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  • Economic Researcher
    Date Posted: November 12, 2019

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

    Come join the team that is resetting Missouri's economic development strategy and creating greater opportunities for our citizens to prosper. We're building a department where data and research drive decision-making, and we are looking for an economic research leader to help pave the way for those efforts. 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, we want to hear from you!

    Your Primary Focus Will Be:

    • Objective 1: Gather, synthesize, and deliver economic, community, and workforce development research for primary and secondary customers in a logical, compelling, and professional manner (~50% of job)
      • Serve as the DED research lead in responses to requests for information and proposals (RFIs/RFPs)
      • Support DED team members' insight needs with business lists and customized research
      • Provide proactive economic and workforce intelligence to Regional Engagement Division team members
      • 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
    • Objective 2: Prepare analyses and produce reports that ensure DED's strategies, including regional strategies, have sound economic and fact foundations (~30% of job)
      • 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 measure
      • Leverage workforce and CDBG data into DED's overall economic development strategy
    • Objective 3: Provide partnership, support, and guidance to third parties who are conducting research of strategic importance to DED (~10% of job)
      • 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 important to DED
    • Objective 4: Support DED's other economic and research activities (~10% of job)
      • 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

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