Regional Economist

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Date Posted:  November 23, 2022
Closing Date:  December 1, 2022

The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Economics and Business & Community Services (BCS) within the College of Business seeks applicants to fill a Regional Economist position. This position is a 9-month academic year renewable-term appointment and includes an additional 3-month summer appointment, with a flexible start date. This position will share duties between teaching for the Department of Economics and economics analysis and outreach for BCS at an approximate portfolio split of 40% teaching/60% service during the academic year. During the summer, this position will perform 100% analysis and outreach service.

Teaching responsibilities include teaching two courses each semester and may include statistics, economics courses that contribute to the business core curriculum, courses that contribute to the
business analytics curriculum, and/or courses related to regional economic analysis. In-person, on campus teaching and regular office hours are required.

BCS responsibilities will include conducting economic impact analyses, conducting target industry and industry cluster analyses, regional workforce assessments, and conducting competitive market intelligence research. This position will be responsible for writing research reports, other publications and client proposals, and making presentations to target audiences including economic development professionals, business and community leaders, and state agencies.

The Regional Economist position will be expected to participate in state and national associations and networks representing BCS and build relationships with current and prospective clients. In
addition, this position is expected to remain up-to-date on current and developing research techniques and tools, research trends, data sources, software and databases.

The successful candidate must hold a Master’s degree. Required qualifications include at least three years of experience in conducting regional economic research and economic analysis including
building and conducting economic impact assessments (via IMPLAN or other input-output software) at local and regional levels; performing text analysis using R or similar software; developing data visualization using Tableau, Power BI or similar software; and effectively communicating with a variety of audiences via written reports, articles, and oral presentations.

Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D.; experience in teaching, meeting project deadlines, working in teams on projects; using government and proprietary data sources, databases,
including Census, BLS, BEA, EMSI/Lightcast, etc.; SPSS or other statistical software; and GIS software (e.g., ESRI).

Applications received by February 1, 2023 will receive full consideration. Inquiries may be sent to Alicia Rosburg at 319-273-3263 or Pre-employment background checks required.