BASIC FUNCTION SUMMARY:
The Director of Research leads in-house research efforts to provide the most up-to-date information about IDA member organizations and the place management industry. Through a combination of primary and secondary sources and methods, she or he is responsible for developing and analyzing research necessary to support the organization’s mission and goals. The Director of Research is responsible for conducting custom research upon request and for identifying, analyzing, organizing, presenting, and graphically communicating information to support the IDA initiatives and all other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Establish and implement organization’s ongoing research agenda.
- Analyze and report industry trends affecting urban development and place management.
- Identify, collect, and analyze data to benchmark value and performance impacts of managed districts worldwide.
- Develop and manage member organizational profile information along with economic and demographic data for use in ongoing comparative research to advance the industry.
- Identify, seek funding, and lead outside research projects aligned with IDA’s research agenda including management of third party vendors, research partners, customers, and grants.
- Refine existing IDA research including the Biannual Compensation and Staffing Survey, Value of U.S. Downtowns, Member Needs and Satisfaction Surveys, Top Issues Councils, program and event evaluations, and others.
- All other duties as assigned.
Manages the IDA Research Coordinator, supervising their work and making sure it is on task with IDA timelines and the IDA research agenda.
Must be able to work with all staff members in a highly interdependent environment.
IDA Research Committee and other IDA committees, members, contractors, partners, and service providers.
Working knowledge of standard Census and other traditional urban data sets. Basic understanding of downtown and community development, real estate markets. Technologically proficient with a solid understanding and ability to use appropriate software products (GIS, ESRI Business Analyst, Survey Monkey, Tableau, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Abode Creative Suite). Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Project management experience preferred. Must be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to participate as a self-starting member of a small staff association team. A knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate advocate for creating healthy and vibrant urban communities a plus. Three to five years of research experience is required. Urban real estate and development or planning research experience preferred.
Master’s degree in planning, economics, geography, public policy or related field (or Bachelor’s degree with extensive experience) with exposure to research methodology, statistics and analytical writing a must.
Range $60-$80K. Full benefits, including group health insurance (with vision, dental), a transportation allowance, paid personal time of and a 401k plan are offered.
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, salary history or expectations to email@example.com. Position open until filled.