• Economic Research Analyst

    Southeast Michigan Community Alliance Michigan Works (SEMCA)
    Job Description

    Job Summary

    The Economic Research Analyst with the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) is responsible for supporting WIN's leadership team and other WIN staff by conducting research and analyses for quarterly labor market reports and other workforce-related research projects. This position functions as a lead analyst for workforce-related research content communication, specialized data requests, and other projects related to Michigan’s economy, the workforce development system, higher education, and other assigned duties.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Lead WIN’s response, with support from the WIN leadership team, for specialized data requests by ensuring the organization’s timely coordination and communication with internal staff and external partners.
    • Assist with or lead meeting preparation and labor market data and research project-related presentations.  
    • Lead the quarterly production of WIN’s labor market reports.
    • Produce research and original content related to economic vitality, workforce, education, and other related subjects to be shared through social media and the WIN newsletter, including blog posts and webinars, as assigned by the WIN leadership team.
    • Assist with or lead research initiatives through data collection, analyses, writing, editing, deliverable planning, and making presentations.
    • Stay abreast of updates and changes to data tools and data resources and serve as a labor market information resource for the entire WIN team.
    • Assist the WIN leadership team with preparing for and convening quarterly learning network meetings and training events.
    • Present labor market information and analyses to a variety of audiences in both written and verbal forms through reports, blog posts, social media content, presentations, etc.
    • Manage select research projects on specific labor force issues and topics.
    • Explore advanced data management, visualization, and automation techniques to enhance the data and research team’s efficiency and effectiveness when conducting research, writing reports, pulling data, and other related duties.
    • Assist with and sometimes lead training sessions for WIN staff and partners on labor market data sources and appropriate analysis methods.
    • Write employer and partner surveys and analyze survey data for use in research and presentations.
    • With support from WIN’s leadership team, post quarterly labor market reports and other WIN research reports on the WIN website.
    • Assist in grant writing and business development initiatives, as assigned by WIN leadership.
    • Actively participate in team meetings and strategy sessions.
    • Other tasks and duties as assigned.


    Required Qualifications

    All SEMCA team members are expected to be technically competent and committed to continuous development of their skills. The following skills, knowledge and education or certifications are specifically required for this position:
    Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree or extensive research and data project experience preferred) or three to six years of experience in labor market data analysis, research, and project management.
    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, or business; or possession of a bachelor's degree in any major with at least 24 semester (36 term) credits in economics
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • High quality written communication skills
    • Demonstrated experience using data manipulation software or programming languages (Python, R, Tableau, Stata, or others)
    • Demonstrated economic intuition and reasoning skills
    • Basic knowledge of and experience using government data sites (US Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, FRED, etc.)
    • Basic knowledge and understanding of the labor market’s role in the economy
    • Ability to work in a dynamic team environment, taking on roles and responsibilities as needs and opportunities arise
    • Ability to work both independently and with a high degree of dependability and quality
    • Evidence of creative thinking, supporting problem resolution, and ensuring customer satisfaction
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects
    • Keen sense of and demonstration of self-motivation to meet deadlines and complete projects and assignments in a timely manner
    • Strong desire to learn and innovate
    • Reliable transportation to attend meetings in the metro-Detroit area (weekly)

    Desired Qualifications

    • Minimum three (3) years of experience in labor market data analysis, conducting or assisting with economic research, project management, or related social science or public-sector data analysis
    • Master’s degree

    Physical Demands

    Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials on an LCD screen and smartphone, hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person and over the telephone.  These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individual requiring and requesting and/or needing additional accommodations.

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