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Position Summary

Position Open Until Filled. First Review Applications 8/12/2022

Prosper Portland, the City of Portland’s economic development agency, seeks an Economic Data Analyst to gather, analyze, and communicate economic trends, forecasts and metrics, and manage data collection. The Economic Data Analyst will serve as a Prosper Portland’s leader on leveraging available data to inform the development of economic indicators and metrics. They will identify gaps in available data and create data collection strategies. The position will provide data, synthesis, and information that will be shared with internal staff, the Prosper Portland Board of Commissioners, City Council, and other key partners.

The ideal candidate will have experience utilizing a racial equity lens in their analyses, to understand the complexity of data analysis and reporting. This position manages the gathering, disaggregating, interpreting, and communication of economic trends, forecasts, and metrics to enhance the agency’s understanding of economic conditions, inequities, and opportunities. This position applies both technical and relational expertise in research, analysis, synthesis, and reporting with an equity lens to understand business, workforce, commercial real estate, and industry dynamics across Portland. Their expertise will inform the agency’s work to build and sustain a vibrant, inclusive economy and a sustainable agency.

Functions and Responsibilities

This position manages the gathering, disaggregating, interpreting, and communicating economic trends, forecasts, and metrics to enhance the agency’s understanding of economic conditions, inequities, and opportunities. This position applies technical expertise in research, analysis, synthesis, and reporting with an equity lens to understand business, workforce, commercial real estate, and industry dynamics across Portland that can inform the agency’s work to build and sustain a vibrant, inclusive economy and a sustainable agency.

Functions and Responsibilities
  • Gathers, assembles, and analyzes data sets; identifies trends.
  • Develops, statistical, narrative, and other reports to showcase findings using quantitative and qualitative measurements.
  • Conducts economic, demographic, and business data and trends analysis.
  • Performs background research and literature reviews to inform analysis.
  • Centers racial equity in analyses, taking into consideration people’s overlapping identities and experiences to understand the underlying complexity of data analysis, framing, reporting etc.
  • Designs, develops, and manages data collection and sampling techniques.
  • Creates and manages data systems; utilizes and maintains web-based platforms that showcase data; ensures data integrity.
  • Creates and utilizes models and forecasts to inform project, program, or policy development and implementation.
  • Prepares, manages, and supports the development of presentations, technical reports, and other visuals to communicate data and findings.
  • Presents and shares information and findings to staff, management, the Board of Commissioners, City Council, and other stakeholders.
  • Conducts peer city research for best practices and emerging trends in the field.
  • Serves as an authority and resource within Prosper Portland and to city bureaus, regional agencies, and community organizations.
  • Supports the metrics and outcomes development, measurement, and analysis for agency projects and programs.
  • Works collaboratively across the agency to establish, refine, track, prepare, and report on metrics and performance indicators for projects, programs, and initiatives.
  • Leads and/or supports the process to streamline data, metrics, and outcome gathering and reporting.
  • Plans, implements, and manages assigned projects, programs, and research initiatives for the agency.
  • Makes recommendations and participates in process and system improvements; coordinates or assists with their implementation.
  • Assists in the development of strategic planning efforts.
  • Manages contracts with consultants, vendors, and city bureaus for agency projects or specific research initiatives.
  • Trains staff on process, policy, and the use of associated software systems related to scope of work.
  • Supports the department on special projects, committees, and other relevant duties as assigned.

Scope
  • Position operates under minimal supervision.
  • Position often works independently, determining day to day practices and priorities. Positions receives management-level guidance and approval for strategic and complex decisions.
  • Position involves a high degree of complexity due to the specialized skill required for data analysis and modeling of complex economic and socioeconomic information, the need to manage multiple detailed processes and projects concurrently in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, the centering of racial equity in work, and limited resources.
  • Positions performs a variety of work functions and a varied scope of work and makes decisions and recommendations that are critical to inform the strategic decisions of the agency and accurately showcase the agency’s impact. Work may have significant fiscal, political, legal, and operational impact. Accuracy and integrity of data is integral.
  • Position has no direct supervision; however, position may oversee the work of consultants, contractors, temporary contract workers, and/or student staff.

Additional Information

Physical Requirements
Position requires ability to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time along with the ability to frequently move throughout the office. Position often uses a computer and other standard office equipment.? Position must communicate and interact frequently with internal and external stakeholders regarding complex issues.?

Working Conditions
Normal working hours Monday through Friday [8 AM – 5 PM] in a combination of in-person and remote work; Additional hours may be needed to meet deadlines. Attendance and participation at early morning, evening, and weekend meetings may be necessary; travel may be required to attend these meetings and events. Position is expected to engage in personal reflection around race, racism, and equity.

Qualifications & Education

Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience
Six years of experience in leading metrics, economic research, qualitative and quantitative reporting, analytics, or equivalent experience. An Associates, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree in a related field will substitute for up to one year of experience.

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