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  • Economic Researcher
    Date Posted: September 6, 2019

    Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED)
    Jefferson City, MO (location flexible within Missouri)

    The Missouri Department of Economic Development's (DED) sole purpose is to create greater opportunities for Missourians to prosper. DED has an exciting opportunity to use data to drive organizational strategy and decisions like never before. We are in search of a strong economic research professional to serve DED team members, build fact-driven strategies, and collaborate with partners. Do you want to be part of a team with a bold vision that backs it up with the commitment and smarts to achieve it? If so, this is the job for you!

    Your Primary Focus Will Be:

    • Provide proactive economic and workforce intelligence to business development team
    • Support DED team members' insight needs with customized research
    • Serve as the DED research lead in responses to requests for information and proposals (RFIs/RFPs)
    • Support workforce development needs with project-specific research that helps coordinate workforce investment and economic development activities
    • Support the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) team with research that enables them to evaluate project opportunities and make data-driven resource decisions as well as achieve goals from CDBG action plan
    • Ensure DED has access to cost-effective research tools that enable achievement of strategies
    • Ensure DED team members have direct access and training to useful research resources
    • Prepare economic analyses that review Missouri's (and each of DED's six regions') strengths and weaknesses across a variety of economic, workforce, and community development indicators
    • Produce timely reports and white papers that provide insights and facts directly relevant to DED's strategic priorities
    • Work with DED leaders to ensure economic analyses, insights, and facts are translated into specific actions
    • Guide and train team members in comprehension and understanding of economic and workforce indicators
    • Lead the research and comparison benchmarks for DED's key performance measures
    • Leverage workforce and CDBG data into DED's overall economic development strategy
    • Build relationships with the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) and/or other third parties to partner with or commission research that is of strategic importance to DED
    • Conduct economic impact analyses as needed for business development and other projects
    • Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods to assist in the review of DED programs
    • Additional duties as needed/assigned


    • Research Professional
    • Analytical
    • Collaborator
    • Project Management
    • Effective Communicator

    Desired Qualifications/Evaluation Criteria:

    • A Bachelor's or Master's (preferred) degree with an emphasis in Statistical Analysis, Research Methodology, Economics, Business or Public Administration, Community or Economic Development, or a closely related field


    • 3 or more years of successfully conducting qualitative and quantitative economic development research at a state or regional level
    • Demonstrated commitment to building economic research expertise through trainings, certifications, and/or memberships to applicable industry organizations
    • Experience visualizing data through tools such as Excel, Tableau or others
    • Demonstrated track record of strategically building and leveraging partnerships to achieve results
    • Strong writing capabilities

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