Director, Analytics

Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Richmond, VA
Date Posted:  August 23, 2022
Closing Date:  September 2, 2022

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking a Director, Analytics to lead the Analytics Group within the Research Division. This five-person team supports VEDP’s mission by producing data, information, and insights on target sectors, specific companies, and Virginia’s competitiveness relative to other states. It is a highly collaborative position that works with stakeholders across the organization, state government, and other partner organizations.


  • Lead work to maintain a comprehensive body of knowledge on Virginia’s value proposition (competitive advantages, assets, etc.) for VEDP’s 14 target industries
  • Advise staff on the data, analysis, and visualizations that can be used to build a thoughtful and compelling businesses case for Virginia
  • Prepare customized information and analysis for requests for information, company and industry presentations, and materials for lead generation activities
  • Serve as product owner for several data-focused applications, ensuring data is kept up to date, and working with data and development teams to ensure update processes are efficient and timely
  • Take a leading role in providing targeted, timely project management, methodological expertise, and analytical support for select initiatives/projects
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on macroeconomic conditions/trends and provide expertise to agency leadership and Governor’s Office on economic issues of strategic interest
  • Cultivate strong working relationships with internal and external partners
  • Ensure application of internal procedures and project management protocol and continuously identify opportunities for improvement


Qualified applicants will have:

  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to analyze problems and collaboratively identify creative solutions
  • Strong analytical skills and familiarity with different research methods
  • Intellectual curiosity and willingness to quickly develop working knowledge of new subject matters
  • Ability to synthesize information/data from different sources in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage tight deadlines
  • Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Sound knowledge of macroeconomic principles/understanding of major trends shaping the economy
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products, especially Excel and PowerPoint

Highly competitive applicants will also have one or several of the following:

  • Ability to visually represent data in creative ways
  • Knowledge of Extract, Transform and Load process and data management tools
  • Knowledge of Stata, Tableau, Python, or R
  • Knowledge of economic development or regional / urban planning
  • Familiarity with Virginia’s economy


  • 7+ years of relevant professional experience (e.g., consulting, economic/market research, policy analysis, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Master’s preferred)
  • Experience leading teams in a matrix environment
  • Experience interacting with executive-level stakeholders