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Senior Research Manager

The Boston Foundation
Job Title: Senior Research Manager
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August 31st, 2018
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Position Summary:

The Senior Research Manager supports and advances the goals of Boston Indicators, a research center at the Boston Foundation (TBF) that seeks a thriving Greater Boston for all residents across all neighborhoods. We do this by analyzing key indicators of well-being and by researching promising ideas for making our city more prosperous, equitable and just. To ensure that our work informs active efforts to improve our city, we work in deep partnership with TBF staff, community groups, civic leaders and Boston’s civic data community to produce special reports and host public convenings.

Essential Functions:

  • Producing data-driven research and analysis on topics including, but certainly not limited to, demographic trends in Boston and Massachusetts, jobs and the economy, education, criminal justice, and health
  • Communicating research findings in ways that are accessible to a range of non-technical audiences, often through the production of reports, articles, factsheets, briefings and presentations
  • Developing and stewarding external relationships, helping the Director expand the reach and depth of connections with key partners and stakeholders
  • Managing projects over the full project pipeline from conception through to completion

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • Master’s degree required or Bachelor’s degree with equivalent work experience
  • 4 years professional experience (preferred)

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

  • Strong written and oral communications skills, including public speaking and presentation skills
  • Strong project management skills, with a proven ability to lead complex projects
  • Comfort and flexibility working across a wide range of issue areas
  • Proficiency analyzing large data sets in Excel
  • Comfort using data from different US Census Bureau sources (e.g. the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey)
  • Ability to give and receive criticism constructively and work to and meet tight deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to interact well with a diverse range of people
  • Flexible, collegial and supportive toward constituents and colleagues
  • Proficiency using a statistical software package to analyze administrative and survey data - for instance, using R or STATA to analyze American Community Survey Pubic Use Microdata Sample files (preferred)
  • Proficiency with Geographic Information System (GIS) applications (preferred)
  • Graphic design skills (preferred)
  • Video production skills (preferred)

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • The ability to remain stationary and work on a computer for approximately 80% of the work day required
  • Ability to carry up to 15 pounds

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