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Research Manager

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Research Manager
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HOUSTON,  TX 77010
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The Partnership is a place for community-minded business leaders who want to be involved in Houston’s positive growth and influence the direction in which Houston is going. Through the dedicated efforts of our members, the Partnership addresses Houston’s unique challenges, and champions the growth and success of our region.

Since 1840, the Greater Houston Partnership has strived to make the region the best place to live, work and build a business. We serve over 1,100 member companies in the 11-county Houston region including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller counties. Join us as we work together to make Houston greater.


The Partnership is looking for a results driven, collaborative, economic, demographic and social research professional to support the Partnership’s initiatives.


Reporting to the Sr. Vice President, Research and Chief Economist, the Research Manager is responsible for supporting the Partnership’s mission primarily by gathering and analyzing economic, demographic and social data; monitoring policy issues; conducting various research studies; informing staff, committees, members and community leaders of research findings and policy insights; incorporating analysis into Partnership publications, press releases, web pages and speeches; and responding to requests for information. The Research Manager will research, analyze, interpret, and present findings to various audiences in support of the Partnership’s initiatives.

The following responsibilities are essential to job performance:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

1) Devising and evaluating methods and procedures for collecting data, such as surveys, opinion polls, or questionnaires, or arranging to obtain data from existing sources.

2) Maintaining extensive spreadsheets and libraries of economic and demographic data.

3) Applying mathematical models and statistical techniques to social, demographic and economic data.

4) Studying industry trends and drivers key to the local economy

5) Providing analysis and interpretation of Houston-specific and general industry trends

6) Preparing reports of findings, illustrating data graphically, and translating complex findings into written text.

7) Developing new methods, processes and publications for disseminating economic findings

8) Conducting fiscal and economic impact studies for corporate relocations and major special events

9) Conducting analysis of local, state and national policy issues

10) Establishing strong relationships with peer-level economists, demographers and policy analysts at the national, state and local levels.

11) Participating on an as-needed basis in meetings of public policy, member engagement and economic development committees

12) Representing the organization at various community and business meetings.

13) Updating fact sheets for posting to the web, preparing proposals and answering generic information queries.

14) Coordinating and participating in the collection of data for the C2ER Cost of Living Index, Houston Facts, Houston Economic Highlights, and Global Houston.

15) Preparing reports and proposals for relocation prospects, including developing city-to-city comparisons of key economic and demographic indicators—population, workforce, infrastructure, business costs, etc.

16) Briefing staff and clients on the region’s economy.

17) Developing background papers for Partnership executives to use when dealing with the media, members, governmental officials, investors, etc.

18) Fact checking publications, speeches, press releases and web pages in area of expertise.

19) Reviewing and editing web content in area of expertise.

20) Volunteer to work Partnership events as requested.

21) Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The following knowledge, skills and abilities are desirable for job success:

· Experience in market analysis, proposal writing, and information development required.

· Familiarity of local business issues (workforce trends, environmental quality, real estate development, regional mobility, transportation infrastructure, etc.) required.

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

· Demonstrated aptitude for statistical and detail-oriented work

· Demonstrated ability and maturity to manage projects and work with people at all levels, both internally and externally.

· A professional appearance.

· Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and deadlines, with minimal supervision.

· Flexibility to work some overtime, as necessary.


Behavioral Competencies- Attributes, Behaviors, and Characteristics (ABC’s)

The following behavior competencies include a myriad of defining qualifications, skills, and competencies required for job success:


· Achievement Focus- Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles, measures self against standard of excellence, recognizes and acts on opportunities, sets and achieves challenging goals, takes calculated risks to accomplish goals

· Exceptional Communications- Communicates effectively and persuasively, both verbally and in writing; Can write prose with proper grammar and syntax; Listens actively; builds trust; uses the appropriate media for the situation; Knows what and when to communicate to a particular audience.

· Teamwork- Balances team and individual responsibilities, contributes to building a positive team spirit, exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views, gives and welcomes feedback

· Accountable- Willing to be judged; takes ownership; Makes decisions; overcomes obstacles; Takes initiative and finishes a job at a high-level of excellence.

· Executes with Excellence- Consistently delivers on promises to the highest standards; Appreciates and demands quality; Goes the extra mile.

Education Requirements

College degree required, with a preference for degrees in Real Estate, Business, Marketing or Economics.

Required Experience

Experience working with economic and demographic data

Minimum of five (5) years professional experience, with increasing responsibilities, in real estate, marketing, business research, business journalism or similar environment preferred

Physical Requirements

A person in this position must be able to work in both a stationary position and frequent movement in the office;

Mental and Aptitude Requirements

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Safety Requirements

Adhere to all office safety policies and procedures.

The Greater Houston Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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