06 Mar
Economic and Public Policy Research Associate
Utah, Salt lake city


Open Date 11/04/2019

Requisition Number PRN22420B

Job Title Research Associate

Working Title Economic and Public Policy Research Associate

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01599 - The Policy Institute

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $32,000 - $58,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute develops and shares economic, demographic and public policy data and research that help people in the community make INFORMED DECISIONS™. The Institute serves as leaders on the Utah economy, specializing in regional economics, public finance, and economic development. To help fulfill its mission, the institute seeks an motivated, collaborative researcher with a passion for providing objective and rigorous analysis to join our team.

The Gardner Institute Economic and Public Policy Research Associate will support a research portfolio that encompasses a variety of topics in regional economics, economic development, and public finance.

Minimum requirement of bachelor's degree in economics, public policy, or a related field.

Quantitative and qualitative research experience, including performing in-depth inquiries into a wide variety of significant issues; determining data sources and appropriate research methods, evaluating the relevance of findings and synthesizing information; applying relevant statistical methods; and identifying omissions, assumptions, or inadequate data in the analytical work of others.

Excellent communication skills – the ability to effectively communicate, both in writing and orally, sophisticated technical material and highly complex issues to both specialists and non-specialists.

Ability to engage in multiple projects at once under the pressure of tight time frames and rigid deadlines.

Highly collaborative and self-motivated.


Makes recommendations for the design of research projects

Identifies and collects appropriate data and information

Ensures security of confidential data

Analyzes, summarizes, and/or reviews data and other information using appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods

Communicates methods and findings through presentations, reports, and other publications

Other tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications


Proficiency in a statistical software package such as R, SPSS , STATA , or SAS

Proficiency in an economic impact model system such as IMPLAN , RIMS II, or REMI

Proficiency in a data visualization software package such as ARCGIS or Tableau

Experience with state and local legislative and executive processes

Application should include resume, cover letter, and writing sample

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran's status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: employment@utah.edu or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: oeo@umail.utah.edu .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Pleas

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