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Research & Policy Manager


Job detailsSalary$90,000 – $100,000 a yearJob TypeFull-timeFull Job Description
Research & Policy Manager
The Research & Policy Manager is an exempt full-time position and serves as a key member of MCEDCs strategy team. This position reports to the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation and will be primarily responsible for leading and managing the research necessary to support MCEDC strategic initiatives, RFP/business development responses, and organizational marketing campaigns.

The Research & Policy Manager will support MCEDC through activities including, but not limited to:

Designing and executing research projects, including research design, data collection and analysis (quantitative and qualitative), interviews, writing, data visualization, and authoring reports or other deliverables
Continuously analyzing relevant data sets and economic indicators and disseminating updated findings/recommendations to MCEDC leadership
Delivering final products that are accessible and informative to non-specialist audiences
Identifying and building relationships with key external stakeholders
Managing junior staffs work on select research projects

Essential Functions/Duties/Tasks:

Provide research and analytic support to MCEDCs management with timely and relevant research, data analysis, data interpretation, and information
Support strategic planning activities by compiling, analyzing and presenting data to support assessment and decision making in various areas including targeted industries, emerging industries, proposed policy changes and other relevant topics.
Use ArcOnline to develop Story Mapsand other presentations with a geospatial componentto enhance MCEDC communications materials in coordination with marketing team
Conduct research analysis, literature reviews, and keep up to date on best practices relevant to MCEDCs mission
Prepare data for use in reports, charts, tables and graphs related to the local business climate
Develop and present training to MCEDC staff on accessing and using data to further MCEDCs mission
Provide quantitative data and analysis to support the countys Comprehensive Economic Plan and MCEDCs strategic plan

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Experience navigating and analyzing key data sets and databases (ESRI, JobsEQ, Census, BLS, etc.)
Adaptable to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands, changing approaches or methods to best fit the situation, and dealing with frequent changes or unexpected events
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to meet tight deadlines within budgetary constraints, and to handle multiple projects simultaneously and autonomously
Superb communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen actively and present clearly and effectively in positive or negative situations, and to respond well to questions
Writes clearly and informatively and varies writing style to meet needs

Preferred education and experience:

Experience working in an economic development organization
Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
Masters Degree
5+ years of relevant experience
Proficiency in working with Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce or other CRM
Familiarity with standard office equipment

Description of physical demands and work environment:

Must be able to travel throughout the county to companies, partner organizations, meetings, and events
Must be able to occasionally travel outside of the region to events and trade shows
Must be able to use office equipment and computers
Position may require moderate lifting of supplies and materials from time to time
The working environment is a general office environment with a moderate noise level

Job Type: Full-time, Exempt Job Location: Hybrid/Montgomery County, MD Preferred education: Masters Degree Required experience: Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience Salary: $90,000-$100,000

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
EEO Statement: Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
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