Research Area Specialist Inter

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The Economic Growth Institute (EGI), reports to the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. EGI works to leverage the University of Michigan and other public/private resources, research, technologies, and expertise to foster innovation and equitable economic growth. EGI transforms these resources into programs that provide business and communities’ assistance, support, and intervention.

EGI is seeking a research project manager. This individual, under the direction of the research manager, will advance research projects as assigned and support in building on a body of knowledge in equitable economic growth for the EGI. The research project manager will direct the economic impact analysis services and also perform data collection, conduct analyses, and identify findings for various qualitative and quantitative studies in equitable economic development. This position will manage and mentor student graduate and undergraduate Research Associates in the development and execution of associated projects. Additionally the research project manager is responsible for cross-functional project leadership and overall success of deliverables and Institute-wide projects as assigned. This position is responsible for proper fiscal and programmatic compliance.

Term-Limited Appointment: October 10, 2022-April 28, 2023; with possibility of continued funding for additional years.

This position will be remote based. 


Economic Impact Analysis Services

  • Develops scope of economic impact analysis and interacts with clients to gather data
  • Develops methodology for modeling and executes models
  • Presents findings and authors publications
  • Develops and maintains relationships with clients, acting as the primary point of contact between organization leadership and EGI

Research Project Management

  • Develops and refines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to fit research projects
  • Gathers data; performs data analysis and interprets results
  • Authors publications and presentations
  • Manage participant recruitment for research studies
  • Develop protocols and ensures compliance with IRB
  • Lead and/or assist in qualitative research interviews
  • Maintain and update reporting, project management, and database systems
  • Works collaboratively with EGI partners and U-M faculty
  • Assists in acquiring research funding

Research Associate Management

  • Supervise and direct student research associates in associated projects

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master’s degree in social science, with 5 -6 years of related experience in research.
  • Strong understanding of economics and its impact on society
  • Skilled in presenting research in plain language to diverse audiences
  • Proven level of maturity, excellent people skills and ability to function in a collaborative atmosphere with limited supervision.
  • Established experience defining priorities, working through conflicts and identifying creative solutions
  • Operational excellence experience in a client or customer environment. Must have the ability to exercise creativity, critical thinking, and judgment
  • Advanced MS Office/Google Suite knowledge. Proficient business and academic writing skills. Excellent communication skills: follows verbal direction; ability to ask clarifying questions
  • Excellent organizational, professional and time management skills
  • Acquainted with office management systems, procedures, discretion and confidentiality


Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in applied research and writing reports for multiple audiences
  • Knowledge of Michigan industries
  • Previous experience with economic modeling software, data analytics, and visualizations
  • Previous experience with qualitative methodologies and interview coding

Background Screening

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