysis, and economic forecasting. The center is housed in the Schar School of Policy and Government, but also collaborates with faculty and research centers across the university, with other universities, and research and consulting entities.
Center staff have access to the full spectrum of university amenities, including opportunities for professional development; attending seminars on cutting edge topics; collaborating with center leadership and other faculty on academic research; as well as cultural, sports and entertainment activities.
As a key member of a small core team, the incumbent will have opportunities to engage with research sponsors from project conceptualization to delivering reports and related publications. Successful research associates at the center are typically self-starters who enjoy a variety of research topics and methods in a multitasking, fast-paced work environment. Additional responsibilities include:
Track and Analyze Local and Regional Data:
- Ongoing tracking of regional economic, demographic and housing trends;
- Updating databases of regional data in a timely fashion; and
- Constructing and updating PowerPoint slides.
Support Project Work:
- Contributing to sponsored research projects on a wide variety of topics;
- Coauthoring research reports and other commentary; and
- Assisting proposal preparation.
Maintain Web Site and Other Administrative Tasks:
- Update and maintain Web site;
- Maintain contact databases; and
- Maintain list of past and ongoing projects.
- Bachelor's degree in urban planning, geography, public policy, real estate development, or a related field;
- Two to three years of experience in fields such as urban and regional planning, commercial real estate, or economic development (experience in a research center is desirable). Graduate degree can substitute for some experience;
- Familiarity with federal, state, or local housing; transportation; and/or economic data;
- Demonstrated experience managing, maintaining and analyzing large datasets;
- Ability to undertake research and writing assignments with little supervision;
- Organized, flexible, and able to multitask;
- Ability to work both independently and in a team setting;
- Experience working with real estate and housing data required (additional experience with labor market and economic data desirable);
- Familiarity working with data available through sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and other public sources;
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and data analysis and statistical software (e.g., Stata, GIS); and
- Experience updating and maintaining Web sites.
- Master's degree is preferred.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F8084z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
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