Posting Summary: The Demographics Research Group of the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service is seeking an intellectual and self-driven individual to fill a Research and Policy Analyst position. Responsibilities of this position fall into 3 areas:
Research project design, direction, data collection and analysis
The researcher will develop, design, and direct one or more significant research projects consistent with the needs of the group's clients or as part of the group's mission and plan for public service. This will include formulating research questions and methods, proposing options for improving quality, identifying potential problems, suggesting specific deliverables, and implementing appropriate research and analytic procedures. In addition, the researcher will gather, analyze, and interpret a wide variety of data according to established statistical methods.
The researcher will focus on applied demographic research pertinent to the Commonwealth of Virginia, employing statistical, geospatial, and policy analysis to assist state and local governments, among others, in addressing policy and program concerns.
Translation and presentation of research results
The researcher will translate research results into presentations and publications appropriate for an audience not specialized in research. This includes preparing reports, charts, tables, and other visual aids. The researcher will, in consort with colleagues, and consistent with the quality and stylistic standards of the organization and university, publish research results and practical analyses in the group's publication series, on its blog, and in technical papers.
The researcher will also develop and deliver presentations of research results to clients, government officials, and the public, and will interact with the media as indicated to disseminate research results.
Contribution to the work of the group
The researcher will collaborate with colleagues on all priorities of the group, including interacting with clients and potential clients to secure and maintain funding for research projects; writing grant/award proposals; overseeing use of grant funds as needed; supervising contributions of graduate research assistants or interns involved in projects under the researcher's oversight; promoting public awareness of demographic trends; and contributing to the group's outreach and communications strategies.
The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Minimum Level of Education: Master's Degree or Equivalent
Required Specific Degree/Training: Degree in geography, demography, sociology, economics, statistics, education, urban planning, public health, public policy or related areas.
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Required Specific Experience: Demonstrated skill in quantitative analysis; Interest in, and commitment to, population research, in areas such as aging, health, housing, transportation, economic development, rural communities, urban planning, education, or poverty;
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Extensive - 7 years plus
Preferred Specific Experience: Interest and skill in data visualization. Please check out the group website for the "Racial Dot Map," "Visualizing Virginia," and "The Changing Shape of American Cities" to get a sense of the range and level of data visualization. Please feel free to send one or two samples of your data visualization work (either a web link or a PDF) together with the application.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; A strong sense of responsibility and work ethic.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Professional experience in a similar role; Experience in policy research; Knowledge of and experience with government; Familiarity with the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Required Computer Applications: Proficiency in one or more the following statistical software programs (STATA, R, SAS); Proficiency in GIS
Internal Number: 353_84635
About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.